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Lahnwanderweg stage 01 upstream Feudingen - Lahnquelle

Hiking Trail · Bad Laasphe · open
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  • Aussicht ins Lahntal
    / Aussicht ins Lahntal
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Lahnhelle
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Rastmöglichkeit Heiligenborn
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Fachwerk Heiligenborn
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Teich bei Ilsequelle
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Ilsequelle
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Brücke über die Ilse
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Unterwegs
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Im Quellgebiet
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Wegweiser am Lahnhof
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Lahnhof
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Glückliche Kühe am Lahnhof
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Lahnquelle
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  • / Lahnquelle
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  • / Start- oder Endpunkt?
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m 700 600 500 400 300 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Heiligenborn Lahnquelle Ilsequelle Wanderparkplatz Heiligenborn Blick in das Lahntal
Today we will visit the birthplace of the river Lahn because this stage ends at the source of the river Lahn which is situated at an altitude of 606m. Moving on from Feudingen, some steep climbs are waiting for you.
open
moderate
14.3 km
4:15 h
459 m
244 m
The steeply ascending route will take you through peaceful forests. You will enjoy the silence and the fresh air. In the idyllic upper Ilsetal you will walk along a wild and romantic brook. The Heilige Ilsequelle invites hikers to refill their bottles with its pure and healthy water. The next stop will be the destination of the tour: the wellspring of the Lahn. It rises from a small pond at the Lahnhof, at an altitude of more than 600 m in the mountains of the Rothaargebirge.

Author’s recommendation

Take a break at the "Heilige Ilsequelle". In the Middle Ages it was one of the most famous healing springs in Central Europe. 
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Author
Jörg Thamer
Updated: September 17, 2020
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
664 m
Lowest point
392 m
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Safety information

For information on diversions and relocations, please see our "Current Information".

Information on restrictions in the rail network can be found here.

Tips, hints and links

www.facebook.com/lahnwanderweg

 

Touristikverband Siegen-Wittgenstein e. V. 

Koblenzer Str. 73, 57072 Siegen

Tel. 0271/333 10 20

tvsw@siegen-wittgenstein.de,  www.siegen-wittgenstein.info

 

Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.

Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar

Tel. 06441/30998-0, Fax 03212/1239508

info@daslahntal.de,  www.lahnwanderweg.de, www.daslahntal.de

Start

Feudingen, hiking portal (392 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.936917, 8.320546
DMS
50°56'12.9"N 8°19'14.0"E
UTM
32U 452258 5643029
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Destination

Source of river Lahn near Netphen (Forsthaus Lahnquelle, Lahnhof 1, 57250 Netphen)

Turn-by-turn directions

From the hiking portal in Feudingen, take the road "Zum Eichholz" up to the edge of the forest. A small rest area at the end of the village offers a beautiful view of the climatic health resort. Along the edge of the forest you can enjoy some beautiful views of the Lahntal. Through the forest the trail will then continue to climb steeply up to Lahnhelle. Here you are at an altitude of almost 640 m. When following the markings, you will stroll down through the forest to the hikers’ car park near Heiligenborn.

For a short period of time the Lahnwanderweg trail runs parallel to a district road with little traffic here. The hamlet of Heiligenborn is a remote spot with a pretty half-timbered house. After managing a short ascent, a small resting place will be reached. The Lahnwanderweg now joins the fairy tale trail “Kleiner Rothaar” (little Rothaar) for a while. The little Rothaar is a dwarf from the Rothaar mountains who cares about nature. Cross the Ilse creek and keep right afterwards. The trail leads through the wild and romantic upper Ilsetal now.

At the holy spring of the Ilse, you should take a break on the hiking wooden lounger after which you will have enough power for the upcoming ascents. You can use a wooden footbridge in order to leave the Ilsetal without getting wet. After the highest point of the hike (664 m) you will cross a district road. At the edge of the forest you can enjoy the view of the headwaters of the Lahn, Eder and Sieg. But the tour aspires to the Lahnquelle which is reached via a hikers’ car park and the tiny village of Lahnhof. The small spring pond will be a blaze of green in the evening sun. Two restaurants are inviting hikers to stop for a bite to eat. Here our hike on the Lahnwanderweg trail upstream will draw to a close and we will raise our glasses to the birthplace of the river Lahn!

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to Feudingen, www.bahn.com, then shuttle from Feudingen railway station to the Forsthaus Lahnquelle.

Getting there

L718 to Banfe, then continue via K17 to Forsthaus Lahnquelle

Parking

Parking at Feudingen trailway station or opposite to Forsthaus Lahnquelle

Coordinates

DD
50.936917, 8.320546
DMS
50°56'12.9"N 8°19'14.0"E
UTM
32U 452258 5643029
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Pocketguide "Lahnwanderweg" (free) at  www.daslahntal.de or order at Lahntal Tourismus Verband (see "details") 

Hikeline Lahnwanderweg, 14,90 €, 1. Auflage 2014 ISBN: 978-3-85000-535-7

Rother Wanderführer Lahnwanderweg, 14,90 €, 1. Auflage 2016 ISBN: 978-3-7633-4492-5

Author’s map recommendations

 

Rheinland-Pfalz-App free download

Rad- und Wanderkarte Oberes Lahntal  Lahnwanderweg 6,50€ Maßstab 1:25.000 • ISBN 978-3-86973-129-2

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Equipment

Ordinary hiking equipment required. Take backpack vespers and drinks with you. First possibility to buy refreshments at the end of the tour.

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Status
open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.3 km
Duration
4:15h
Ascent
459 m
Descent
244 m
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