Cyclists on tour at Lahn Valley Cycle Path, © Touristikverband Siegerland-Wittgenstein e.V

Lahn Val­ley Cycle Path

An ideal route for fam­il­ies and leis­ure cyc­lists

The Lahn Val­ley Cycle Path fol­lows the en­tire length of the Lahn. It is suit­able for fam­il­ies and leis­ure cyc­lists as well as more seasoned cyc­lists.

The Lahnt­al-Rad­weg (Lahn Val­ley Cycle Path) be­gins at the source of the Lahn river in Net­phen in the Rothaarge­birge, loc­ated in the far south-east of North Rhine-West­phalia. From here, the route fol­lows the Lahn un­til the point where it flows in­to the Rhine. Stretch­ing for around 240 kilo­metres, the route takes in castles, palaces, his­tor­ic old towns and beau­ti­ful land­scapes.

High­lights along the way in­clude the ex­tremely in­ter­est­ing old town of Bad Laas­phe with its or­na­ment­al half-timbered façades, as well as the Land­grafenschloss, the castle in Bieden­kopf; the uni­ver­sity town of Mar­burg; the Goethe city of Wet­zlar; Limburg Cathed­ral and the health and spa re­sort of Bad Ems, which dates back to the im­per­i­al era. The route also takes in the only wine loc­a­tion on the Lahn, namely Obernhof, where Pinot Noir and Riesling grapes are cul­tiv­ated.

The path in­cludes a total ver­tic­al dis­tance of 600 metres along the length of the Lahn from its source in the Sieger­land-Wit­tgen­stein re­gion. However, there are very few steep climbs, which makes it suit­able for in­ex­per­i­en­ced cyc­lists and fam­il­ies – even with trail­ers in most sec­tions. The few steep­er sec­tions are also worth­while, since the sum­mits of­fer mag­ni­fi­cent views over the Lahn val­ley and its at­trac­tions. Any­one want­ing a slightly easi­er ride can switch to the train or the cycle shuttle bus.

Those who make the ef­fort to cycle the en­tire path will not be dis­ap­poin­ted, as the scenery con­stantly changes. Whilst the view at the be­gin­ning is dom­in­ated by col­our­ful mead­ows and green hills, the trail con­tin­ues on to steep, for­es­ted slopes. The Lahn it­self is al­ways with­in sight of cyc­lists on the trail.

The route is gen­er­ally very well de­ve­loped, fully sign­pos­ted, mostly tar­macked and largely car-free. The Ger­man Cyc­lists’ As­so­ci­ation (AD­FC) has cer­ti­fied the Lahn val­ley cycle path as a four-star qual­ity route.

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