Fans of water sports, hiking and cycling love to come and enjoy themselves on, in and beside the river Lahn. Along its banks runs the Lahn Valley Cycle Route, a premium route awarded four stars by the German Cyclists’ Federation.
Forests, meadows and lush riverbanks, steep slopes and rocks: these are the features of the Lahn river from its source in the Rothaargebirge hills. You cycle beside its waters for the majority of the journey through Bad Laasphe, Biedenkopf, Marburg, Giessen and Wetzlar with its Goethe connections. In Weilburg, look out for canoeists paddling through Germany’s only ship tunnel, then discover the fairytale charm of Limburg’s old town. Also of interest are Oranienstein baroque palace in Diez, Obernhof (the Lahn’s only wine village) and Nassau Castle, ancestral seat of the House of Nassau-Orange. After Bad Ems is Lahnstein where the Lahn joins the Rhine.
Terrain: cycle paths are mostly asphalt, largely traffic-free and run through predominantly level river landscapes; short stretches have inclines and descents, one of which is steep.
Scenery: open river landscape at the start, with meadows and hills; later (from Löhnberg onwards) come the wooded slopes of the Taunus hills and Westerwald forest, some of them steep.