Westerwald-Steig Stage 10: Limbach - Marienthal Abbey (East - West) - Long Distance Hiking - Westerwald

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Westerwald-Steig Stage 10: Limbach - Marienthal Abbey (East - West)

(4) Long Distance Hiking • Westerwald
  • Mittelalterliches Schieferbergwerk Assberg
    / Mittelalterliches Schieferbergwerk Assberg
    Photo: Westerwald Touristik-Service
  • Hohe Ley
    / Hohe Ley
    Photo: Westerwald Touristik-Service
  • Naturpfad Weltende
    / Naturpfad Weltende
    Photo: Westerwald Touristik-Service
  • Westerwald-Steig-Rastplatz auf dem Sonnenberg
    / Westerwald-Steig-Rastplatz auf dem Sonnenberg
    Photo: Westerwald Touristik-Service
Map / Westerwald-Steig Stage 10: Limbach - Marienthal Abbey (East - West)
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The trail follows the Kleine Nister River past the 'Deutsches Eck der Kroppacher Schweiz' in Heimborn, where the Kleine Nister and Große Nister rivers meet, and through alpine terrain to Marienthal Abbey.
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From Limbach, the trail heads along the Heunigs Höhlenweg path to the viewing point on the Hohe Ley rock, where you can visit a small slate mine. The trail continues to follow the River Nister, passing Astert and Heuzert to reach Heimborn, where the Kleine Nister and Große Nister meet. It continues to the Spitzen Ley rock, with its view of Steinwingert. The highlight of this stage of the trail is the narrow Weltende ('World's End') path, which is a difficult climb. The trail then continues on more gentle paths past Racksen and the state forest at Altenkirchen down to Marienthal Abbey.

Author's recommendation

For explorers: visit the medieval 'Assberg' slate quarry (open all year round; free)
For romantics: picnic at the 'Deutsches Eck der Kroppacher Schweiz'
For adventurers: 'Weltende' ('World's End') nature trail
For culture vultures: visit Hamm/Sieg (birthplace of Friedrich-Wilhelm Raiffeisen, a founder of cooperative banks and rural credit unions) or Wissen
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Author
Michael Sterr
Updated: 2016-11-17

Difficulty difficult
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Quality route according to Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
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Nice views
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Equipment

Hiking boots/shoes
Suitable weatherproof clothing
Rucksack with provisions

Tips, hints and links

www.hachenburg-vg.de
www.lust-auf-wissen.de
www.hamm-sieg.de

Start

Limbach (238 m)
Coordinates:
Geogr. 50.701609 N 7.801763 E
UTM 32U 415383 5617328

Destination

Marienthal

Turn-by-turn directions

The Westerwald-Steig trail leaves Limbach on a meadow path along the Kleine Nister in the direction of the Heunigs Höhlenweg path (an educational river trail) to the viewing point on the Hohe Ley rock. Walking on natural forest paths, you can enjoy the legendary silence of the Westerwald to the fullest. You can also visit a medieval slate quarry. The trail then descends 200m on some uneven steps to the River Nister. You need to watch your step here. The trail continues to follow the river, passing Astert and Heuzert to reach Heimborn, one of the most beautiful places in the Westerwald, where the Kleine Nister and Große Nister meet – the so-called 'Deutsches Eck der Kroppacher Schweiz'. Here, the two river valleys widen onto a beautiful plain, where you can take a well-earned rest. Both rivers have their source in the High Westerwald and flow at first through a wide undulating plateau, before they carve their way deep into the steep Devonian slate rocky ridges of the Rhenish Massif, giving the landscape of the Kroppacher Schweiz its particular charm. The trail continues past the hikers' car park at Heimborn and across meadows as far as Ehrlich, where there is a restaurant by the river. It then leads over the Spitze Ley rock, with its view of Steinwingert, to another highlight of the Westerwald-Steig trail, the Weltende (World's End') path. This path is a nature trail which leads through one of the most beautiful parts of the Kroppacher Schweiz and through the romantic silence of unspoilt forest. It gets its name from a gift – in 1451, Wilhelm, Lord of Reichenstein, left Marienstatt Abbey to the village of Flögert. As there was only one path to the village, it became popularly known as 'At the end of the world'. Today, the 'World's End' path is an attractive, challenging hiking trail, where sure-footedness is a must. For less experienced hikers, there is an alternative route on the less spectacular Marienwanderweg path, which continues past Racksen and leads downhill on easy paths through the state forest at Altenkirchen to Marienthal Abbey.
Access paths (marking: green W on a yellow background)

Public transport:

Oberwesterwaldbahn train from Au-Limburg to the train stop at Hattert and then by taxi to Limbach
Return journey from Marienthal Abbey to Limbach: with the Oberwesterwaldbahn train from Au-Limburg once again to the train stop at Hattert and then by taxi to Limbach
www.vectus-online.de

Getting there:

From Hachenburg (south east): via the B414 until the end to Betzdorf/Nister and then continue on the L288 to the Limbach exit
From Altenkirchen (south west): via the B414 until the Gebhardshain/Limbach/Mörsbach/Heimborn exit and then continue on the L265 to the Limbach exit
From Betzdorf (north east): via the L288 to the Limbach exit
From Wissen (north west): via the L289 or L265 to the Limbach exit

Parking:

Limbach, Haus des Gastes (Hardtweg)

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

- Abenteuer Westerwald-Steig, hiking guide with detailed route outlines and elevation profile, 224 pages, ISBN 978-3-93569-064-5, €12.80 - Westerwald-Steig, Schöneres Wandern Pocket, 17 half-day and full-day walks in a pocket-size map, publisher: ideemedia-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-934342-25-5, €10.95 - Rother Wanderführer Westerwald-Steig, publisher: Bergverlag Rother GmbH, from Herborn to Bad Hönningen, 112 pages with 58 colour illustrations, 16 elevation profiles, 16 1:50 000 scale hiking maps, 6 street maps, one small-scale map, ISBN 978-3-7633-4376-8, €10.90

Author’s Map Recommendations

- Wanderkarte-Leporello Westerwald-Steig, hiking map with GPS data and tips for day trips, rest stops and leisure activities, map size (w x h): 18 x 20 cm, 39 pages in total, including 29 pages of maps, ISBN 978-3-89920-461-2, €8.95 - Official WesterWaldSteig trail map for hikers and holidaymakers, 1:50 000 scale map, LVermGeo Rheinland-Pfalz, ISBN 978-3-89637-406-6, €8.50

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Konrad Friedgen
2017-05-02
Die 6. Etappe des Westerwaldsteiges durch die Kroppacher Schweiz von Kloster Marienthal zum Kloster Marienstatt ist einer der längsten, aber auch einer der schönsten Teilabschnitte des Fernwanderweges. Die Route über den Naturpfad Weltende bei Stein-Wingert und durch die idyllischen Täler von Großer und Kleiner Nister sucht in der Region ohne Zweifel ihresgleichen. Fast immer im Angesicht eines der beiden Flüsse, geht es über felsige Steige, schmale Pfade und breite Uferwege hinweg. Mehrere Aussichtspunkte und das begehbare historische Schieferbergwerk auf dem Assberg lassen keine Langeweile aufkommen. Wer die 6. Etappe nicht wie von den Planern vorgesehen in Limbach beendet, sondern so wie wir am Kloster Marienstatt, sollte konditionell gut aufgestellt sein. Satte 27 Kilometer sind zurückzulegen und bis zum Bahnhof Hattert kommen noch einmal 2,5 Kilometer hinzu. Von hier aus verkehrt die Bahn im stündlichen Takt zurück zum Kloster Marienthal. Hier ein Link zum ausführlichen und bebilderten Wanderbericht der Wehrer Watzmänner: http://www.die-wehrer-watzmaenner.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=94:westerwaldsteig-05-etappe-von-marienthal-nach-marienstatt&catid=25&Itemid=120&showall=&limitstart=
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Über Stock und Stein im Naturpfad Weltende
Über Stock und Stein im Naturpfad Weltende
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Im Nistertal bei Alhausen
Im Nistertal bei Alhausen
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Am Zusammenfluss der Großen und Kleinen Nister
Am Zusammenfluss der Großen und Kleinen Nister
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Im historischen Schieferbergwerk Assberg
Im historischen Schieferbergwerk Assberg
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Alte Nisterbrücke in Limbach
Alte Nisterbrücke in Limbach
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community

Christoph Bätzing
2017-02-16
13.02.17 Von Hachenburg in einem Rutsch durch nach Kloster Marienthal. Super Wetter, toll und durchgängig beschildert. Der Weltendenweg ist nicht ohne Risiko hat aber dedhalb auch seinen Reiz. Super Service (extra individuelles fettarmes "gesundes" Frühstück von Marcel im Haus Elisabeth. Danke nochmals!

Marc-Andre Scheyer
2016-07-12
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Difficulty difficult
Distance 20.6 km
Duration 7:00 hrs
Ascent 600 m
Descent 562 m

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