Lahn cycle tour: 8 days on the Lahn cycle path Koblenz – source of the Lahn and back to the Rhine

8 Days

Your trip

Gen West! The Lahntal cycle path towards the evening sun

Runkel Lahn

We start this wonderful cycle tour down the Lahn in Koblenz. From there, a bus transfer will take us to the source of the Lahn the day after our arrival. A first short circular tour through the Siegen mountains to the Obernau drinking water reservoir will loosen up your muscles and tighten your saddle. Off we go to the west!

You will spend eight days and seven nights on the river with its castles, palaces, weirs, locks, monasteries, churches and people along the river – until the route takes you back to Lahnstein on the Father Rhine.

If at all possible, you can plan your day of arrival and departure so that you still have a little time for Koblenz with its fortresses, the old town, the Moselle, the Deutsches Eck, the nearby Marksburg near Braubach or the Prussian princess castle of Stolzenfels.

Accommodation

On this tour you have the choice between two different categories. We book for you according to your wishes
> in the“Standard” category, good 3-star inns and mid-range hotels or
> in the“Comfort” category, good to very good inns and comfort hotels at 3- and 4-star level or – if you are looking for something special.

An extensive cyclist’s breakfast is included on all our cycle tours in all hotels.

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The route

lahnradwegThe cycle path in the Lahn Valley takes you along the banks of one of the most romantic and unspoiled rivers in Germany. Magnificent castles and palaces, picturesque villages and a unique natural landscape make this cycle tour an unforgettable experience.

You cover a total of around 360 km in 7 daily stages of 20 and 70 km each. The route is predominantly flat to hilly, tending to follow the course of the river downhill on dedicated cycle paths. Always follow the Lahn cycle path. Occasionally it also takes you along local and regional roads with little to moderate traffic.

Travel documents

Before the start of your trip, we will send you a link by e-mail where you will find the digital travel documents such as your hotel list, voucher, route map, travel information and GPS data to help you prepare for your bike tour.

You will also receive a printed package of documents at the start hotel. Among other things, it contains all the map material.

Maps and navigation

You can find the entire tour as a collection at komoot . If you want to use the maps for navigation, please install – if not already done – the komoot app on your mobile device a few days BEFORE your trip. To do so, please register at komoot.de. Then download the tours from this collection to your device. Please contact us with any questions in advance of your trip.

You can find the Komoot app at the following link: https://support.komoot.com/hc/de/articles/4402496387098-Komoot-App-herunterladen.

We provide you with a Komoot app tour package for this trip. Please book this as an additional service once per trip and receive it in return:

> The komoot – world package with unlimited use …

> Your bike navigation for this trip for your cell phone as a supplement to your travel documents.

> With just a few clicks, you can call up the ready-made cycle tours.

> The maps can be called up at any time, even without Internet reception.

> They use the app for a lifetime of precise navigation and great adventures.

> You will find highlights and recommendations from the komoot community at great locations worldwide.

> You receive topographical maps with free updates.

Rental bicycles

Robust touring bikes: 7 speeds with hub gears and coaster brake or 21 speeds with derailleur gears and freewheel, comfort saddle, 28 inch with different frame heights.

Electric bikes:

With your electric bike, unisex bike with freewheel, you will feel the lightness of traveling. You have your eyes open to the world around you. The electric bike is particularly advantageous for cyclists with different levels of physical fitness and ensures that everyone can ride at the same speed.

The well-sprung bike lets you cycle comfortably, even if the terrain is a little bumpier for a short time. With the electric bike, you can experience assisted cycling on a whole new level. Despite the motor assistance, it is a bicycle in the legal sense. There is therefore no requirement for a driver’s license or helmet. However, we strongly recommend wearing a helmet on all trips, regardless of the type of bike.

The carrier shown at the front is equipped with one handlebar axle per room, in which you can comfortably transport your navigation device and light day luggage.

Accessories, insurance, breakdown assistance for rental bikes

Each rental bike on this tour is equipped with a waterproof, spacious saddle bag as well as a tool set, an air pump, an odometer and a lock. You will also receive a handlebar bag per room, and a second saddle bag per bike on request.

If you rent a bike, rental bike insurance against theft and damage is automatically included. In the event of theft or damage to the rental bike, you will not incur any costs. Of course, negligent or willful acts are excluded from the comprehensive cover. The bike must be locked and the keys to the rental bike must still be in your possession. Please refer to the information in the travel documents. Also excluded are accessories such as saddlebags and handlebar bags incl. Contents, odometer, e-bike display, etc.

Should damage occur to a rental bike, simply call the service hotline provided to you. In the rare event of a flat tire, a puncture repair kit is available for every rental bike. Tools and a spare hose are available for self-help.

Own bikes

It is possible to bring your own bikes, but at your own risk. The hotel offers free lockable and covered bicycle parking. You will find the bike room in the hotel’s own parking garage directly opposite the main entrance. Please ask for the key at the reception. Please lock bikes in the bike room again specifically.

For possible damages etc. on the own bike during the whole bike trip as well as during transport trips can not be liable. For your own safety, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours.

Please note that we do not provide a breakdown and emergency assistance service on this tour if you are using your own bike. You will find bike stores and workshops along the way. Almost the entire way you can shorten by public transport (train, bus, boat).

Dates

We offer the tour from April to October.

Arrival

Koblenz main stationKoblenz is easily accessible by train – and the train ride through the Middle Rhine World Heritage Site is an experience in itself!

We therefore recommend that you start your vacation at home. Relax during the train journey against the magnificent backdrop of the Rhine Valley, its castles, small towns and mountains. Rent the bikes and ride the train without stress. Info at www.bahn.de.

Car / Parking

In some cases, parking is available directly at the hotels or public parking is available in the surrounding area. Advance reservations are not possible. Please pay all costs incurred directly on site. An overview of the – very limited – parking spaces on the island can be found on the Internet under this link. For further information, you can contact the respective arrival hotel after receiving your hotel list.

Notes

Please note our information on entering Germany. Please also see our notes on package tours.

Tops of the tour

  • The towns on the Lahn: half-timbered idyll, castles, palaces, fairy tales and modernity, guided tour of Wetzlar included
  • The Lahn from its source to its mouth - lovely, mighty, powerful, magical, beautiful!
  • Koblenz, the secret capital of the Rhineland Burgenland

Day by day

Individual arrival in Koblenz :
Day 1: Friday

Individual arrival in Koblenz

Koblenz Deutsches EckThe Rhine and Moselle await you! Koblenz, garrison and border town, capital of the former Rhenish Republic, is probably one of the most underrated cities in Germany. Once a place of longing, it has long been overshadowed by its mountains as a town of civil servants and soldiers. But Koblenz is one thing above all: well worth living in – and always worth a visit!

This round trip from and to Koblenz begins on the day with a bus transfer from Koblenz to Netphen to the source of the Lahn.

You therefore have the first day free for your arrival. Do you still have a little time left? Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful old town on the banks of the Rhine and Moselle around the Deutsches Eck. Take the train to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and its parks, which have been waiting for their visitors in a decorative way, especially since the Federal Garden Show in Koblenz.

Is there still a little time left – before or after the tour? Visit the Marksburg, the only completely preserved hilltop castle from the Middle Ages on the Rhine near Braubach – or opposite the Stolzenfels Castle, which has been resurrected as a Prussian princess castle. Cycle up the Moselle to Kobern Gondorf and enjoy the friendliness of this wine country.

Hot tip: Whenever possible – travel by train. The Rhine Valley Railway with all its castles and small towns in the Loreley valley is a vacation experience in itself.

Koblenz - Lahnquelle :
Day 2: Saturday

Transfer Koblenz – Netphen, round trip Lahnquelle – Obernau-See, approx. 25 km, 500 m elevation gain ↑↓, ~ 3 h

Tomorrow the bus will take you from Koblenz to Netphen, the source of the Lahn.

Take advantage of the still young day for a round trip through the beautiful Hessian mountains and Siegerland. Cycle relaxed to the Obernau dam and back. You can find the recommended route on komoot under: Round tour Lahnquelle – Obernau-See.

Obernau Dam

Breakfast
Netphen, Lahnquelle - Marburg :
Day 3: Sunday

Cycle tour Netphen, Lahnquelle – Marburg, 70 km, 200 m elevation gain ↑, 600 ↓, ~ 5 h

The small Lahn has its source at an altitude of 600 m in an idyllic spring pond. Further downstream, half-timbered towns such as Bad Laasphe and Biedenkopf await you. The crowning highlight of today is the university town of Marburg.

Breakfast
Marburg - Wetzlar :
Day 4: Monday

Cycle tour Marburg – Wetzlar, approx. 70 km, 320 m elevation gain ↑, 370 ↓, ~ 5 h

Once you have left the hustle and bustle of Marburg’s winding alleyways behind you, the landscape changes.

The slopes become flatter and bathing lakes lure you into the cool water. The attractive town of Giessen awaits you before you cycle to the very special gem of Wetzlar. Take part in the city tour through the historic city center.

wetzlar on the lahn bridge paddling

Breakfast
Wetzlar - Limburg :
Day 5: Tuesday

Cycle tour Wetzlar – Limburg, approx. 70 km, 320 m elevation gain ↑, 370 ↓, ~ 5 h

Numerous sights are lined up side by side: the pretty little town of Weilburg with its impressive castle and the marble town of Villmar. The magnificent cathedral and the well-preserved, romantic half-timbered old town are impressive in Limburg.

Limburg Cathedral

Breakfast
Limburg - Bad Ems :
Day 6: Wednesday

Cycle tour Limburg – Bad Ems, 55 km, 400 m elevation gain ↑, 450 m ↓, ~ 4 h

You follow the numerous loops and meanders of the Lahn as it makes its way through the densely wooded landscape of the Nassau Nature Park. The old town of Diez and the famous spa town of Bad Ems are the cultural highlights of today’s stage.

bad ems an der lahn kurhaus

Enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of cake in the baroque bathing castle.

Breakfast
Bad Emd - Koblenz :
Day 7: Thursday

Cycle tour Bad Ems – Boppard, 30 km, 150 m elevation gain ↑↓, ~ 3 h

From Bad Ems, it is not far to the meeting point with the great European river, the Rhine, in Lahnstein. The cycle path takes you south on the right bank of the Rhine past Lahneck Castle and Marksburg Castle through the romantic, narrow Rhine valley to Boppard. A leisurely boat trip takes you back to Koblenz.

ferry boppard rhine

Alternative: Cycle tour Bad Ems – Koblenz, 20 km, 100 m elevation gain ↑↓, ~ 3 h

marksburg brauch rhein

Be it by bike or boat. Back in Koblenz, you can enjoy the evening and look back on your cycle tour at the Deutsches Eck, the epitome of Rhine romance at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle under Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

Breakfast
Koblenz - Farewell to the Rhine :
Day 8: Friday

Farewell to Koblenz or extension on the Rhine and Moselle

Individual journey home – or an extra day on the Rhine, in the heart of the Middle Rhine World Heritage Site?

There is still plenty to experience: Visit the Marksburg, the only completely preserved hilltop castle from the Middle Ages on the Rhine near Braubach – or the Brug Stolzenfels opposite, which has been resurrected as a Prussian princess castle.

Marksburg Braubach Rhine

Cycle up the Moselle to Kobern Gondorf and enjoy the friendliness of this wine country.

Or – why not come back to the Rhine and Moselle: how about a hike along the Rheinsteig or a Moselle-Rhine cycle tour?

Koblenz - Rhine and Moselle

The West is looking forward to your return!

Breakfast
Hotel

Services

included in the travel package:

  • 7 x overnight stays in the desired category
  • 7 x rich cyclist breakfast buffet
  • Daily luggage transport with no limit on the number of pieces of luggage between 09:00 and 17:30
  • Complete bike rental insurance, if booked
  • Boat trip Boppard - Koblenz incl. Bike, not available before 26.04.
  • When booking Cat. Comfort: Coffee + cake in the Badeschloss Bad Ems
  • Well-prepared travel documents
  • GPS data on request, Komoot navigation app, if booked
  • 7-day service hotline

not included:

  • Arrival and departure
  • Visitor's tax or tourist tax
  • All special services not explicitly listed under included services

Dates and prices

Departure 2024: Fridays in the …
Season 1 04.10. – 04.10.
Season 2 27.09. – 27.09.
Season 3 26.04. – 02.05.
Season 4 03.05. – 20.09.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
Standard double room with breakfast / pers 680 € 880 € 900 € 960 €
Standard room with breakfast 920 € 1.120 € 1.140 € 1.200 €
Double room Comfort with breakfast / pers 800 € 1.000 € 1.010 € 1.070 €
Single room Comfort with breakfast 1.080 € 1.280 € 1.300 € 1.350 €
Rental bikes
Touring bike 125 €
E-bike 250 €
Additional nights with breakfast per person and night
Destination Koblenz after the trip DZ Standard / Pers 80 €
Destination Koblenz after the trip EZ Standard 140 €
Destination Koblenz after the trip DZ Comfort / pers 90 €
Destination Koblenz after the trip EZ Comfort 150 €
Additional services
Komoot – Navi – App 30 €
Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel: additional option of guaranteed delivery by 3.00 pm 50 €
Bike transfer Koblenz – Lahnquelle by bus: bring your own bike 50 €
Please make sure to book the option “Transport bike” for the transportation on day 2 from Koblenz to Netphen to the source of the Lahn if you want to bring your own bike! Note: This trip only takes place with a minimum of 2 participants.
Can I stay an extra night?

Yes, of course. We are happy to offer you additional nights in Villingen, Heidelberg or an intermediate stage of this tour. Enjoy your time by the river. She is beautiful! Please simply select “Extra night” when booking.

What happens if I break down or have an accident while driving?

Please note that we cannot provide on-site service for your own bikes on the road on this tour. In the event of a breakdown, please try to get back to Lindau on your own. Along the entire cycle path there are several emergency stations, repair kits and also bicycle repair shops. Almost the entire bike path can also be shortened by public transport (train, bus, boat). If you have booked rental bikes, please call the service hotline.

What do I do in bad weather?

Well, then: Actually, you are traveling in the warmest region of Germany with the most hours of sunshine – and for the most part, the weather is better than it first appears from your hotel room in the morning. But when it’s actually freezing and frosty and windy and pouring down? Have a nice day in the destinations of your ship tours, buy a train ticket and go back to Constance a little frustrated but warm and dry. The entire lake is well connected by train, bus and boat. A special tip for particularly gloomy days are the Bodenseetherme in Konstanz. At Hörnle in the district of Staad, within walking distance from the old town along the lake path in the direction of the Meersburg car ferry, you can enjoy the gray, wet and cold lake like in hardly any other place. Stop by https://www.therme-konstanz.de/

Where can I charge my battery when I am on the road with the e-bike?

To be honest – we don’t really have a good answer to that. In your hotel, it is prohibited to charge the batteries unattended in the hotel room for fire safety reasons. In exceptional cases, you can ask the reception to charge your battery. Ask along the way at restaurants you visit. Many houses are set up for this.

Map

Please note: You can vary the tour suggestions as you wish. If you want to follow our tour suggestions, please install the KOMOOT app on your mobile device BEFORE you start your tour. Save this komoot - collection to your device and follow the maps or use the navigation function of komoot. If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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