The Kransberg palace is a 19th-century villa constructed on the ruins of a medieval castle and today is in private ownership. However, it provides for some picturesque viewpoints. This hike takes a leisurely jaunt through the forests and agricultural landscapes of the Hintertaunus.
Hiking: Taunus Panorama
This hike offers something of an introduction to the landscape of the Tanus. Walking between rolling fields, meadows, dense forest, and half-timbered homes, this portion of the Westerwald offers a fairy-tale-like experience. This particular path is meant as more of a guide rather than a definitive route. There's no need to complete the entire loop once you have seen enough.
Hiking: Along the Limes and Westwall
The entire Taunus is covered in traces of the Roman period, from castles, villas, and remnants of the Limes or the border wall that marked the edge of the empire. This hike takes you on a hike along a particularly well-preserved portion of the Limes, and some remnants of the final days of the Second World War.
Hiking: The Crystal Caverns of Weilburg
The forests of the Westerwald sit above the remnants of ancient volcanic activity, and the rolling landscape varies between hard basalt bedrock and tuff or limestone layers. The varied geology is responsible for the mineral wealth that was once extracted from the region but has also created numerous limestone and volcanic caverns. This hike takes you on a loop trail through the Kubacher crystal cavern, which is unique in Germany for its crystal stalagmites and stalactites.
Top Three Destinations in the Westerwald
If you wanted the quick Westerwald experience, there is a definite answer to the question of "What should I see first?". With these three destinations, you will have experienced a bit of everything that the Westerwald has to offer.