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.
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.
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.
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.
This hike takes you to some of the more dramatic overlooks of the Lahn river. It starts in the small castle town of Nassau and ends at the ancient Monastery of Arnsberg.