Outdoor nature and adventure in Germany
  • Hiking trail Holzbachschlucht

    Westernoher Str. 7a, 56477

    How to Get There?


      The Deutsche Bahn ICE is running on a regular basis between Cologne and Montabaur. From here take the Bus Rhein Mosel Bus line 116 to Rennerod Bus station.

      DB BAHN

      Cologne is not far (about 1,20hours). Follow the highway A4 and A45 and take the exit “Haiger-Burbach”. Coming from Frankfurt simply follow the A3 direction Cologne, take the exit “Limburg-Nord” and follow the B49 and B54 direction Siegen right to the town center in Rennerod.

      GPS coordinates

      LATITUDE: 50.606709
      LONGTITUDE: 8.067052



      The airport is only a short car ride away from Rennerod (appox 1,20hours). Coming from Frankfurt simply follow the A3 direction Cologne, take the exit “Limburg-Nord” and follow the B49 and B54 direction Siegen right to the town center in Rennerod.

      Nearest airport

      Frankfurt am Main (FRA)

    Why Go There?

    The "Hoher Westerwald" (high Westerwald) welcomes its visitors. Leave the everyday life behind you, pack your hiking boots, your Nordic walking poles, their trunks or your bike and just make holiday.

    Quiet but not too far from the Metropolitan centers Rhine-Ruhr and Rhine-Main, the Hoher Westerwald offers a tart beautiful landscape that invites you to discover the Westerwald actively in all seasons and experience! Lush green meadows, the treetops, pierced by light and the variety of colorful flowers produce a breathtaking experience for all senses. With a kaleidoscope of colors, smells, and sounds, the area around Rennerod is a very unique piece of Westerwald which is better known as the "Hoher Westerwald".

    Deep forests, wide vistas, lakes, historical and cultural monuments and natural formations are waiting to get explored. Enjoy the crystal clear water of streams, rivers and lakes. Breathe the clear, fresh air, lush green valleys and lofty heights. Hear the noise of the Woods and wander or cycle through the varied nature. The "Hoher Westerwald"opens its visitors a "green oasis" right between the cities of Cologne and Frankfurt. The high Westerwald is perfect for connoisseurs, nature lovers, animal lovers, hikers, cyclists, and many more.

    The Hiking trail in the "Holzbachschlucht" (gorge) is probably the most exciting way to explore the "Hoher Westerwald" and it´s beautiful nature. A picture as painted: Maple, ash, and Elm turn at an acute angle of crystal clear water, gurgling falling over powerful gems. 30 metre Tower rock faces in the sky. Tens of thousands of years has the Holzbach river worked on this Idyll, which drilled mm for millimeters through the basalt and created one of the most impressive river breakthroughs of the Westerwald.

    The wood in the "Holzbachschlucht" (gorge) is one of the oldest Westerwald nature protection areas. Already in 1929, Prussian authorities placed the Gorge under protection. The Holzbach river is a minor stream of the Elbe river and gave the Valley its Gorge character. Since also the vegetation such as from past days is: there are beech Hall forests, bizarre formations of Deadwood and many wild herbs. On both sides of the stream, a trail leads hikers right through nature. Panels with explanations are everywhere and make it easier for visitors to the determination of plants and animals.

    The town centre of Rennerod (tourist information Office) is the ideal starting point to explore this beautiful area by foot, cross the Hauptstraße (B54) and turn right onto the Friedhofsweg and follow the road uphill. At the cemetery follow over straight up to the edge of the forest, then left the signs of the Westerwald-Steig. The trail leads past the fabled "Seitenstein" - a basalt formation jutting out of the Earth. The trail continues up to the K51 (Hellenhahn-Schellenberg – Seck) and leads past the great and small Secker pond. There is also a campsite with restaurant located right on the large Secker pond. Please continue following the signs of the Westerwald-Steig and you will reach the farmyard Dapprich and the road to "Holzbachschlucht" nature reserve.

    In the village of Rennerod and take the the tourist information Officeas a starting point. Cross the Hauptstraße (B54) and turn right onto the Friedhofweg (trail next to the cemetry) and follow the road uphill. The trail leads past the fabled "Seitenstein" - a basalt formation jutting out of the Earth. The trail continues up to the K51 (Hellenhahn-Schellenberg – Seck). The trail leads past the great undholzbachschluchtherbst of small Secker pond. These can be circled in both directions on the trail R29 following natural paths. A bridge connects both sides of banks at the end of the Gorge. Back at the Court Dapprich (refreshments in the farmyard Café) continue on the R24 in the direction of Seck. Only on a small path, later on a gravel road the trail leads to the entrance of Seck, where we hike after crossing the main road on the R21 “Ferdinand-Werner-Straße” and “Schinnhohl” left to the Church. Left the cemetery and at the fire station turn left onto the Hellenhahner road, then turn right on the Fackenhahner way to leave the place and follow the R21 back to Rennerod.

    Location Details

    Escape Address: Westernoher Str. 7a, 56477 , Rennerod, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

    Things to do close by!


    Cyclists can explore the Westerwald on 10 signposted routes with a total length of over 700 kilometers. Go out and discover the region by bike is an unforgettable experience and perfect to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.


    Interested in rural living of the 18th to 20th century-visit the Landschaftsmuseum. In scenic parkland on the outskirts of Hachenburg, visitors can explore typical buildings of the region experience rural living, living and working, as it was customary in the Westerwald long time ago. At Museum festivals large and small visitors can experience through trial and error, how the Westerwald people previously handled their painstaking work. More information here www.landschaftsmuseum-westerwald.de

    Ski & winter sport

    When the winter time arrives you should hole is not at home. Enjoy the healthy climate and unspoiled nature in the Hoher Westerwald. Winter sports enthusiasts come here fully at your expense. Departure is possible at the Salzburger Kopf, as well as at the Oberroder node.

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