Degree of difficulty:
Some experience is an advantage
No license asked for hired boats
Character of waterway:
back to nature, with urban surroundings
Profile of waterway:
Used by tourists only
Wharfs, Marinas, Harbors, Facilities, Houseboat hirers, Restaurants and Shops.
The source lies in the Rothaargebirge, in the south easterly part of Nordrhein-Westfalen at the border to Hessen. After 242 km it flows at Lahnstein into the Rhine.
Around 1600 River Lahn was deepened for navigation the first time, from 1808 the continuation to the mouth of the Aar at Diez followed. After the development for big vessels up to 300 tons was terminated in 1964, commercial shipping with this size of vessels had exceeded its zenith already and this meant that it was closed down in 1981. Since then, River Lahn is used for leisure navigation between Lahnstein and Dehrn and the upper part is lively frequented by canoeists.
Even though, the river would be suitable for commercial traffic; it has now become a favorite with leisure navigation. It is very much estimated that one can berth or anchor nearly everywhere. The very charming places and castles on the way are an additional attraction.
Now open for yacht charter
The River has provisionally been taken into the category which can be navigated with a charter permit.
Wine and Dine
As can be expected along a river, the Lahn can recommend its vines.
These are, as elsewhere in the southwest of Germany, mainly Riesling, Müller Thurgau and Blauburgunder.
But one or two beer might be taken from time to time too…!
Lahnstein / Bad Ems / Dausenau / Laurenburg / Balduinstein / Limburg / Dietkirchen / Dehrn
To the country
Links on this page and on the detailed map of this waterway.