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Holidays in the Westerwald region: Hiking, nature and much more

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  • Birkenhof Brennerei distillery
    Birkenhof Brennerei distillery
  • Regional specialities in the Westerwald
    Regional specialities in the Westerwald
  • Kräuterwind: Producers of regional specialities
    Kräuterwind: Producers of regional specialities
  • Ceramics at Höhr-Grenzhausen: Museum
    Ceramics at Höhr-Grenzhausen: Museum
  • Marienstatt abbey
    Marienstatt abbey

Travel highlights and activities in the Westerwald

Enjoy your holiday in the beautiful nature of the Westerwald. Make an excursion to the Birkenhof Distillery, where one can taste, among others, home-made whisky, liquor and schnapps.

Birkenhof Brennerei distillery at Nistertal

The Birkenhof Brennerei at Nistertal in the Westerwald region is a traditional grain distillery run by the same family since 1848. "New traditions in old barrels make for a smooth blend" is the motto of the award-winning distillery.

The classic schnapps varieties, pear, plum kirsch and apple, are also distilled on site, as are several whiskies. In 1999, the Birkenhof Brennerei was expanded to include a fruit still and now distils liqueurs from various German beers, herbs such as basil and sage, vegetables such as carrots and beetroot and even bread, as well as fruit. 

In 2010, the distillery won three prestigious awards: the prize for best distillery from the Rhineland/Saarland distiller‘s association in Offenburg, a prize from the Chamber of Agriculture and a national award from the Federal Ministry for Agriculture.

The distillery offers a tour that gives visitors the chance to take a detailed look around the distillery, including a tour of the grain and fruit stills. On this tour, visitors learn the differences between the two types of still and get to see a variety of distilling equipment and techniques. They also have the opportunity to taste a range of liqueurs, fruit brandies and specialities from the Westerwald region.

On the Tracks of "White Gold": Out and about in the Kannenbäcker region

There is a long tradition of working with clay in this region and over the centuries, a unique ceramic culture has become established in the Kannenbäcker region. A number of different events are held every year based around ceramics, like the "Höhr-Grenzhausen Fires Ceramics" open days, the "European Ceramics Market" in Höhr-Grenzhausen or even the "European Pottery Market" in Ransbach-Baumbach, at which potters from all over Europe showcase the diversity of their ceramic creations which always attract many visitors to the Kannenbäcker region.
The Kannenbäcker region has grown from being the former supplier of famous salt-glazed jugs and jars to become the centre of ceramic craftsmanship and training. Thus Europe's largest Ceramics Museum is located in Höhr-Grenzhausen. It is well worth visiting the many ceramic workshops in the Kannenbäcker region, in which visitors can look over the shoulders of the craftsmen and women at work.

Kräuterwind: Enjoy the Westerwald region

Producers of Westerwald regional produce and other representatives of back-to-nature, regional life in the Westerwald have come together under the slogan "Kräuterwind-Genussreich Westerwald" (literally Kräuterwind Culinary Abundance in the Westerwald".
Thus, for example, the Kräuterwind Westerwald Garden Route attracts visitors with 40 beautiful garden stops. Kräuterwind landlords cook with a keen instinct for the Westerwald's herbs and regional produce. Kräuterwind manufacturers sell their newly created, high-quality products at the very first regional markets in the Westerwald and Kräuterwind horticultural professionals offer tips and suggestions for your own garden and home life.

Hachenburg Demonstration Brewery

The Hachenburg demonstration brewery is today the most important family brewery in the Westerwald, not least because of its many popular events, like the Hachenburg Pils Cup. The Hachenburg Brewery also attracts visitors with its Beer Sommelier Tastings and Professional "Tapping" Courses. In September the brewery also invites visitors to get involved with the hop harvest in its own hop garden at its annual Hop Pickers' Festival. Guided tours of the individual stages of production in the brewery are possible, as is a detour to the brewery cinema, where visitors can learn more about Hachenburg beer specialities.

Castles, Palaces and Monasteries in the Westerwald

The palaces and castles of the Westerwald region are proud testimonies of the past. Take a journey back in time and visit Grenzau Castle, for example, with the only triangular keep in Germany or the Crottorf Moated Castle in Friesenhagen. The tower of the Hartenfels castle ruins is also called "Schmanddipp" as it resembles a pot of cream. Montabaur Palace, which is now a four-star hotel, offers historical style and a range of top-class spa and wellness treatments. Switch off from everyday life and refocus on the important things in life in selected monasteries in the Westerwald.

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Kirche Maria Himmelfahrt (Foto: Touristik-Verband Wiedtal e.V., Quelle: Touristikverband Wiedtal e.V.)

Kath. Pfarrkirche Maria Himmelfahrt | Waldbreitbach

Built by the Teutonic Order at the beginning of the 13th century. The tower from this time has been preserved. In two of its sound holes, the...

Kleiner Markt (Quelle: Tourist-Information Montabaur)

Kleiner Markt | Montabaur

Small Market Square

This is where the daily dairy market was held in the Middle Ages. It is nicknamed the Trichter (funnel), as it is so...

Mutter rosa  (Foto: Waldbreitbacher Franziskanerinnen, Quelle: Touristikverband Wiedtal e.V.)

Mutter-Rosa Kapelle | Niederbreitbach

The mother Rosa Chapel from the year 2003 was erected in honor of Margaretha Flesch in the Fockenbach valley.

St. Josefshaus (Foto: Touristik-Verband Wiedtal e.V., Quelle: Touristikverband Wiedtal e.V.)

St. Josefshaus | Hausen/Wied

Founder's house of the Franciscan Brothers of the Holy Cross in Hausen, arose from the cross-chapel by the Franciscan brothers Anton Weber and...

Angeln in der Wied, Waldbreitbach (Foto: Touristik-Verband Wiedtal e.V., Quelle: Touristikverband Wiedtal e.V.)

Angeln in der Wied | Waldbreitbach

Fishing permits for the fishing sections Roßbach, Waldbreitbach, Hausen and Niederbreitbach are available from the local tourist office...

Klostergarten (Foto: Waldbreitbacher Franziskanerinnen, Quelle: Touristikverband Wiedtal e.V.)

Klostergarten der Waldbreitbacher Franziskanerinnen | Waldbreitbach

Edible flowers, herbs in your varied healing power. Natural science seminars for children and adults at weekends

Flyer Andre Graw (Quelle: Tourist-Information "Hoher Westerwald")

Planwagen- und Schlittenfahrt | Irmtraut

Plane rides through the beautiful Westerwald!


Plan with us for example: family excursions, bachelor parties, vintage...

Aussenansicht (Quelle: Tourist-Information Hachenburger Westerwald)

Altes Rathaus Hachenburg | Hachenburg

The old town hall


This baroque timber-frame building now houses the Tourist Information Office, KulturZeit,

the City...

Historische Ölmühle an der Wied (Foto: Touristik-Verband Wiedtal e.V., Quelle: Touristikverband Wiedtal e.V.)

Ölmühle | Waldbreitbach

The oldest mill of its kind in the Rhineland. It received its first concession by Kurköln in 1676, but was destroyed by a flood four years...

Scheids Mühle (Foto: Touristik-Verband Wiedtal e.V., Quelle: Touristikverband Wiedtal e.V.)

Scheids Mühle | Waldbreitbach

Scheidsmühle, next to the oil mill. Former Kurfürstliche Bann-Mühle Kurkölns from the 17th century, is now used as a private dwelling-house.

Luh-Kapellchen im Winter (Foto: Touristik-Verband Wiedtal e.V., Quelle: Touristikverband Wiedtal e.V.)

Luh-Kapellchen | Waldbreitbach

A sacred house dedicated to St. Apollonia in Waldbreitbach-Glockscheid. The saint, who was revered there, was visited by a toothache and asked for...

Altes Rathaus (Quelle: Tourist-Information Montabaur)

Altes Rathaus | Montabaur

Old Town Hall

This imposing neo-Gothic redbrick building was built in 1870. It is the third Town-Hall on this site. The town hall is also...

Aussichtspunkt Malberg (Foto: Touristik-Verband Wiedtal e.V., Quelle: Touristikverband Wiedtal e.V.)

Aussichtspunkt Malberg | Hausen/Wied

Lookout plateau with summit cross From the 373 m high Malberg peak you have a great panorama view. The newly installed Panoramatafel explains the...

Basaltlehrpfad am Malbergsee (Foto: Dominik Ketz, Quelle: Touristikverband Wiedtal e.V.)

Basaltlehrpfad Malbergsee | Hausen/Wied

Former basalt rupture for the column basalt near the village district of cocks, an educational path with infotafes provides information on the...

Schnupperkurse DI (Foto: NEW Gbr, Quelle: Tourist-Information "Hoher Westerwald")

Bogenparcours Hof Dapprich | Seck

Experience nature first hand! - New attractive leisure activities at Hofgut Dapprich in the new NaturErlebnisWelt Hofgut Dapprich GbR. (NEW). In...