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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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Luftbildaufnahme (Foto: Dominik Ketz, Quelle: Tourist-Information Hachenburger Westerwald)

Schloss Hachenburg | Hachenburg

Hachenburg Castle


The city‘s castle is located at Hachenburg‘s highest point. The unique location of the castle...

Kirchstraße (Foto: Stadt Montabaur , Quelle: Tourist-Information Montabaur)

Kirchstraße | Montabaur

Church Street

The "Kirchstraße" is dominated by the half-timbered houses of the old patrician families. The timbered frames are...

Konrad-Adenauer-Platz (Foto: Stadt Montabaur , Quelle: Tourist-Information Montabaur)

Konrad-Adenauer-Platz | Montabaur

Konrad-Adenauer Square

Over the years this modern square in the heart of the town has been used for a variety of purposes, including a...

Themenweg Ton (Foto: Verbandsgemeinde Montabaur, Quelle: Tourist-Information Montabaur)

Themenweg Ton | Boden

The theme trail "Ton" with its two 11 km long hiking trails "theme trail Ton red" and "theme trail Ton blue" offers...

Siegerland-Flughafen  (Foto: Siegerland FLughafen, Quelle: Tourist-Information "Hoher Westerwald")

Siegerland-Flughafen | Liebenscheid

Welcome to Germany's second highest traffic airport!

The central location in the Dreiländer-Eck North Rhine-Westphalia,...

Marktbrunnen (Foto: Stadt Montabaur , Quelle: Tourist-Information Montabaur)

Marktbrunnen | Montabaur

Market Fountain

The Market Fountain stands on the site of an old well. On the central pillar the 13 town gates and the symbols of the 13...

IWQ (Foto: IWQ, Quelle: Tourist-Information "Hoher Westerwald")

Draisinenfahrten | Rennerod

You want...

... let fresh air blow around your nose?

... a charming mid-mountain landscape experience?

... spend a nice and...

Blick ins Fockenbachtal (Foto: Touristik-Verband Wiedtal e.V., Quelle: Touristikverband Wiedtal e.V.)

Fockenbachtal | Niederbreitbach

The carless valley is a particularly protected landscape part of the nature park Rhein-Westerwald and is ideal for hiking and cycling trips.

Aussenansicht (Foto: Dominik Ketz, Quelle: Tourist-Information Hachenburger Westerwald)

Vogtshof Hachenburg | Hachenburg

The Vogtshof is a pretty timber-frame building that was erected at the beginning of the 17th

Century on the site of a late-medieval...

Katholische Kirche (Foto: Domink Ketz, Quelle: Tourist-Information Hachenburger Westerwald)

Katholische Franziskanerkirche Maria Himmelfahrt | Hachenburg

The Catholic church - a Baroque Franciscan chapel


As we have seen, all worldly business was well provided for in the city,...

Hotel zur Krone (Foto: Dominik Ketz, Quelle: Tourist-Information Hachenburger Westerwald)

Steinernes Haus / Hotel zur Krone | Hachenburg

According to what we now know, the origins of the „Steinernes Haus“ hark back to a dark episode

in the past of the city. At the end of the...

Frontansicht (Foto: Stadt Montabaur, 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...

Stadtwald (Foto: Stadt Montabaur , Quelle: Tourist-Information Montabaur)

Stadtwald | Montabaur

Most of the city's forests are located in the heart of Nassau. As a place of rest and recreation, and as a sports center, Stadtwald is also...

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

St. Michael-Kirche | Roßbach/Wied

The chapel was mentioned for the first time in 1578;

Commende Waldbreitbach (Foto: Viktor Schicker, Quelle: Touristikverband Wiedtal e.V.)

Commende | Waldbreitbach

The commnde in Waldbreitbach, the former house of the Germanherren-Ritterorden, is mentioned for the first time in 1239 and stands above the...