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Next to the multifaceted offers of the city itself, thanks to the scenic and appealing surrounding, Wetzlar has established itself as a successful tourist location.

Kanufahrer auf der Lahn und im Hintergrund die Alte Lahnbrücke
© Dominik Ketz

The city lies on the riverpaths of Lahn und Dill. The Lahn valley separates the two low-mountain-range landscapes of Taunus und Westerwald. The beautiful surroundings offer a multitude of possibilities for recreational activities. Because of this, Wetzlar is not only a destination for city tourists, but also a starting-point for active vacationers.

The 240-km long, well signposted Lahn Valley Bicycle Path for the most part leads through the valley and links the cities on the river with each other. A canoe tour is a further possibility to discover the Lahn valley, a mode of transportation that is appreciated by more and more nature-lovers. In the spirit of sustainable tourism, docks to load / unload people off boats have been built, to conserve the banks of the rivers. Numerous hiking trails also invite to take extended walks.

Furthermore, Wetzlar, with the Domblickbad and the Europabad, has two swimming pools which are famous beyond the city borders, and even the clubs offer a colourful palette of sport types.


Junge im Kletterwald
Junge im Kletterwald © Kletterwald

Whoever is interested in the preservation of nature can gather further information in the Naturschutzzentrum Hessen (Nature Conservation Centre of Hesse). A Bodenerlebnispfad ("Soil Discovery Path") provides interesting information on the function, use and the endangerment of the soil.

On the Naturhochseilanlage (Nature High Wire Facility) in the 20,000-m2 "Abenteuerparcours Wetzlar" (Adventure Forest Wetzlar), you can let yourself hang, climb and slide on and from the trees.

The establishment of the Rittal Arena has resulted in an increase in sports opportunities. With a capacity of up to 6,000 visitors, the arena is not only a stage for concerts, theatres and musicals, but has also become a centre for big sports events. It is the most modern multi-function arena of Central Hessen.

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