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Westerwald - Forest Range in the Heart of Germany

The Westerwald boasts forests, plateaus, river valleys and romantic villages with half-timbered houses. The heavily eroded mountain range about 40 kilometers north-west of Frankfurt is the perfect spot for nature lovers in search of a relaxing holiday.

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The many hiking trails are the best way to explore the region. The Westerwaldsteig is 235 kilometers long and is one of Germany's most attractive hiking trails. It runs through the Westerwald Lake Plateau to Birkenhof Distillery, where you can watch schnapps being made and, of course, taste the product. Hachenburg, with its Baroque castle on a basalt outcrop, is easily visible from a distance. The castle was once home to the Counts of Sayn. The town's half-timbered buildings are typical of the region. In the countryside around Hasselbach, about five kilometers away, sculptor Erwin Wortelkamp has created "Im Tal," a landscape garden and sculpture park, together with 40 artists and landscape architects. The artworks are integrated into the natural surroundings, linking them closely to the Westerwald.