Profile: The Rheinsteig...

.. one of the "Top Trails of Germany", offers 320km of countryside and culture along the Middle Rhine, from the Rheingau region to the Siebengebirge hills. The route has stages suitable for scenic, leisurely walks as well as those for more adventurous hikers that present challenges of a near alpine nature.

Takes walking to another level

The region between Bingen/Rüdesheim and Koblenz – better known as the myth-enshrouded Upper Middle Rhine Valley – is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Steep cliffs frame the narrow path of the river, castles and palaces sit in splendour on the outcrops and pretty little towns follow one after another.

History is well catered for en route: Lorch, for example, is a great place to stop. Kaub is another highlight, home to Gutenfels Castle and the iconic Pfalzgrafenstein. Most of these historical sites – which are too numerous to mention here – stage guided tours, house museums, restaurants and cafés and offer stunning vantage points. Just upriver from St. Goarshausen is the Loreley rock, which towers 132m above the river and features in many a local legend. Marksburg Castle in Braubach is one of the few hilltop castles along the Rhine that has never been destroyed. Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) are both located where the Moselle joins the Rhine in Koblenz.

Charming little towns are the hallmark of the final Rheinsteig stage: Linz with its medieval gates, Bad Honnef opposite the river islands of Grafenwerth and Nonnenwerth, Königswinter where Drachenburg Castle perches atop "Dragon's Rock". These usher the trail into the Siebengebirge hills with its tranquil forests and picture-postcard views down through the valley. No visit to the Rhine is complete without a river cruise or a wine tasting. The latter can be ticked off in a multitude of wine villages and vintners' taverns.

Fast Facts

• 320 km; Bonn  –  Koblenz  –  Wiesbaden
• 23 stages between 8 km and 23 km
• Member of "Top Trails of Germany"
• Award „Germany's most beautiful hiking trail 2006" (Wandermagazin)
• Premium-grade trail awarded by the German Institute of Hiking seal of quality (2006)
• Hessischer Tourismuspreis 2007

More information about the Rheinsteig

More about the Rheinsteig

Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Phone: +49(0)6771/95938-0

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