Two spectacular long-distance hiking routes lead through the Romantic Rhine valley, the Rheinsteig and RheinBurgenWeg trails: They follow narrow paths and challenging inclines, leading to forests, vineyards, castles and spectacular views. In addition, short hiking trails of stunning beauty await!
The Rheinsteig, one of the "Top Trails of Germany", offers about 320 km 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. 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, 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.
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.
For further information about the stages please visit the following webpage "Hiking on the Rheinsteig trail".
• 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
• Hessischer Tourismuspreis 2007
Along its picturesque route across green meadows, forests, and vineyards, the RheinBurgenWeg leads hikers past numerous fortresses and castles on more than 195 kilometres of trails. Almost like time travel, your hiking boots will carry you to numerous masterpieces of Rhenish architecture from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Many of the formidable and fortified castles with their towers and battlement-topped walls can be toured.
For all those, who love adventure, the RheinBurgenWeg with its Middle Rhine via ferrata in Boppard, and the Oelsbergsteig Trail near Oberwesel, two vie ferrate are offered as alternatives to the hiking route. Experience Alpine thrills! Breathtaking views will reward the high-adrenaline ascent, for which physical stamina and surefootedness are an absolute must.
Those seeking the much-praised romantic Rhine ambiance in a glass of the region‘s famous wine will find everything they are looking for on a hike along the RheinBurgenWeg. One of the most famous German wine-growing regions, the Middle Rhine Valley, reaches from Bingen to Bonn, with the trail practically mimicking its course. The vineyard inns and wine taverns at the various wineries invite you to rest your weary feet, and also offer some of the traditional Middle Rhine cuisine to accompany their products.
For further information about the stages please visit the following webpage "Hiking on the RheinBurgenWeg trail".
Three regions with different characteristics meet in the Rhine-Moselle-Eifel triangle of Koblenz. Here, short hiking trails of stunning beauty await, the so-called "Traumpfade".
The hiking tour planner provides you with all the necessary information.