The fortified border linking the Rhine and the Danube, over 500 kilometres long, is heralded as the biggest archaeological field monument in Central Europe. Domitian had his Roman wall erected between 81 and 96 AD. Not far from the starting point of this stage of the Rheinsteig, very close to the Rhine, stands Limes watch tower number 1. If you’d like to find out more about the Romans, you can visit the RömerWelt museum; an access path takes you the 300 metres to the entrance.
On this stage between Bad Hönningen and Leutesdorf the Rheinsteig is again generous with its marvellous views. From the rocky outcrops of the Rheinbrohler and Hammersteiner Lay narrow paths take you to the sun-kissed vineyards above Leutesdorf. Beautiful old half-timbered houses from the 17th and 18th centuries lend this age-old, traditional wine village its typical Rhenish warmth and charm. Leutesdorf is generally claimed to be the last bastion of Riesling wine on the Rhine.
Health and safety
- Wear suitable weatherproof clothing that will protect you from cold, wet, heat and sunshine.
- Make sure you take regular breaks and don't overexert yourself.
- Take enough fluids with you as there are sections without rest stops.
- Wear suitable hiking boots/shoes which give you enough grip on slippery, steep, rocky and uneven surfaces.
- Avoid any sections of the route which you feel are too difficult for you. Natural trails can quickly become wet and slippery in adverse weather conditions.
- Particularly in autumn, you should be careful of uneven ground, roots, stones or holes that have been covered by leaves.
- You need to take these kinds of adverse conditions into account every time you go on a hike.
- Particularly steep and dangerous places are made safer with handrails or ropes. Please use these as safety aids. Handrails are not to be climbed on or used to get a better view!
Tips and hintswww.rheinsteig.de
Follow the B42 along the Rhine to get to Bad Hönningen and Leutesdorf.
Access is possible by train.
There is a car ferry in Bad Hönningen.
At the train station in Bad Hönningen. From the station an access path marked with yellow signs leads to the Rheinsteig.
In the Rhine car park in Bad Hönningen near the campsite and thermal baths.
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