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Lovely hiking trail stages to castles in Rhineland‑Palatinate

They are proud watchmen towering above the valleys carved deep into the Rhenish Massif by the Rhine, Moselle, Ahr, Lahn and Nahe rivers and their tributaries. They stand steadfastly in the mystic forests of the Eifel, Hunsrück and Palatinate, or gaze proudly over the vastness of the Eifel, Rhine-Hesse and the Westerwald. Along with the unspoilt nature, they form an impressive backdrop to our 13 premium long-distance hiking trails, offering excellent quality walks along selected routes. There is nowhere else in Rhineland‑Palatinate where the castles line up together like a string of pearls as they do on the Rheinsteig Trail and the Rhine Castle Trail in the romantic Rhine valley. But there are various trails, including the Ahrsteig, Saar-Hunsrück Trail, Lahn Trail, Moselle Trail, Soonwald Trail, Palatinate High Forest Trail, Palatinate Wine Trial and Westerwald Trail, where you can discover and conquer the stone remains of cultural history over the course of a half-day or whole-day walk.

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Top difficult Stage 9
17.5 km
5:30 h
653 m
667 m

The ninth stage of the Weinsteig trail treats us to several highlights of the Palatinate. No fewer than eight picturesque ruins and castles line ...

from Tobias Kauf,   Pfalz Touristik e.V.
Long Distance Hiking · Romantischer Rhein
Rheinsteig Stage 12: Braubach–Kamp-Bornhofen (north–south)
Top difficult Stage 12 open
16.7 km
6:00 h
740 m
604 m

This stage of the Rheinsteig starts off in the forest and later takes you through open country. A number of steep ascents make this section quite ...

from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Top moderate Stage 18
13.5 km
4:00 h
610 m
610 m

In the footsteps of the vintners who cultivate the steeper slopes.  

from Thomas Kalff,   Mosellandtouristik GmbH
Long Distance Hiking · Nahe
Soonwaldsteig Stage 1: Kirn - Bundenbach
Top moderate Stage 1
14.8 km
5:00 h
630 m
500 m

Medieval castles and evidence of slate mining in the picturesque Hahnenbach Valley.

from Marco Rohr,   Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
Long Distance Hiking · Pfalz
Pfälzer Waldpfad Stage 8: Dahn - Erlenbach
Top moderate Stage 8
17 km
5:10 h
468 m
464 m

On the eighth stage of the trail from Dahn to Erlenbach we pass some impressive rock formations and the ruined castles of Altdahn, Grafendahn, ...

from Tobias Kauf,   Pfalz Touristik e.V.
Top difficult Stage 12
18.2 km
5:30 h
391 m
465 m

Along the initial section, the Eifelsteig Trail overlaps with the well-known Lieser Trail. This section follows an adventurous rocky path on the ...

from Wolfgang Reh,   Eifel Tourismus GmbH
Long Distance Hiking · Romantischer Rhein
RheinBurgenWeg Stage 9: Bad Salzig–St. Goar (north–south)
Top difficult Stage 9
19.1 km
6:00 h
640 m
649 m

Quellpavillon Bad Salzig – Aussicht „Ziehlay“ bei Weiler – Eselspfad – Holzfeld - Taunusblickhütte – Heimbachtal – Aussicht Pilz – Gründelbachtal - ...

from Joachim Fox,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Top difficult Stage 18 open
19.4 km
7:15 h
710 m
723 m

This stage will delight lovers of vistas and culture. The Nassau castle, the Schiefe Turm of Dausenau... Panoramic highlights like the Hohe Lay!

from Jörg Thamer,   Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
Top moderate Stage 9
10.8 km
3:05 h
181 m
293 m

This stage of the trail starts with a trip back in time in the museum of natural and cultural history, followed by a stroll through the town of the ...

from Michael Sterr,   Westerwald Touristik-Service
Top moderate Stage 20
14.7 km
5:00 h
716 m
552 m

The leg is characterised by wild, silent valleys lined with streams but also a brief trip to the Middle Ages and some rocky sections provide ...

from Iris Müller,   Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH
Top difficult Stage 5 open
17.1 km
7:20 h
682 m
741 m

The most spectacular and difficult stage with its fantastic views, the unspoilt climbs and adventurous ascents. We wish you a lot of pleasure!

from Hans-Joachim Schneider,   Ahrtal-Tourismus Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler e.V.
Top moderate Stage 2
15.2 km
4:05 h
474 m
431 m

The second stage brings us higher – from Dannenfels we climb the 687m high Donnersberg, the highest mountain of the Palatinate, and continue to ...

from Tobias Kauf,   Pfalz Touristik e.V.