Hoch über Cochem thront die Reichsburg der Stadt

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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recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 9
Distance 17.5 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 653 m
Descent 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 ...

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from Tobias Kauf,   Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
Long Distance Hiking · Romantischer Rhein
Rheinsteig Stage 12: Braubach–Kamp-Bornhofen (north–south)
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 12 Open
Distance 16.7 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 740 m
Descent 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 ...

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Long Distance Hiking · Moseltal
Moselsteig Trail Stage 18: Beilstein – Cochem
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 18
Distance 13.5 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 610 m
Descent 610 m

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

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from Mosellandtouristik GmbH,   Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
Long Distance Hiking · Nahe
Soonwaldsteig Stage 1: Kirn - Bundenbach
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1
Distance 15.7 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 630 m
Descent 500 m

Medieval castles and evidence of slate mining line the unspoilt and wild natural landscape in the dreamy Hahnenbach Valley.

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

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from Tobias Kauf,   Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 12
Distance 19.1 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 518 m
Descent 592 m

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

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from Wolfgang Reh,   Eifel Tourismus GmbH
Long Distance Hiking · Romantischer Rhein
RheinBurgenWeg Stage 9: Bad Salzig–St. Goar (north–south)
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 9
Distance 20 km
Duration 6:15 h
Ascent 729 m
Descent 699 m

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

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from Joachim Fox,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 18 Open
Distance 19.3 km
Duration 7:15 h
Ascent 738 m
Descent 750 m

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

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from Jörg Thamer,   Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 9
Distance 10.8 km
Duration 3:05 h
Ascent 181 m
Descent 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 ...

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from Michael Sterr,   Westerwald - Ganz nach deiner Natur!
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 20
Distance 14.7 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 716 m
Descent 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 ...

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from Iris Müller,   Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 5 Open
Distance 14.5 km
Duration 5:05 h
Ascent 561 m
Descent 620 m

This is the most spectacular and difficult stage with its fantastic views, natural paths and adventurous climbs. We wish you much pleasure!

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from Hans-Joachim Schneider,   Ahrtal-Tourismus Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler e.V.
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 2
Distance 15.2 km
Duration 4:05 h
Ascent 423 m
Descent 379 m

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

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from Tobias Kauf,   Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 10
Distance 14.7 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 590 m
Descent 590 m

Back to the Middle Ages through expansive open countryside.  

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from Mosellandtouristik GmbH,   Mosel. Faszination Urlaub