Onward to the Rhine loop!
From the source pavilion in Bad Salzig, the trail quickly heads back into the countryside, a colourful mix of orchards, hedgerows and woodland. However, it's not long before your fitness levels are tested once again. Further great views, as well as rugged cliffs and fragrant woods, await you along the forthcoming climb. High up on the "Eisenbolz", a wealth of views enrich this section of the trail. From the other side of the Rhine, the "Hostile Brothers", the castles of Sterrenberg and Liebenstein, greet you and the "Steinerner Mann" viewpoint offers spectacular views of the Rhine Valley. This section of the RheinBurgenWeg at times follows grassy tracks, at other times field tracks and leads to the lodge on the Eisenbolz. From here, it is a steep descent towards Boppard, where sure-footedness is called for!
Once down, the trail meanders through a park before heading under the railway and B9 underpass, entering the historic centre of Boppard through a gap in the ramparts. Pass the Electoral Palace, which houses, among other things, the Municipal Museum with the Thonet exhibition, and continue to the ferry on the river promenade at the end of which the RheinBurgenWeg turns away from the Rhine, heading to the valley station of the chairlift. The trail heads up the slope along a rocky and steep path. On the ascent, you have the option of continuing on the second via ferrata on the RheinBurgenWeg – the Middle Rhine via ferrata – where you really need sure-footedness and a good head for heights. Even if you opt not to ascend on the via ferrata, the ridge nevertheless affords breathtaking views, and a rather tired but happy, you arrive at the forest above the famous Boppard Hamm vineyard.
Pass Gedeonseck and continue along grassy paths high above the Rhine loop to what is known as the "Four Lakes Viewpoint" (Vierseenblick ) where the Rhine looks as if it is divided into 4 lakes!
The next section through the airy forest is a lovely stretch allowing you to relax and breathe deeply in the pure atmosphere. At the fork to the Jakobsberger Hof, the RheinBurgenWeg meets the Rheingoldbogen Trail, designated a "Traumpfad", one of Germany's loveliest trails, and both trails follow the same route through the forest passing hidden burial mounds. After leaving the wood, you'll come to a lodge, a perfect place for a short rest, affording a fabulous view over to the Marksburg Castle. The RheinBurgenWeg passes through a quaint narrow pass leading to Brey and on to Rhens.