Of kings and emperors!
Starting at the Cattle Gate, the Viehtor in Rhens, the trail rapidly rises up onto the Rhine plateau, where you should be sure not to miss the short detour to the Königsstuhl, the King's stone throne!
Then the RheinBurgenWeg winds along grassy paths up to the Schamberg, affording a fabulous view over to the Marksburg Castle.
After crossing the L208, the trail continues on to a chapel and into the mixed forest with its rustling foliage. After this section through woodland, climb up meadows to reach a sensory bench, perfect for a relaxing break. The Wolfsdelle Trail, designated a "Traumpfad", one of Germany's loveliest trails, which you have followed for a short distance, departs here and the RheinBurgenWeg heads back into the forest. You now constantly gain height, at the same time admiring the wonderfully diverse forest flora. Finally you'll come to the ridge, where a path leads to the nearby Temple of Mercury.
The RheinBurgenWeg now leads comfortably along wide paths downhill towards the Rhine and soon promises another detour, this time the simply unmissable Stolzenfels Castle!
After this cultural and historical detour, a bit of legwork is once again called for as the trail circles the Siechhaus Valley with plenty of ups and downs and then climbs back up again to the Weidgenhöhe. The trail becomes more like a track and soon you'll come across traces of ancient settlements. You can no longer fail to see the former Celtic wall when you reach the Dommelsberg lodge, but the view over the Rhine is something else.
The RheinBurgenWeg passes along gentle forest tracks, then through sparse forest, past the path signposted "Lichte Eiche". You finally arrive at the Rittersturz, where in 1948 the important Rittersturz Conference was held which subsequently led to the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany.
For today we bid farewell to the RheinBurgenWeg although you still have some 5 kilometres along the path back to Koblenz. After a descent into the valley, you pass the Kaiserin Augusta gardens and the road to Koblenz central railway station. This stage comes to an end at the Deutsches Eck, the headland at the confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine.