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Rheinsteig Complete Trail (North - South)

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The Rheinsteig® trail runs on mostly narrow paths between Wiesbaden, Koblenz and Bonn along the right bank of the Rhine, passing forests, vineyards and spectacular views. Very well signposted and easy to get to, the trail invites you to take an ambitious long-distance hike or to break the trail up into shorter hikes – it is easy to reach by train, boat and car, and close to several airports. It is easy to join or leave the trail on the many marked paths which gives you great flexibility to plan the different stages of your hike.

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311.5 km
97:34 h
9955 m
9925 m
The cultural landscape of the Rheinsteig® premium trail, which runs between Bonn, Koblenz and Wiesbaden, is incredibly beautiful. The breathtaking, varied 320km long ‘Top Trail’ winds its way on mostly narrow paths and challenging climbs over hills and through lush valleys. The trail offers a colourful mix of adventure and contemplation.

 

Author’s recommendation

Fast alle Etappen sind sehr gut an den ÖPNV angebunden. So können die Etappenlängen individuell geplant und auch als Tagesetappen absolviert werden.
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Highest point
365 m
Lowest point
47 m
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Safety information

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, hints and links

www.rheinsteig.de

Start

Bonn, market square (57 m)
Coordinates:
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50.735318, 7.101927
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50°44'07.1"N 7°06'06.9"E
UTM
32U 366061 5622109
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Destination

Wiesbaden, Biebrich Castle

Turn-by-turn directions

The northern end of the Rheinsteig® trail begins in the market square in Bonn, in front of the old town hall. After crossing the Rhine, the trail winds its way through the Siebengebirge mountain range, the oldest nature reserve in Germany. The Drachenfels and Petersberg mountains are world famous. The varied paths of the Rheinsteig® trail meet the Rhine in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley and often follow the river along the slopes of the valley. There is no shortage of pretty villages, vineyards, beech woods and quiet valleys along this section of the trail. From the many peaks you can enjoy the great views of the lively Rhine Valley and the majestic calm of the Taunus and Westerwald mountain ranges to the east.

 

The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley begins in Koblenz and includes Europe's highest density of castles on its route to Rüdesheim am Rhein. There are 40 castles in total, some completely preserved, others partially or completely rebuilt. From the Lorelei rock you can watch the ships on the Rhine. Climbing opportunities and breathtaking views characterise this area.

 

In the Rheingau district the hiker is greeted by a gentle landscape of hills and vineyards. There are many castles and abbeys to be seen, many serving world famous wines, which the hiker can enjoy during the day in the local pubs and wine taverns and in the evenings in the many restaurants and hiker-friendly accommodation establishments. The Rheinsteig® trail ends in Wiesbaden at Biebrich Castle, on the banks of the Rhine.

 

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Mit der Bahn gibt es viele Fern- und Regionalverbindungen zum Hauptbahnhof Bonn. Von hier ist der Zuweg zum Rheinsteig mit dem Rheinsteig-Logo in gelb (für Zuwege) ausgewiesen. Der Startpunkt ist auf dem Marktplatz direkt neben dem historischen Rathaus.

Getting there

Die Autobahn A 565 führt direkt durch Bonn. ebenso ist Bonn über die Bundesstraße 9 und 42 zu erreichen. Jeweils der Beschilderung Richtung Bonn-Zentrum folgen.

Parking

In der Bonner Innenstadt gibt es mehrere Parkhäuser (kostenpflichtig). Das dem Startpunkt am nächstgelegene ist die Tiefgarage unter dem Marktplatz.

Coordinates

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50.735318, 7.101927
DMS
50°44'07.1"N 7°06'06.9"E
UTM
32U 366061 5622109
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

www.rheintal-shop.de

Author’s map recommendations

Rheinsteig-Wanderkarten sind im Rheintalshop erhältlich: www.rheintal-shop.de

Equipment

Hiking boots/shoes
Suitable weatherproof clothing

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
311.5 km
Duration
97:34h
Ascent
9955 m
Descent
9925 m
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  • 21 Stages
moderate Stage 1 open
22 km
7:00 h
597 m
470 m
The first stage of the Rheinsteig takes us from the historic town hall on the market square in Bonn along the level banks of the Rhine.
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moderate Stage 2 open
13.9 km
4:30 h
568 m
628 m
This stage of the Rheinsteig starts with a very special highlight: the Drachenfels, undoubtedly the most prominent rocky peak in the hills of the ...
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Rheinsteig Stage 3: Bad Honnef–Linz (north–south)
moderate Stage 3 open
17.9 km
6:00 h
518 m
574 m
From Bad Honnef several rises and slopes take you through constantly changing scenery to the colourful town of Linz on the Rhine.
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Rheinsteig Stage 4: Linz–Bad Hönningen (north–south)
moderate Stage 4 open
13.2 km
4:30 h
508 m
474 m
With its mixture of woodland, meadows, vineyards, fields and little villages, this section of the Rheinsteig is rich in variety. There are a number ...
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Rheinsteig Stage 5: Bad Hönningen–Leutesdorf (north–south)
moderate Stage 5 open
16.2 km
5:30 h
601 m
540 m
We’re now in the land of the Romans. This region is strongly associated with the Limes which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2005.
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Rheinsteig Stage 6: Leutesdorf–Rengsdorf (north–south)
moderate Stage 6 open
18.5 km
6:00 h
614 m
480 m
On this stage of the Rheinsteig the trail cuts away from the Rhine to pass through the foothills of the Westerwald.
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Rheinsteig Stage 7: Rengsdorf–Sayn (north–south)
moderate Stage 7 open
15.4 km
5:00 h
240 m
470 m
This stage of the Rheinsteig takes us back towards the Rhine. In addition to the various cultural attractions in Bendorf-Sayn, the trail also runs ...
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Rheinsteig Stage 8: Sayn - Vallendar (North - South)
moderate Stage 8 open
12.5 km
4:00 h
449 m
447 m
Sayn Palace - Oskarhöhe - Brexbach Valley - Roman tower on the Pulverberg mountain - Meisenhof restaurant - Großbach Valley - German Limes Road - ...
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Rheinsteig Stage 9: Vallendar - Koblenz-Ehrenstein (North - South)
easy Stage 9 open
8.9 km
3:00 h
239 m
255 m
Vallendar - Faculty of Theology, Forum V. Pallotti - Bischofsbour well and springs - Wambach Valley - Mallendar river valley - Urbar - ...
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Rheinsteig Stage 10: Koblenz-Ehrenstein - Lahnstein (North - South)
difficult Stage 10 open
12.9 km
4:30 h
494 m
491 m
Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein - Koblenz-Pfaffendorf - Bienhorn Valley - Wachecker Kopf hill - Dornswiese - Lichterkopf hill - Ruppertsklamm gorge - ...
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Rheinsteig 11. Etappe Niederlahnstein - Braubach (Nord-Süd)
moderate Stage 11 open
8.3 km
3:00 h
374 m
377 m
Oberlahnstein - Inn on the River Lahn - Bäderstraße B260 - Footbridge over the Lahn - Ernst-Wagner Park - Im Einmuth - Kerkertser Platte plateau - ...
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Rheinsteig Stage 12: Braubach–Kamp-Bornhofen (north–south)
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 ...
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Rheinsteig Stage 13: Kamp-Bornhofen–Kestert (north–south)
moderate Stage 13 open
12.4 km
4:00 h
421 m
441 m
This stage of the Rheinsteig is extremely varied with grand views. There are steep climbs at the start and up to the two Hostile Brothers castles; ...
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Rheinsteig Stage 14: Kestert - St. Goarshausen (North-South)
moderate Stage 14 open
12.2 km
4:00 h
448 m
535 m
Kestert - Oberkestert - Pulsbach Valley - Slate slag heap - Sachsenhäuser Feld plateau - Mining trail - Wellmich - Maus Castle - Nocherner ...
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Rheinsteig Stage 15: St. Goarshausen - Kaub (North - South)
difficult Stage 15 open
21.5 km
7:00 h
749 m
743 m
Hasenbach Valley - Three castle view - St. Goarshausen - Heide - Lorelei - Spitznack - Five lake viewing point - Bornichbach Valley - Forest school ...
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Rheinsteig Stage 16: Kaub - Lorch (North - South)
moderate Stage 16 open
13.8 km
4:30 h
681 m
682 m
Kaub - Gutenfels Castle - Volkenbach Valley - Niederthal - Wirbellay viewing point - Retzbach Valley - Chapel of St Clement - Nollig castle ruins - ...
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moderate Stage 17 open
20.6 km
6:30 h
692 m
477 m
Lorch - Bächergrund hollow - Georgs Ruh rest spot - Paul-Claus hikers' hut - Panoramic trail - Höllenberg mountain - Assmannshausen - Niederwald ...
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moderate Stage 18 open
14.7 km
4:00 h
275 m
381 m
Rüdesheim - Niederwald monument - Hildegardis Convent - Eibingen - Blaubach Valley - Nothgottes Abbey - Marienthal Abbey - Sandkopf hill at ...
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moderate Stage 19 open
14.3 km
4:30 h
398 m
415 m
This stage of the Rheinsteig is also marked by its typical mix of vineyards and forest, with equally characteristic panoramic views out into Rhine ...
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easy Stage 20 open
9.6 km
3:00 h
367 m
236 m
Auf dieser Etappe macht der Rheinsteig seinen weitesten Schlenker in den vorderen Taunus. Anfangs noch durch Weinberge, führt er später waldreich ...
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moderate Stage 21 open
16.7 km
4:00 h
167 m
378 m
Schlangenbad - Lochmühle mill - Ludwig-Schwenk hikers' hut - Grauer Stein rock - Monstranzenbaum natural monument - Erlenbach Valley - Sommerberg ...
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