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Graded long-distance hiking trail Multistage tour

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.

difficult
312.3 km
103:26 h
9944 m
9914 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.

Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
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difficult
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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!

 

Equipment

Hiking boots/shoes
Suitable weatherproof clothing

Tips, hints and links

www.rheinsteig.de

Start

Bonn, market square (57 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.735315, 7.101931
UTM
32U 366061 5622109

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.

 

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.
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


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
312.3 km
Duration
103:26 h
Ascent
9944 m
Descent
9914 m
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Statistics

  • 21 Stages
Graded long-distance hiking trail

Rheinsteig 01. Etappe Bonn - Königswinter (Nord-Süd)

March 19, 2012
moderate Stage 1 open
21.2 km
7:00 h
588 m
462 m
11
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
March 19, 2012
moderate Stage 2 open
14.1 km
4:30 h
565 m
628 m
9
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig 03. Etappe Bad Honnef - Linz (Nord-Süd)

March 19, 2012
moderate Stage 3 open
17.9 km
6:00 h
518 m
574 m
4
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig 04. Etappe Linz - Bad Hönningen (Nord-Süd)

March 19, 2012
moderate Stage 4 open
13.7 km
4:30 h
506 m
477 m
4
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig 05. Etappe Bad Hönningen - Leutesdorf (Nord-Süd)

March 19, 2012
moderate Stage 5 open
16.2 km
5:30 h
601 m
540 m
5
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig 06. Etappe Leutesdorf - Rengsdorf (Nord-Süd)

March 19, 2012
moderate Stage 6 open
18.5 km
6:00 h
614 m
480 m
2
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig 07. Etappe Rengsdorf - Sayn (Nord-Süd)

March 19, 2012
moderate Stage 7 open
15.4 km
5:00 h
240 m
470 m
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 8: Sayn - Vallendar (North - South)

December 22, 2010
moderate Stage 8 open
12.5 km
4:00 h
449 m
447 m
1
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 9: Vallendar - Koblenz-Ehrenstein (North - South)

December 22, 2010
easy Stage 9 open
8.9 km
3:00 h
239 m
255 m
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 10: Koblenz-Ehrenstein - Lahnstein (North - South)

December 22, 2010
difficult Stage 10 open
12.9 km
4:30 h
494 m
491 m
3
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig 11. Etappe Niederlahnstein - Braubach (Nord-Süd)

December 22, 2010
moderate Stage 11 open
8.3 km
3:00 h
374 m
377 m
1
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig 12. Etappe Braubach - Kamp-Bornhofen (Nord-Süd)

March 19, 2012
difficult Stage 12 open
16.7 km
6:00 h
740 m
604 m
5
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig 13. Etappe Kamp-Bornhofen - Kestert (Nord-Süd)

March 19, 2012
moderate Stage 13 open
12.4 km
4:00 h
380 m
415 m
1
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 14: Kestert - St. Goarshausen (North-South)

December 22, 2010
moderate Stage 14 open
12.2 km
4:00 h
448 m
535 m
7
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 15: St. Goarshausen - Kaub (North - South)

December 22, 2010
difficult Stage 15 open
21.5 km
7:00 h
749 m
743 m
4
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 16: Kaub - Lorch (North - South)

December 22, 2010
moderate Stage 16 open
13.8 km
4:30 h
681 m
682 m
1
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail

Rheinsteig Stage 17: Lorch - Rüdesheim (North-South)

January 10, 2011
moderate Stage 17 open
20.6 km
6:30 h
692 m
477 m
2
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
January 10, 2011
moderate Stage 18 open
14.7 km
4:00 h
275 m
381 m
3
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
March 19, 2012
moderate Stage 19 open
14.3 km
4:30 h
398 m
415 m
by Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
March 19, 2012
easy Stage 20 open
9.6 km
3:00 h
367 m
236 m
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
November 24, 2010
moderate Stage 21 open
16.7 km
4:00 h
167 m
378 m
1
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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