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.
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.
Fast alle Etappen sind sehr gut an den ÖPNV angebunden. So können die Etappenlängen individuell geplant und auch als Tagesetappen absolviert werden.
Safety informationHealth 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 linkswww.rheinsteig.de
Getting thereDie 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.
ParkingIn der Bonner Innenstadt gibt es mehrere Parkhäuser (kostenpflichtig). Das dem Startpunkt am nächstgelegene ist die Tiefgarage unter dem Marktplatz.
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- 21 Stages
Graded long-distance hiking trailRheinsteig Stage 1: Bonn–Königswinter (north–south)
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.
Graded long-distance hiking trailRheinsteig Stage 2: Königswinter–Bad Honnef (north–south)
This stage of the Rheinsteig starts with a very special highlight: the Drachenfels, undoubtedly the most prominent rocky peak in the hills of the ...
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantischer RheinRheinsteig Stage 3: Bad Honnef–Linz (north–south)
From Bad Honnef several rises and slopes take you through constantly changing scenery to the colourful town of Linz on the Rhine.
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantischer RheinRheinsteig Stage 4: Linz–Bad Hönningen (north–south)
With its mixture of woodland, meadows, vineyards, fields and little villages, this section of the Rheinsteig is rich in variety. There are a number ...
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantischer RheinRheinsteig Stage 5: Bad Hönningen–Leutesdorf (north–south)
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.
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantischer RheinRheinsteig Stage 6: Leutesdorf–Rengsdorf (north–south)
On this stage of the Rheinsteig the trail cuts away from the Rhine to pass through the foothills of the Westerwald.
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantischer RheinRheinsteig Stage 7: Rengsdorf–Sayn (north–south)
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 ...
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantischer RheinRheinsteig Stage 8: Sayn - Vallendar (North - South)
Sayn Palace - Oskarhöhe - Brexbach Valley - Roman tower on the Pulverberg mountain - Meisenhof restaurant - Großbach Valley - German Limes Road - ...
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantischer RheinRheinsteig Stage 9: Vallendar - Koblenz-Ehrenstein (North - South)
Vallendar - Faculty of Theology, Forum V. Pallotti - Bischofsbour well and springs - Wambach Valley - Mallendar river valley - Urbar - ...
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantischer RheinRheinsteig Stage 10: Koblenz-Ehrenstein - Lahnstein (North - South)
Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein - Koblenz-Pfaffendorf - Bienhorn Valley - Wachecker Kopf hill - Dornswiese - Lichterkopf hill - Ruppertsklamm gorge - ...
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantischer RheinRheinsteig 11. Etappe Niederlahnstein - Braubach (Nord-Süd)
Oberlahnstein - Inn on the River Lahn - Bäderstraße B260 - Footbridge over the Lahn - Ernst-Wagner Park - Im Einmuth - Kerkertser Platte plateau - ...
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantischer RheinRheinsteig Stage 12: Braubach–Kamp-Bornhofen (north–south)
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 ...
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantischer RheinRheinsteig Stage 13: Kamp-Bornhofen–Kestert (north–south)
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; ...
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantischer RheinRheinsteig Stage 14: Kestert - St. Goarshausen (North-South)
Kestert - Oberkestert - Pulsbach Valley - Slate slag heap - Sachsenhäuser Feld plateau - Mining trail - Wellmich - Maus Castle - Nocherner ...
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantischer RheinRheinsteig Stage 15: St. Goarshausen - Kaub (North - South)
Hasenbach Valley - Three castle view - St. Goarshausen - Heide - Lorelei - Spitznack - Five lake viewing point - Bornichbach Valley - Forest school ...
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantischer RheinRheinsteig Stage 16: Kaub - Lorch (North - South)
Kaub - Gutenfels Castle - Volkenbach Valley - Niederthal - Wirbellay viewing point - Retzbach Valley - Chapel of St Clement - Nollig castle ruins - ...
Graded long-distance hiking trailRheinsteig Stage 17: Lorch - Rüdesheim (North-South)
Lorch - Bächergrund hollow - Georgs Ruh rest spot - Paul-Claus hikers' hut - Panoramic trail - Höllenberg mountain - Assmannshausen - Niederwald ...
Graded long-distance hiking trailRheinsteig Stage 18: Rüdesheim-Johannisberg (North-South)
Rüdesheim - Niederwald monument - Hildegardis Convent - Eibingen - Blaubach Valley - Nothgottes Abbey - Marienthal Abbey - Sandkopf hill at ...
Graded long-distance hiking trailRheinsteig Stage 19: Johannisberg–Kiedrich (north–south)
This stage of the Rheinsteig is also marked by its typical mix of vineyards and forest, with equally characteristic panoramic views out into Rhine ...
Graded long-distance hiking trailRheinsteig 20. Etappe Kiedrich - Schlangenbad (Nord-Süd)
Auf dieser Etappe macht der Rheinsteig seinen weitesten Schlenker in den vorderen Taunus. Anfangs noch durch Weinberge, führt er später waldreich ...
Graded long-distance hiking trailRheinsteig Stage 21: Schlangenbad-Wiesbaden (North-South)
Schlangenbad - Lochmühle mill - Ludwig-Schwenk hikers' hut - Grauer Stein rock - Monstranzenbaum natural monument - Erlenbach Valley - Sommerberg ...
For changing the range of view, push the arrows together.