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Graded long-distance hiking trail Multistage tour

Rheinsteig Complete Trail (South-North)

1 Graded long-distance hiking trail
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Premium route awarded the
medium
312.1 km
102:01 h
9906 m
9936 m
The 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 Rheinsteig® trail offers a colourful mix of adventure and contemplation.

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 hills 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 has the highest concentration of castles anywhere in Europe 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 hotels and guesthouses. The Rheinsteig® trail ends in Wiesbaden at Biebrich Castle, on the banks of the Rhine.

Premium route awarded the Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Difficulty
medium
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
365 m
47 m
Highest point
Siebengebirge (365 m)
Lowest point
Rheinufer (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

Wiesbaden, Biebrich Castle (86 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.037254, 8.234184
UTM
32U 445158 5543053

Destination

Bonn, market square

Turn-by-turn directions

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.

Note

Nature protection area Siebengebirge: 01.01 - 31.12

Public transport

Bus/train to Wiesbaden-Biebrich train station

Getting there

Take the A60 or A63 and change onto the A643. Take the A66 or B42 to Wiesbaden-Biebrich train station. From the station follow the path leading to the Rheinsteig trail through the castle grounds to the castle terrace (30 minutes).

Parking

Car park at Wiesbaden-Biebrich train station
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Literatur zum Rheinsteig erhältlich im Rheintalshop: www.rheintal-shop.de

Author’s map recommendations

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

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Jens Claussen
2018-12-17
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Difficulty
medium
Distance
312.1 km
Duration
102:01 h
Ascent
9906 m
Descent
9936 m
Stage tour Nice views With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights

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Statistics

  • 21 Stages
Graded long-distance hiking trail
2010-08-31
medium Stage 1 open
16.7 km
4:00 h
374 m
163 m
7
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail Ruine Scharfenstein und Weinberge Kiedrich
2010-08-31
medium Stage 2
9.6 km
1:55 h
235 m
366 m
2
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail Schloss Vollrads
2010-08-31
easy Stage 3
14.3 km
4:30 h
415 m
398 m
1
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail
2010-08-31
medium Stage 4
14.6 km
4:00 h
384 m
275 m
2
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail

Rheinsteig Stage 5: Rüdesheim - Lorch (South - North)

Graded long-distance hiking trail Rheingauer Weinberge
2010-08-31
medium Stage 5
20.4 km
6:30 h
719 m
933 m
3
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 6: Lorch - Kaub (South - North)

Graded long-distance hiking trail Aussicht Wirbeley
2010-08-31
medium Stage 6
13.8 km
4:30 h
674 m
673 m
6
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 7: Kaub - St. Goarshausen (South - North)

Graded long-distance hiking trail Burg Katz und Loreleyfelsen
2010-08-31
difficult Stage 7
21.5 km
7:00 h
743 m
749 m
7
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 8: St. Goarshausen - Kestert (South - North)

Graded long-distance hiking trail Nähe Nocherner Brünnchen
2010-08-31
medium Stage 8
12.4 km
4:00 h
690 m
603 m
5
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 9: Kestert - Kamp-Bornhofen (South - North)

Graded long-distance hiking trail Auf dem Rheinsteig im Oktober 2016
2010-08-31
difficult Stage 9
12.1 km
4:00 h
415 m
368 m
3
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 10: Kamp-Bornhofen - Braubach (South - North)

Graded long-distance hiking trail Rheinblick bei Filsen
2010-08-31
difficult Stage 10
16.7 km
5:30 h
876 m
1012 m
4
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 11: Braubach - Lahnstein (South - North)

Graded long-distance hiking trail Bei Lahnstein
2010-08-31
medium Stage 11
8.3 km
0:29 h
383 m
372 m
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 12: Lahnstein - Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein (South - North)

Graded long-distance hiking trail Ruppertsklamm
2010-08-31
difficult Stage 12
12.8 km
4:30 h
463 m
466 m
1
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 13: Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein - Vallendar (South - North)

Graded long-distance hiking trail Blick aufs Deutsche Eck von Festung Ehrenbreitstein
2010-08-31
easy Stage 13
8.9 km
2:55 h
225 m
220 m
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 14: Vallendar - Sayn (South - North)

Graded long-distance hiking trail Wiesenlandschaft um Bendorf
2010-08-31
medium Stage 14
12.4 km
4:00 h
454 m
456 m
1
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 15: Sayn - Rengsdorf (South - North)

Graded long-distance hiking trail Waldweg Richtung Rengsdorf
2010-08-31
medium Stage 15
15.4 km
3:30 h
610 m
381 m
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 16: Rengsdorf - Leutesdorf (South - North)

Graded long-distance hiking trail Wingerthäuschen oberhalb von Leutesdorf#:#Burg Altwied#:#Völkerwiesenbach
2010-08-31
medium Stage 16
18.5 km
6:00 h
479 m
610 m
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 17: Leutesdorf - Bad Hönningen (South - North)

Graded long-distance hiking trail Blick von der Rheinbrohler Ley
2010-08-31
medium Stage 17
16.2 km
5:30 h
540 m
600 m
1
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 18: Bad Hönningen - Linz (South - North)

Graded long-distance hiking trail Markierung am Wegesrand
2010-08-31
medium Stage 18
13.8 km
4:30 h
476 m
497 m
2
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine

Rheinsteig Stage 19: Linz - Bad Honnef (South - North)

Graded long-distance hiking trail Erpeler Ley
2010-08-31
difficult Stage 19
17.9 km
6:00 h
642 m
585 m
1
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail Aussicht Drachenfels
2010-08-31
medium Stage 20
14 km
4:00 h
629 m
540 m
2
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Graded long-distance hiking trail Blick vom Geisberg
2010-08-31
medium Stage 21
21.3 km
7:00 h
462 m
589 m
1
by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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