The Marksburg is something of a prototype German castle. The only hilltop castle on the Middle Rhine never to have been destroyed, it’s one of the most magnificent strongholds in Europe. Don’t miss the riders’ steps hewn out of the rock, the gruesome mediaeval torture chamber, the canon batteries and herb garden. The ancient walls have been home to the German Castles Association since 1900, under which the owners of 30,000 castles and castle sites in the German-speaking regions are organised.
After this cultural high point at the start of today’s tour, our natural surroundings are then very much in focus. Up until the last third of the hike we pass through many swathes of forest that time and again open out onto wonderful views of the River Rhine. Larger sections through open country only start from Filsen.
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 linkswww.rheinsteig.de
Getting thereFollow the B42 along the Rhine to get to Braubach.
There is parking directly on the Rhine along the B42. There are only a few parking spaces near the train station in Braubach. From the banks of the Rhine follow the Hauptstraße/main road through Braubach. You pick up the Rheinsteig on the corner of Wilhelmstraße.
From Kamp-Bornhofen you can return to your car by train.
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