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Graded long-distance hiking trail Stage

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

1 Graded long-distance hiking trail • Romantic Rhine
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Map / Rheinsteig Stage 12: Lahnstein - Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein (South - North)
0 150 300 450 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 4,9 km Unbekannt 1,8 km Asphalt 4,1 km Weg 2,0 km Pfad
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A wild, romantic gorge and thick beech woods:
Lahnstein - Ruppertsklamm gorge - Lichterkopf hill - Dornswiese - Wachecker Kopf hill - Bienhorn Valley - Koblenz-Pfaffendorf - Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein
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12.8 km
4:30 h
463 m
466 m
Romantic valleys and sunny hills
Lahnstein lies аt thе meeting point οf thе rivers Lahn аnd Rhine. More than half of its area is wooded. The village belongs to the Nassau Nature Park, one of Germany's most beautiful nature reserves. A sturdy gate with a door marks the beginning of the wild and romantic Ruppertsklamm gorge, the highlight of the hike right at the beginning of the stage. The gorge was formed by a small river which has carved out a deep canyon into the Devonian shale formation.

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Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
321 m
60 m
Highest point
Lichterkopf (321 m)
Lowest point
Koblenz-Pfaffendorf (60 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

Lahnstein, Lahn Valley cycle path (65 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.315537, 7.627516
UTM
32U 402284 5574615

Destination

Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein, Hofstraße

Turn-by-turn directions

Steep rocks line the beginning of the path. Fixed steep ropes help you handle the more difficult parts of the route. Above the gorge, the Rheinsteig trail leads on a level forest path back towards the Rhine Valley and offers a magnificent view of the abbey church on the Allerheiligenberg, Lahneck Castle, Stolzenfels Castle and the Lahn. The trail soon ascends into the forest and then begins a gentle descent to the 320m high Lichterkopf hill, with its wooden viewing tower. From here, you look down on the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. A path leads across the Dornwiese meadow among beech trees to the Alter Heerstraße street, which we cross in order to get through the forest to the meadow on the Wachecker Kopf hill. At the other end of the meadow, the trail turns left into the forest again and follows a ravine gently uphill to the river valley of the Bienhornbach. Grapes were grown in this idyllic valley until 1950 and the terraces of the former vineyards are still clearly visible. The Devonian shale rock walls are a treasure trove for fossil collectors. At the other end of the valley, we reach Koblenz-Pfaffendorf – follow the Rhine downstream to the Pfaffendorf bridge and pass the port to the riverside walk at Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein. This part of the trail also has information about the different types of ships used on the Rhine and how people have lived and worked by the river for centuries.

Public transport

B42 to Niederlahnstein train station. From the station, walk along the Rhine and the Lahn to the Ruppertsklamm gorge (60 minutes).

Getting there

B42 to Niederlahnstein train station. From the station, walk along the Rhine and the Lahn to the Ruppertsklamm gorge (60 minutes).

Parking

Car park at Niederlahnstein train station
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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Comments and ratings (2)

Joachim Grüner
2018-06-05
Ausnehmend schöne Wanderung, die perfekt ausgeschildert und sehr sorgfältig unter weitestmöglicher Vermeidung von Asphalt geplant ist. Einen schönen Ausblick auf den Rhein hat man allerdings erst auf der Festung Ehrenbreitstein. Außerdem gibt es frühestens in Pfaffendorf eine Einkehrmöglichkeit, sofern man nicht schon vorher einen Abstecher zum Restaurant auf dem Allerheiligenberg machen möchte. Solche Details vermisse ich in der Beschreibung ebenso wie Hinweise darauf, wo man am besten parkt und wie man am Ende der Wanderung dorthin zurückkommt.
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2018-06-03

Konrad Friedgen
2017-04-07
Diese Rheinsteigetappe von Lahnstein nach Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein vermag nur wenig zu begeistern. Es fehlen die herausragenden Einblicke ins Rheintal, die wir ansonsten vom Rheinsteig kennen. Steigcharakter zeigt die Routenführung lediglich in der Ruppertsklamm, die durch wild herum liegendes, uraltes Schnittholz ihren einstigen Charme vollkommen eingebüßt hat. Auch der Verlust des Aussichtsturms auf dem Lichterkopf ist nicht zu kompensieren. Die wenigen Panoramablicke ins Lahntal sind zwar bemerkenswert, können aber die überwiegend negativen Eindrücke nicht aufwiegen. Rastmöglichkeiten mit Bänken und Tischen gibt es nur an der Wanderhütte ausgangs der Ruppertsklamm. Insgesamt handelt es sich bei diesem Teilabschnitt des Rheinsteiges inzwischen um einen notwendigen Lückenschluss, dessen Streckenlänge von Bahnhof zu Bahnhof insgesamt etwa 16 Kilometer beträgt. Hier ein Link zum ausführlichen und bebilderten Wanderbericht der Wehrer Watzmänner: http://www.die-wehrer-watzmaenner.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=297:rheinsteig-von-lahnstein-nach-ehrenbreitstein&catid=25&Itemid=120&showall=&limitstart=
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Am Eingang zur Ruppertsklamm
Am Eingang zur Ruppertsklamm
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Kurze Kraxelei in der Ruppertsklamm
Kurze Kraxelei in der Ruppertsklamm
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
In der Ruppertsklamm liegt viel vermoderndes Schnittholz herum
In der Ruppertsklamm liegt viel vermoderndes Schnittholz herum
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Blick vom Rheinsteig ins Lahntal
Blick vom Rheinsteig ins Lahntal
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Auf dem Rheinsteig im Bienhornbachtal
Auf dem Rheinsteig im Bienhornbachtal
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
12.8 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
463 m
Descent
466 m
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