Ehrenbreitstein Fortress - Urbar - Mallendar river valley - Wambach Valley - Bischofsbour well and springs - Faculty of Theology, Forum V. Pallotti - Vallendar
There has been a fortification on the site of the present-day Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for much longer than previously thought. In May 2005, a moat dating from 1000 B.C. was discovered at the fortress. The Conradine Erenbert established a castle here around the year 1000 and gave it its name. The archbishops of Trier further expanded the site. Only once (in 1799) did the French manage to drive the inhabitants of the fortress to starvation, after a year-long siege. Today, the sprawling site houses an information centre, various exhibitions and the state collection of technical cultural artefacts from the Koblenz State Museum.
Ein Besuch der Festung Ehrenbreistein ist empfehlenswert. Auch stellt die Fahrt mit der Seilbahn über den Rhein an Deustche Eck ein besonderes Erlebnis dar.
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Festung Ehrenbreitstein (189 m)
Ehrenbreitstein, Rheinufer (63 m)
Best time of year
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!
We leave through the fortress gates, cross the meadow to the left of the fortress walls and join the Rheinsteig trail, where we are treated to a view of the Rhine, Koblenz and the 'Deutsches Eck' headland (lit. 'German Corner'). The trail continues past a sports field and across Greiffenklaustraße to the Niederberger plateau and then to another sports field. From here, the path leads downwards to Urbar. The district of Vallendar lies at the foot of the fortress's moat. Behind it, the romantic Mallendar river valley begins. The trail follows the road to the sign marking the entrance to Urbar and then turns right onto the Mallendar path, which climbs uphill through a ravine. The Rheinsteig trail crosses the district road and continues in a loop to the left towards a tennis court. At the car park, the path leads onto Sebastian-Kneipp-Straße and passes the open air swimming pool to reach the Wambach Valley. Follow the path along the valley floor to the Bischofsbour well and springs. According to legend, on this spot many years ago, after an unsuccessful hunt, a bishop uttered a curse so blasphemous that the earth opened and swallowed him up. A moment later, a bubbling spring appeared on the very same spot. The trail continues along the River Wambach to the Faculty of Theology, Forum V. Pallotti and through some gardens to Vallendar. Getting home: follow the footpath from the town hall square to the train station.
Train to Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein station
B42 to Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein train station
Car park at Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein train station
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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Rheinsteig-Wanderkarten sind im Rheintalshop erhältlich: www.rheintal-shop.de
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