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Graded long-distance hiking trail Stage

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

1 Graded long-distance hiking trail • Romantic Rhine
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Map / Rheinsteig Stage 14: Vallendar - Sayn (South - North)
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Vallendar - Meerbach - Wüstenhof restaurant - Schnatzen mill - German Limes Road - Großbach Valley - Meisenhof - Roman tower on the Pulverberg mountain - Brexbach Valley - Oskarhöhe hill - Sayn Palace

medium
12.4 km
4:00 h
454 m
456 m
The state-approved Kneipp and climactic spa town can be proud of its collection of beautiful half-timbered houses with elaborate carvings, dating from the 17th century, which are grouped mainly around the town square. Among these houses is the oldest wine tavern in the town, 'Die Traube', with a glockenspiel nearby which plays well-known tunes to match the seasons. Vallendar has also become famous for its theological college (the Pallotiner).

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Difficulty
medium
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
257 m
76 m
Highest point
Römerturm (257 m)
Lowest point
Sayn (76 m)
Best time of year
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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

Vallendar, town hall square (78 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.401491, 7.615950
UTM
32U 401639 5584187

Destination

Bendorf-Sayn, Sayn Palace

Turn-by-turn directions

We leave the town at Kirchstraße and follow the River Meerbach out of the city. A gently ascending path brings us along the grove to the Wüstenhof restaurant, which invites us to take an early break and enjoy the view of the Rhine. In 1774, Goethe was inspired to write his poem 'Little rose on the heath' here. From the restaurant, the trail leads down to the Schnatzen mill before ascending again along the floor of the valley. After crossing under the A48, the trail also crosses the K81 and leads along a track to a riding school and the German Lime Road. At the other side of the street, it continues to Bendorf. From a high perch at the edge of the forest, the trail veers slightly to the right and winds its way down a steep descent into the Großbach Valley.

We follow the road through the river valley to the left, until a road turns right into the Wenigerbach Valley. Behind Gussie Adenauer House, the trail continues up to the path that leads through grain fields to the Meisenhof restaurant. From there, we walk to the Roman tower on the Pulverberg, which, thanks to the good visibility from the top of the mountain, is a perfect place for a watch tower. A reconstruction of the Roman watchtower was built in 1912. The Rheinsteig trail now takes us past the L ö schke-Ruhe, the remains of the actual Roman tower, into the Brexbach Valley, behind the viaduct and up to the Oskarhöhe hill before taking a detour across the wooded ridge to Sayn Palace, with its beautiful views of the Vulkan Eifel region. From the ancestral seat of the Sayn family, the trail continues past the falconry to the palace with its butterfly park.

Getting home: by bus (Schloss Sayn stop) back to Vallendar train station.

Public transport

Train to Vallendar station

Getting there

B42 to Vallendar train station. From Vallendar station, follow the path through the pedestrian zone to the town hall square (15 minutes).

Parking

Car park at Vallendar 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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Mister X
2016-10-10
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Difficulty
medium
Distance
12.4 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
454 m
Descent
456 m
Tour route Nice views With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights

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