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.