Hasenbach Valley - Three castle view - St. Goarshausen - Heide - Lorelei - Spitznack - Five lake viewing point - Bornichbach Valley - Forest school - Urbach Valley - Alte Burg Castle - Rosssteine viewing point - Dörscheid - Kaub
Many peaks are associated with powerful myths, including the Watzmann, Brocken and Lorelei hills. Since Clemens von Brentano breathed life into his heroine Lore on the ley (rock), the viewing point over the narrowest point of the Rhine has become one of Germany's most famous exports, thanks to the maiden's golden hair, while the Lorelei song is a well-established classic.
Nach dem Aussichtspunkt Spitznack dem Hinweisschild zur Felsenkanzel folgen. Hier ist ein weiterer schöner Aussichtspunkt.
Updated: June 07, 2019
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
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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!
Aside from the song however, the planners of the Rheinsteig have already set a high standard with their trail. This stage is the highlight of the whole trail – no other stage is as long or climbs as high. It begins with a steep ascent to the Patersberg, where you can enjoy the picture postcard three castle view, before the trail descends steeply to St. Goarshausen. There is little time to rest however, because the Rheinsteig trail now leads up to the district of Heide, where you can visit the nearby Lorelei Visitor Centre with its museum and exhibitions about the Lorelei myth. A few steps lead from the centre to the legendary rock itself, 125m above the river.
If you have enjoyed the view for long enough, you can go to the starting point of the Lorelei wine trail and arrive at the Lieselfeld plateau. What follows is difficult to describe – you have to experience it: spectacular viewing points at the Spitznack rock, the Felsenkanzel, the five lake viewing point and the forest school. Then you have to descend once again into the Urbach Valley and up the other side to Alte Burg Castle. A narrow path, clinging tightly to the slope, begins close to the castle. It leads to the Rosssteinen, a magnificent viewing point on the rocks opposite Oberwesel. From here, it's not far to the plateau where the village of Dörscheid is situated. The long descent through the steep terraced vineyards of Kaub with stunning views of Rheingrafenstein Castle begins here.
Getting home: follow the footpaths to the train station.
Public transport friendly
Bus/train to St. Goarshausen train station
By car: B42 to St. Goarshausen train station
Follow the path from the train station to the Hasenbach Valley (ca. 100m).
Car park at St. Goarshausen train station
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Literatur zum Rheinsteig erhältlich im Online-Shop des Rheinsteigs
Author’s map recommendations
Rheinsteig-Wanderkarten sind erhältlich im Online-Shop des Rheinsteigs
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