Graded long-distance hiking trail Stage

Rheinsteig Stage 17: Leutesdorf - Bad Hönningen (South - North)

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  • Blick von der Rheinbrohler Ley
    / Blick von der Rheinbrohler Ley
    Photo: Frank Gallas, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Aussicht Ruine Hammerstein
    Photo: Frank Gallas, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Rast am Rheinsteig
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Blick in Richtung Bad Hönningen
    Photo: Henry Tornow, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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Schafsnasen apples and wine by the glass:

Leutesdorf - Edmund hikers' hut and restaurant - Mühlbach Valley - Hammerstein castle ruins - Oberhammerstein - Towpath - Niederhammerstein - Annahof restaurant - Rheinbrohler Ley hill - Rheinbrohl - Bergfriede House - Bahlsbach Valley - Bad Hönningen

16.2 km
5:30 h
540 m
600 m
Leutesdorf, on the sunny side of the Rhine, has a long tradition of wine-growing. Today the town is, looking downriver, the last important 'Riesling bastion' on the Rhine. Pretty 17th century half-timbered houses lend the town a certain cosiness. The parish church stands tall in the town centre. There is a beautiful view of the town from the vineyard on the hill.

Author’s recommendation

Am Ende der Etappe lohnt sich der Besuch des Erlebnismuseums RömerWelt. Mit Nachbau von einer Mannschaftsstube, einem Backhaus und einer funktionsfähigen römischen Phahlramme in Originalgröße.

Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
Rheinbrohler Ley, 251 m
Lowest point
Mühlbachtal, 60 m
Best time of year

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!



Hiking boots/shoes
Suitable weatherproof clothing

Tips, hints and links


Leutesdorf train station (162 m)
50.456060, 7.387856
32U 385561 5590581


Bad Hönningen train station

Turn-by-turn directions

But the Rheinsteig trail would not be the Rheinsteig if it didn't go uphill straight away again. We climb in the direction of the Sonnenweg path and the Windhäuser Hof restaurant on a narrow path through the vineyards to 'Haus Vogelsang', where the trail turns right towards Leutesdorf and follows the 'Edmund Hüttenweg' path to the 'Edmund-Hütte' hikers' hut. Behind the hut, the Rheinsteig trail offers a bit of a climb, continuing away from the Rhine, into the forest and onto an educational orchard trail, where we are taught about traditional fruit-growing methods. At the end of the educational trail, the path continues through open meadows. After walking along the upper edge of the vineyard, the trail continues downhill in long winding loops to the Bachhof restaurant in the Mühlbach Valley. A wide path leads us through more vineyards, with signs directing us to the nearby wine bars. Leaving the easy vineyard paths, we walk up to the ruins of Hammerstein Castle. Built on a 196m high rock spur, it is the first spur castle in the Rhineland. We then walk through more orchards on a steeply descending path down to Oberhammerstein and from there downstream through the vineyards to Niederhammerstein. The trail continues along the valley floor of the River Hammerstein, past the Annahof restaurant to the Rheinbrohler Ley hill, with its viewing pavilion and a view of the Hammersteiner Werth, an uninhabited island. A meadow path takes us down to a war memorial and on to the first houses of Rheinbrohl. We continue following the Rheinsteig trail along the outskirts of Rheinbrohl and eventually come via a small collection of allotments to the Bahlsbach Valley, where we follow a short stretch of the road to Arienheller. Just after the ‘Römerwelt am Caput Limitis’ (a Roman living history museum and visitor centre), we follow the Rheinsteig trail into the town centre of Bad Hönningen.


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Public transport

Public transport friendly

Train to Leutesdorf station

Getting there

B42 to Leutesdorf train station, then follow the river along the Schoppenweg path to the vineyards (15 minutes).


At Leutesdorf train station
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

Rheinsteig-Wanderkarten sind im Rheintalshop erhältlich:

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M. S.
October 19, 2019 · Community
Eine sehr anstrengende, aber äußerst lohnende Etappe. Inklusive der Zuwege zu den Bahnhöfen an Start und Ziel kamen knapp 21 km zusammen. Der Weg besticht durch eine tolle Mischung aus Panorama-Höhenwegen, einer abenteuerlichen Burgruine, stillen Waldpfaden sowie schönen Plätzen zum Rasten. Auch die Spaziergänge durch Leutesdorf und die anderen Örtchen waren ein Besuch wert. Alles in allem eine großartige Tour!
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Done at October 18, 2019
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Konrad Friedgen
May 10, 2017 · Community
Diese schöne Rheinsteigetappe gefällt durch ihre herrlichen Aussichten ins breite Stromtal. Besonders im ersten Teil zeigt sie sich sehr abwechslungsreich. Die Wegführung wechselt ab zwischen schmalen Pfaden, felsigen Steigen und breiten Weinbergwegen. Burgruine Hammerstein sollte man auf jeden Fall besuchen. Der kurze Abzweig von der Hauptroute ist nicht nur wegen der schönen Panoramblicke überaus lohnend. Auch die Rheinbrohler Ley und das darunter liegende Ehrenmal bereichern die Route ungemein. Im letzten Drittel geht es dann meist wenig erbauend durch verbuschtes Gelände und durch Schrebergärten über Rheinbrohl zum Zielort Bad Hönningen. Hier ein Link zum ausführlichen und bebilderten Wanderbericht der Wehrer Watzmänner:
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Done at November 15, 2015
Start am alten Zolltor in Leutesdorf
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Herrliche Rheinblicke von der Edmundhütte
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Auf der Burgruine Hammerstein
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Die Ortschaft Hammerstein vom Rheinsteig
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Rheintalpanorama von der Rheinbrohler Ley
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16.2 km
540 m
600 m
Public transport friendly In and out Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Botanical highlights


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