How lucky the inhabitants of Lorch are to have their church, which houses two art works: the carved altar and the organ. There is always a bottle of wine hiding in a secret place somewhere among the organ pipes, so that the organist doesn't get thirsty. The residents of Lorch have often endured suffering however – even after the end of the First World War, when they briefly declared the Free State Bottleneck. This self-determined sovereignty ended abruptly in 1923 with the French occupation of the Ruhr. Today many wine growers keep the memory of this turbulent period alive.
Die Zauberhöhle im Niederwald zwischen Assmannshausen und Rüdesheim sollte man mal durchlaufen.
Updated: October 31, 2018
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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!
We approach the end (in fact the beginning) of the World Heritage Middle Rhine region. The trail ascends from the bridge over the River Wisper to the vineyard district. It continues through the vineyards and then the woods to the Bächergrund hollow and Boden Valley. Just before the turn-off for the Suleika Campsite, the rest spot at Georgs Ruh invites us to stop for a moment. The trail continues upwards into the woods above the campsite and eventually emerges at a panoramic spot, before continuing to the Paul-Claus hikers' hut. There really are amazing views along this section of the trail. Shortly after this, the trail branches off onto a rocky path, showing once again that the Rheinsteig trail deserves the name 'Steig' (steep trail). The extremely narrow path clings tightly to the slope, which is covered with millions of boulders. Following this path eventually brings us to the vineyard district of Assmannshausen, whose red wine is world famous. Those who wish can take the chair lift to the Niederwald hunting lodge; everyone else can reach the lodge on foot by taking the forest path. It was here at the end of the 18th century that Count Carl Amor Maria von Ostein wanted to replicate the Rococo style and built the most beautiful park on the Rhine of its time, with a hermitage, the Rossel viewing tower, knights' hall and magic cave. All that's missing now is the very famous view from the Germania, as the locals call the huge bronze statue above Rüdesheim.
Getting home: walk down the footpath to Rüdesheim train station or take the cable car.
Public transport friendly
Bus/train to Lorch train station
Take the B42 to Lorch train station, then follow the path to Lorch town centre (ca. 750m).
Car park directly off the B42 near Lorch train station
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Literatur zum Rheinsteig erhältlich im Online-Shop des Rheinsteigs
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