Graded long-distance hiking trail Stage

Rheinsteig Stage 18: Bad Hönningen - Linz (South - North)

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  • Schloss Arenfels
    / Schloss Arenfels
    Photo: Frank Gallas, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Bei Schloss Arenfels
    Photo: Jens Niemeyer, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Kapelle in Ariendorf
    Photo: Jens Niemeyer, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Rastplatz zwischen Ariendorf und Leubsdorf
    Photo: Frank Gallas, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Aussicht in Ahrtal
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Markierung am Wegesrand
    Photo: Frank Gallas, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Leubsdorf
    Photo: Frank Gallas, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Blick Richtung Erpeler Ley
    Photo: Frank Gallas, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Kaiserberg oberhalb von Linz/Rhein
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Altstadt in Linz am Rhein
    Photo: Frank Gallas, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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Bad Hönningen - Staierbach Valley - Arenfels Castle - Ariendorf - Helle-Au viewing point - Leubsdorf - Giersberg mountain - Dattenberg mountain - Kaiserberg stadium - Chapel of St Donatus - Linz

13.2 km
4:30 h
472 m
507 m
From the station, we take the southern access road towards Rheinbrohl. Arriving at the main Rheinsteig trail, we then turn north towards Linz. Following route no. 5 of the Nordic walking fitness park, Ahr-Rhein-Eifel, through fields and paddocks, the trail soon passes above the industrial area of Bad Hönningen and through a residential area into the Staierbach Valley. From here, the 'Am Paffelter' path leads up to the vineyards, with beautiful views of Bad Hönningen and Bad Breisig. From the Hönninger Schlossberg, the trail continues uphill in two winding loops. At the top of the hill, there is an original viewing pavilion with church bench seats.

Author’s recommendation

Am Ende der Tour noch ein wenig Zeit einplanen. Die historische Altstadt von Linz ist wirklich sehenswert. Schaurige Überraschungen bietet das Foltermuseum in der Burg Linz.

Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
Kolpinghütte, 187 m
Lowest point
Linz, 63 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


Bad Hönningen train station (89 m)
50.514180, 7.324162
32U 381186 5597143


Linz, market square

Turn-by-turn directions

Arenfels Castle ('Castle of the Year') lies in front of us: it has 365 windows, 52 doors and twelve towers. Next stop on our hike is the Schafstall, a former settlement for the courtiers of Arenfels Castle. From here, the Rheinsteig trail leads to an airy viewing point and an avenue of chestnut trees, which leads down to Ariendorf. Passing the community centre and Ariendorf Castle, it continues up to the 'Helle Au' viewing point. Shortly afterwards, the trail leaves the forest and leads back into open fields, where the descent to Leubsdorf begins. Until a few years ago, the slopes around Leubsdorf were planted with vines. Today, there are only a few vineyards left. The residents of Leubsdorf remember their 1300-year-old tradition of wine-making with a wine festival, held on the last weekend of September every year. The town is also distinguished by its moated castle, many half-timbered houses and the parish church of St Walpurga, which sits on a rock, and is also known as the 'white church on the Rhine'. From the train station, the trail climbs steadily uphill to meet the Rheinsteig trail, which leads around the base of the Giersberg mountain. There are plenty of opportunities to catch beautiful views along the way. Shortly after this, the Rheinsteig trail leads us to Dattenberg, with its Romanesque basilica (‘church of the holy guardian angels’). From here, the trail takes us down to the war memorial chapel. Behind the church is a former cemetery, which now serves as a park. Before following the Rheinsteig trail to the stone pit, you will see the ruined castles of Metternich and Dattenberg. Heading towards the sports centre on a narrow path, we pass a viewing bench with a great view of the Rhine loop at Remagen and Erpel. The path continues down to the sports field and into the woods. Walking past some allotments, we reach the outskirts of Linz and climb up a winding path to the viewing point at the Kaiserberg stadium. Below the Chapel of St Donatus, the Rheinsteig trail brings us down to Linz's market square.


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Public transport

Public transport friendly

Train to Bad Hönningen station

Getting there

B42 to Bad Hönningen train station


At Bad Hönningen train station
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Diana Noack
November 14, 2019 · Community
Sehr schöne Etappe, die zu jeder Jahreszeit ihre Reize hat!
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Katja Dornbach
November 07, 2019 · Community
Schöne Etappe mit tollen Aussichtspunkten. Allerdings ungeeignet, wenn es heiß ist, da es wenig Schatten gibt. Vor allem die Aussichtspunkte liegen oftmals in der prallen Sonne.
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Done at August 25, 2019
Photo: Katja Dornbach, Community
Photo: Katja Dornbach, Community
Photo: Katja Dornbach, Community
Iris Hiller
December 23, 2016 · Community
man kann den Rheinsteig auch im Winter begehen. Die Wanderung ist recht einfach, aber gutes Schuhwerk ist auf jeden Fall erforderlich, die Wege sind teilweise etwas rutschig. Für Euch und für mich war ich heute auf der Suche nach weihnachtlichen Motiven. Ein Blick in die Donatus-Kapelle lohnt auf alle Fälle, weil dort eine Krippe zu bestaunen ist. Und auch Linz hat sich weihnachtlich herausgeputzt.
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Done at December 23, 2016
Krippe / Donatus-Kapelle
Photo: Iris Hiller, Community
weihnachtliches Linz
Photo: Iris Hiller, Community
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13.2 km
472 m
507 m
Public transport friendly In and out Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value


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