Photo: Frank Gallas, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Photo: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Rüdesheim - Niederwald monument - Hildegardis Convent - Eibingen - Blaubach Valley - Nothgottes Abbey - Marienthal Abbey - Sandkopf hill at Stephanshausen - Wiesengrund Castle - Johannisberg - Geisenheim
If you don't visit Rüdesheim on the Rhine, you haven't really been to the Rhine. Singing Rüdesheim's praises as a tourist resort is like carrying coals to Newcastle. The Drosselgasse street is genuinely world famous, while poets have praised the monument high above on the Niederwald. And if you want to mention anything else about Rüdesheim, there's the wine museum in Brömserburg Castle, the mechanical music cabinet, Saint Hildegard von Bingen and the Nations Christmas Market – that's why the Rhine is so great.
Gleich zu Beginn der Etappe lohnt sich ein Besuch der Abtei Sankt Hildegard, welche auf die Tradition der hl. Hildegard von Bingen zurückgeht.
Updated: October 31, 2018
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At the start of the hike you can take it easy and soar above the vines in a cable car. After arriving at the top, you can gladly leave the hustle and bustle around the Germania statue behind you to your left and walk over to St Hildegard Abbey in the vineyards. Hildegard von Bingen had already founded a Benedictine convent in nearby Eibingen in 1165. The present day church was consecrated in 1904. Today 60 nuns live and work in the convent, selling Hildegard's writings, wine and other local delicacies.
Next stop is the former abbey at Nothgottes, idyllically located in the Blaubach Valley. Over a hundred years ago the abbey was an important place of pilgrimage, as was Marienthal Abbey in the Elsterbach Valley. The heyday of both churches was the 15th and 16th centuries. In 1468, the oldest monastery printing press in the world was founded in the Marien Valley. Today some Franciscans still live here and serve the pilgrims who still visit the abbey. Instead of now going straight to Johannisberg, the trail leads away from the Rhine Valley and follows the Philosophenweg trail uphill to the Rhine District Forest. On the Sandkopf hill the trail crosses the L3272 in order to continue uphill for a short stretch and then turn sharply to the right into the meadowland. The trail passes the Neugebauer Haus, through fields and forests, and continues into a meadow valley near Johannisberg, where the trail lets you continue to the left.
Getting home: passing the world-famous wine-producing castle, you will quickly reach Geisenheim.
Bus/train to Rüdesheim train station
By car: B42 to Rüdesheim train station
Take the path leading to the Rheinsteig trail or the cable car to the Niederwald monument.
Car park at Rüdesheim 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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