Graded long-distance hiking trail Stage

Rheinsteig Stage 19: Linz - Bad Honnef (South - North)

1 Graded long-distance hiking trail • Romantic Rhine
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  • Erpeler Ley
    / Erpeler Ley
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • Altstadt von Linz/Rhein
    / Altstadt von Linz/Rhein
    Photo: Frank Gallas, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • Kaiserberg Blick
    / Kaiserberg Blick
    Photo: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • Blick Richtung Siebengebirge von Erpeler Ley
    / Blick Richtung Siebengebirge von Erpeler Ley
    Photo: Frank Gallas, Tourismus Siebengebirge GmbH
  • Bei Orsberg
    / Bei Orsberg
    Photo: Frank Gallas, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • KD-Schiff unterhalb der Erpeler Ley
    / KD-Schiff unterhalb der Erpeler Ley
    Photo: Frank Gallas, Tourismus Siebengebirge GmbH
Map / Rheinsteig Stage 19: Linz - Bad Honnef (South - North)
0 150 300 450 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18

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Merry wine-growing village (almost) without wine makers:
Linz - Ockenfels Castle - Ockenfels river valley - Kasbach - Erpeler Ley hill - Stux mountain - Hähnerbach Valley - Unkel - Bruchhauser Heath campsite - Breitbach Valley - Auge Gottes wayside shrine - Barbara hikers' hut (turn-off to the Leyberg) – Mucherwiesen Valley - Bad Honnef
17.9 km
6:00 h
642 m
585 m
The trail begins in Linz's market square and leads first to Ockenfels Castle. In front of the castle gates, it carries on uphill to the right and across a meadow in an arc back towards the village. Shortly afterwards, you will find yourself at the train tracks of Kasbach train station, which you can follow to Kasbach itself. The ascent to the Erpeler Ley hill begins behind the village. Next stop is the summit of the Stux, from where a path, leading to Unkel, descends into the Hähnerbach Valley.

Author’s recommendation

Bei der Einkehr in die Waldgaststätte Bergesruh auf der Erpeler Ley locken leckere hausgemachte Kuchen.

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311 m
67 m
Highest point
Auge Gottes (311 m)
Lowest point
Linz (67 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!



  • Wanderschuhe
  • Witterungsangepasste, zweckmäßige Kleidung

Tips, hints and links


Linz, market square (67 m)
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Bad Honnef

Turn-by-turn directions

An ascent brings you to an avenue which leads to the Bruchhauser Heath campsite. From there, the trail continues to the Bruchhausen cemetery and the Marienberg, a former school. From here, the Rheinsteig trail cuts down to the Breitbach Valley, where the long ascent to the 'Auge Gottes' wayside shrine (lit. 'Eye of God') begins. On the way you will pass a cross which was erected in memory of all the miners who mined and smelted ores from these hills. The forest then becomes steeper and leads first to the hidden ruins of a former V1 rocket launcher and then to the 'Auge Gottes' wayside shrine. In the past, foresters often had to contend with timber thieves, so they erected a sign with the warning 'an eye is something that sees everything, even what happens in the dead of night'. Whether the thieves took any heed of this or not has not been recorded. From the nearby junction, you walk to the rest spot at the burnt down Barbara hut, where a detour to the Leyberg mountain (45 minutes) is worthwhile. There is a magnificent view of the summit of the Drachenfels, down into the Rhine Valley and of the peaks of the Eifel region. Back at the rest spot, take the trail through the woods and down into the Mucherwiesen Valley. Here you can follow the Rheinsteig trail to the right, where you join the Rheinhöhenweg trail and follow it to Bad Honnef.


Nature protection area Siebengebirge: 01.01 - 31.12

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Mit dem Zug (RE oder RB) bis Bahnhof Linz.

Getting there

B42 to Linz train station. Follow the footpath from the station to the Rheinsteig trail.


At the 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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Comments and ratings (1)

Tim Bosinius
Es gibt sicherlich schönere Jahreszeiten für eine Wanderung auf dem Rheinsteig, aber kurzentschlossen ging es gestern zusammen mit Hund auf diese Etappe. Mit dem Zug von Bad Honnef nach Linz dauert es 10 Minuten - der Zugang zum Rheinsteig ist durch die gelben Markierungen einfach zu finden. Gerade im ersten Teil waren die Pfade matschig und rutschig - mit Wanderschuhen aber kein größeres Problem. Herrlichen Ausblicke über das Rheintal gibt es von Linz bis zum Stuxberg. Nur bei der Erpler Ley habe ich den Pfad verloren - die Beschilderung könnte dort etwas besser sein, Der Anstieg vom Bruchhauser Bach am Elsberg und Leiderberg vorbei war wegen des Regens und den damit komplett durchgeweichtem Boden ziemlich anstrengend - aber dafür wandert es sich dann schön einfach vom Haanhof durch den Wald bis zum Anstieg zum Auge Gottes. Falls man nach diesem letzten Anstieg mit knapp 180 Höhenmetern Luft für einen lauten Pfiff hat - die Akustik oben im Wald beim Auge Gottes ist irre. Von dort geht es dann nur noch bergab - bis zum Bahnhof in Bad Honnef waren es insgesamt 21km die bei zügigem Gang in 3:40h geschafft waren.
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Blick in Richtung Eifel oberhalb von Linz. Schön trotz mäßigen Winterwetter.
Blick in Richtung Eifel oberhalb von Linz. Schön trotz mäßigen Winterwetter.
Photo: Tim Bosinius, Community

17.9 km
6:00 h
642 m
585 m
Public transport friendly Tour route Nice views With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Geological highlights

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