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Graded long-distance hiking trail Stage

Rheinsteig Stage 2: Schlangenbad - Kiedrich (South - North)

2 Graded long-distance hiking trail
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  • Ruine Scharfenstein und Weinberge Kiedrich
    / Ruine Scharfenstein und Weinberge Kiedrich
    Photo: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Map / Rheinsteig Stage 2: Schlangenbad - Kiedrich (South - North)
0 150 300 450 m km 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 2,0 km Asphalt 7,4 km Weg 0,2 km Pfad
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Schlangenbad - Wading pool - Großer Buchwaldgraben rift valley - Rausch restaurant - Weinberg der Ehe vineyard - Scharfenstein castle ruins - Kiedrich

medium
9.6 km
1:55 h
235 m
366 m
Schlangenbad, the second spa town in the Rhine District-Taunus area after Bad Schwalbach, has a history associated with pleasure. As early as 1700, aristocrats and diplomats enjoyed the warm waters of the spa and provided the town with some glamour. The town's namesake is Germany's largest snake, the Aesculapian snake. This non-venomous snake loves warmth more than anything else and found an ideal habitat here, outside its normal habitat in southern Europe.

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Difficulty
medium
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
337 m
144 m
Highest point
Schutzhütte am Badweg (337 m)
Lowest point
Rauscher Mühle (144 m)
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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!

 

Equipment

Hiking boots/shoes
Suitable weatherproof clothing

Tips, hints and links

www.rheinsteig.de

Start

Schlangenbad, Tourist Information Office (297 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.093158, 8.100353
UTM
32U 435650 5549376

Destination

Kiedrich town centre

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail begins at the open air thermal swimming pool, before continuing in a large loop through the forest towards the Rhine Valley. The first stop is a wading pool with a view across the Rhenish Hesse hills. From here, the trail continues down to the Großer Buchwaldgraben rift valley. It leaves further down the valley to take a detour uphill towards the Rauen Valley, before returning to the rift valley to reach the Rausch restaurant. From here, the Rheinsteig trail follows the road to Eltville as far as the new forester's lodge and then turns right up the hill to a lovely viewing point in the district of Kiedrich. It then follows the edge of the forest and continues uphill, briefly entering the forest, before emerging at the Weinberg der Ehe vineyard. This vineyard got its name from the old custom of planting a vine for each couple who had been married in Kiedrich. The nearby ruins of Scharfenstein Castle tower over the village, with its Gothic-style timbered houses and the Valentinus Church, in which you can hear the oldest playable organ in Germany. Kiedrich is also the final destination of this stage of the trail.

Public transport

The best way to reach the starting point (the stop at Landgrafenplatz) is with bus no. 173 (RMV line) from Eltville train station.

Getting there

By car: via the B42 as far as Eltville

Parking

Free car parks in Eltville on the banks of the Rhine
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

www.rheintal-shop.de

Author’s map recommendations

Rheinsteig-Wanderkarten sind im Rheintalshop erhältlich: www.rheintal-shop.de

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Comments and ratings (4)

Dolf van den Berg
2018-05-01
Diese Tour kennt einige Highlights im Frühjahr: Das Tal des Sulzbaches und der Abstieg nach Kiedrich. Das Fotoalbum finden Sie unter: https://oldnzel.blogspot.nl/2018/04/rheinsteig-van-schlangenbad-naar.html
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2018-04-09
Wassertretbecken
Wassertretbecken
Photo: Dolf van den Berg, Community
Sulzbach
Sulzbach
Photo: Dolf van den Berg, Community
Ruine Scharfenstein
Ruine Scharfenstein
Photo: Dolf van den Berg, Community

Wolfgang Rustler
2017-09-06
Habe heute die Tour gemacht,der Anfang fing gleich gut an! Kein Kilometer gewandert keine Umleitung fand aber den richtigen Weg auf Umwegen wieder. Ansonsten ein sehr schöner Wanderweg bis Kiedrich!
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2017-09-06

Walther Wenck
2017-06-12
Das war die bisher am wenigsten spektakuläre Tour, leider wenige schöne Fernsichten. Dafür aber eine schöne Einkehr im Biergarten der Waldgaststätte Rausch in Eltville, direkt auf dem Weg. Das Städtchen Kiedrich ist auch einen Blick wert.
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2017-06-11
Feuersalamander
Feuersalamander
Photo: Walther Wenck, Community

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Difficulty
medium
Distance
9.6 km
Duration
1:55 h
Ascent
235 m
Descent
366 m
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