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Graded long-distance hiking trail Stage

Rheinsteig Stage 4: Johannisberg - Rüdesheim (South - North)

2 Graded long-distance hiking trail
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Map / Rheinsteig Stage 4: Johannisberg - Rüdesheim (South - North)
0 150 300 450 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 2,0 km Asphalt 11,9 km Weg 0,2 km Pfad
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Miracles, pilgrims and a saint:

Johannisberg Castle - Johannisberg meadow - Sandkopf hill near Stephanshausen - Marienthal Abbey - Nothgottes Abbey - Blaubach Valley - Eibingen - Hildegardis Convent - Niederwald monument - Rüdesheim

medium
14.6 km
4:00 h
384 m
275 m
If any mountain is associated particularly with wine, it must be the Johannisberg. The world famous slopes of the vineyard have been planted with Riesling grapes for centuries. A statue in the courtyard commemorates the rider, who in the autumn of 1775 arrived too late with permission from the bishop in Fulda to begin the harvest. The grapes remained on the vines and produced excellent wine the next spring, inventing the idea of the late harvest.

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Difficulty
medium
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
360 m
159 m
Highest point
Sandkopf (360 m)
Lowest point
Blaubachtal (159 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

Johannisberg, Ansbach Valley (182 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.008014, 7.988434
UTM
32U 427516 5540012

Destination

Rüdesheim, Niederwald monument

Turn-by-turn directions

Johannisberg Castle is not directly on the Rheinsteig trail – it is situated on the path from Geisenheim. After enjoying the view from the castle terrace you can walk below Schwarzenstein Castle into the meadow, where you will see the blue and white 'R' Rheinsteig trail marker. The trail soon disappears into the woods and climbs steadily up the Sandkopf to Marienthal Abbey, which is still a popular place of pilgrimage today. Several votive tablets tell of the miracles that Mary is said to have performed.

The trail now climbs steeply up to the residential area of Hähnchen and passes the Antonius Chapel to reach Nothgottes Abbey, formerly another important place of pilgrimage in the Rhine District. From here, you follow the River Blaubach towards the valley for a short stretch, until you see the sign for the Eibing vineyard district. A massive church rises up out of the vineyards in front of us. Hildegard von Bingen founded a Benedictine convent here in 1165; the present day church was consecrated in 1904. Today, 60 nuns live and work at the convent, producing editions of Hildegard's writings, wine and other delicacies. On your way through the vineyards you can occasionally see the top of the Niederwald monument, the end destination of your hike.

Getting home: take the cable car from the Niederwald monument down to the valley or walk the path to the train station.

Public transport

Mit dem Zug bis Bahnhof Geisenheim und dann mit dem Bus (RMV-Linie 181 u. 183) bis Johannisberg (Haltestelle Johannisberg Friedhof).

Getting there

Train to Geisenheim station and then by bus (RMV line 181 + 183) to Johannisberg (the stop at Johannisberg cemetery).

Parking

Parking spaces at Geisenheim train station and near Johannisberg Castle.
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 (3)

Sven Haase
2017-07-28
Ich bin die Tour am 23.07.2017 von Östrich-Winkel (Bahnhof Mittelheim) über das schloss Vollrads (ohne über Johannisberg zu laufen) bis nach Rüdesheim zum Niederwalddenkmal gewandert. Vom Niederwalddenkmal habe ich die Gondelbahn ins Tal genutzt (5,50 €). Die Strecke war sehr schön und verlief fast ähnlich mit dem Rheingauer Klostersteig. Die entsprechenden Rheinsteig-Stempel für den Stempelpass (Schloss Vollrads, Kloster Marienthal und Niederwalddenkmal) erhielt ich aber nicht an den sie bezeichnenden Orten, sondern: - Stempel "Niederwalddenkmal" im Hotel "Rüdesheimer Schloss" an der Rezeption, Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim, - Stempel "Schloss Vollrads" in der Touristeninformation, Hauptstraße 1 in Winkel (nicht weit vom Bahnhof Mittelheim) entsprechend der Öffnungszeiten - "Kloster Marienthal" in Geisenheim in der Konditorei Pretzel, Bischof-Blum-Platz 8. Wenn man das weiß, kann man sich danach richten und die Wanderung entsprechend planen. Man muss aber in die Ortskerne abwandern, was schon sehr umständlich ist. Insgesamt war dies im Rheingau eher problematisch, da die Stempel hier entweder nicht an den im Internet angezeigten Stempelstellen waren oder die Stempelstellen am Wochenende geschlossen haben (zB Rathaus Kiedrich mit dem Stempel "Weinberg der Ehe"). Unproblematisch war es mit "Kloster Eberbach", "Schlangenbad", "Schloss Biebrich" und dem Assmannshausenerr "Höllenberg".
Done at
2017-07-23

Kai Ruland
2017-07-18
Schöne, nicht so schwere Tour, mit vielen Sehenswürdigkeiten.
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Done at
2016-10-23
Benediktinerinnenabtei St. Hildegard
Benediktinerinnenabtei St. Hildegard
Photo: Kai Ruland, Community
Aussicht von der Abtei St. Hildegard
Aussicht von der Abtei St. Hildegard
Photo: Kai Ruland, Community
Sicht auf die Germania
Sicht auf die Germania
Photo: Kai Ruland, Community

Dominik Schörner
2015-09-19
Wunderschöne Tour sogar bei leichtem Regen
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Difficulty
medium
Distance
14.6 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
384 m
Descent
275 m
Tour route Nice views Cultural/historical value

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