Kaub - Dörscheid - Rossstein viewing point - Alte Burg Castle - Urbach Valley - Forest school - Bornichbach Valley - Five lake viewing point - Spitznack - Lorelei - Heide - St. Goarshausen - Three castle view - Hasenbach Valley
Many peaks are associated with powerful myths, including the Watzmann, Brocken and Lorelei hills. Since Clemens von Brentano breathed life into his heroine Lore on the ley (rock), the viewing point over the narrowest point of the Rhine has become one of Germany's most famous exports, thanks to the maiden's golden hair, while the Lorelei song is a well-established classic.
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Dörscheider Heide (345 m)
St. Goarshausen, Hasenbachtal (73 m)
Best time of year
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!
Aside from the song however, the planners of the Rheinsteig trail have already set a high standard. This stage is the highlight of the whole trail – no other stage is as long or climbs as high. It begins in Kaub, where General Blücher and his troops crossed the Rhine on New Year's Eve 1813/1814. Right from the start, the Rheinsteig trail lives up to its name, climbing steeply to Dörscheid. Once you reach the village however, you will be rewarded for your exertions with some magnificent views. The best views are to be had from the Rossstein viewing point opposite Oberwesel. After feasting your eyes on such riches, it's almost a relief to disappear into the woods for a while. Passing Alte Burg Castle, which only stood for a year, the trail soon arrives at another viewing point, from which you can see the Waldtempel (forest temple). It appears near, but it's an illusion because the Urbach Valley comes in between it. The whole thing is repeated with the River Bornichbach. Once you've crossed the river, there are more treats in store for the adventurous Rheinsteig trail hiker in the shape of the Felsenkanzel and Spitznack viewing points. It's never been more spectacular!
But there's no time to waste – head straight over to the Lorelei rock, 125m above the river. Visit the nearby visitor centre with museum and exhibitions about the Lorelei myth. Those who want to can take the 410 steps down to the Rhine and walk to St. Goarshausen. The trail continues uphill to Heide. Hardy hikers can even climb to the top of the Patersberg and will be richly rewarded with the so-called three castle view.
Getting home: take the short path at the bottom of the Patersberg to the train station.
Train to Kaub station
B42 to Kaub train station. From the station walk along Zollstraße to join the Rheinsteig trail (ca. 250m).
Parking spaces just off the B42 beside Kaub train station
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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Rheinsteig-Wanderkarten sind im Rheintalshop erhältlich: www.rheintal-shop.de
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