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Graded long-distance hiking trail Stage

Rheinsteig Stage 9: Kestert - Kamp-Bornhofen (South - North)

· 3 reviews · Graded long-distance hiking trail · Romantic Rhine
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  • Auf dem Rheinsteig im Oktober 2016
    / Auf dem Rheinsteig im Oktober 2016
    Photo: Martin Weier, Community
  • Traumhafte Aussichten ins Rheintal
    / Traumhafte Aussichten ins Rheintal
    Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
  • Blick vom Rheinsteig auf die Feindlichen Brüder
    / Blick vom Rheinsteig auf die Feindlichen Brüder
    Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
  • Burg LIebensteing vom Bergfried der Burg Sterrenberg
    / Burg LIebensteing vom Bergfried der Burg Sterrenberg
    Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Map / Rheinsteig Stage 9: Kestert - Kamp-Bornhofen (South - North)
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The evil brothers' arrows:

Kestert - Hindenburghöhe viewing point - Lykershausen - Liebenstein Castle and Sterrenberg Castle - Kamp Bornhofen

difficult
12.1 km
4:00 h
415 m
368 m
Once upon a time...there were two evil brothers who cheated their blind sister out of her inheritance. But they squandered their fortune and began to argue. Since all their money was gone, they decided to settle their differences with a shoot out. Whoever woke first the next morning should wake the other with an arrow. However, both brothers woke at exactly the same moment, opened their windows, shot their arrows – and killed each other.

Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Lykershausen, 365 m
Lowest point
Loreley-Burgen-Straße, 134 m
Best time of year
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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

Kestert, Kestert junction (159 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.186918, 7.653424
UTM
32U 403871 5560281

Destination

Kamp Bornhofen

Turn-by-turn directions

The Rheinsteig trail between Kestert and Kamp-Bornhofen is as beautiful as the legend is eerie. It begins here with an uphill climb, first to the viewing point at Hindenburghöhe, then on to Lykershausen. From there, you walk across the open fields to a special forest: English Exmoor ponies and South African Boer goats graze in a large fenced area, happily munching on the undergrowth and keeping it short. Just beyond their enclosure, the evil brothers' castle towers appear through the trees. After a short rest (both castles have restaurants), you walk down to the Lorelei Castle Route in the Bornhofen river valley.

A wooden plank staircase with more than 82 steps begins here, climbing up the slope like Jacob's ladder to heaven. The trail then follows a steep winding path which flattens out as it gets higher. It continues on a beautiful hillside path, reminiscent of Corsican pine forests, starting off level and later becoming steeper as it ascends to the Bruno Löhr hikers' hut. Here you can see the 'Avenue of Trees', created in 2002. Every year on 25 April a new tree is planted here. Next stop is the Kamphauser Feld field, where the nature trail from the Kamper Hang hill meets the Rheinsteig trail. Follow the nature trail to reach the final destination of this stage, Kamp-Bornhofen.

Public transport

Train to Kestert station

Getting there

B42 to Kestert train station. Walk from the station to the Rheinsteig trail (ca. 500m).

Parking

At Kestert train station
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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Reviews

4.7
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Christoph Glesius
October 02, 2017 · Community
....ganz vergessen: Mit Zuwegung von Kestert und nach Kamp-Bonhoven ergeben sich insg. 15,6 km👍🏽Wir sind dann mit dem Zug zurück nach Kestert gefahren...
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Christoph Glesius
October 02, 2017 · Community
Super...der Tag danach ist auch interessant 😇 Auf jeden Fall zu empfehlen.
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Blick von der Hindenburghöhe
Photo: Christoph Glesius, Community
83 Stufen...😬
Photo: Christoph Glesius, Community
Burg Liebenstein
Photo: Christoph Glesius, Community
Konrad Friedgen
February 21, 2017 · Community
Diese wunderschöne Rheinsteigetappe zeigt sich konditionell überraschend anspruchsvoll. Die langen, steilen Anstiege von Kestert und aus dem Bornhofener Bachtal sind recht anstrengend und schweißtreibend. Allerdings wird der Rheinsteigwanderer für die mühevollen Teilabschnitte mit herrlichen Blicken ins Rheintal mehr als entschädigt. Der Besuch der Feindlichen Brüder ist ein absolutes Muss und gehört zur Tour einfach dazu. Ob der Bergfried der Burg Sterrenberg immer geöffnet ist, oder die Wehrer Watzmänner nur unverschämtes Glück hatten, ist nicht bekannt. Allerdings sind die Panoramablicke von der zinnenbewehrten Höhenburg auf den Strom der Deutschen und auf Burg Liebenstein ein besonderes Erlebnis. Hier ein Link zu unserem bebilderten Wanderbericht: http://www.die-wehrer-watzmaenner.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=268:rheinsteig-von-kestert-nach-kamp-bronhofen&catid=24:taunus&Itemid=119
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Done at May 27, 2016
Traumhafte Aussichten ins Rheintal
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Urige Felsenpfade führen über die Rheinhöhen hinweg
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Blick vom Rheinsteig auf die Feindlichen Brüder
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Am Burgtor von Burg Sterrenberg
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Burg LIebensteing vom Bergfried der Burg Sterrenberg
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
12.1 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
415 m
Descent
368 m
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