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Hiking Tour "RheinTerrassenWeg", stage from Bodenheim to Mainz

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  • Wanderer am alten Rathaus von Bodenheim
    / Wanderer am alten Rathaus von Bodenheim
    Photo: Michael Zellmer
  • / Weinlehrpfad bei Bodenheim
    Photo: Karl Georg Müller
  • / Aussicht vom Zöller Kreuz bei Mainz
    Photo: Karl Georg Müller
  • / Stadtpark Mainz
    Photo: Michael Zellmer
  • / Aussichtspunkt bei Mainz
    Photo: Karl Georg Müller
  • / Entlang am Rhein bei Mainz
    Photo: Karl Georg Müller
  • / Steinformationen bei Mainz
    Photo: Karl Georg Müller
  • / Römisches Theater in Mainz
    Photo: Karl Georg Müller
  • / Gutenberg Statue in Mainz
    Photo: Stadt Mainz
m 200 150 100 50 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Historisches Rathaus von Bodenheim Dom St. Martin Gutenberg-Museum Mainz
Be sure to stop in Bodenheim before heading to Mainz on the RheinTerrassenWeg. On the way there are many views, a geological park and a great bank passage on the Rhine.
Distance 12.3 km
3:30 h
112 m
99 m
Between Bodenheim and Mainz, the RheinTerrassenWeg opens up magnificent views of the Rhine, the Taunus and the banking metropolis of Frankfurt. The view at "Laubenheimer Höhe" is impressive. The surroundings will change because the path follows the former limestone quarry of Weisenau that delivers insights into the history of the earth. In the end, the Rhine follows to the state capital of Mainz, where you can walk around the remarkable old town with the cathedral. The Gutenberg Museum and the a lot of wine bars definitely want to be explored.

Author’s recommendation

Stay a day in Mainz and discover the Gutenberg-City near the Rhine. Wine bars, the old town an the Cathedral of Mainz will invite you to stay for a while.
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Daniel Schmidt
Update: May 05, 2021
Highest point
182 m
Lowest point
83 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Eulchen Schlossbiergarten
Weingut Gruber - Gutsausschank "Living Room"
Weinhaus Bluhm
Weinhaus Michel
Straußwirtschaft im Weingut Nikolaus May
Hofgut Laubenheimer Höhe
Geberts Weinstuben
Potsdamer Hof - Weingut Gauer

Safety information

Please note the current safety information from the Federal Ministry of Health regarding the handling of the COVID - 19 pandemic. This also includes reducing social interactions to a minimum. Since you can of course meet other people while hiking, we recommend to currently not do any hikes.

Tips and hints

Ortsgemeinde Bodenheim

Tourist-Info Bodenheim

Obergasse 22, 55294 Bodenheim

Telefon: 06135 704913





Stadt Mainz

Tourist Service Center Mainz

Brückenturm am Rathaus, Rheinstraße 55

55116 Mainz

Telefon: 06131 242 888

Telefax: 06131 242 889




All flag signposts are currently removed due to maintenance. The marking posts and intermediate markings are still there. Please use a smartphone for orientation, if possible.


De vlaggenborden zijn momenteel allemaal gedemonteerd vanwege verbeteringen. De markeringspalen en tussenmarkeringen zijn nog aanwezig. Gebruik indien mogelijk een smartphone voor oriëntatie.


Start: Bus station in Bodenheim (85 m)
49.930144, 8.311027
49°55'48.5"N 8°18'39.7"E
32U 450551 5531091


End: Train station "Römisches Theater" in Mainz

Turn-by-turn directions

From the train station in Bodenheim you can walk to the historic town centre. You will pass the oldest house in Bodenheim ("Knebelscher Hof" from 1606) and the historic town hall and then get to old manors to the vineyard "Stiftswingert". In the vineyards you will find the main route after 1.3 km.

The RheinTerrassenWeg leads you gently up through the slope to the Rhine plateau, from which in clear weather you can enjoy magnificent views of the Rhine, Odenwald and the Frankfurt skyline. There is a fantastic view from the picinic area at the junction to Laubenheim (rail connection) and from the "Zöller Kreuz".

The tour of the former Weisenau limestone quarry begins from Laubenheimer Höhe. A resting area provides a great geological insight. After crossing the A 60, you take the descend to the banks of the Rhine. Especially in wet weather, this passage, which runs on natural ground and becomes quite steep in the end, can be slippery and require good sturdy shoes.

Along the Rhine you can reach the city park of Mainz, where the main route ends. A path leads to the Roman Theater station ("Römisches Theater") on the edge of the old town of Mainz. A pleasant city tour to St. Martin's Cathedral and Gutenberg Museum will be the highlight of this hike.



The area around the "RheinTerrassenWeg" offers hardly any shadow an no chance to hide from wind and weather. That is why it's important to bring suitable clothing with you. 90% of the route follows on comfortable, mostly paved paths. On the way you can stop at "Laubenheimer Höhe" and on the banks of the Rhine.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


The Bodenheim, Mainz-Laubenheim and Mainz Römisches Theater stops are on the Mainz - Wo rms route, which is served by regional train 44 in regular intervals. Information at

Getting there

By car to Bodenheim: From the B9 exit towards Bodenheim, straight ahead at the roundabout, stay on L431, turn left onto Wormser Straße and follow to the train station

By car to Mainz: From the A60 (Mainzer Ring) onto the B9 towards Mainz city center, continue on the L431, keep right on Rheinstraße, left into Holzhofstraße

Public transport: rail connections in Bodenheim, Mainz-Laubenheim and Mainz Roman Theater


Parking Bodenheim: Parking at the train station, Wormser Straße 8, 55294 Bodenheim

Parking Mainz: car park Römisches Theater, Holzhofstraße, 55116 Mainz


49.930144, 8.311027
49°55'48.5"N 8°18'39.7"E
32U 450551 5531091
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Wanderführer Abenteuer RheinTerrassenWeg

Verlag: Publicpress Publikationsgesellschaft mbH, Geseke

ISBN: 978-3-89920-845-0

Preis: 13,99 EUR

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderführer Abenteuer RheinTerrassenWeg

Verlag: Publicpress Publikationsgesellschaft mbH, Geseke

ISBN: 978-3-89920-845-0

Preis: 13,99 EUR


You will need hiking clothes, backpack with enough water to drink, headgear and sunscreen

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Marion Juretko
October 24, 2021 · Community
Anfangs ein echt schöner Weg. aussichtsreich! Das letzte Stück hat uns nicht so gut gefallen
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When did you do this route? October 24, 2021
Tobias Behringer
May 13, 2021 · Community
Toller Wanderweg mit schönen Aussichtspunkten. Aufgrund eines fehlenden Highlights nur gute vier Punkte
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Photo: Tobias Behringer, Community

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12.3 km
3:30 h
112 m
99 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest


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