Circular hiking trail - German Hiking Seal - Premium Trail
The 12 km long hike reveals again and again beautiful views of the Rhine Valley and Schönburg Castle.
Distance 11.9 km
Schwede-Bure (Schweden-Born) - as this wildly romantic place is called - has been a place of refuge for the inhabitants of Oberwesel for centuries.
They sought shelter there from the Swedes as early as the 30 Years' War in the 17th century. In later times, it was a meeting place for many lovers who found shelter there from prying eyes and immortalised their love with engravings in the slate rock.
The varied tour leads past many cultural sites and places steeped in history, e.g. the Oberwesel town wall with its towers, the Jewish cemetery and the Kalvarienberg Chapel. The trail winds its way - partly on narrow paths - through small woods, meadows and vineyards. In between, wonderful vantage points invite you to linger.
It is worth taking a look at the Calvary Chapel, built in 1845, and a walk over the Oberwesel town wall.
Update: August 27, 2021
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Best time of year
No special safety instructions
Tips and hints
Tourist Information Oberwesel
Tel.: 0049 (0) 6744/ 71 06 24
Oberwesel or Damscheid/Hardt car park (75 m)
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Oberwesel or Damscheid/Hardt car park
Start at Schaarplatz in the heart of Oberwesel. Following the signs, you pass a medieval fountain and a small vineyard and take a narrow path to the Schützengraben. This leads north along the medieval town wall with its defence towers to St. Martin's Church, a former collegiate church built around 1350.After crossing the road, a narrow path leads uphill along old garden plots to the "Michelfeld". A little later, you reach the vantage point "Auf dem Kackstuhl". Here you have a wonderful view of the Rhine.Now the path climbs slowly up to the Hardthöhe and then continues across meadows and fields with fantastic views to the former Jewish cemetery, which covers an area of approx. 2,700 square metres. The oldest of the gravestones probably dates from 1718, the last burial took place on 25 January 1942.After another kilometre - first still uphill and then slightly downhill - we come to the "Rheingoldschänke", whose beautiful terrace invites us to take a break.Freshly refreshed, we follow the path through pastures, meadows and a short stretch of forest to the "Guckshöll", which offers us a fantastic view through the Niederbach valley to the Rhine with St. Martin's Church and the Cat and Ox Tower.From there, the path climbs again briefly past a fir tree shelter until the highest point of the tour is reached and you can enjoy the distant view in all directions. If you want to make a small detour to Damscheid, e.g. to take a look at the 12th century church of St. John the Baptist with its Romanesque tower, it is not far from here.Otherwise, head south to the "Hardt" hikers' car park and from there continue along a beautiful meadow path surrounded by flowering, fragrant bushes. After about 2 km, shortly after the "Hunsrück" lookout point, turn left onto a small path that leads back to Oberwesel after a few metres through Niederwald forest. Soon you come to a quarry where you can see the 300 to 400 million year old slate layers very clearly. The trail continues eastwards along vineyards that were initially fallow and then cultivated.
all notes on protected areas
By bus and train to/from Oberwesel station - timetable information
Along the B9 from the direction of Koblenz and Bingen
On the B9Oberwesel railway station car parkDamscheid/Hardt hikers' car park
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Sturdy shoes/hiking boots are an advantage
Basic Equipment for Hiking
Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
Layered, moisture wicking clothing
Rucksack (with rain cover)
Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
First aid kit
Bivy / survival bag
Navigation equipment / map and compass
Emergency contact details
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.