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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 10

RheinBurgenWeg Stage 10: St. Goar–Oberwesel (north–south)

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  • Maria Ruh, Urbar
    Maria Ruh, Urbar
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St. Goar – Lohbachtal – Kretschhütte – Seelenbachtal – Galgenbachtal – Loreleyblick Maria Ruh - Skulpturenpfad – Günderodehaus – Elfenley – Oberwesel

Distance 8.8 km
3:00 h
396 m
404 m
257 m
77 m
The tenth stage of the RheinBurgenWeg (RBW) from St. Goar to Oberwesel requires strong nerves as a little climbing is called for on the Oelsbergsteig! If you don’t feel you can manage the via ferrata, you can take the scenic detour along the Sculpture Trail. Further highlights on this section of the RBW are of course Maria Ruh near Urbar with its views of the Loreley and the Günderodehaus up above Oberwesel.
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Update: January 11, 2023
Highest point
257 m
Lowest point
77 m
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Safety information

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!

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St. Goar (102 m)
50.149949, 7.713615
50°08'59.8"N 7°42'49.0"E
32U 408096 5556095
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Climbing adventure on the Rhine!

The 10th section of the RheinBurgenWeg begins in the centre of St. Goar. Follow the short path from the station high up into the Lohbach Valley where you come to the main RheinBurgenWeg route. The first ascent through the wild and romantic valley is very steep. Once you've arrived high up on the Rhine plateau, it's only a short distance to the extended stop-off at the Kretschhütte lodge. The RheinBurgenWeg continues along the slope to yet another great view and, from here, you can even see the Loreley figure below on the breakwater in the Rhine clearly. Continuing along the edge of the slope, you first cross the Seelenbach Valley and then the Galgenbach Valley, where you ignore the path signposted "An der Loreley" down towards the B9 on your left and, instead, continue uphill towards Urbar. The Maria Ruh viewpoint probably affords the best view of the Loreley rock opposite and numerous benches, a swing bench and a pavilion encourage you to take a breather and linger awhile. The next section passes along beautiful meadow and field tracks between hedges and through trees. A decision is called for at the spacious Beulsberg lodge on the edge of the vineyards: Oelsbergsteig or Sculpture Trail? The main route leads over the Oelsbergsteig, a very narrow path through the middle of the steep slope. You need to be sure-footed and have a good head for heights here as the trail involves some sections of climbing through rocky terrain with ladders and rungs. A rocky cliff provides a rest area and an opportunity to catch your breath before, past the fork to the elevated Günderode House near the level crossing, you finally reach the first houses of Oberwesel. If you wish to avoid the via ferrata and would prefer to bypass it, follow instead the more or less flat Sculpture Trail directly to the Günderode House at what is known as the "Seven Virgins'" (Siebenjungfrauenblick ) viewpoint. The house used in the filming of the "Heimat 3" series is a great place to stop off for refreshments in a magnificent location high above the River Rhine and affords spectacular panoramic views of Oberwesel. From there, it is only a short hike to today's destination of Oberwesel with its partially walkable town ramparts.



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Public transport

There is a train station in both St. Goar and Oberwesel.

Getting there

Follow the B9 along the Rhine to get to St. Goar and Oberwesel


  • Oberwesel an der B9 (O 406002 N 5551458)
  • St. Goar (O407815 N 5556423)
  • Maria Ruh (O 408803 N 5554436)
  • Günderode Haus (O 408165 N 5552295)


50.149949, 7.713615
50°08'59.8"N 7°42'49.0"E
32U 408096 5556095
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Book recommendation by the author

Literatur zum RheinBurgenWeg erhältlich im Rheintalshop:

Author’s map recommendations

RheinBurgenWeg-Wanderkarten sind im Rheintalshop erhältlich:


  • Wanderschuhe
  • Witterungsangepasste, zweckmäßige Kleidung

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Roswitha V. 
October 10, 2020 · Community
Ich bin den gesamten Rhein-Burgen-Weg gelaufen. Insgesamt würde ich die einzelnen Etappen als leicht bis mittel einstufen. Der Part von Rolandseck bis Koblenz lohnt sich meines Erachtens überhaupt nicht. Kein Vergleich zu dem zweiten Part von Koblenz bis Bingen. Hier jedoch sind die Wege schöner, als ich zunächst angenommen hatte. Viele Strecken führen über Pfade und naturbelassene Wege, großteils durch den Wald und immer wieder mit herrlichen Ausblicken auf den Rhein. Die Strecke von von St. Goar nach Oberwesel ist die kürzeste. Für den Nachmittag hatte ich mir eine wunderbare Klangschalenmassage in Oberwesel gebucht. Außerdem kann man in dem schönen Städtchen wunderbar auf der begehbaren Stadtmauer wandeln. Einquartiert war ich auf dieser Etappe im Goldenen Pfropfenzieher, einem Haus mit 500 jähriger Geschichte. Es gibt einen wundervollen romantischen Außenbereich, wo man entspannt unter Kastanien speisen kann. Schon Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798 – 1874) trägt 1843 hier in patriotischer Runde sein Deutschlandlied vor. Da schmeckt das Essen gleich doppelt so gut.
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When did you do this route? September 02, 2020
Rückblick auf St. Goar
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Immer wieder beeindruckend
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Romantischer Rhein
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Begehbare Stadtmauer in St. Goar
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Begehbare Stadtmauer
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Blick auf den Rhein
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Katja Frerk
September 26, 2020 · Community
Samstag, 26. September 2020, 10:39 Uhr
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Michael T
June 14, 2020 · Community
Schneller, nicht ganz schwitzfreier Start. Danach aber locker zu laufen. Auf keinen Fall darf man das Günderodehaus auslassen. Kenne keinen schöneren Blick auf den Mittelrhein.
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8.8 km
3:00 h
396 m
404 m
Highest point
257 m
Lowest point
77 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest


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