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RheinBurgenWeg Stage 7: Koblenz–Rhens (north–south)

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  • Blick auf die Seilbahn und die Festung Ehrenbreitstein
    / Blick auf die Seilbahn und die Festung Ehrenbreitstein
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Kaiserin-Augusta Denkmal in den Rheinanlagen
    Photo: Jens Niemeyer, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Rittersturz
    Photo: Jens Niemeyer, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Aussicht auf Koblenz
    Photo: Jens Niemeyer, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Königsstuhl bei Rhens
    Photo: Friedrich Gier, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Rhens
    Photo: Kevin Kalfels, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Königsstuhl
    Photo: Andreas Pacek, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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Rittersturz – Dommelsberghütte – Weidgenhöhe – Schloss Stolzenfels – Merkurtempel – Königsstuhl – Viehtor Rhens

moderate
Distance 13.2 km
5:30 h
491 m
560 m
352 m
83 m
The seventh stage of the RheinBurgenWeg (RBW) follows a long access path from Deutsches Eck through the park along the Rhine before cutting up through the Koblenz forest to the Rittersturz viewpoint. Here, you pass the cradle of the Federal Republic of Germany before travelling back in time to the age of the Celts on the Dommelsberg. The trail then meanders through sprawling woodlands and past romantic Stolzenfels Castle. This section of the RBW comes to a right royal end in Rhens where it’s worth taking a detour to see the Königsstuhl or king’s throne of stone.
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Joachim Fox
Update: February 08, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
352 m
Lowest point
83 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!

Tips and hints

www.rheinburgenweg.com

Start

Koblenz (152 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.327451, 7.582465
DMS
50°19'38.8"N 7°34'56.9"E
UTM
32U 399102 5576000
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Destination

Rhens

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Of kings and emperors

You've finally reached Rittersturz, where in 1948 the important Rittersturz Conference was held, which subsequently led to the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany. The RheinBurgenWeg passes along gentle forest tracks, then through sparse forest. Ignore the path signposted "Lichte Eiche". The trail begins to rise and soon you'll come across traces of ancient settlements. You can no longer fail to see the former Celtic wall when you reach the Dommelsberg lodge. The RheinBurgenWeg then rises to the Weidgenhöhe and circles the Siechhaus Valley. There is now a cultural and historical detour to Stolzenfels Castle, which simply has to be admired, before the trail continues uphill. Finally you reach the ridge, where a path leads to the nearby Temple of Mercury. The trail now constantly loses height, at the same time offering opportunities to admire the wonderfully diverse forest flora. The RheinBurgenWeg re-enters the forest, where you follow the Wolfsdelle Traumpfad Trail, designated one of Germany's loveliest trails, for a short distance. After this woodland section, descend through meadows to a sensory bench, perfect for a relaxing break. The trail continues through a rustling mixed forest before coming to a chapel just before the L 208, which you then cross. On reaching the Schamberg, a magnificent vista of the Marksburg Castle opens up to you. Descend now from the Rhine plateau, but be sure not to miss the short detour to the Königsstuhl, the King's stone throne. Now it's only a few hundred metres to the Viehtor, the Cattle Gate, in Rhens, today's destination.

 

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Public transport

There is a train station in both Koblenz and Rhens.

 

Getting there

Follow the B9 along the Rhine to get to Koblenz and Rhens.

Parking

  • Rhens in der Bramleystraße (O 401428 N 5570705)
  • Koblenz am Stadion Oberwerth (O 399161 N 5576482)
  • Koblenz an der B 9 (O 399380 N 5576700)
  • Rittersturz (O 399090 N 5576081)
  • Stolzenfels (O 399823 N 5573397)
  • Eiserne Hand (O 397885 N 5572634)
  • Königsstuhl (O 401186 N 5570947)

Coordinates

DD
50.327451, 7.582465
DMS
50°19'38.8"N 7°34'56.9"E
UTM
32U 399102 5576000
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Literatur zum RheinBurgenWeg erhältlich im Rheintalshop: www.rheintal-shop.de

Author’s map recommendations

RheinBurgenWeg-Wanderkarten sind im Rheintalshop erhältlich: www.rheintal-shop.de

Equipment

  • Wanderschuhe
  • Witterungsangepasste, zweckmäßige Kleidung

Questions and answers

Question from Andrea B. · May 26, 2020 · Community
Ist diese Tour für einen Hund geeignet?
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Rating

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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 Koblenz nach Rhens bietet einige Attraktionen. Das Schloss Stolzenfels ist einen Besuch und auch die Innen-Besichtigung wert.
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When did you do this route? August 30, 2020
Auf der Festung Ehrenbreitstein
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Gondelfahrt von der Festung mit Blick auf das Deutsche Eck
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Deutsches Eck mit dem Reiterdenkmal von Kaiser Wilhelm I.
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Rittersturz - Schauplatz der Rittersturz-Konferenz 1948
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Ausblick von Schloss Stolzenfels
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Impressionen von Schloss Stolzenfels
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Impressionen von Schloss Stolzenfels
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Impressionen von Schloss Stolzenfels
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Impressionen von Schloss Stolzenfels
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Ausblick
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Stadttor zu Rhens
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Rhens' schöne Altstadt
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Uriges Häuschen zu Rhens
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Lisa Lee
July 24, 2020 · Community

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.2 km
Duration
5:30 h
Ascent
491 m
Descent
560 m
Highest point
352 m
Lowest point
83 m
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