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RheinBurgenWeg Stage 8: Rhens–Bad Salzig (north–south)

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  • Auszeit auf dem RheinBurgenWeg
    / Auszeit auf dem RheinBurgenWeg
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Bopparder Hamm
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Rheinschleife
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Pause
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Rheinschleife im Winter
    Photo: Andreas Pacek, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Vierseenblick im Winter
    Photo: Andreas Pacek, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
m 400 300 200 100 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Kurpark und Kuranlagen, Bad Salzig Altes Rathaus Rhens Weinberg Breyer Hämmchen Mittelrhein Klettersteig Boppard Kurfürstliche Burg mit Museum


Viehtor Rhens – Aussicht zur Marksburg – Abzweig Jakobsberg - Abzweig Mittelrhein Klettersteig (optional) – Vierseenblick – Gedeonseck – Sesselbahn Boppard - Uferpromenade Boppard – Hütte auf dem Eisenbolz – Aussicht „Steinerner Mann“ - Quellpavillon Bad Salzig


Distance 16.1 km
4:00 h
465 m
440 m
326 m
66 m
The eighth stage of the RheinBurgenWeg (RBW) starts in Rhens and ends in Bad Salzig. Besides wonderful passages that hug the very edge of the ridge, the Rhine promenade in Boppard and of course Gedeonseck with its Four Lakes Viewpoint are the absolute high points on this section, for here we see the Rhine from a totally new perspective!
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Joachim Fox
Update: March 09, 2022
Highest point
326 m
Lowest point
66 m
Best time of year

Rest stops

Gedeonseck Aussichtspunkt & Restaurant
Restaurant Fondels Mühle

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


Rhens (82 m)
50.280548, 7.615426
50°16'50.0"N 7°36'55.5"E
32U 401351 5570741


Bad Salzig

Turn-by-turn directions


Onward to the Rhine loop!

Starting at the Cattle Gate, the Viehtor in Rhens, the trail passes the outskirts of the town heading for Brey. Past Brey and after a short climb, you'll come to a lodge, a perfect place for a short rest, affording a fabulous view over to the Marksburg Castle. Follow the Rheingoldbogen Traumpfad Trail, designated one of Germany's loveliest trails, as far as the fork leading to the Jakobsberg Hof, then continue along the RheinBurgenWeg, passing hidden burial mounds in the forest. The next section through the airy forest is a lovely stretch allowing you to relax and breathe in the clear forest air. You soon come to the fork that leads to the Middle Rhine via ferrata. A decision is called for here: an alpine climbing adventure for the sure-footed members of the party with a good head for heights or continue along the RheinBurgenWeg to what is known as the Four Lakes viewpoint (Vierseenblick ) where the Rhine looks as if it is divided into four lakes. Follow the trail to Gedeonseck where you can enjoy the view over the Filsen Ley and the famous Boppard Rhine loop. Passing the chairlift's top station, the RheinBurgenWeg leads along a rocky and steep path over the ridge and downhill to the valley station. Just before you reach the bottom, the via ferrata coming from the left once again to meets the RheinBurgenWeg. The descent again and again affords breathtaking views throughout and finally you reach the riverside promenade. Nowhere else does the RheinBurgenWeg come this close to the River Rhine. The RheinBurgenWeg leaves the historic centre of Boppard through a gap in the ancient town wall. Enjoy the leisurely stroll through the park before the trail climbs steeply uphill again. This section is very varied, at times following grassy tracks, at other times following field tracks and leads to the lodge on the Eisenbolz. Once at the top, a wealth of awe-inspiring vistas enrich what is otherwise a fairly flat section. From the other side of the Rhine, the "Hostile Brothers", the castles of Sterrenberg and Liebenstein, greet you and the "Steinerner Mann" viewpoint offers spectacular views of the Rhine Valley. Further magnificent views, as well as rugged cliffs and fragrant woods, await you along the forthcoming descent. The trail passes through a colourful mix of traditional orchards, hedgerows and shrubs to today's destination, the Source Pavilion ( Quellpavillon ) in Bad Salzig.



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Public transport

There is a train station in both Rhens and Bad Salzig.


Getting there

Follow the B9 along the Rhine to get to Rhens and Bad Salzig.


  • Bad Salzig in der Salzbornstraße (O 402154 N 5562198)
  • Rhens in der Bramleystraße (O401428 N 5570705)
  • Jakobsberger Hof (O 399640 N 5568264)
  • Vierseenblick (O 398543 N 5566986)
  • Talstation (O 398543 N 5565774)


50.280548, 7.615426
50°16'50.0"N 7°36'55.5"E
32U 401351 5570741
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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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Rolf Lüdtke 
July 28, 2021 · Community
When did you do this route? July 26, 2021
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 Rhens nach Bad Salzig ist eher der Natur, denn den Burgen gewidmet. Hier gilt: Der Weg ist das Ziel.
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When did you do this route? August 31, 2020
Herrlicher Hohlweg
Photo: Roswitha V., Community
Photo: Roswitha V., Community
Kunst im Wald
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Rheinschleife - einen Blick wert
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Blick auf die Burgen der Feindlichen Brüder
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Katja Frerk
September 26, 2020 · Community
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16.1 km
4:00 h
465 m
440 m
Highest point
326 m
Lowest point
66 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest


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