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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 9

RheinBurgenWeg Stage 9: Bad Salzig–St. Goar (north–south)

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m 300 200 100 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Wilpertskopf Aussichtspunkt Hartenberg Bocksberg Wingertsberg Aussichtspunkt Brandmauer Probsteiberg Aussichtspunkt Burg Rheinfels
Quellpavillon Bad Salzig – Aussicht „Ziehlay“ bei Weiler – Eselspfad – Holzfeld - Taunusblickhütte – Heimbachtal – Aussicht Pilz – Gründelbachtal - Burg Rheinfels – St. Goar
Distance 20 km
6:15 h
729 m
699 m
307 m
86 m
The ninth stage of the RheinBurgenWeg (RBW) from Bad Salzig to St. Goar is rich in variety and something of a challenge! Your endurance is tested as you cross lush side valleys, with your efforts rewarded by breathtaking views. Whispering woodland dominates the trail from Holzfeld before ancient paths clinging to the edge of the slope lead you to Rheinfels Castle in St. Goar with all the flair of the Middle Ages.
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Joachim Fox
Update: January 11, 2023
Highest point
307 m
Lowest point
86 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 2.89%Dirt road 7.86%Forested/wild trail 46.10%Path 35.87%Road 0.69%Unknown 6.56%
0.6 km
Dirt road
1.6 km
Forested/wild trail
9.2 km
7.2 km
0.1 km
1.3 km
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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


Bad Salzig (92 m)
50.204011, 7.628487
50°12'14.4"N 7°37'42.6"E
32U 402125 5562214
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St. Goar

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Right through the World Heritage Site!

The 9th stage of the RheinBurgenWeg starts at the Source Pavilion in Bad Salzig. It continues through the Kurpark before leaving Bad Salzig and the first ascent awaits you. After a short way, a rocky cliff provides the first opportunity to catch your breath and take a look around. Continuing uphill, you pass the outskirts of Weiler and cross the Ziehbach stream. There now follows a wonderful section of the trail to the front edge of the slope and onward to the magnificent "Ziehlay" viewpoint with the wooden figure of the praying nun and the view from above over Kestert on the opposite bank. The trail heads back towards Weiler, then bends to the left and descends into the Weilerbach Valley. The trail then follows the mule path uphill. Once you've reached the top, a small shelter at the edge of the forest provides a perfect stop for a well-deserved rest. The trail now passes through the mixed forest and then descends steeply down the alpine path into the picturesque village of Hirzenach. It's definitely worth making a short detour to view the pretty Provost's Garden and the Monastery Church. Well rested, you can now tackle the ascent to Holzfeld, where you really should not pass up on the opportunity to taste the cheese produced by the Holzfeld Goat Farm. With your backpack a little heavier with assorted delicious cheese varieties, continue on to the Taunusblick lodge, which marks the start of the forest and opens up a beautiful vista of Holzfeld and the surrounding region. The ensuing quiet woodland section provides an opportunity to process your impressions thus far. Following a descent, the RheinBurgenWeg now heads a little way into the hinterland. You will not fail to be impressed by the rock-lined descent into the Heimbach Valley where you will experience an almost jungle atmosphere. What follows is hiking pleasure at the highest level, because the RheinBurgenWeg follows an old alpine path through coppiced trees along the edge of the slope to the breathtaking views over Fellen. Continuing on to St. Goar, you pass the "Pilz" viewpoint.

Cross the Gründelbach Valley, resulting in yet another steep descent and ascent. Shortly before you reach today's destination, the crowning end to a wonderful day is a visit to the imposing Rheinfels Castle. The RheinBurgenWeg leads right into the middle of the courtyard.



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Public transport

There is a train station in both Bad Salzig and St. Goar.

Getting there

Follow the B9 along the Rhine to get to Bad Salzig and St. Goar.

A car ferry runs between St. Goar and St. Goarshausen.


  • St. Goar (O 407815 N 5556423)
  • Bad Salzig (O 402154 N 5562198)
  • Hirzenach (O 403070 N 5559459)



50.204011, 7.628487
50°12'14.4"N 7°37'42.6"E
32U 402125 5562214
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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


Questions and answers

Question from Carl Schum  · July 26, 2020 · Community
Wo finde ich eine Kartenlegende
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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. Am Ziel der Etappe Bad Salzig - St. Goar wartet die stolze Festung Rheinfels auf Besichtigung.
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When did you do this route? September 01, 2020
Betende Nonne
Photo: Roswitha V., Community
Photo: Roswitha V., Community
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Fernblick mit Sicherheit
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Kleine Höhle am Wegesrand
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Festung Rheinfels
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Michael Schröder
October 07, 2016 · Community
Habe diese Tour etwas unterschätzt. Hat aber trotzdem großen Spaß gemacht.
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When did you do this route? October 06, 2016
Günther Heer
September 16, 2014 · Community
Die Etappe ist toll mann muss nur etwas Schmalz in den Waden haben!
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When did you do this route? September 16, 2014
Photo: Günther Heer, Community

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20 km
6:15 h
729 m
699 m
Highest point
307 m
Lowest point
86 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest


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