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Rheinsteig Complete Trail (North - South)

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The Rheinsteig® trail runs on mostly narrow paths between Wiesbaden, Koblenz and Bonn along the right bank of the Rhine, passing forests, vineyards and spectacular views. Very well signposted and easy to get to, the trail invites you to take an ambitious long-distance hike or to break the trail up into shorter hikes – it is easy to reach by train, boat and car, and close to several airports. It is easy to join or leave the trail on the many marked paths which gives you great flexibility to plan the different stages of your hike.

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Distance 311.5 km
97:34 h
9,955 m
9,925 m
The cultural landscape of the Rheinsteig® premium trail, which runs between Bonn, Koblenz and Wiesbaden, is incredibly beautiful. The breathtaking, varied 320km long ‘Top Trail’ winds its way on mostly narrow paths and challenging climbs over hills and through lush valleys. The trail offers a colourful mix of adventure and contemplation.

 

Author’s recommendation

Fast alle Etappen sind sehr gut an den ÖPNV angebunden. So können die Etappenlängen individuell geplant und auch als Tagesetappen absolviert werden.
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Updated: May 11, 2020
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
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Highest point
365 m
Lowest point
47 m
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Safety information

Health and safety
  • 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.rheinsteig.de

Start

Bonn, market square (57 m)
Coordinates:
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50.735318, 7.101927
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50°44'07.1"N 7°06'06.9"E
UTM
32U 366061 5622109
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Destination

Wiesbaden, Biebrich Castle

Turn-by-turn directions

The northern end of the Rheinsteig® trail begins in the market square in Bonn, in front of the old town hall. After crossing the Rhine, the trail winds its way through the Siebengebirge mountain range, the oldest nature reserve in Germany. The Drachenfels and Petersberg mountains are world famous. The varied paths of the Rheinsteig® trail meet the Rhine in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley and often follow the river along the slopes of the valley. There is no shortage of pretty villages, vineyards, beech woods and quiet valleys along this section of the trail. From the many peaks you can enjoy the great views of the lively Rhine Valley and the majestic calm of the Taunus and Westerwald mountain ranges to the east.

 

The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley begins in Koblenz and includes Europe's highest density of castles on its route to Rüdesheim am Rhein. There are 40 castles in total, some completely preserved, others partially or completely rebuilt. From the Lorelei rock you can watch the ships on the Rhine. Climbing opportunities and breathtaking views characterise this area.

 

In the Rheingau district the hiker is greeted by a gentle landscape of hills and vineyards. There are many castles and abbeys to be seen, many serving world famous wines, which the hiker can enjoy during the day in the local pubs and wine taverns and in the evenings in the many restaurants and hiker-friendly accommodation establishments. The Rheinsteig® trail ends in Wiesbaden at Biebrich Castle, on the banks of the Rhine.

 

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Mit der Bahn gibt es viele Fern- und Regionalverbindungen zum Hauptbahnhof Bonn. Von hier ist der Zuweg zum Rheinsteig mit dem Rheinsteig-Logo in gelb (für Zuwege) ausgewiesen. Der Startpunkt ist auf dem Marktplatz direkt neben dem historischen Rathaus.

Getting there

Die Autobahn A 565 führt direkt durch Bonn. ebenso ist Bonn über die Bundesstraße 9 und 42 zu erreichen. Jeweils der Beschilderung Richtung Bonn-Zentrum folgen.

Parking

In der Bonner Innenstadt gibt es mehrere Parkhäuser (kostenpflichtig). Das dem Startpunkt am nächstgelegene ist die Tiefgarage unter dem Marktplatz.

Coordinates

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50.735318, 7.101927
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50°44'07.1"N 7°06'06.9"E
UTM
32U 366061 5622109
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

www.rheintal-shop.de

Author’s map recommendations

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

Equipment

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Suitable weatherproof clothing

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Difficulty
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Distance
311.5 km
Duration
97:34 h
Ascent
9,955 m
Descent
9,925 m
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  • 21 Stages
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1 open
Distance 22 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 597 m
Descent 470 m

The first stage of the Rheinsteig takes us from the historic town hall on the market square in Bonn along the level banks of the Rhine.

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 2 open
Distance 13.9 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 568 m
Descent 628 m

This stage of the Rheinsteig starts with a very special highlight: the Drachenfels, undoubtedly the most prominent rocky peak in the hills of the ...

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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Rheinsteig Stage 3: Bad Honnef–Linz (north–south)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 3 open
Distance 17.9 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 518 m
Descent 574 m

From Bad Honnef several rises and slopes take you through constantly changing scenery to the colourful town of Linz on the Rhine.

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Rheinsteig Stage 4: Linz–Bad Hönningen (north–south)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 4 open
Distance 13.2 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 508 m
Descent 474 m

With its mixture of woodland, meadows, vineyards, fields and little villages, this section of the Rheinsteig is rich in variety. There are a number ...

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 5 open
Distance 16.2 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 601 m
Descent 540 m

We’re now in the land of the Romans. This region is strongly associated with the Limes which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2005.

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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Rheinsteig Stage 6: Leutesdorf–Rengsdorf (north–south)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 6 open
Distance 18.5 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 614 m
Descent 480 m

On this stage of the Rheinsteig the trail cuts away from the Rhine to pass through the foothills of the Westerwald.

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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Rheinsteig Stage 7: Rengsdorf–Sayn (north–south)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 7 open
Distance 15.4 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 240 m
Descent 470 m

This stage of the Rheinsteig takes us back towards the Rhine. In addition to the various cultural attractions in Bendorf-Sayn, the trail also runs ...

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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Rheinsteig Stage 8: Sayn - Vallendar (North - South)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 8 open
Distance 12.5 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 449 m
Descent 447 m

Sayn Palace - Oskarhöhe - Brexbach Valley - Roman tower on the Pulverberg mountain - Meisenhof restaurant - Großbach Valley - German Limes Road - ...

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 9 open
Distance 8.9 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 239 m
Descent 255 m

Vallendar - Faculty of Theology, Forum V. Pallotti - Bischofsbour well and springs - Wambach Valley - Mallendar river valley - Urbar - ...

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 10 open
Distance 12.9 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 494 m
Descent 491 m

Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein - Koblenz-Pfaffendorf - Bienhorn Valley - Wachecker Kopf hill - Dornswiese - Lichterkopf hill - Ruppertsklamm gorge - ...

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Rheinsteig 11. Etappe Niederlahnstein - Braubach (Nord-Süd)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 11 open
Distance 8.3 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 374 m
Descent 377 m

Oberlahnstein - Inn on the River Lahn - Bäderstraße B260 - Footbridge over the Lahn - Ernst-Wagner Park - Im Einmuth - Kerkertser Platte plateau - ...

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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Rheinsteig Stage 12: Braubach–Kamp-Bornhofen (north–south)
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 12 open
Distance 16.7 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 740 m
Descent 604 m

This stage of the Rheinsteig starts off in the forest and later takes you through open country. A number of steep ascents make this section quite ...

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Long Distance Hiking · Romantischer Rhein
Rheinsteig Stage 13: Kamp-Bornhofen–Kestert (north–south)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 13 open
Distance 12.4 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 421 m
Descent 441 m

This stage of the Rheinsteig is extremely varied with grand views. There are steep climbs at the start and up to the two Hostile Brothers castles; ...

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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Rheinsteig Stage 14: Kestert - St. Goarshausen (North-South)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 14 open
Distance 12.2 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 448 m
Descent 535 m

Kestert - Oberkestert - Pulsbach Valley - Slate slag heap - Sachsenhäuser Feld plateau - Mining trail - Wellmich - Maus Castle - Nocherner ...

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Rheinsteig Stage 15: St. Goarshausen - Kaub (North - South)
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 15 open
Distance 21.5 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 749 m
Descent 743 m

Hasenbach Valley - Three castle view - St. Goarshausen - Heide - Lorelei - Spitznack - Five lake viewing point - Bornichbach Valley - Forest school ...

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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Rheinsteig Stage 16: Kaub - Lorch (North - South)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 16 open
Distance 13.8 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 681 m
Descent 682 m

Kaub - Gutenfels Castle - Volkenbach Valley - Niederthal - Wirbellay viewing point - Retzbach Valley - Chapel of St Clement - Nollig castle ruins - ...

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 17 open
Distance 20.6 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 692 m
Descent 477 m

Lorch - Bächergrund hollow - Georgs Ruh rest spot - Paul-Claus hikers' hut - Panoramic trail - Höllenberg mountain - Assmannshausen - Niederwald ...

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 18 open
Distance 14.7 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 275 m
Descent 381 m

Rüdesheim - Niederwald monument - Hildegardis Convent - Eibingen - Blaubach Valley - Nothgottes Abbey - Marienthal Abbey - Sandkopf hill at ...

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 19 open
Distance 14.3 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 398 m
Descent 415 m

This stage of the Rheinsteig is also marked by its typical mix of vineyards and forest, with equally characteristic panoramic views out into Rhine ...

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from Frank Gallas,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 20 open
Distance 9.6 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 367 m
Descent 236 m

Auf dieser Etappe macht der Rheinsteig seinen weitesten Schlenker in den vorderen Taunus. Anfangs noch durch Weinberge, führt er später waldreich ...

from Joachim Fox,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 21 open
Distance 16.7 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 167 m
Descent 378 m

Schlangenbad - Lochmühle mill - Ludwig-Schwenk hikers' hut - Grauer Stein rock - Monstranzenbaum natural monument - Erlenbach Valley - Sommerberg ...

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