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Rheinsteig Complete Trail (South-North)

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Zwischen Wiesbaden, Koblenz und Bonn führt der Rheinsteig® rechtsrheinisch auf überwiegend schmalen Pfaden zu Wäldern, Weinbergen und grandiosen Ausblicken.
moderate
Distance 313.1 km
98:07 h
9,940 m
9,988 m
The 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 Rheinsteig® trail offers a colourful mix of adventure and contemplation.

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 hills 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 has the highest concentration of castles anywhere in Europe 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 hotels and guesthouses. The Rheinsteig® trail ends in Wiesbaden at Biebrich Castle, on the banks of the Rhine.

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Joachim Fox
Updated: September 08, 2020
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
Siebengebirge, 365 m
Lowest point
Rheinufer, 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

Wiesbaden, Biebrich Castle (86 m)
Coordinates:
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50.037254, 8.234184
DMS
50°02'14.1"N 8°14'03.1"E
UTM
32U 445158 5543053
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Destination

Bonn, market square

Turn-by-turn directions

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.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Bus/train to Wiesbaden-Biebrich train station

Getting there

Take the A60 or A63 and change onto the A643. Take the A66 or B42 to Wiesbaden-Biebrich train station. From the station follow the path leading to the Rheinsteig trail through the castle grounds to the castle terrace (30 minutes).

Parking

Car park at Wiesbaden-Biebrich train station

Coordinates

DD
50.037254, 8.234184
DMS
50°02'14.1"N 8°14'03.1"E
UTM
32U 445158 5543053
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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

Author’s map recommendations

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

Equipment

Hiking boots/shoes
Suitable weatherproof clothing

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
313.1 km
Duration
98:07 h
Ascent
9,940 m
Descent
9,988 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights

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  • 21 Stages
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1 open
Distance 16.7 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 374 m
Descent 163 m

A short introduction to long-lasting hiking fun: Biebrich Castle - Schierstein port - Frauenstein district - Goethestein monument - Frauenstein - ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 2
Distance 9.6 km
Duration 2:55 h
Ascent 235 m
Descent 366 m

Warmth and wonderful wine: Schlangenbad - Wading pool - Großer Buchwaldgraben rift valley - Rausch restaurant - Weinberg der Ehe vineyard - ...

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 3
Distance 14.3 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 415 m
Descent 398 m

Good wine by God's grace: Kiedrich - Honigberg hill - Eberbach Abbey - Unkenbaum tree - Sparngrund nature reserve - Susberg mountain - Kerbesberg ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 4
Distance 14.6 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 384 m
Descent 275 m

Miracles, pilgrims and a saint: Johannisberg Castle - Johannisberg meadow - Sandkopf hill near Stephanshausen - Marienthal Abbey - Nothgottes ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 5
Distance 20.4 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 719 m
Descent 933 m

From Amor's garden to the Free State Bottleneck: Rüdesheim - Niederwald monument - Niederwald hunting lodge - Assmannshausen - Höllenberg mountain ...

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Rheinsteig Stage 6: Lorch - Kaub (South - North)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 6
Distance 13.8 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 655 m
Descent 654 m

Where the gallows once greeted each other: Lorch - Wisper bridge - Nollig - Chapel of St Clement - Retzbach Valley - Wirbellay - Niederthal - ...

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

Rendezvous with the beautiful Lore: Kaub - Dörscheid - Rossstein viewing point - Alte Burg Castle - Urbach Valley - Forest school - Bornichbach ...

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Rheinsteig Stage 8: St. Goarshausen - Kestert (South - North)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 8
Distance 12.4 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 690 m
Descent 603 m

Narrow tunnel under the river: St. Goarshausen - Nocherner Brünnchen hikers' car park - Maus Castle - Wellmich - Mining trail - Sachsenhäuser Feld ...

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Rheinsteig Stage 9: Kestert - Kamp-Bornhofen (South - North)
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 9
Distance 12.1 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 415 m
Descent 368 m

The evil brothers' arrows: Kestert - Hindenburghöhe viewing point - Lykershausen - Liebenstein Castle and Sterrenberg Castle - Kamp Bornhofen

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Rheinsteig Stage 10: Kamp-Bornhofen - Braubach (South - North)
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 10
Distance 16.7 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 876 m
Descent 1,012 m

Where the Rhine curves: Kamp-Bornhofen - Filsener Ley rock - Osterspai - Alter Ellig hikers' car park - Hexenköpfel - Pilgerweg path - Wasenbach ...

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Rheinsteig Stage 11: Braubach - Lahnstein (South - North)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 11
Distance 8.3 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 383 m
Descent 372 m

From the mining trail to the River Lahn:Braubach - Kerkertser Platte - Im Einmuth - Ernst Wagner Park - Bridge over the Lahn - Bäderstraße B260 - ...

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recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 12
Distance 12.8 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 463 m
Descent 466 m

A wild, romantic gorge and thick beech woods:Lahnstein - Ruppertsklamm gorge - Lichterkopf hill - Dornswiese - Wachecker Kopf hill - Bienhorn ...

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 13
Distance 8.9 km
Duration 2:55 h
Ascent 225 m
Descent 220 m

Art and cannons in catacombs: Ehrenbreitstein Fortress - Urbar - Mallendar river valley - Wambach Valley - Bischofsbour well and springs - ...

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Rheinsteig Stage 14: Vallendar - Sayn (South - North)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 14
Distance 12.4 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 465 m
Descent 467 m

Heath roses and butterflies: Vallendar - Meerbach - Wüstenhof restaurant - Schnatzen mill - German Limes Road - Großbach Valley - Meisenhof - ...

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Rheinsteig Stage 15: Sayn - Rengsdorf (South - North)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 15
Distance 15.4 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 610 m
Descent 381 m

Following the Roman limes in the Westerwald: Sayn castle park - Bismarckhöhe viewing point - Neuwied Zoo - Kuckuckberg mountain - Birdwatching ...

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Rheinsteig Stage 16: Rengsdorf - Leutesdorf (South - North)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 16
Distance 18.5 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 479 m
Descent 610 m

Hills and valleys in the Westerwald: Rengsdorf - Völkerwiesenbach Valley - Chapel of St Castor - Roman defence ditch - Laubach Valley - Almblick ...

from Joachim Fox,   Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 17
Distance 16.2 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 540 m
Descent 600 m

Schafsnasen apples and wine by the glass: Leutesdorf - Edmund hikers' hut and restaurant - Mühlbach Valley - Hammerstein castle ruins - ...

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Rheinsteig Stage 18: Bad Hönningen - Linz (South - North)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 18
Distance 13.2 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 472 m
Descent 507 m

Roman rituals and bathing fun: Bad Hönningen - Staierbach Valley - Arenfels Castle - Ariendorf - Helle-Au viewing point - Leubsdorf - Giersberg ...

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Rheinsteig Stage 19: Linz - Bad Honnef (South - North)
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 19
Distance 17.9 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 642 m
Descent 585 m

Merry wine-growing village (almost) without wine makers: Linz - Ockenfels Castle - Ockenfels river valley - Kasbach - Erpeler Ley hill - Stux ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 20
Distance 14 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 629 m
Descent 540 m

Löwenburg Castle and Nachtigallen Valley: Bad Honnef - Mucherwiesen Valley - Wingstberg turn-off - Schmelztal car park - Ohbach Valley - ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 21
Distance 22 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 471 m
Descent 598 m

Buttermilk instead of dragon blood: Königswinter - Drachenburg Castle - Milchhäuschen restaurant - Geisberg mountain - Mirbesbach Valley - ...

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