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Rheinsteig Stage 13: Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein - Vallendar (South - North)

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  • Blick aufs Deutsche Eck
    / Blick aufs Deutsche Eck
    Photo: Henry Tornow, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Fernblick Richtung Koblenz
    Photo: Henry Tornow, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Rathausplatz in Vallendar
    Photo: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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Art and cannons in catacombs:

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

Distance 8.9 km
2:55 h
225 m
220 m
There has been a fortification on the site of the present-day Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for much longer than previously thought. In May 2005, a moat dating from 1000 B.C. was discovered at the fortress. The Conradine Erenbert established a castle here around the year 1000 and gave it its name. The archbishops of Trier further expanded the site. Only once (in 1799) did the French manage to drive the inhabitants of the fortress to starvation, after a year-long siege. Today, the sprawling site houses an information centre, various exhibitions and the state collection of technical cultural artefacts from the Koblenz State Museum.

Author’s recommendation

Ein Besuch der Festung Ehrenbreistein ist empfehlenswert. Auch stellt die Fahrt mit der Seilbahn über den Rhein an Deustche Eck ein besonderes Erlebnis dar.
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Joachim Fox
Update: February 28, 2020
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
Festung Ehrenbreitstein, 189 m
Lowest point
Ehrenbreitstein, Rheinufer, 63 m
Best time of year

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


Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein, Hofstraße (62 m)
50.359196, 7.609327
50°21'33.1"N 7°36'33.6"E
32U 401080 5579493


Vallendar, town hall square

Turn-by-turn directions

We leave through the fortress gates, cross the meadow to the left of the fortress walls and join the Rheinsteig trail, where we are treated to a view of the Rhine, Koblenz and the 'Deutsches Eck' headland (lit. 'German Corner'). The trail continues past a sports field and across Greiffenklaustraße to the Niederberger plateau and then to another sports field. From here, the path leads downwards to Urbar. The district of Vallendar lies at the foot of the fortress's moat. Behind it, the romantic Mallendar river valley begins. The trail follows the road to the sign marking the entrance to Urbar and then turns right onto the Mallendar path, which climbs uphill through a ravine. The Rheinsteig trail crosses the district road and continues in a loop to the left towards a tennis court. At the car park, the path leads onto Sebastian-Kneipp-Straße and passes the open air swimming pool to reach the Wambach Valley. Follow the path along the valley floor to the Bischofsbour well and springs. According to legend, on this spot many years ago, after an unsuccessful hunt, a bishop uttered a curse so blasphemous that the earth opened and swallowed him up. A moment later, a bubbling spring appeared on the very same spot. The trail continues along the River Wambach to the Faculty of Theology, Forum V. Pallotti and through some gardens to Vallendar. Getting home: follow the footpath from the town hall square to the train station.


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Public transport

Train to Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein station

Getting there

B42 to Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein train station


Car park at Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein train station


50.359196, 7.609327
50°21'33.1"N 7°36'33.6"E
32U 401080 5579493
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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Rheinsteig-Wanderkarten sind im Rheintalshop erhältlich:


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Wander Verliebt
June 13, 2020 · Community
Der Aufenthalt auf der Festung Ehrenbreitstein ist klasse: Man kann über das ehemalige BUGA-Gelände flanieren, die Aussicht auf Koblenz genießen und die Festung besichtigen. Danach wird der Weg allerdings aus unserer Sicht etwas zu ortslastig. Man geht über viel Asphalt und Schotter und durchquert mehrere Wohngebiete. Erst wieder im Wambachtal kommt wieder richtiges Wanderfeeling auf. Der Abschluss in Vallendar mit seinem schönen Zentrum ist dann auch wieder versöhnlich.
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When did you do this route? June 12, 2020
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Eleanor Dean
June 25, 2017 · Community
Am 24.6.2017 bin ich von der Festung Ehrenbreitstein bis Vallendar/Sayn gelaufen. Da ich die Festung schon vor kurzem besichtigt hatte, wollte ich sie auf dem offiziellen Rheinsteigweg umgehen, um nicht erneut den Eintritt zu zahlen. Vom Ort aus ist der Weg beim Aufstieg zur Festung gegenüber der Jugendherberge. Schmale steile Treppen, ist entsprechend beschildert, endet jedoch in einem Brombeergestrüpp.. Ein Durchkommen ist nicht möglich, es bleibt in dieser Richtung nur der Weg über die Festung mit 7€ Eintritt. Hoffentlich wird die Behinderung bald beseitigt, ich habe die Stadt Koblenz und die Touristik Romantischer Rhein informiert.
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8.9 km
2:55 h
225 m
220 m
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