This stage of the Rheinsteig starts with a very special highlight: the Drachenfels, undoubtedly the most prominent rocky peak in the hills of the Siebengebirge,
Distance 13.9 km
with breathtaking views from the top. The new plateau with its spacious step seating, completed just a few years ago, encourages you to pause for a moment. If you like, you can conserve your energy and master the first ascent on the Drachenfelsbahn, Germany’s oldest cog railway still in operation. You can also gaze far into the distance from the ruins of Löwenburg Castle and Himmerich Hill. There’s quite a climb before you do so, however! Luckily, there’s lots of shady woodland to protect you from the sun.
This shady route is ideal for the summer months. There are several steep ascents; be sure to take enough to drink with you.
Update: July 23, 2020
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 hintswww.rheinsteig.de
Follow the B42 along the Rhine to get to Königswinter and Bad Honnef.
There is a car ferry in Bad Honnef.
Access by train or ship (in the summer) possible.
ParkingYou can park at the station or at various places in town.
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Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
- Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.
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