Bad Honnef - Mucherwiesen Valley - Wingstberg turn-off - Schmelztal car park - Ohbach Valley - Löwenburger Hof restaurant - Rhöndorf - Drachenfels mountain - Nachtigallen Valley - Königswinter
The Drachenfels is the most climbed mountain in Europe, although it might be more accurate to say 'most visited' instead, and perhaps the term 'mountain' is a little too flattering. Since the English landscape painter William Turner painted the summit, every year thousands of tourists have flocked to the viewing terrace at the top. The fit will manage the Eselsweg path to the summit on foot; everyone else can take Germany's oldest rack railway to the top.
Ein Abstecher zur Ruine Löwenburg bietet bei guten Wetter eine herrliche Aussicht über das Siebengebirge und nach Bonn.
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Löwenburger Hof, 362 m
Mucherwiesental, 84 m
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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!
Walk from Bad Honnef train station into the Mucherwiesen Valley, where you can join the Rheinsteig trail. It leads gently uphill, becoming a lot steeper at the foot of the Himmerich. Luckily you don't need to climb straight up – you can walk along the slope instead and continue on around the Wingstberg. Then the trail suddenly turns left and follows the path to the Schmelztal hikers' car park. Lead, copper and zinc were once mined nearby. From here, it's not far to the stormwater retention basin in the Ohbach Valley, where the next ascent begins. The trail climbs steadily upwards through the Poßbach Valley to the Löwenburger Hof restaurant. Here it is worth making the detour to see the ruins of Löwenburg Castle on the crest of the mountain. Follow the trail from the restaurant to the cemetery in the Rhöndorf Valley. Former Chancellor Konrad Adenauer is buried here and his former residence is now a popular destination for visitors. The Rheinsteig trail does not enter the village, instead it turns off slightly to the right and leads along the slope to the viewing point at the Ulanen monument. The most spectacular part of this stage of the trail, the ascent to the Drachenfels, starts here. It begins on a wide path and continues upwards on a winding trail. The ruins of Drachenburg Castle lie above the large concrete building of the Drachenfels railway. You can take the train from here back to the valley if you wish, but the descent on the path through the Nachtigallen Valley to Königswinter train station is much more beautiful.
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Public transport friendly
Train to Bad Honnef station
B42 to Bad Honnef, follow the signs to the train station. From the station, take the path leading to the Rheinsteig trail through the town until you reach the Mucherwiesen Valley (30 minutes).
Car park at Bad Honnef train station
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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Rheinsteig-Wanderkarten sind im Rheintalshop erhältlich: www.rheintal-shop.de
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