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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 8

Rheinsteig Stage 8: Sayn - Vallendar (North - South)

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  • Schloss Sayn
    Schloss Sayn
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m 200 100 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Brexbach-Brücke Römerturm am UNESCO Welterbe Limes Burg Sayn
Sayn Palace - Oskarhöhe - Brexbach Valley - Roman tower on the Pulverberg mountain - Meisenhof restaurant - Großbach Valley - German Limes Road - Schnatzen mill - Wüstenhof restaurant - River Meerbach - Vallendar
Distance 12.5 km
4:00 h
449 m
447 m
257 m
76 m
The neo-gothic Sayn Palace, built in 1848, stands at the foot of Sayn Castle. Thanks to extensive restorations, which were completed in 2000, it looks like a real fairytale palace again. It houses the town museum, with its collection of ornamental cast iron, as well as galleries, salons and conference rooms. In the palace's English-style park you can admire hundreds of exotic butterflies, tropical plants and birds in the butterfly garden.

Author’s recommendation

Die Altstadt von Vallendar ist sehenswert und lädt zu einem abschließenden Bummel ein.
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Frank Gallas
Update: March 09, 2022
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Highest point
257 m
Lowest point
76 m
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Rest stops

Gasthof Wüstenhof
Waldgaststätte Meisenhof
Neues Museum Schloss Sayn

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!

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Bendorf-Sayn, Sayn Palace (76 m)
50.438273, 7.576921
50°26'17.8"N 7°34'36.9"E
32U 398944 5588329
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Vallendar's town hall square

Turn-by-turn directions

From the palace terrace, we follow the walls of the castle building up to Sayn Castle. The 800-year-old ancestral seat of the earls of Sayn offers a panoramic view of the Westerwald hills, across the Rhine Valley and as far as the volcanic cones of the Eifel. A tarred path leads from the castle up to a car park. From here, the Rheinsteig trail leads off to the right into the Buchenwald forest and continues in a semi-circle on a gravel path. Above the Brexbach Valley we reach the Oskarhöhe hill with a hikers' shelter. Winding paths bring the trail down into the valley; from there, it turns right towards the viaduct and left over the River Brexbach. Then comes the next ascent to the Pulverberg, where you can enjoy a well-earned rest at the Roman tower.
We cross the plateau between the Meisenhof restaurant and the Bellevue Hotel. Above Weitersburg, the trail brings us on field paths via the German Limes Road past a riding school and finally underneath the A48 motorway. Walking down the valley, we reach the Schnatzen mill and begin the short ascent to the Wüstenhof restaurant. You should pause here, not just for the lovely view of the Rhine, but also because it was here in 1774 that Johann Wolfgang Goethe, inspired by the Muse, is said to have written his famous poem Heidenröslein ('Little rose on the heath'). From here, we hike downhill to the River Meerbach. Above a mini golf course, the trail continues along 'Obere Meerbach' street, passing the parish church of St Marcellinus and St Peter, ending in Vallendar's town hall square. Getting home: follow the streets from the town hall square to the train station.


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Public transport


By bus/train to Vallendar, then by bus to Sayn Palace. The bus stop of the no. 8 bus is just a few metres away from the entrance to the palace grounds.

Getting there

By car: B42 to Bendorf, follow the signs for Sayn Palace


Car park at Sayn Palace


50.438273, 7.576921
50°26'17.8"N 7°34'36.9"E
32U 398944 5588329
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Rheinsteig-Wanderkarten sind erhältlich im Online-Shop des Rheinsteigs


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Christian Goebel
August 30, 2020 · Community
Eine nette Wanderung, kein Vergleich allerdings zu den spektakulären Etappen am Mittelrhein. Das absolute Highlight war das Schmetterlingshaus in Sayn am Anfang der Wanderung, unbedingt besuchen! Die insgesamt recht abwechslungsreiche Wanderung finde ich angesichts relativ fordernder Anstiege keineswegs so harmlos, wie der Autor schreibt. Achtung: Bei Kilometer 8,3 hinter einem Feld nach dem Sonnenhof fehlt ein entscheidender Hinweis zum Rechtsabbiegen ohne den mal ziemlich in die Irre geführt wird.
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Kolja Kotelenez
May 26, 2020 · Community
Eine sehr schöne Etappe!
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Auf dem Burgberg Sayn
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Burg Sayn
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Reh am Rheinsteig
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Es geht nicht nur durch den Wald.
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Hinten links sieht man schon Ehrenbreitstein.
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Ankunft in Vallendar
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Aussicht am Limesturm (Zoom benutzt)
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Blick auf Schloss Sayn
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12.5 km
4:00 h
449 m
447 m
Highest point
257 m
Lowest point
76 m
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