The Rheinsteig trail runs along the right bank of the river Rhine between Bonn, Koblenz and Wiesbaden leading to forests, vineyards and spectacular views.
The Rheinsteig trail runs along the right bank of the river Rhine between Bonn, Koblenz and Wiesbaden leading to forests, vineyards and spectacular views. This exceptionally well sign-posted and closely networked trail offers the opportunity to explore the landscape and culture of Germany in all its comparatively undiscovered glory.The whole trail is offered as a self-guided holiday divided into three week-long sections, with a fourth possibility that acts as a Rheinsteig highlights. It can easily be reached by train, boat and car and is near several airports.
£599 per person for each section based on 2 people sharing.
B+B Accommodation in traditional hotels in rooms with private bathroomsTransfers to or from trailheads when necessaryLuggage transfersMaps and route notes
Journey to or from home, lunches and dinners, drinks, insurance, anything not specifically mentioned in programme.
You must be able to walk the distances mentioned and deal with a significant amount of hills and cliffside paths. On most days the walk will take you up from the riverside to the path above. A head for heights is also essential.
When to Go:
Daily (subject to accommodation availability) March to November.
8 days: St.Goarshausen-Leutesdorf (120km)
Arrival to St. Goarshausen and overnight.
St. Goarshausen – Kamp-Bornhofen (20 km, 690 m height difference)
From the Hasenbach valley the Rheinsteig trail goes steeply uphill again, leading you on narrow and natural paths along the slopes of the Rhine. The imposing Rheinfels castle is on the other side of the river, just above St. Goar, whilst Burg Maus castle is located on the path. Starting at Wellemich, a 5 km mining trail shows the region’s history of slate quarrying and ore extraction. A wonderful view at the Hindenburghöhe is followed by Liebenstein and Sterrenberg castles, the ‘warring brothers’. Descent into Kamp-Bornhofen for overnight.
Kamp-Bornhofen – Braubach (22 km, 620 m)
Today follow the long bend that the Rhine describes between Osterspai and Braubach. Again, the route stays close to the river, repeatedly providing you with great views of the scenic Rhine Valley which reach as far as Koblenz and Lahnstein. The path is often rocky and narrow, taking you along the cliffs, over the hills, and several times downhill into river valleys. Marksburg castle is picturesquely situated on a hilltop. From here you walk downhill to Braubach, filled with ancient, half-timbered houses, idyllically located at the riverside.
Braubach – Koblenz (21 km, 740 m)
The way leads you away from the Rhine, passing remains of the local mining history. From the Kerkertser Platte (plateau), the trail continues via rocky stretches over hills and through small valleys. The Rupertsklamm is a wild gorge which has been deeply cut into the landscape by the water. The way uphill, which is fairly strenuous, is an area of diverse fauna and flora. From above the gorge the views go down to the narrow valley of the river Lahn and to Lahneck castle, seated high above the river. From Lichterkopf hill, there are panoramic views from an observation tower. The trail passes more woodland, eventually taking you downhill, back to the Rhine, through the nice Bienhorn valley. Along the riverbank, the way leads to Ehrenbreitstein, a part of the city of Koblenz on the right-hand side of the Rhine and dominated by the mighty fortress of the same name.
Koblenz – Bendorf (17 km, 400 m)
Leading you uphill right after the start, the Rheinsteig trail passes the imposing fortress of Ehrenbreistein. From the hills, there are good views of Koblenz, where the rivers Rhine and Moselle flow together at the “Deutsches Eck”. Pass through the idyllic valley of the Mallendarer Bach and after that through the partly boggy Wambach valley to Vallendar. Directly opposite of the town, the village of Niederwerth is idyllically located on an island in the Rhine. The Rheinsteig trail leaves the river behind for a while, taking a swerve to the hilly forestland of the Westerwald. The way passes the Meerbach valley, quickly taking you uphill to the historic Wüstenhof Inn. A varied route passes wooded valleys and nice hilly meadowland on the way towards Sayn, where there is a reconstructed Roman watchtower at the Pulverberg hill. Overnight Bendorf.
Bendorf – Rengsdorf (21 km, 570 m)
The Rheinsteig trail continues the detour through the Westerwald. As you walk along the edge of the forest, there are good distant views overlooking the lowland plain of the Neuwied basin. The trail continues on paths through the forest and passes remains of the Roman Limes as well as another reconstructed watchtower on Wingertsberg hill. Then uphill to the climatic health resort of Rengsdorf, where the Rheinsteig trail has reached its maximum distance from the river.
Rengsdorf – Leutesdorf (19 km, 440 m)
An attractive and varied stage leads back from the forested hills of the Westerwald to the banks of the Rhine. The route crosses an area of hills and idyllic valleys, including the Laubach valley with its waterfalls. The Römergraben, near Rengsdorf, is a mighty medieval defence wall. The way is mostly through forest, open country and orchards. The final descent to the Rhine is a little difficult, but offers wonderful views of the river. At the Hüllenberger Stolperstein you see Andernach on the left bank of the Rhine, before a path leads you steeply downhill to the pretty wine village of Leutesdorf.
Day 8: departure from Leutesdorf