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Rheinsteig Complete Trail (North - South)

Long Distance Hiking
  • Blick auf Kaub
    / Blick auf Kaub
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • Filsener Ley
    / Filsener Ley
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • Erpeler Ley
    / Erpeler Ley
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • Rheinbrohler Ley
    / Rheinbrohler Ley
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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The Rheinsteig® trail runs on mostly narrow paths between Wiesbaden, Koblenz and Bonn along the right bank of the Rhine, passing forests, vineyards and spectacular views. Very well signposted and easy to get to, the trail invites you to take an ambitious long-distance hike or to break the trail up into shorter hikes – it is easy to reach by train, boat and car, and close to several airports. It is easy to join or leave the trail on the many marked paths which gives you great flexibility to plan the different stages of your hike.

312.5km
111:05
10,194 m
10,145 m
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The cultural landscape of the Rheinsteig® premium trail, which runs between Bonn, Koblenz and Wiesbaden, is incredibly beautiful. The breathtaking, varied 320km long ‘Top Trail’ winds its way on mostly narrow paths and challenging climbs over hills and through lush valleys. The trail offers a colourful mix of adventure and contemplation.

 

Altitude
365 m
47 m
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Premium route awarded the Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Public transport friendly
Long-distance hiking trails
Tour route
Stage tour
Nice views
Cultural/historical value
Geological highlights
Botanical highlights
Faunistic highlights

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!

 


Equipment

Hiking boots/shoes
Suitable weatherproof clothing

Tips, hints and links

Start

Bonn, market square (57 m)
Coordinates:
Geogr. 50.735315 N 7.101931 E
UTM 32U 366061 5622109

Destination

Wiesbaden, Biebrich Castle

Note

Nature protection area Siebengebirge: Do not enter the nature reserve from 01.01 until 31.12.

Turn-by-turn directions

The northern end of the Rheinsteig® trail begins in the market square in Bonn, in front of the old town hall. After crossing the Rhine, the trail winds its way through the Siebengebirge mountain range, the oldest nature reserve in Germany. The Drachenfels and Petersberg mountains are world famous. The varied paths of the Rheinsteig® trail meet the Rhine in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley and often follow the river along the slopes of the valley. There is no shortage of pretty villages, vineyards, beech woods and quiet valleys along this section of the trail. From the many peaks you can enjoy the great views of the lively Rhine Valley and the majestic calm of the Taunus and Westerwald mountain ranges to the east.

 

The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley begins in Koblenz and includes Europe's highest density of castles on its route to Rüdesheim am Rhein. There are 40 castles in total, some completely preserved, others partially or completely rebuilt. From the Lorelei rock you can watch the ships on the Rhine. Climbing opportunities and breathtaking views characterise this area.

 

In the Rheingau district the hiker is greeted by a gentle landscape of hills and vineyards. There are many castles and abbeys to be seen, many serving world famous wines, which the hiker can enjoy during the day in the local pubs and wine taverns and in the evenings in the many restaurants and hiker-friendly accommodation establishments. The Rheinsteig® trail ends in Wiesbaden at Biebrich Castle, on the banks of the Rhine.

 

Public transport:

This tour is conveniently accessible by public transport.

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Parking:

Book recommendation by the author

www.rheintal-shop.de

Author’s Map Recommendations

Rheinsteig-Wanderkarten sind im Rheintalshop erhältlich: www.rheintal-shop.de

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Distance 312.5 km
Duration 111:05 hrs
Ascent 10,194 m
Descent 10,145 m

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  • 21 Stages

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig 01. Etappe Bonn - Königswinter (Nord-Süd)

Blick vom Geisberg
3/19/12
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Cologne-Bonn Region
moderate Stage 1
21.2 km
7:00 hrs
588 m
462 m
(7)
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig 02. Etappe Königswinter - Bad Honnef (Nord-Süd)

Aussicht Drachenfels
3/19/12
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Cologne-Bonn Region
moderate Stage 2
14.1 km
5:00 hrs
565 m
628 m
(6)
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig 03. Etappe Bad Honnef - Linz (Nord-Süd)

Erpeler Ley
3/19/12
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Cologne-Bonn Region
moderate Stage 3
17.9 km
6:00 hrs
605 m
662 m
(4)
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig 04. Etappe Linz - Bad Hönningen (Nord-Süd)

Schloss Arenfels
3/19/12
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Romantic Rhine
moderate Stage 4
13.7 km
4:30 hrs
506 m
477 m
(4)
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig 05. Etappe Bad Hönningen - Leutesdorf (Nord-Süd)

Blick von der Rheinbrohler Ley
3/19/12
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Romantic Rhine
moderate Stage 5
16.2 km
5:30 hrs
726 m
653 m
(3)
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig 06. Etappe Leutesdorf - Rengsdorf (Nord-Süd)

Wingerthäuschen oberhalb von Leutesdorf
3/19/12
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Romantic Rhine
difficult Stage 6
18.5 km
6:00 hrs
614 m
480 m
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig 07. Etappe Rengsdorf - Sayn (Nord-Süd)

Rheinsteig zwischen Rengsdorf und Sayn
3/19/12
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Westerwald
moderate Stage 7
15.4 km
3:30 hrs
382 m
612 m
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig Stage 8: Sayn - Vallendar (North - South)

Wiesenlandschaft um Bendorf.
12/22/10
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Romantic Rhine
moderate Stage 8
12.4 km
4:00 hrs
449 m
447 m
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig Stage 9: Vallendar - Koblenz-Ehrenstein (North - South)

Blick aufs Deutsche Eck von Festung Ehrenbreitstein.
12/22/10
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Romantic Rhine
easy Stage 9
8.9 km
2:55 hrs
237 m
253 m
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig Stage 10: Koblenz-Ehrenstein - Lahnstein (North - South)

Ruppertsklamm.
12/22/10
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Romantic Rhine
difficult Stage 10
12.9 km
4:30 hrs
494 m
491 m
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig 11. Etappe Niederlahnstein - Braubach (Nord-Süd)

Blick auf Marksburg.
12/22/10
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Lahntal
moderate Stage 11
8.3 km
3:00 hrs
374 m
377 m
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig 12. Etappe Braubach - Kamp-Bornhofen (Nord-Süd)

Rheinblick bei Filsen
3/19/12
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Romantic Rhine
difficult Stage 12
16.7 km
5:30 hrs
1,008 m
873 m
(2)
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig 13. Etappe Kamp-Bornhofen - Kestert (Nord-Süd)

Oberhalb von Kamp-Bornhofen
3/19/12
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Romantic Rhine
moderate Stage 13
12.4 km
4:00 hrs
380 m
415 m
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig Stage 14: Kestert - St. Goarshausen (North-South)

Alpine Variante Rabenacksteig
12/22/10
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Romantic Rhine
moderate Stage 14
12.4 km
4:00 hrs
602 m
689 m
(1)
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig Stage 15: St. Goarshausen - Kaub (North - South)

Burg Katz und Loreleyfelsen.
12/22/10
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Romantic Rhine
difficult Stage 15
22 km
7:00 hrs
815 m
807 m
(1)
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig Stage 16: Kaub - Lorch (North - South)

Burg Pfalzgrafenstein
12/22/10
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Romantic Rhine
moderate Stage 16
13.8 km
4:30 hrs
681 m
682 m
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig Stage 17: Lorch - Rüdesheim (North-South)

Bei Assmannshausen.
1/10/11
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Taunus
moderate Stage 17
20.4 km
6:30 hrs
931 m
717 m
(2)
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig Stage 18: Rüdesheim-Johannisberg (North-South)

Blick über Rüdesheim
1/10/11
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Taunus
moderate Stage 18
14.1 km
4:00 hrs
359 m
465 m
(2)
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig 19. Etappe Johannisberg - Kiedrich (Nord-Süd)

Basilika von Kloster Eberbach
3/19/12
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Taunus
moderate Stage 19
14.3 km
4:30 hrs
398 m
415 m
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig 20. Etappe Kiedrich - Schlangenbad (Nord-Süd)

Ruine-Scharfenstein-und-Weinberge-Kiedrich
3/19/12
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Taunus
easy Stage 20
9.6 km
3:00 hrs
367 m
236 m
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Rheinsteig Stage 21: Schlangenbad-Wiesbaden (North-South)

11/24/10
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Taunus
moderate Stage 21
16.7 km
4:00 hrs
214 m
425 m
from Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH,  Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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