Pure nature, intoxicating views of the Rhine and enchanting paths are some of the highlights of this stage of the trail. Rheinfels Castle and the St. Goar tourist trail ensure an exciting start – little adventures included.
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Taunusblickhütte bei Holzfeld, 307 m
Anfang Alpinpfad in Hirzenach, 87 m
Best time of year
Tips, hints and links
St. Goar (102 m)
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Right through the World Heritage Site!
The RheinBurgenWeg starts close to the railway station in St. Goar. You've hardly set off when the Rheinfels fortress beckons for a tour through the Middle Ages! Then cross the Gründelbach Valley, resulting in yet another steep ascent, the effort of which is all but forgotten when you reach the "Pilz" viewpoint. What follows is hiking pleasure at the highest level, because the RheinBurgenWeg follows an old alpine path through the coppiced forest along the edge of the slope to the breathtaking views over Fellen. You will not fail to be impressed by the rock-lined descent into the Heimbach Valley where you'll feel as if you are in a primeval forest. Following another climb, the RheinBurgenWeg now heads a little way into the hinterland. This quiet woodland section provides you with an opportunity to process your impressions thus far.
The Taunusblick lodge marks the end of the forest and reveals a wondrous view of Holzfeld and the region. In no time you've reached Holzfeld where you really should not pass up on the opportunity to taste the cheese produced by the Holzfeld Goat Farm. The RheinBurgenWeg now heads purposefully for the edge of the slope. You cannot fail to be impressed by the magnificent resting place with a superlative vista over the River Rhine. Once again, the trail continues along the narrowest path steeply downhill. After a few twists and turns, you finally come to Hirzenach where the pretty Provost's Garden really should not be missed. The climb up the alpine path once again saps your energy – thank goodness for the bench that awaits you in the forest.
The trail leads over the Rhine plateau for only a very short way and then descends close to a shelter along the mule path and back into the valley. No sooner have you crossed the Weilerbach, then the path rises abruptly and leads hikers to the outskirts of Weiler. There now follows a wonderful section of the trail to the front of the slope and onward to the magnificent "Ziehlay" viewpoint where, together with the wooden figure of the praying nun, your gaze is drawn down to the River Rhine and over Kestert on the opposite bank. Grassy paths through meadows now lead to narrow forest tracks. On your final descent into Bad Salzig, a cliff edge provides a further opportunity to rest and savour the expansive views below you. Finally you arrive at Bad Salzig and pass through the Kurpark to the impressive source pavilion (Quellpavillon) where this very varied and demanding stage comes to an end.
all notes on protected areas
There is a train station in both St. Goar and Bad Salzig (www.die-bahn.de).
The B9 follows the Rhine to St. Goar and Bad Salzig. In St. Goar there is a car ferry to St. Goarshausen.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Literatur zum RheinBurgenWeg erhältlich im Rheintalshop: www.rheintal-shop.de
Author’s map recommendations
RheinBurgenWeg-Wanderkarten sind im Rheintalshop erhältlich: www.rheintal-shop.de