Hiking trip Rheinsteig: in 11 days from Mainz to Koblenz

11 Days

Your trip

The Rheinsteig – a dream?

Verily! And that too on two legs.

This hike is a must for every hiker’s heart: climb the Loreley once in a lifetime. From the Germania over the Bingen Mäuseturm climb the rugged cliffs and steep vineyards of the Middle Rhine along the slopes of the Taunus and Westerwald.

I bet the Rhine will knock you over!

Where else is the land so old, so saturated with myths and stories as on this ‘River of the Germans’: A trade artery since Celtic-Roman times, fiercely fought over and fortified with all its customs stations, defensive walls, border castles, symbols of power. Place of longing, European romance, carnival, lightness of life German French lifestyle.

Mountain ranges with fabulous views, vineyards as far as the eye can see, countless castles and palaces, enchanting half-timbered houses: you will discover all this and so much more during your hiking week between Mainz and Koblenz.

The Rheingau with its idyllic vineyards and the many Straußenwirtschaften invites you to taste the wonderful Riesling. In the UNESCO World Heritage region of Middle Rhinegau, you will stroll along the hilltop castles in the footsteps of Rhine Romanticism.

Incredible scenic beauty and culture – it is not for nothing that the Rheinsteig was voted the most beautiful hiking trail in Germany. Simply – hiking at the highest level, in the truest sense of the word!

Accommodation

regionally typical middle-class hotels and inns in the cuddly old towns along the Rhine.
Please note that the narrowness of the valley, the two most important railroad lines in Europe, the waterway on the river and the federal highways running on both sides of the Rhine have transformed the Rhine valley from its natural tranquility into a bustling and tightly intertwined one. Please understand the ‘noise of life’ in the narrow streets along the river.

Catering

Daily rich breakfast buffet or large sportsman breakfast.

The route

For the most part, you will hike along vineyard and secluded trails, always accompanied by magnificent views. The ascents/descents on the mountain ranges of the Middle Rhine Valley are easily manageable with a good basic level of fitness. They will learn to feel their legs. Partly the path is exposed, surefootedness required. You can shorten most of the stages on your own by bus, train or boat.

Please note: This trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

Hiking with dog

On this walking tour you are welcome to take your four-legged friend with you. Please let us know the breed and size of your dog when booking. Any additional costs are payable on site.

Return journey

You can easily travel back from Koblenz to Mainz by train at direct hourly intervals. The return journey on the Mittelrheinbahn is a real experience! Find and book connections and tickets e.g. at www.bahn.de.

Alternatively, you can take the boat from Koblenz back to Mainz. The return journey from Koblenz to Rüdesheim by ship takes about 6 h. A continuation to Mainz is possible with one change. You can find timetables and tickets of the Cologne – Düsseldorf – Fleet for example. under the website of the KD.

Arrival

Railroad

We recommend that you arrive by train. Get on vacation at your home and enjoy the journey to the Rhineland.

Mainz is easily accessible by long-distance and regional trains operated by Deutsche Bahn. More information about the schedules can also be found at www.bahn.de.

It is best to book the City-Option of Deutsche Bahn with your ticket. You can reach the starting hotel either in a few minutes walk from the train station or by public transport in the city.

For a stress-free start to your trip, we recommend that you allow plenty of time and arrive at your starting hotel by early evening.

Car/Parking

A limited number of paid hotel parking spaces are available directly at the hotel for approx. 15 € per day. The seats cannot be reserved in advance. If necessary, please discuss availability and payment directly on site when you arrive. In Mainz and Rüdesheim there are public parking spaces near the hotel from approx. 20 € / day and car.

First bake small rolls ?!

No problem – this trip has two little sisters.

> With the tour 192b you are only 8 days on the road.

> Journey 192c takes you through the heart of the Middle Rhine in 5 days.

If you like, you can build an individual vacation around your hiking tour with additional nights. Additional nights are generally possible at all stage destinations. At the starting point and in Koblenz we would even like to suggest you to stay one more day each.

Things to see on the way ...

  • The valley of the castles, the Loreley, World Heritage Middle Rhine
  • Koblenz, the most beautiful fortified city at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers

Day by day

Journey to Mainz :
Day 1

Journey to Mainz

Have you ever been to Rheinlad-Pfalz?

Welcome to the capital!

We can promise you one thing: you will not be the first to be captivated by this stream in the Upper Rhine basin shortly before it breaks through into the bedrock of the Taunus and Hunsrück mountains. The Romans were already trudging around here, securing ‘their’ forts on the fertile alluvial land with the Limes deep in the woods above the vineyards.

Do you have a little time before the hiking boots press the next morning? Mainz is worth a visit. St. Martin’s Cathedral, the Deutschhaus with the State Parliament, the beautiful Old Town on the Rhine with its half-timbered buildings, the Gutenberg Museum or the Electoral Palace of the Prince Bishops with their Archbishopric and Churwürde… When the railroad tunnel south of the main station was renovated a few years ago, what happens so often on the Rhine happened. A Roman bone, long thought to be dead, poked and and blocked all construction work. A grandiose amphitheater cut into the rock came to light.

What does the Rhinelander do in such a situation? Well, he simply built the S-Bahn station onto the theater stage. One of the most remarkable train stations in Germany – worth your visit!

Mainz - Schlangenbad :
Day 2

Hike Mainz – Schlangenbad, approx. 17 km, 400 m↑ 150 m↓, ~ 4 h

To start your trip, a boat trip on the Rhine awaits you. Here, where borders and castles have shaped life for centuries, you step across the border in the middle of the river and find yourself opposite Mainz in the land of the Hessians and their capital.

From Biebrich Castle in Wiesbaden your way leads to the Schierstein harbor. The route continues directly along the unspoiled banks of the Rhine through a nature reserve and bird sanctuary to the historic wine village of Walluf. Through vineyards and lonely forest areas you continue hiking to the natural monument Grauer Stein. Through the Rheingau vineyards you will reach the spa town of Schlangenbad in the Taunus Mountains.

Breakfast
Schlangenbad - Oestrich-Winkel :
Day 3

Hike Schlangenbad – Oestrich-Winkel, ~ 22 km, 500 m↑ 750 m↓, ~ 8 h

On forest and meadow paths your way leads to the ruin Scharfenstein and further through the vineyards to the impressive monastery complex Eberbach. Take your time to visit the famous film set from the 12th century, before you make your way to the picturesque wine village of Oestrich-Winkel. Enjoy a glass of wine and let the day come to a pleasant end.

Breakfast
Oestrich-Winkel - Rüdesheim :
Day 4

Hike Oestrich-Winkel – Rüdesheim, approx. 15 km, 320 m ↑↓, ~ 7 h

Along the Riesling Trail you walk to the famous winery Schloss Vollrads.

Light deciduous forests line your way to the pilgrimage site of Marienthal with its Franciscan convent. Through the Blaubachtal and cultivated vineyards with wide views, the route leads to the famous Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard.

The old winegrowing town of Rüdesheim, where even the Romans grew wine, welcomes you with quaint wine taverns and historic half-timbered houses.

Breakfast
Rüdesheim - Lorch :
Day 5

Hike Rüdesheim – Lorch, approx. 21 km, 650 m ↑↓, ~ 7 h

Today you finally climb the ridges of the western slopes of the Taunus to the Middle Rhine Valley. Enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful panorama and the view of the mouth of the Nahe River in Bingen, located opposite on the left side of the Rhine. The path is sometimes steep, rocky and lives up to its name. However, it is always well secured and accessible.

Passing the hunting lodge Niederwald you walk to Assmanshausen, known for its excellent red wines and the beautiful half-timbered houses. In your overnight stay in Lorch you can also expect a lot of half-timbered houses and excellent wine.

Lorch - Kaub :
Day 6

Hike Lorch – Kaub, approx. 20 km, 400 m ↑↓, ~ 7 h

On varied trails and along the ridges with fantastic panoramas over the Rhine Valley, your path leads to the historic shipping town of Kaub (or alternatively on the ridges to Dörscheid).

The ruins of Nollig Castle, Gutenfels Castle and, as a highlight, the imposing customs castle Pfalzgrafenstein, located directly on an island in the Rhine, make today’s stage a real Middle Rhine experience.

By the way, today’s stage ends in Kaub at the place where Marshal Blücher led the united armies against Napoleon across the Rhine in 1814 with 50,000 men and 15,000 horses.

Breakfast
Kaub - St. Goarshausen :
Day 7

Hike Kaub – St. Goarshausen, approx. 20 km, 640 m ↑↓, ~ 7 h

The heart of the Middle Rhine Valley awaits you today – with winding paths, fantastic views and legendary castles.

The most famous rock on the Rhine, the Loreley is also on your program, as well as the three-castle view of Burg Katz, Maus and the largest of all Rhine castles, the fortress castle Rheinfels.

A crowning conclusion to your day’s stage before you reach St. Goarshausen.

Breakfast
St. Goarshausen - Kamp-Bornhofen :
Day 8

Hike St. Goarshausen – Kamp-Bornhofen, ~ 23 km, ~ 760 m ↑↓, ~ 8 h

Through natural paths, fantastic landscapes and past defiant castles, today’s route takes you over the Filsener Lay, one of the most beautiful nature reserves in the region.

Castle Liebenstein and Sterrenberg, the “hostile brothers” accompany you on your way to the winegrowing community Kamp-Bornhofen.

Breakfast
Kamp-Bornhofen - Braubach :
Day 9

Hike Kamp-Bornhofen – Braubach, ~ 17 km, ~ 530 m ↑↓, ~ 6 h

On your way to Braubach you will encounter Liebeneck Castle and the impressive Marksburg Castle. It boasts of being the only undestroyed hilltop castle on the Rhine.

You should definitely take time to visit the beautiful castle in its medieval garb.

The wine town of Braubach welcomes you with its city wall and numerous half-timbered buildings.

Breakfast
Braubach - Koblenz :
Day 10

Hike Braubach – Koblenz, ~ 18 km, ~ 550 m ↑↓, ~ 7 h

On the last stage, numerous highlights await you once again: Castles, nature reserves, wooded areas and the flowery Bienhorn Valley.

The hike offers distant views, beautiful nature, as well as an adventurous passage through the Ruppertsklamm, a real highlight!

You will cross the Rhine on the impressive Pfaffendorfer Bridge before ending your hiking week at the “Deutsches Eck” in Koblenz.

High above the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz, face to face with “his” Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the gigantic equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I has once again towered above the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers since 1993. You have reached the “Wacht am Rhein”.

Koblenz :
Day 11

Koblenz – return journey or extension

You have reached the ancient capital of the Rhenish Republic, the Romans, Chur-Trier, the Prussians, the Germans. Koblenz is probably the most underrated city in Germany. The banks of the Rhine and Moselle, the three fortresses, the fortress garden, the promenades, the beautiful old town. Koblenz is worth an extra day.

Stay or go and come back again. Maybe a Moselle-Rhine tour next year?

Services

are included ...

  • Overnight stays as listed
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 ferry trip Mainz - Biebrich (11-day tour)
  • Best worked out route guidance
  • Detailed travel documents 1 x per room (DE, EN)
  • Navigation app and GPS data available
  • Service hotline

supplement you should still ...

  • Please pay tourist tax, if due, directly on site. It is not included in the price of the trip.
  • Any trips by public transport to shorten the stages.
  • Return journey with the Mittelrheinbahn or the ship to the starting point

Dates and prices

Travel start 2024: possible daily in …
Season 1 23.03. – 28.04. and 23.09. – 13.10.
Season 2 29.04. – 02.06. and 12.08. – 01.09.
Season 3 03.06. – 11.08. and 02.09. – 22.09.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Double room with breakfast / pers 1.140 € 1.190 € 1.290 €
Single room w. breakfast 1.590 € 1.640 € 1.740 €
Extra nights
Double room with breakfast / pers 80 € 90 € 100 €
Single room with breakfast 130 € 140 € 150 €
Additional nights are possible at each stage destination. Please indicate in the comments field of the booking how many additional nights you would like to stay at which location.

Questions

How does the return transport work?

You can easily travel back from Koblenz to Mainz by train at direct hourly intervals. The return journey on the Mittelrheinbahn is a real experience! Find and book connections and tickets e.g. at www.bahn.de.

Alternatively, you can take the boat from Koblenz back to Mainz. The return journey from Koblenz to Rüdesheim by ship takes about 6 h. A continuation to Mainz is possible with one change. You can find timetables and tickets of the Cologne – Düsseldorf – Fleet for example. under the website of the KD.

Map

Please note: Depending on the accommodations we book for you, the overnight stops may differ from those indicated in the route plan. Please refer to your individual hotel list for accommodation locations! If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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