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!
Please note: This short version of the tour starts from Rüdesheim and ends at the Loreley near Sankt Goarshausen. Parts 2 and 3 from Mainz to Rüdesheim and sections 8 to 10 from Sankt Goarshausen to Koblenz shown on the map are included in tour variant 192a. You are escaped here. You can also take a look at the popular, medium variant with 8 days, tour 192b.
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.
Daily rich breakfast buffet or large sportsman breakfast.
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.
You can easily travel from Sankt Goarshausen to Rüdesheim on the Rheingau line in the direction of Wiesbaden / Frankfurt with a direct train connection every hour. The return journey by train on the right side of the Rhine is a real experience! You are on the road for about 1 h. Find and book connections and tickets e.g. at www.bahn.de.
Alternatively, you can take the boat Rüdesheim back. The return journey from to Rüdesheim by ship takes about 3 h. Timetables and tickets of the Köln – Düsseldorfer – Flotte you can find for example. under the website of the KD.
We recommend that you arrive by train. Get on vacation at your home and enjoy the journey to the Rhineland.
Rüdesheim is very well connected to the regional traffic of the Deutsche Bahn on the Rheingau line between Frankfurt – Wiesbaden – Koblenz. 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 in a few minutes on foot 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.
A limited number of free hotel parking spaces are available directly at the starting hotel. The seats cannot be reserved in advance. If necessary, please discuss availability and payment directly on site when you arrive. In Rüdesheim there is public parking near the hotel for about from 10 € / day and car.
May it be a little more?!
No problem – this trip has two big sisters.
> With the tour 192a you are on the road for 11 days. You start in Mainz and hike the entire Middle Rhine Valley from the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate to the former capital of the Rhenish Republic, Koblenz.
> Journey 192b takes you in 8 days through the heart of the Middle Rhine from Rüdesheim to Koblenz.
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