The Rheinburgenweg is a 200 km (120 miles) hiking trail in the Middle Rhine Valley region of Germany.
HistoryThe Rheinburgen-Wanderweg was started in 2004 with the path on the right side of the Rhine which is now part of the Rheinsteig. In 2006 the Koblenz to Bingen stretch was defined with the full path opening in 2010. It was also at this point awarded the "Qualitätsweg Wanderbares Deutschland".
Eat and drinkThere are many places to eat along the way, not just in the towns along the way, but also a few isolated restaurants and taverns (Gaststätte) along the trail.
SleepBoth sides of the Rhine river provide hotel and camping facilities. Places on the route are listed below, for others follow the links to the town pages.
BuyOn the trail is little chance for shopping. However in the villages you pass there is ample opportunity to purchase the local wines. In the towns on the river you will have the chance to buy typical German tourist trinkets. Some of the castles also sell wooden swords and other toys for children of all ages.
Landscape, flora and faunaThe trail alternates between the relative flat plateau above the Rhine and the steep sides the Rhine and its side valleys. A large part of the walk is in forest but also opens out into agricultural fields, meadows and vineyards in many places. In the mixed woods on the slopes of the valley there is a good chance to come across deer.
ClimateThe generally mild weather in Germany means this trail is accessible all year round. The colours of fruit tree blossom in the spring and the orange leaves of trees in the autumn are both worth seeing. In the summer be aware that you could be exposed to the strong sun for a large portion of the walk, so do not forget sun protection. Some points of the walk you need to take caution on rainy days, particular on rock exposed slopes.
By planeThe area can easily be reached from Cologne/Bonn, Hahn and Frankfurt airports.
By carThe A61 autobahn runs north-south about 10 km to the west of the Rhine, providing a number of access points to the trail.
By trainFrom Mainz or Cologne the West Rhine railway (Linke Rheinstrecke) going through Bonn, Bingen and Koblenz provides a number of useful stop points.
By boatThere are car ferries (also for foot and bike) across the Rhine. See below in route listings for details of locations.
By carThe B9 runs along the left bank of the Rhine between Bingen and Bonn and provides access to some interesting hairpin bend side roads to the trail.
By trainThe West Rhine railway (Linke Rheinstrecke) provide a very scenic means of transport with stop in towns that the trail goes through.
By cruise boatsKD (Köln Düsseldorfer Deutsche Rheinschiffahrt AG) and BRFS (Bingen-Rüdesheimer Fahrgastschiffahrt) boats cruise the Rhine stopping at a number of points along the route.
The walk does not need to be done in a single expedition. There are points at convenient distances, between 8 and 12 km, where you can park a car allowing you to use the two car one direction hiking technique. There are also points where trains are available or even one of the Rhine cruise ships.
Route and sights of interestPoints of interest along the route listed below and shown on maps.
The milestone below each section shows kilometres from start and to end of the trail.
Upper Rhine section
Bingen - Trechtingshausen : 17 km
The walk starts on the northern edge of Bingen climbing steeply out of the Rhine valley and into the Bingen forest.
Parking - Bingen
Mouse tower10th-century tower in the middle of the Rhine river.
Viewpoint PrinzenkopfViews towards Bingen and Rüdesheim
Viewpoint KreuzbachView of Assmannshausen
Villa RusticaRemains of a Roman villa.
Parking - Josefsbrunnen
SteckeschlääferklammA small narrow gorge with some interesting wood carving made into the trees.
Parking - Kinderholungsheim
SchweizerhausLook attractive from the valley but based on web reviews the food and drink sounds as dangerous as the dogs and garden furniture look.
Burg RheinsteinMedieval castle that is well worth a visit for the architecture and the views. Also a good small restaurant and a few accommodation rooms.
Waldgaststätte und Pension Haus Waldfrieden / GerhardshofGood food, friendly staff. Perfectly positioned for the hiker.
Trechtingshausen - Bacharach: 17 km
This section of the walk starts in the Binger Wald most of the time within the forest but returns eventually to above the Rhine valley providing spectacular views of the river and a number of castles before dropping down into the valley.
Viewpoint Sieben Burgen Blick
Burg SooneckMedieval castle
Parking - Burg Sooneck
Parking - Niederheimbachlimited space and some with time restrictions
Burg Stahleck12th-century castle, now a youth hostel.
Parking - BacharachOn the main road at Bacharach.
Bacharach - Oberwesel: 14 km
The very steep climb out of Bacharach provides you some great views of the town and its defensive towers. You continue to climb through vineyards on the side of the valley before reaching the open fields of the plateau above.
Pfalzgrafenstein Castle14th century toll station in the middle of the river
Viewpoint Sauzahn Grillplatz
Schönburg12th century castle with expensive but impressive restaurant and hotel.
Oberwesel townwallExcellent example of town wall with defensive towers
Oberwesel - St Goar: 9 km
Parking - Siebenjungfrauenblick
Parking - Urbar
Viewpoint - Loreley BlickView of the Loreley across the Rhein
St. Goar - Bad Salzig: 18 km
Although starting off in the vineyard most of this section alternates between the woods clinging to the edge of the Rhine valley and the grazing pastures on the plateau above. The route provides many excellent views of the river valley and the towns below.
Burg RheinfelsImpressive castle ruins, a must visit. Take a torch or candles to really explore the ruins.
Romantik Hotel Schloss Rheinfels
Parking - Gründelbach
Viewpoint - Heimbach
Parking - Holzfeld
Viewpoint - Wilpertskopf
Viewpoint - EuropakuppelHut with view
Viewpoint - ZiehlayWith wooden carving of a praying nun.
Parking - SalzburnstraßeA few places next to the walk, more further up the road out of town.
Bad Salzig - Rhens: 15.5 km
After going through the small Kurpark in Bad Salzig the path starts to climb slowly out of the outskirts of the town and into the woods. A final short steep section takes you back onto the flat section above the Rhine valley. Along the way there are good view back across the valley to the Feindliche Brüder (“Adversarial Brothers”), the two castles above Kamp-Bornhofen.
Once of the top the lane runs away from the edge of the valley. The official path temporarily diverts off this to follow the tree line, is easy to miss.
Viewpoint towards Feindliche Brüder
Thonet Temple viewpoint
Eisenbolz viewpoint and hut
The drop back down into the valley before Boppard is a steep twisting narrow stone path.
After a stroll through the landscaped Bruder Michels Bach valley the path goes though the historic old town of Boppard and then along the promenade, one of the few stretches along the bank of the river.
- a good selection of restaurants as well as accommodation.
Parking - Mühltal
On reaching the top of the hill you walk though an oak wood and towards the buildings at the top of the chairlift.
GedeonsEckRestaurant with outside seating and excellent view of the Rhine river loop at Filsen. Good menu selection with efficient and friendly service.
VierseenblickThis is where the classic 4 lake view of the Rhine can been seen. Unfriendly service, you are expected to order the second you walk through the gate.
JakobsbergHotel, restaurant and golf resort
Across the valley you can see the Marksburg castle above Braubach.
Parking - Bramleystraße
Rhens - Koblenz: 13.5 km
Lower Rhine section
Koblenz - Winningen: 15 km
Winningen - Bassenheim: 19 km
Bassenheim - Andernach: 13.5 km
Andernach - Bad Breisig: 19.5 km
Bad Breisig - Remagen: 15.5 km
Remagen - Rolandsbogen: 14.5
- Rheinhöhenweg Trail
- Rheinsteig Trail on the right Rhine side