The enchanting Rhine – Day hikes in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley

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The Rhine River looks like a scene from a fairytale as it flows through the unique landscape from Rüdesheim to Koblenz. On its journey north, it meanders through narrow valleys and rugged rock formations, passing legendary palaces and castles on its way. The river is hugged by the Taunus mountain range on its western bank with the Hunsrück mountains on the other side. This Collection will guide you through 40 miles (65 kilometers) of spectacular scenery, showing you the beauty and diversity of the region in seven routes. The River Rhine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is easy to see why.

Each route shows you a different aspect of the Rhine Valley; from rolling hills and forests in the adjacent low mountain ranges to spectacular views of the valley. Let yourself be enchanted by the beautiful surroundings, enjoy the peace and quiet of the plateaus and watch ships as they journey across the Rhine. After a day of hiking, you can enjoy a glass of local wine, learn more about the rich culture and history of the region and who knows, you might even hear the lulling songs of the Loreley.

The Middle Rhine Valley is great for hiking all year round. Due to its mild climate, spring always starts early in the region. The apple trees in the Rhine Valley are already beginning to bloom even when winter still shrouds the Hunsrück and Taunus mountains. Thanks to the mountains, the region is usually quite dry as the Hunsrück holds back any rain clouds. In summer, you can escape the heat in the shaded forests and enjoy a cooling breeze on the higher plateaus. In autumn, the region is a charming natural spectacle as the leaves on the trees and vines transform into autumnal colors. On snow-covered winter days, the castles and palaces look even more like a fairytale. In rain and snow, however, take care on the rocks as they can become slippery.

As most of the routes are suitable for beginners and families, this Collection offers something for everyone. However, the Via Ferrata at Boppard is a more adventurous route and requires a head for heights.

All starting points can be reached with the regional train from Koblenz or Mainz, a pretty train route which follows the river. Koblenz is a great base camp for your hikes. If you would like to experience the river from the water, you can also take a boat across the Middle Rhine to some of the starting points. All departure points, times and prices can be found here: schifffahrt-rhein.de.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:46
    7.64 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Narrow paths, idyllic forest roads and a lot of foresight. On this good twelve-kilometer circular walk from Bad Salzig, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley shows you particularly promising. On the first kilometer, the trail leads you out of the city and on adventurous forest trails up the valley. Enjoy the first views and you'll quickly understand what makes this region so special. After a good six kilometers, you have arrived at the highest point and can reward yourself with the spectacular Fünfseenblick. The descent back to Bad Salzig takes you past other great vantage points.This hike is fun throughout the year in the Middle Rhine Valley. Whether in the blooming spring, on a bright summer day, in the discolored autumn forest or on a snowy winter day - the main thing the view is good.Nice rest areas can be found on the tour. At the lookouts are benches that invite you to take a break with foresight. Bad Salzig also has restaurants and cafes.In the spa worth a visit to the Leonor springs in the magnificent spa gardens. For over 100 years fresh drinking water has been bubbling out of the earth. In the entrance hall of the swimming pool house, built in 1907, there is a drinking fountain, where you can try the 30 degree warm healing water.After Bad Salzig you come very well by train from Koblenz, Mainz or Frankfurt. If you arrive by car, you will find many parking spaces near the spa park.

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  • Difficult
    04:47
    8.95 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This almost 15-kilometer hike is a dream for all climbers. The tour starts on the banks of the Rhine in Boppard. After just under two kilometers begins the adventurous via ferrata with its steep rock walls and ladders. Again and again, the forest opens and you have a magnificent view of the Rhine Valley and the Hunsrück. If you have mastered the challenging part, you can enjoy the panoramic view on the Vierseenblick and a little later on the Rheinschleife. Continue through the Hubertusschlucht and over the Sabelskopf back to Boppard.For the Via Ferrata it is important to be sure-footed and free from giddiness. But do not worry: If a job becomes too adventurous for you, you can always bypass the individual passages on safe paths. In the rain it makes sense to prefer the safer alternatives to the slippery ladders and rocks.At the beginning of the tour there are several restaurants, besides, you come to many beautiful pause places over. After the hike, you will find numerous cozy cafes and restaurants in Boppard.You reach Boppard very well by train. The train tracks from Koblenz or Mainz lead directly along the Rhine and are a great success for the hiking day.

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  • Intermediate
    03:19
    6.96 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Wild-growing forests, sweeping meadows, steep cliffs - on this almost twelve-kilometer hike, you'll find plenty of variety. The tour starts in the place Hirzenach. The majority of the 300 vertical meters you master right at the beginning. On beautiful forest paths you walk up to fabulous viewpoints. Make yourself comfortable on the benches and enjoy nature around the Middle Rhine Valley. The path leads you on flowering meadows on the plateau of the Hunsrück. The steeply sloping valley edge of the low mountain range offers you a unique backdrop. A gentle descent brings you back to the banks of the Rhine and your starting point.Make sure you have plenty of provisions to take a break at the viewpoints. You will not find restaurants until the end in Hirzenach. Stroll along the Rheinstraße along, there you will find something.The townscape of Hirzenach is dominated by the provost. The stately buildings of the former Benedictine monastery are now under monument protection. Especially beautiful is the more than 4,000 square meter monastery garden.Hirzenach belongs to the city of Boppard. However, the town has its own train station so that you can get to the starting point with the regional train.

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  • Intermediate
    04:01
    8.45 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Lahn, Moselle, Rhine - on this 14 kilometer hike you can experience the complete river trio around Koblenz. The tour starts in Oberlahnstein. You wander through the old town and the first meters up to the castle Lahneck. Then you cross the Lahn and can see where it flows into the Rhine. Continue on to the 319 meter high Lichterkopf - beautiful viewpoints included. Once you have mastered the ascent, the hike leads you down gently sloping forest paths through the Bienhorn Valley. You cross the Rhine and soon you are standing in front of the Koblenz castle. Only a few meters through the old town to your destination, the Deutsches Eck. Make yourself comfortable on the waterfront and see where the Rhine and Moselle unite.Before the hike you can provide yourself in Lahnstein with provisions. If you have already used up your water reserves on the ascent to the lights head, you can refill your water bottle at the descent to Koblenz at a well. Restaurants, cafes and snack bars can be found in many places in your destination.After Oberlahnstein you come from Koblenz by train or bus. The regional train to Frankfurt (travel time ten minutes) stops in the village and several buses go in the direction (travel time about 25 minutes). A ticket costs 3.90 euros. The right connection you can search here: vrminfo.de.

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  • Intermediate
    04:18
    9.27 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    What a dangerous beauty: The Loreley offers its visitors a magnificent view, but for the shipping traffic the journey around the famous slate rock is a delicate matter. For on the rock the Rhine flows past at its narrowest and lowest point. And if even a pretty mermaid distracts the boatmen with their singing, things get dicey.For hikers, the 130-meter high rock is an absolute highlight. This 15-kilometer hike takes you from St. Goarshausen over several great views of the Rhine Valley to the Loreley. Right at the beginning you leave the first altitude difference behind you. Then the way continues relatively flat, before you finally descend again to the Rhine bank. Let yourself be impressed by the beautiful landscape and be enchanted by the legendary Loreley. In addition, you can expect views of castles, the Hunsrück and the Taunus. But beware: Not that the mermaid with her golden hair also captivates you ...On the loop you come past many resting places. At the Loreley you can fortify yourself in a beer garden. In the center of St. Goarshausen you will find restaurants and cafes.There are regular trains from Koblenz or Mainz to St. Goarshausen. If you want to drive yourself, you will find parking lots at the station.

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  • Difficult
    05:15
    10.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This day tour follows a stage of the Rheinsteig. The start of the almost 18-kilometer hike is in Lorch. The first few kilometers lead you along the banks of the Rhine to the ascent to the Teufelskadrich. If you have this behind you, you will be rewarded with a beautiful route: You walk along the steeply sloping vineyards and have always great views of the Rhine Valley. At the red wine temple you can make yourself comfortable in the pavilion, treat yourself to a little taste and gather energy for the last meters of altitude. Descending down to Rüdesheim, the path will take you past the impressive Niederwald monument, before you reach the lively Old Town, your destination of the day.Refreshments you will find until the end in Rüdesheim. But on the hike you come to many great resting places over, as the brought Vesper tastes twice as good.After Lorch you come from Rüdesheim with the regional train in ten minutes. If you are traveling by car, you can park that in Rüdesheim at the train station.

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    8.05 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This 13-kilometer hike begins in Oberwesel, also called the city of towers and wine. Surrounded by a fortified city wall with sixteen towers. You will cover the first section of the route on the former fortification, by the way the best preserved walling on the Middle Rhine. On the first climb, you're already laying the majority of the 310 vertical meters. Once at the top, the path leads you through small groves, meadows and vineyards along the Rhine slopes.Again and again you come to great vantage points and can enjoy the view of the Hunsrück. Shortly before Oberwesel enthroned the imposing Schönburg, which you already see from afar. On the descent to the starting point, keep your eyes open for the caves in the Schieferfels. Behind the rugged rock is a lot of romance. A historic place, which remained with lovers.Pack enough provisions for the hike, but you will not find a way to stop at the end. At the different viewpoints you will find benches for a long break. If you prefer it more noble, you can eat in the restaurant of the castle. In Oberwesel you will also find restaurants and cafes.Oberwesel you reach super with the train. The regional trains from Koblenz and Mainz stop here. Parking for your car can also be found in the center.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    60.2 mi
  • Duration
    29:12 h
  • Elevation
    9,375 ft

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