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

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

Hiking Collection by Vanessa Kopp

7

Tours

30:30 h

62.2 mi

10,050 ft

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 Hunsrück mountain range on its western bank with the Taunus 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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  • 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 the journey around the famous slate rock is a delicate matter for shipping. Because the Rhine flows past the rock at its narrowest and deepest point. And when a pretty mermaid distracts the boatmen with her singing, things

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  • Difficult
    05:14
    10.8 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 kilometers take you along the banks of the Rhine to the ascent to the Teufelskadrich. Once you have mastered this, you will be rewarded with a beautiful route: you hike along the steep vineyards

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  • Difficult
    05:06
    10.1 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This 13-kilometer hike begins in Oberwesel, also known as the town of towers and wine. The place is surrounded by a fortified city wall with sixteen towers. You will cover the first section of the route on the former weir system, which is incidentally the best-preserved wall on the Middle Rhine. On the

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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 hike through the old town and the first few meters up to Lahneck Castle. Then you cross the Lahn and you can see where it flows into the Rhine. It continues

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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 forests, expansive meadows, steep cliff faces - a lot of variety awaits you on this almost twelve-kilometer hike. The tour starts in Hirzenach. You master the majority of the 300 meters in altitude right at the beginning. On beautiful forest paths you hike up to fabulous vantage points. Make yourself

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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 climbing enthusiasts. The tour starts on the banks of the Rhine in Boppard. After almost two kilometers, the adventurous via ferrata begins with its steep rock walls and ladders. The forest opens again and again and you have a magnificent view of the Rhine

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  • 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 paths and lots of farsightedness. On this twelve-kilometer circular hike from Bad Salzig, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley is particularly promising. For the first few kilometers, the path takes you out of the city and up the valley on adventurous forest paths. Enjoy the first

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    62.2 mi
  • Duration
    30:30 h
  • Elevation
    10,050 ft

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