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The 21 stages of the Rheinsteig Trail – side by side with the Rhine

Norbert H.

The 21 stages of the Rheinsteig Trail – side by side with the Rhine

Hiking Collection by komoot

14-32

days

3-6 h

/ day

201 mi

29,725 ft

29,950 ft

The Rheinsteig trail is one of the most beautiful and varied hiking trails in the whole of Germany. Over 21 daily stages, you'll hike through the Siebengebirge, experience the dramatic Middle Rhine Valley and enjoy the views in the Rheingau. Along the entire adventure, your constant companion, the Rhine, stays with you the entire way. Occasionally, it flows a couple of hundred feet below you as you trek along cliffs, whereas at other moments, you'll only be able to see it at a distance as you move through the green slopes of the Westerwald.

The Rheinsteig takes you from Bonn to Wiesbaden. If you'd rather reverse the direction and go from the east to the west, that's fine too. As you go, you'll cover almost 200 miles (320 kilometers) and conquer over 30,000 feet (9,000 meters) in elevation gain as you hike through picturesque hillside forests, narrow brook valleys, over panoramic mountain ranges, through vineyards and, of course, to the most beautiful viewing points in the Rhine Valley.

If the entire Rheinsteig is too long for you — or if you don't have three weeks to spare — that's no problem. Almost all of the stages can be reached by train from Cologne, Bonn, Koblenz and Wiesbaden. Only the small towns in the Rheingau and Neuwieder Becken are not situated along a railway line. Thanks to regional bus lines, you can also reach these places easily by public transport. So, simply choose your favorite stages and put together your own personal hike on the Rheinsteig.

If you are more interested in the countless castles on the left bank of the Rhine, then take a look at the Rheinburgenweg. Here you can find all the stages of the Rheinburgenweg: komoot.de/collection/721/der-rheinburgenweg-13-etappen-pure-rheinromantik

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Rheinsteig

194 mi

28,775 ft

28,725 ft

Last updated: December 1, 2021

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All stages of the Rheinsteig Trail

  • Difficult
    06:22
    13.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,450 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    In the first stage of the Rheinsteig you hike from Bonn to Königswinter on the edge of the famous Siebengebirge.

    

    Starting point of the hike is the Bonn market square with its beautiful, historic town hall. Past the university you walk to the ferry terminal and take the ferry Rheinnixe to the other bank

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  • Difficult
    05:07
    10.0 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the second stage, the Rheinsteig will take you through the picturesque Siebengebirge.

    

    To save you a few vertical meters in the ascent, you drive at the beginning of the tour best again with the Drachenfelsbahn to the castle Drachenburg and start your tour here. Normally, the Rheinsteig leads from here

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  • Difficult
    05:26
    11.5 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On your third stage you follow the Rheinsteig through the southern foothills of the Siebengebirge and on to the steep cliffs of the Middle Rhine Valley.

    

    From Bad Honnef the Rheinsteig leads you steadily uphill and around the Leyberg. If you like, you can also make a detour to the Leyberg here. The path

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  • Intermediate
    04:04
    8.59 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the fourth stage, the Rhine Valley is already at its best. While the slopes far back on the opposite bank and extensive meadows are on the banks of the Rhine, you wander on the eastern shore on picturesque ridges - panoramic views to the peaks of the Eifel are guaranteed.

    

    From Linz, the first thing

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  • Difficult
    05:04
    10.3 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On your fifth stage on the Rheinsteig you can see many views - in between you walk through vineyards and quiet side valleys of the Rhine Valley.

    

    The fifth stage starts in Bad Hönningen. From here, the Rheinsteig leads you on quiet forest trails up to the Rheinbrohler Ley. The rock rises high above the

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  • Difficult
    05:43
    12.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the sixth stage you will get to know a particularly beautiful landscape of the Middle Rhine Valley. Around the city of Neuwied, the slopes of the Westerwald far away from the Rhine and have thus created the Neuwied Basin. The Rheinsteig follows the ridge and so you can enjoy great views of the vast

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  • Intermediate
    04:37
    10.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    875 ft
    1,500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After the quite sporty first six stages, the seventh stage presents itself as a real pleasure hike. You'll hike across the ridge on the edge of the Neuwieder basin along the entire route, with more vertical meters on the descent than in the ascent on the program - the perfect hike to regenerate a bit

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  • Difficult
    03:45
    7.60 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    At the eighth stage of the Rheinsteig, you finally leave the Neuwied basin and return to the slopes of the Middle Rhine Valley. Quiet forest paths and easy dirt roads alternate on today's stage. There are of course a few particularly beautiful viewpoints.

    

    After a last look from the defensive wall of Sayn

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  • Intermediate
    02:39
    5.80 mi
    2.2 mph
    650 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With less than ten kilometers, the ninth stage is by far the shortest stage on the Rheinsteig. But that's a good thing, because in this way you have enough time to explore the impressive fortress Ehrenbreitstein at the stage finish of today's tour.

    

    From Vallendar you follow the Rheinsteig through a light

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  • Difficult
    04:21
    8.60 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Along the tenth stage the Rhine bank is densely populated and so the Rheinsteig leads you here a bit off the Rhine valley through quiet forest landscapes and into the Lahn valley.

    

    After spending the night at the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, you will first descend a few meters to the banks of the Rhine. You

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  • Difficult
    02:36
    5.23 mi
    2.0 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    With only a little more than eight kilometers, the eleventh stage is the shortest hike on the Rheinsteig. Today you can take it easy. After a short section along the Lahn, you will hike over the Mehrsberg back to the Rhine Valley.

    

    From Niederlahnstein you walk along the river Lahn upstream for a while

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  • Difficult
    05:14
    10.6 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the twelfth stage you can get to know the Middle Rhine Valley from its most dramatic side. The Rheinsteig leads you on the entire route over a mountain trail above the steep slopes of the valley, which come here on both sides close to the Rhine. Especially beautiful is the Rheinschleife directly below

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  • Intermediate
    04:16
    8.71 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Along the 13th stage, the Rhine slowly meanders through the valley, which it has carved deep into the Rhenish Slate Mountains over the course of millions of years. Special highlights of today's stage are the castles Liebenberg and Sterrenberg, better known as the "enemy brothers".

    

    From Kamp-Bornhofen

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  • Intermediate
    03:51
    7.86 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The highlight of the 14th stage is the impressive Burg Maus and the views from the vineyards at St. Goarshausen. Although the castle Maus is privately owned, it can be visited as part of guided tours. A guided tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes and must be registered in advance by calling 06771 - 2303

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  • Difficult
    06:49
    13.8 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The 15th stage of the Rheinsteig is considered by many hikers as the queen stage. With more than 22 kilometers of track and about 700 vertical meters in the ascent and descent comes here a lot together. But you will also be rewarded with the most beautiful vantage points, dramatic castle ruins and of

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  • Difficult
    04:07
    8.41 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    After the hustle and bustle on the Loreley, beautiful forest paths, lonely hiking trails and fantastic views await you on the 16th stage of the Rheinsteig. At the finish of today's stage all wine lovers will get their money's worth, because Lorch am Rhein is a real wine town.

    

    In Kaub you take a look at

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  • Difficult
    06:09
    12.8 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,300 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    At the 17th stage it is now time to say goodbye to the picturesque slopes of the Middle Rhine Valley. Until the end of this stage, you will still be hiking on the ridges of the Rhine Valley, but from the high plateau Niederwald the Rheinsteig will take you into the Rheingau. So that the farewell is not

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  • Intermediate
    04:08
    9.05 mi
    2.2 mph
    900 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the 18th stage the Rheingau welcomes you. The Rheinsteig leads you on today's tour a little away from the banks of the Rhine and over the wooded slopes above the vast meadows and fields.

    

    Today's stage starts at the mountain station of the Rüdesheimer Niederwaldbahn. Above the wide vineyards, the Rheinsteig

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  • Intermediate
    04:04
    8.86 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The rolling hills, which you cross on the 19th stage, are entirely dedicated to winegrowing. Especially in summer, when the vines are juicy and green, this is a great sight. If this prospect makes you quite thirsty, then you can already look forward to first-class wines in Kiedrich, today's stage destination

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  • Intermediate
    02:56
    6.27 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,075 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The penultimate stage is only about ten kilometers long and so you can easily enjoy the evening before an extra bottle of wine. Today's tour takes you away from the vineyards and into the green mountains of the Rheingau.

    

    You leave Kiedrich heading north and make a small visit to the Scharfenberg castle

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    21
  • Distance
    201 mi
  • Duration
    96:03 h
  • Elevation
    29,725 ft29,950 ft

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