With vines as far as the eye can see, villages steeped in history, wonderful hiking paths, and the magnificent River Rhine, the RheinTerrassenWeg leads you for 46 miles (75 km) through dreamy landscapes in Western Germany. On the way, you explore Rheinhessen, Germany’s largest wine-growing region, as you ride from the historic city of Worms to Mainz, the state capital. This beautiful long-distance hiking trail guides you through leafy vineyards, historic towns, and villages where you can learn more about the region’s diverse culture.
The first of the six stages starts in the pretty city of Worms, where you head northwards. Each stage is characterised by colourful vineyards and wineries which line the trail. From small mountain churches to romantic castle ruins and mighty cathedrals, fascinating cultural sites en route offer great places to stop off. As all of the stages are relatively short, you can go at your own pace and allow time for exploring, detours, and tasty snack breaks. If you can’t get enough of the region, there are some opportunities to extend the routes and add on loops.
Depending on your preference and timetable, you can take on this adventure in one go or complete each section as an individual day hike, especially if you live locally. Each start and end destination lies on the S-Bahn RheinNeckar train line 6 which runs between Mainz and Mannheim. If you drive to the hike in your own car, you can conveniently take the train back to your car at the end of the day. For more information and timetables, visit: rheinhessen.de/en/arrival-by-train-1
At the end of each stage, you will also find comfortable accommodation in an idyllic town with half-timbered cottages. Here, you can reward yourself with a hearty meal, if you are not already full from indulging en route. On this adventure, great food and wine are never more than a few kilometers away.
Impressive history awaits you on the starting stage of the RheinTerrassenWeg! A royal garden, the imposing St. Peter's Cathedral and the Jewish cemetery let you draw a few circles through Worms before you dive into the Rebenmeer towards Osthofen. You have enough time for this, because the milestone is not too many kilometers.The first steps to the RheinTerrassenWeg are from Worms train station. Through the pretty streets and streets of the city founded by the Celts, you walk to the impressive church, St. Peter's Cathedral. It is one of the three Rhenish imperial domes and, despite its considerable size, is the smallest of them. A visit to the cool walls is not only worthwhile on hot summer days. Just a few blocks away you will find the "Heiliger Sand" Jewish cemetery. As the oldest Jewish cemetery, still in its original state, you will find tombstones that date back to 1058.After this short detour, it goes straight to the outskirts. You follow the softly rippling Pfrimm that winds through the streets. You can reach the other bank via a footbridge and hike through a quiet residential area to the railway line. Its straight course takes you to the impressive Herrnsheim Castle, where the actual RheinTerrassenWeg starts. A gentle path leads you through the dreamlike castle garden, the largest English landscape park in Rhineland-Palatinate.
Your gaze wanders over open fields and juicy vines. The surrounding area is characterized by vineyards, from which you can already make out the striking mountain church of Osthofen. An impressive hollow path leads you directly to the church and via a short descent to Osthofen station, where the first stage ends. Here you will find various accommodations, from the pension to the hotel.Several regional trains bring you to the starting point in Worms. With the Regionalexpress 4 and 14 as well as the regional railways 35, 62, 63 you can get to the RheinTerrassenWeg very quickly. If you come from the surrounding area, you can also take the S-Bahn line 6.
On the second stage of the RheinTerrassenWeg you can fully enjoy the landscape. Ten kilometers of the most beautiful nature through extensive vineyards with great views of the Rhenish Hessian hills and the Rhine plain lie in front of you. Culture, history and physical well-being are not neglected either.Before you leave Osthofen, you can find out about the darkest chapter in German history at the Rhineland-Palatinate Documentation Center. The permanent exhibition provides detailed background information on the region's two former concentration camps and the time of National Socialism in Rhineland-Palatinate.A little below the mountain church you continue your journey on the RheinTerrassenWeg. You walk through winding alleys to the Seebach, in front of you stands the playful turret of the “leak cone” - a particularly beautiful vineyard cottage. You now leave Osthofen behind and dive into cultivated vineyards. From a hill you can already see the stopover Bechtheim.Once in Bechtheim, stroll past the pretty village fountain to the Romanesque basilica of St. Lambertus. Take a look at the striking 11th century church. It is one of the most important Romanesque village churches in Rheinhessen. Incidentally, Bechtheim is famous for its first-class wines.Your stage destination Mettenheim is waiting for you after another passage through the vineyards and an idyllic ravine. The pretty town hall with the church in Mettenheim behind it forms a picturesque ensemble.If you want to start your hike in Osthofen, take line 6 of the RheinNeckar S-Bahn from Mainz or Mannheim. Regional trains on lines 4 and 14 also stop at Osthofen station. You can find more information about the timetable here: bahnhof.de/bahnhof-de/bahnhof/Osthofen-1025656
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The third stage of the RheinTerrassenWeg is characterized by beautiful views and the impressive Mettenheimer and Alsheimer Hohlwege. In Guntersblum, the Heidenturmkirche and the Leininger Schloss are two special gems waiting to be discovered by you.No sooner have you left Mettenheim than you have the most beautiful expansive views over the Rhine plain and the Odenwald. On the Goldberg you can take a seat on a bench and look up to the Donnersberg. From there it goes a bit downhill and you trade the lovely sea of vines for a quaint ravine that takes you to the Weißmühle. A great place for a rest! The RheinTerrassenWeg gently rises again and you walk promisingly through the vine landscape.On another ravine you pass Alsheim with its heath tower church. The high earth walls on both sides of the path will accompany you towards Guntersblum. A detour to the church ruins of Maria Magdalena beckons in the district of Hangen-Wahlheim. The small stone church was probably destroyed during the Palatinate Wars of Succession and you can now visit the ruins freely.You end your day's stage in Guntersblum with wonderful panoramic views. After just eleven kilometers, you still have enough time to explore the three-aisled basilica of the Heidenturm church and pay a visit to the Leiningen castle, which now serves as the town hall. There is a good selection of accommodation available for the night.You can easily reach Mettenheim with the S-Bahn line 6 of the Rhein-Neckar S-Bahn from Mainz or Mannheim if you want to get here on the RheinTerrassenWeg.
Even on the fourth stage of the picturesque RheinTerrassenWeg, the vineyard panoramas are preserved. Wonderful rest areas tempt you to pause for a long time and enjoy the view over the rolling hills. A particularly picturesque ravine awaits you right behind Guntersblum.From Guntersblum you climb leisurely into the vineyards and are always flanked by shrubs. An absolutely fantastic panorama opens up from the Römerturm and you have the feeling that the Rhine plain and the Odenwald are within your grasp. After descending the tower, the path becomes narrower. You are now on the way in the hollow path, in which meter-high loess walls and plants create a jungle atmosphere. The following lush green Sasselbach valley is no less idyllic and invites you to take a break.You continue your hike through famous vineyards with great views until the characteristic silhouette of Oppenheim with St. Catherine's Church and Landskron castle ruins comes into view. Passing the toad fountain - the delicious white wine variety - you reach Oppenheim and hike through the remarkable old town. As the crowning end of the day, you can dive into the Oppenheim basement labyrinth and experience 1,000 years of history up close in the underground vaults. You can find a warm bed in one of the numerous accommodations.You can get to the stage starting point Guntersblum from Mainz or Mannheim with line 6 of the RheinNeckar S-Bahn or with regional train 14. Bus 432 also runs regularly between Worms and Guntersblum.
The "most beautiful view of the wine" and the most beautiful half-timbered houses - the fifth stage of the RheinTerrassenWeg promises nothing less and is thus the best of the entire route. On the longest stage, a few vertical meters along the wine slopes await you.Before you turn your back on Oppenheim via the pretty market square, take a little time to explore the handsome Landskron castle ruins. The magnificent walls date from the 16th century and you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Rhine plain, even on a clear day to Frankfurt.In Nierstein, the romantic atmosphere of the market square tempts you to take a break before you master the climb to the Red Slope. Your effort will be more than rewarded, because Rheinhessen's “Most Beautiful Wine View on the Bruderersberg” awaits you. The Rhine meanders through the wine landscape. The great view accompanies you to Nackenheim with its bright yellow church St. Gereon, which you can reach via a steep staircase.The last kilometers of the day take you through the colorful vineyards again and soon Bodenheim, your milestone, will be in sight. In an arc you walk into the center of the town with the richly decorated town hall. The building is considered one of the most beautiful half-timbered houses and has been in place since 1608. The witch trials took place here shortly after its establishment. You can find a night's lodging in one of the hotels or inns.Line 6 of the Rhein-Neckar S-Bahn from Mannheim and Mainz stops regularly in Oppenheim, so you can start or continue the RheinTerrassenWeg here very easily. Alternatively, you can take the Regionalexpress 14 from Mannheim or the Regionalbahn 33 from Worms.
Today, on the last stage of the RheinTerrassenWeg, you will get very close to the banks of the Rhine over a longer distance. In addition, you will be sweetened by fantastic views such as the one from Laubenheimer Höhe and numerous wineries in the state capital of Mainz, the farewell to the long-distance hiking trail. With almost twelve kilometers, the stage is refreshingly short, so you can take your time in the world on the way.You start from the Bodenheim train station into the final of the RheinTerrassenWeg. It leads you past the oldest house in the city, the Knebelscher Hof from 1606 and directly to the medieval-looking Stiftswingert. You climb gently over the main route to the Rhine plateau. When the weather is clear, you have a unique view of the majestic Rhine, the Odenwald and the Frankfurt skyline. At the Zöller Kreuz on Laubenheimer Höhe there is a wooden bench ready for you so that you can see your fill. If you get hungry, you can also stop here.From here, the tour of the former Weisenau limestone quarry starts with an impressive, geological insight. You descend steadily until you reach the Rhine bank. In wet weather, you should be particularly careful here because the surface can be slippery. Following the course of the Rhine, you come to the Stadtpark in Mainz, where the RheinTerrassenWeg officially ends. But since Mainz has much more to offer, it is worth hanging a few more kilometers. A path leads you to the Roman theater, which should even be used again. A crowning conclusion is the visit to the magnificent, centuries-old St. Martin's Cathedral in the picturesque old town.You can reach the starting point of the last stage in Bodenheim with line 6 of the RheinNeckar S-Bahn from Mannheim and Mainz. The Regional Express 15 from Kaiserslautern or the Regionalbahn 33 from Worms also stop here.You can return from the state capital of Mainz by bus, S-Bahn or long-distance and regional trains.