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.
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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.