Rheinhessen

Hike through vineyards along Germany’s River Rhine – RheinTerrassenWeg

Hike through vineyards along Germany’s River Rhine – RheinTerrassenWeg

Hiking Collection by Rheinhessen

4-7

days

3-5 h

/ day

49.4 mi

2,800 ft

2,825 ft

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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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:15
    10.3 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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 …

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  • Intermediate
    02:40
    6.24 mi
    2.3 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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 …

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  • Intermediate
    03:04
    7.08 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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 …

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  • Intermediate
    02:51
    6.64 mi
    2.3 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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 …

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  • Difficult
    05:12
    11.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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 …

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  • Intermediate
    03:09
    7.39 mi
    2.3 mph
    375 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    49.4 mi
  • Duration
    21:11 h
  • Elevation
    2,800 ft2,825 ft

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