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Contact (Route)

Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
56346 St. Goarshausen
Tel.: +49 (0)1805/648 328 (14 Cent/Min.)
Fax.: +49 (0)6671/95 93 814


Deutscher Wanderverband
Wilhelmshöher Allee 157-159
D-34121 Kassel

Tel.: +49 (0)561-93873-0


Length, Start/End
320km, Bonn - Wiesbaden-Biebrich
Highest elevation: 321m

Altitude profile


1. Bonn - Dollendorf 13,2 km
2. Dollendorf - Königswinter 8,7 km
3. Königswinter - Bad Honnef 13,4 km
4. Bad Honnef - Unkel 9,5 km
5. Unkel - Leubsdorf 13,7 km
6. Leubsdorf - Rheinbrohl 12,8 km
7. Rheinbrohl - Leutesdorf 12,8 km
8. Leutesdorf - Rengsdorf 18,7 km
9. Rengsdorf - Sayn 12,9 km
10. Sayn - Vallendar 12,8 km
11. Vallendar - Koblenz 8,7 km
12. Koblenz - Lahnstein 13,4 km
13. Lahnstein - Braubach 8,3 km
14. Braubach - Osterspai 11,4 km
15. Osterspai - Kestert 16,7 km
16. Kestert - St. Goarshausen 12,2 km
17. St. Goarshausen - Kaub 22,4 km
18. Kaub - Lorch 13,4 km
19. Lorch - Rüdesheim 19,6 km
20. Rüdesheim - Johannisberg 13 km
21. Johannisberg - Kloster Eberbach 11 km
22. Kloster Eberbach -Schlangenbad 14,2 km
23. Schlangenbad - Wiesbaden-Biebrich 16,6 km

Don't miss the Rhine in Flames firework extravaganza, when the night sky above the river explodes in a shower of glittering colours on five summer evenings.

Hiking at height

The 320km Rheinsteig in south-west Germany follows the twists and turns of the Rhine on its eastern bank from Bonn in North Rhine-Westphalia through Rhineland-Palatinate to Wiesbaden in the Rheingau.

Narrow paths guide you through stunning scenery as you wind your way along cramped rocky gorges, up and over precipitous cliffs, past beautifully tended vineyards and into shady, ancient forests. The enduring appeal of the Rheinsteig lies in its outstanding natural beauty - whether it's the steep slopes of the Rhine valley, the Siebengebirge and Taunus hills or the lofty peaks of the Westerwald forest.

But as much as the Rheinsteig is defined by spectacular landscapes, what would it be without its castles, the Rheingau abbeys, the Roman forts or the medieval towns with their narrow, winding lanes? UNESCO added the Upper Middle Rhine Valley (between Bingen and Koblenz) to its World Heritage list in 2002, citing the sheer number of scenic backdrops and cultural attractions from over 2,000 years of history. It conferred the same status upon the Roman Limes in 2005. Other historical places of interest along the Rheinsteig include Marksburg Castle perched high above Braubach - the only hillside castle along the Rhine never to have been destroyed - and castles Katz and Maus above St. Goarshausen.

Unmissable highlights
The Rheinsteig offers hikers a genuine test that befits its status as one of the “top trails of Germany”. Although many of the stages can be shortened by taking one of the KD riverboats, steep paths and sweat-inducing climbs are inevitable and all part of the fun.

It's almost impossible to get lost, too. Prominent signposting and waymarks plus the wide availability of maps and guides make orientation easy. Every signpost has UTM coordinates for navigation as well as altitude profiles to help you gauge the challenges ahead.

Quality-certified trail

Travel Information

Public transport: From the north via the Ruhr region towards Cologne/Bonn, from the south via the Rhine-Main region towards Cologne/Bonn
Car: From the south via the A61, A565 and A3, from the Ruhr region via the A59

Public transport: Line no. 4 from Biebrich Palace to Wiesbaden train station. Onwards by InterCityExpress towards Frankfurt (main station/airport) or Cologne, or regional services to Mainz and Frankfurt (main station/airport).
Car: A66/A3 towards Cologne or Frankfurt/Mannheim.


  • heavy clouds Berlin
    21.2 °F, heavy clouds
  • bright Bremen
    26.6 °F, bright
  • dull weather Dresden
    28.4 °F, dull weather
  • heavy clouds Düsseldorf
    32 °F, heavy clouds
  • cloudy Erfurt
    21.2 °F, cloudy
  • heavy clouds Frankfurt
    28.4 °F, heavy clouds
  • bright Hamburg
    23 °F, bright
  • cloudy Hannover
    28.4 °F, cloudy
  • bright Kiel
    24.8 °F, bright
  • heavy clouds Cologne
    32 °F, heavy clouds
  • bright Magdeburg
    28.4 °F, bright
  • heavy clouds Mainz
    28.4 °F, heavy clouds
  • cloudy Munich
    28.4 °F, cloudy
  • fog Potsdam
    23 °F, fog
  • snow shower Saarbrücken
    30.2 °F, snow shower
  • bright Schwerin
    15.8 °F, bright
  • heavy clouds Wiesbaden
    28.4 °F, heavy clouds
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