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View of the river Rhine
Length 320 km (199 mi)
Location Rhineland-Palatinate/Hesse/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Trailheads Bonn,[coord 1] Wiesbaden[coord 2]
Use Hiking
Elevation change 9,500 m (31,200 ft)
Highest point Lykershausen, 351 m (1,152 ft)
Lowest point Kennedy Bridge, Bonn, 60 m (200 ft)
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Easy
Season All year
Sights Numerous castles along the Rhine Gorge and Siebengebirge. Vineyards of Rheingau. Woodland in Naturpark Rhein-Taunus.
Hazards Cyclists
Website www.rheinsteig.de

The Rheinsteig is a hiking trail following a mainly elevated path along the east bank of the Rhine River in Germany. Its 320 kilometres (200 mi) route stretches from Bonn to Wiesbaden, running parallel to the Rheinhöhenweg Trail and Rheinburgenweg Trail.


Rheinsteig trail marker

The Rheinsteig passes through woodlands and vineyards offering spectacular views of castles, challenging ascents and descents. Generally very well signposted with an 'R' on a blue background. The Rheinsteig allows either ambitious long-distance hiking or a rich variety of short tours.

Route and sights of interest[edit]

Literature and maps[edit]

After an arduous ascent to the ruins of Burg Hammerstein a hiker hung his drenched clothes to dry on one of the many signposts

Opened on September 8, 2005, you can find many maps and books giving information about where to join and leave the track, should you want to do just a short section. For a list of titles please see the German version of this page.

Photo gallery[edit]


Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata

External links[edit]