The rustic old town around Dome St. Martin sets the style of the coming tour. Most interesting the Gutenberg-Museum, the elector’s palace, a Roman amphitheatre and medieval old town with half timbered houses.
Hotel (example): Intercity
Mainz - Schlangenbad
By boat to the start of today’s walking tour. You walk past the castles Biebrich/Freudenberg and through the Rhinegau vineyards you walk to the thermal spa Schlangenbad im Taunus.
Hotel (example): Schlangenbader Hof
Visit impressive Monastery Eberbach, often used as backdrop for history films. Founded in the early 12th century it had a zenith in the 18th century. Idyllic wine-grower community Oestrich- Winkel on Rhine is your overnight place for today.
Hotel (example): Ruthmann
Walk along the ”Rieslingwegs” (sparkling wine path) to the well-known vineyard at Schloss Vollrads. Light deciduous forests line your way to Kloster Marienthal (a monastery), which is a place of pilgrimage. You will have great views into the distance whilst walking to the famous St. Hildegard abbey through the Blaubachtal valley and the well-cultivated vineyards. The old wine-growing town, Rüdesheim, where winegrowing has been carried out since the Roman times will welcome you with traditional wine inns and historical half-timbered houses.
Hotel (example): Central
Rüdesheim - Lorch
Climb the high rides of Middle-Rhine valley (by cable car) and enjoy the beautiful views on the estuary of Nahe. Wine-grower communities Assmannshausen and Lorch disply many half-timbered houses.
Hotel (example): Im Schulhaus
Lorch – Dörscheid/Kaub
You will walk along diverse paths and along the mountain ranges with fantastic panoramic views across the Rhine valley until you get to the historical shipping port, Kaub or to Dörscheid. Today’s stage is a real experience what with the Nollig castle ruin, castle Gutenfels and what is no doubt the day’s highlight – the imposing toll castle Pfalzgrafenstein.
Hotel (example): Blücher
Climb on legendary Loreley-rock and look down on river Rhine. Three fortresses in St. Goarshausen are expecting you.
Hotel (example): Christian
Walk on idyllic paths to wine-grower communities on the river Rhine. Fortress Liebenstein and fortress Sterrenberg are two „hostile brothers“ from the 12th/13th century.
Hotel (example): Rheingraf
Fortress Liebeneck, Dinkelholder mills and a completely conserved Marksburg fortress are your faithful companions on the stage to Braubach, a wine-grower town with fortification wall and many half-timbered houses.
Hotel (example): Maass
Braubach – Koblenz
Cross a tributary river to Rhine at Lahnstein and ascent to Westerwald. One final highlight is Ruppertsklamm – a dramatic gorge and then the grand final: the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) in Koblenz where river Moselle joins the waters of Rhine.
Hotel (example): Brenner
Wine-grower paths, solitary walking paths and old bridle paths ensure varied walking. Basic fitness and sure footedness is required for uphill/downhill sections on the mountain ridges of Middle-Rhine valley. Walking times of up to 6 hrs. And distances of up to 24 km are to be reckoned.
Category: middle class hotels and country hotels
- 10 overnight stays, breakfast included
- Luggage transfer
- Ferry fare Mainz – Biebrich
- Wine tasting
- Carefully elaborated route description
- Detailed travel and tour documents
- GPS-data is available
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- By train to Mainz or Rüdesheim and a few walking minutes/short taxi ride to the hotel.
- Car parking: Limited free parking at the starting hotels. No reservation possible. Public parking in Mainz for approx. EUR 10 per day.
- Return to starting point by train, duration 1 hr for all routes.
- Return to starting point by ship (www.k-d.com), travel times: St. Goarshausen - Rüdesheim about 3 hours, Koblenz - Rüdesheim about 6 hours, Koblenz - Mainz on request (1x changeover).
- Any visitor’s taxes are not included in the tour price and payable on site