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Hikers amidst the vineyards on the Rhine

Rheinsteig Trail, Rüdesheim – St. Goarshausen/Surroundings

Rhinegau & Middle-Rhine valley

5 Days / 4 Nights
Mountain Hiking
Hikers amidst the vineyards on the Rhine

Recharge your batteries, experience new impressions and just enjoy life - all of this is part of a successful holiday. All this and much more awaits you on a hiking tour with Eurohike on the Rheinsteig. Everything is right here: the breathtaking nature, the culturally splendid architecture and the excellent cuisine. In addition, hiking becomes a bit of luxury here, because the Rheinsteig is a premium hiking trail and has already been voted the most beautiful hiking trail in Germany.

The short hiking holiday starts in charming Rüdesheim. Before you start, you should pay a visit to the famous Drosselgasse. It is known as the “happiest alley in the world”. On the stage to Lorch, the Middle Rhine Valley awaits you with countless, wonderful views.

On days 3 and 4 there are not only forests, vineyards and castles, but also numerous opportunities to find a cosy place to stop. The final stage to St. Goarshausen offers several special sights. The picturesque view of the three castles should be enjoyed just as intensely as the ascent to the legendary Loreley.

  • Hiking along Germany's most famous river: The popular hiking trail accompanies the Rhine for 320km, which is considered to be a junction between the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.
  • Vineyards, Rhine Riesling & rustic wine bars: You could say that wine belongs to the Rheingau like water to a river. So you shouldn't miss a tasting of the fine wines and a stop in the rustic restaurants.
  • Idyllic villages with half-timbered houses: Whether Assmannshausen or Lorch, the charming towns along the tour offer an architectural feast for the eyes.
  • Imposing castles and palaces: Over 40 castles, palaces and ruins - built over two millennia - shape the image of the Rheinsteig. On the tour you will pass, among other things, the Niederwald hunting lodge, the Nollig castle ruins and Gutenfels Castle.
  • UNESCO World Heritage region: Wine-growing area, important traffic route, cultural landscape - the Upper Middle Rhine Valley has been one of the exceptional regions of the world selected by UNESCO since 2002. We think it’s rightly so!

The Premium Hiking Trail certificate does what it promises: The Rheinsteig runs along beautiful and well-tended paths, and the signage is excellent. The stages are generally easy to manage, but the differences in altitude should not be underestimated. There are options for shortening it.

Itinerary at a glance

The Rhine is an important traffic stream, known for its multi-layered culture and traditional wine-growing. You will see the castles Katz, Maus and Rheinfels at the Dreiburgenblick (three castle view) before you climb the Loreley rock.

Hotel example: Altdeutsche Weinstube

Today you tackle (by cable car) the mountain chains to the Middle Rhine Valley and enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful panorama and view onto the Nahe-estuary. Past the hunting lodge Niederwald you hike to Assmanshausen, renowned for its exquisite red wines and the stunning half-timbered houses. In your Day Finish Lorch again lots of half-timber awaits you and on top of that excellent wine.

Hotel example: Im Schulhaus

On diverse paths and along mountain chains with a fantastic panorama over the Rhine valley the route leads into the historic shipping town Kaub or via the mountain chains to Dörscheid. Castle ruin Nollig, Gutenfels castle and as a highlight the impressive toll-castle Pfalzgrafenstein, situated directly on an island on the Rhine, transform today’s tour into a true experience.

Hotel example: Loreleyhotel Fetz

The heart of the Middle Rhine Valley awaits with serpentine-tracks, fabulous views and legendary castles. The best-known rock on the Rhine, the Loreley-Rock, is also part of your itinerary, as well as the three-castle-view onto Katz castle, Maus castle and Rheinfels castle. A crowning finale to today’s tour before you reach St. Goarshausen.

Hotel example: Hotel Herrmanns Mühle

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Route information

Mountain Hiking

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.

Prices & Dates

Category: middle class hotels and country hotels

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accomodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 Wine tasting (German, English)

  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • App for Navigations and GPS-data available
  • Service-Hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • By train to Rüdesheim and a few walking minutes/short taxi ride to the hotel.
  • Frankfurt/Main or Köln/Bonn airport.
  • Parking: Limited hotel parking spaces, approx. EUR 15 per day, no reservation possible. Public parking in Rüdesheim for approx. EUR 20 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.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accomodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 Wine tasting (German, English)

  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • App for Navigations and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • By train to Rüdesheim and a few walking minutes/short taxi ride to the hotel.
  • Frankfurt/Main or Köln/Bonn airport.
  • Parking: Limited hotel parking spaces, approx. EUR 15 per day, no reservation possible. Public parking in Rüdesheim for approx. EUR 20 per day.
  • Return to starting point by train, duration 1 hour.
  • Return to starting point by ship (www.k-d.com), travel times: St. Goarshausen - Rüdesheim about 3 hours.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

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