Hikers on the Rheinsteig | © Dominik Ketz

The Rheinsteig in stages

Up and down the Rhine - always a memorable experience

The stages described here are just suggestions. As every town or village on the RheinSteig has a local public transport connection and almost every town or village in the Rhine valley has a railway station, it is possible to tailor hikes for different fitness levels and to suit individual wishes. The good transport connections also allow day trips to be planned, as returning to the starting point is easy by bus, rail or boat (such as the Cologne-Düsseldorf Rhine river cruise company).

View of Lorch | © Henry Tornow

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The most popular stages on the Rheinsteig

View of Siebengebirge | © Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Siebengebirge stages

Explore the Siebengebirge along paths offering superb views, climbing over basalt and trachyte peaks to the 460m high Großer Ölberg.

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Hikers out in the open | © Dominik Ketz / Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH

Lower Middle Rhine Valley stages

Trace the steps of the ancient Romans in the Lower Middle Rhine Valley with a walk that takes in the wooden palisades and watchtowers of the frontier of the Roman Empire, the Limes, and which can be covered in six stages.

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Leiselfeld in autumn | © Dominik Ketz / Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH

Upper Middle Rhine Valley stages

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley not only impresses with its density of castles, the highest in the world, but also offers spectacular views of steeply sloping vineyards and dramatic loops of the Rhine.

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Vollrads Castle | © Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Rheingau stages

The Rheingau offers walks with comparatively gentle inclines, through broad meadows and forests past numerous young streams emerging from springs.

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