How to find the distance to the next town or village and where you can get a ferry or a train? You can find out from around 500 signpost points with around 1000 signposts. Local and distant destinations with the distance in kilometres and pictograms are key components.
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Signpost colour coding
Signposts with a blue triangle indicate distance along the RheinSteig. The ochre-yellow signposts indicate access routes either from stations and town/village centres to the RheinSteig or vice versa.
NB: The RheinSteig is frequently not the shortest route between towns/villages or places of interest, but it is certainly the most attractive. We therefore recommend that you use topographical hiking maps that also show other footpaths. This will allow you to plan short cuts and circular walks better.
Place name signs
Each signpost carries a location sign. This shows the Universal Transversal Mercator coordinates as well as the height above sea level and the location. These UTM coordinates enable users of a GPS (global positioning system) device to locate their position.
The location sign also displays the RheinSteig walker information telephone number (01805-648 328, €0.14/min.). Callers are currently directed to the tourist information office of Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH; this provides competent tourist information even at weekends and on public holidays.
The number can also be used for reporting problems with the trail or signposts.
The RheinSteig signs include small symbols or pictograms that convey information of particular interest to tourists. They are listed below. They help walkers orientate themselves with regard to railway stations, boat services, overnight accommodation and attractions. They are particularly helpful for foreign visitors.