Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 15

Rheinsteig Stage 15: St. Goarshausen - Kaub (North - South)

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Hasenbach Valley - Three castle view - St. Goarshausen - Heide - Lorelei - Spitznack - Five lake viewing point - Bornichbach Valley - Forest school - Urbach Valley - Alte Burg Castle - Rosssteine viewing point - Dörscheid - Kaub
Open
difficult
Distance 21.9 km
7:00 h
800 m
783 m
345 m
73 m
Many peaks are associated with powerful myths, including the Watzmann, Brocken and Lorelei hills. Since Clemens von Brentano breathed life into his heroine Lore on the ley (rock), the viewing point over the narrowest point of the Rhine has become one of Germany's most famous exports, thanks to the maiden's golden hair, while the Lorelei song is a well-established classic.

Author’s recommendation

Nach dem Aussichtspunkt Spitznack dem Hinweisschild zur Felsenkanzel folgen. Hier ist ein weiterer schöner Aussichtspunkt.
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Frank Gallas
Update: August 10, 2022
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
345 m
Lowest point
73 m
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Track types

Asphalt 8.64%Dirt road 13.62%Forested/wild trail 37.01%Path 39.61%Road 0.99%Unknown 0.10%
Asphalt
1.9 km
Dirt road
3 km
Forested/wild trail
8.1 km
Path
8.7 km
Road
0.2 km
Unknown
0 km
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Rest stops

Loreley Tourist-Information
RheinsteigRast
FETZ - Das Loreley Hotel

Safety information

Health and safety
  • Wear suitable weatherproof clothing that will protect you from cold, wet, heat and sunshine.
  • Make sure you take regular breaks and don't overexert yourself.
  • Take enough fluids with you as there are sections without rest stops.
  • Wear suitable hiking boots/shoes which give you enough grip on slippery, steep, rocky and uneven surfaces.
  • Avoid any sections of the route which you feel are too difficult for you. Natural trails can quickly become wet and slippery in adverse weather conditions.
  • Particularly in autumn, you should be careful of uneven ground, roots, stones or holes that have been covered by leaves.
  • You need to take these kinds of adverse conditions into account every time you go on a hike.
  • Particularly steep and dangerous places are made safer with handrails or ropes. Please use these as safety aids. Handrails are not to be climbed on or used to get a better view!

Tips and hints

www.rheinsteig.de

Start

St. Goarshausen, Hasenbach Valley (73 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.156653, 7.713933
DMS
50°09'24.0"N 7°42'50.2"E
UTM
32U 408132 5556840
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Destination

Kaub, Zollstraße

Turn-by-turn directions

Aside from the song however, the planners of the Rheinsteig have already set a high standard with their trail. This stage is the highlight of the whole trail – no other stage is as long or climbs as high. It begins with a steep ascent to the Patersberg, where you can enjoy the picture postcard three castle view, before the trail descends steeply to St. Goarshausen. There is little time to rest however, because the Rheinsteig trail now leads up to the district of Heide, where you can visit the nearby Lorelei Visitor Centre with its museum and exhibitions about the Lorelei myth. A few steps lead from the centre to the legendary rock itself, 125m above the river.

If you have enjoyed the view for long enough, you can go to the starting point of the Lorelei wine trail and arrive at the Lieselfeld plateau. What follows is difficult to describe – you have to experience it: spectacular viewing points at the Spitznack rock, the Felsenkanzel, the five lake viewing point and the forest school. Then you have to descend once again into the Urbach Valley and up the other side to Alte Burg Castle. A narrow path, clinging tightly to the slope, begins close to the castle. It leads to the Rosssteinen, a magnificent viewing point on the rocks opposite Oberwesel. From here, it's not far to the plateau where the village of Dörscheid is situated. The long descent through the steep terraced vineyards of Kaub with stunning views of Rheingrafenstein Castle begins here.

Getting home: follow the footpaths to the train station.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Bus/train to St. Goarshausen train station

Getting there

By car: B42 to St. Goarshausen train station

Follow the path from the train station to the Hasenbach Valley (ca. 100m).

Parking

Car park at St. Goarshausen train station

Coordinates

DD
50.156653, 7.713933
DMS
50°09'24.0"N 7°42'50.2"E
UTM
32U 408132 5556840
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Literatur zum Rheinsteig erhältlich im Online-Shop des Rheinsteigs

Author’s map recommendations

Rheinsteig-Wanderkarten sind erhältlich im Online-Shop des Rheinsteigs

Equipment

Hiking boots/shoes
Suitable weatherproof clothing

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Rating

4.9
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Werner Becker
May 19, 2022 · Community
Die Königsetappe! Immer wieder Wechsel zwischen Wald, Wiesen, Weinbergen, steile Passagen rauf und runter, gemütliche ebenen Wegen ... geniale Ausblicke, tolle Einkehrmöglichkeiten. Wenn ich nur nicht eine solche Hlhenangst hätte.
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Sebastian Gerlach
August 26, 2021 · Community
Traumhaft!
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When did you do this route? August 24, 2021
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Rolf Lüdtke
February 21, 2021 · Community
When did you do this route? February 20, 2021
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
21.9 km
Duration
7:00 h
Ascent
800 m
Descent
783 m
Highest point
345 m
Lowest point
73 m
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