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The Rhine Trail - Rheinsteig

"Why is the Rhine so Beautiful?" The newly launched Rheinsteig trail between Wiesbaden and Bonn answers this famous question from a traditional German song in a totally new and fascinating way.


The many answers to this question - which has been asked so many times before, are long since obvious. After all, the Rhine Valley is one of Germany's most popular travel destinations and its beauty is known to lots of tourists from home and abroad: The view of the River Rhine, which winds in its deep gorge, is an impressive spectacle of nature. Countless castles and stately homes line up along the river in close succession. For many centuries, wine growing has been a central aspect of life and culture along the Rhine Valley and thus substantially shaped the picturesque towns and the scenic slopes. As a result of these closely interconnected factors of nature and culture the Upper Central Rhine region between Bingen and Koblenz has been listed as World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2002.

But now the Rheinsteig trail opens up a totally new dimension of experiencing and enjoying this unique scenery. With a total length of 320 km, the 23 stages of this certified quality trail run along the eastern bank of the Rhine. The course of the new route stays close to the river for the longest part, continuously providing you with spectacular views of the dramatic river scenery. Furthermore, the trail avoids tarred roads and built-up areas wherever possible in favour of a quiet and natural route to focus on your experience of nature. However, the route also takes you to silent valleys and forests, through idyllic vineyards and along steep, rocky cliffs, since the Rheinsteig trail is not restricted to the river's stretch between Bingen and Koblenz, which most people associate with classic Rhine romanticism but considerably broadens this range of impressions.


The Rheinsteig's blue and white logo indicates a capital "R” as well as the winding course of the river. Hikers who follow the excellently signposted trail will pass four fairly different regions along the Rhine: You can taste brilliant Riesling wines on your way through the hilly vineyards of the Rheingau region. Discover the World Cultural Heritage Site of the Upper Central Rhine Valley between Rüdesheim and Lahnstein with its spectacular cliffs such as the famous Loreley rock and with some of the most famous castles towering high above the river. Having passed Koblenz you can take a swerve to the hills of the Westerwald forest before you will continue your way along the Romantic Rhine to Unkel passing vineyards, castles and historic towns. Through the mountain range of the Siebengebirge the Rheinsteig trail will finally lead you to Bonn.


The Rheinsteig trail is by no means an easy walk. The narrow, partly rocky paths through the hilly countryside and along the steep slopes of the Rhine River are sometimes quite challenging. It is possible to combine the walk along the Rheinsteig with other attractive routes, e.g. with the Rhein-Burgen-Wanderweg (Rhine Castles Trail) which runs on both sides of the river. Transport links to the places by the Rhine are excellent via train, boat, or car.


To sum it up: The new Rheinsteig trail offers you splendid views of the River Rhine from steep slopes grown with vineyards. It passes idyllic places with a centuries-old tradition of wine growing. There is an abundance of medieval castles and romantic stately homes. You can experience pure nature as the Rheinsteig trail takes you on narrow paths through peaceful forests and small valleys. A modern and at the same time very natural route makes sure that the Rheinsteig is indeed a true top trail.


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