Walking on high

Rheinsteig über Braubach
RheinBurgenWeg near Boppard

The trails along the Rhine heights - the Rheinhöhenwege - are amongst the oldest

hiking trails in Germany. They celebrated their centenary in 2006. On their way through three Federal states they link up the Rheingau, Taunus, Westerwald and Siebengebirge regions with their varied landscapes and nature reserves.

The trails are not as demanding in terms of fitness and agility as the Rheinsteig and thus offer the less experienced hiker a good introduction to the Rhine Valley.

The even terrain makes walking easy and the trails sometimes take you a little further into the immediate hinterland of the Rhine Valley. You’ll be amazed how

quickly the landscape changes, even here! Spring’s yellow fields of rapeseed

and the late summer’s golden fields of grain are interspersed with colourful fruit meadows and ancient cowering village landscapes. Here, life goes on as it has done for centuries and the church still has a role to play. Take your time and explore the Rhine heights trails however you like: on foot, on horseback or by bike. The hills above the Middle Rhine are just waiting to be discovered!

Spoilt for choice

A best kept secret for nature lovers, amateur botanists and animal lovers alike

are the nature trails and themed circular walks to be found throughout the Rhine Valley. You can walk in the footsteps of the Romans, encounter Swallowtail butterflies, orchids and Green Lizards or learn about the area’s old mining heritage. Nature, culture and traditions are all interlinked in these landscapes. Hikers can find out all about the Middle Rhine’s special climate, plant and animal life, rich geological heritage and long history from the many colourful information boards dotted at intervals along the way. A nature experience of a special kind is to be had in the Leiselfeld conservation area on the Loreley plateau or on the stretch of hiking trail which passes the Kaub Heath between Kaub and Dörscheid. Two ravines, the Pulsbachklamm near Kestert and the Ruppertsklamm near

Lahnstein will take you on wild romantic paths down to leafy dells. If you’re aiming

for higher things, you’ll prefer Boppard’s via ferrata: the Klettersteig - but you’ll need a good head for heights and sturdy footwear.