Welcome to Koblenz, one of the most beautiful cities in Rhineland-Palatinate and the starting point of your 12-day hike on the Rheinsteig. The city's name refers to its location, stemming from the Latin "confluentes," meaning confluence. It's at the Deutsches Eck where the Rhine and the Moselle rivers converge. A must-visit leg warmer for your legs is a trip to Fort Ehrenbreitstein, once the largest rock fortress in Europe after Gibraltar.
A relatively easy stage with not too much elevation gain, with the literal highlight being the Ruppertsklamm gorge shortly before the finish. This hike starts very close to the Rhine and leads to beautiful viewpoints, ultimately concluding romantically with a climbing journey through the Ruppertsklamm, one of the most exciting sections on the Rheinsteig. We stroll through the Nassau Nature Park, one of Germany's most beautiful protected landscapes, and can look forward to walks through dense forests with views of beautiful castles.
Another stage that can easily be completed in half a day. There are stories that get under your skin, like the tale of Idilia Dubb. In 1851, the Scottish young lady climbed the tower of Lahneck Castle all by herself, which was then still in ruins. When Idilia reached the top, the rotten stairs beneath her collapsed. Her desperate cries for help grew weaker and weaker until the beautiful Scottish woman ultimately died of thirst within the castle walls. Many years later, her diary was discovered in a niche in the wall.
At the beginning of this stage, you'll cross the Lahn River. Then it's uphill to "Lahnstein auf der Höhe" with its spa park. After an exciting scramble through the Schliebachtal, you'll reach the Fladenberg. From the Kerkertser Platte, you can already catch a glimpse of the stage destination, Braubach, with the high-lying Marksburg Castle.
We will arrange your accommodation on the Rheinsteig in hotels, inns, and guesthouses. Accommodation will be private in single, double or twin rooms and with en-suite bathroom where possible.
We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide which includes a route description, interactive Rheinsteig hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek.
Breakfast is, if possible, included in this trek and it will be provided every morning at your accommodation.
You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport. This also applies to any transport from the end point of your trail.
Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.
Breakfast is, if possible, included in the price of the trek. You can get lunch and dinner at the shops, hotels, and restaurants along the way.