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RheinBurgenWeg Stage 7: Rhens - Koblenz (South - North)

· 4 reviews · Long distance hiking trail · Romantischer Rhein
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  • Rhens gegenüber Marksburg
    Rhens gegenüber Marksburg
    Photo: Marco Rothbrust
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Noblesse oblige: Koblenz has Empress Augusta to thank for its magnificent gardens, while Stolzenfels Castle, one of the most romantic castles on the Rhine, was built by King Friedrich-Wilhelm IV. This hike leads you through forests and meadows and rewards you with majestic views.
Distance 13.2 km
5:30 h
565 m
495 m
352 m
83 m
The stage begins royally in Rhens, where the Königsstuhl is worth a detour. Then the 7th Rheinburgenweg (RBW) stage leads through extensive forests to the romantic Stolzenfels Castle. After a journey through time to the Celts on the Dommelsberg, you will find the cradle of the Federal Republic on the Rittersturz. You can get to Koblenz and the Deutsches Eck by foot.
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Joachim Fox
Update: October 26, 2022
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
Merkurtempel, 352 m
Lowest point
Viehtor in Rhens, 83 m
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Safety information

General safety instructions:
  • Wear weather-appropriate, functional clothing that protects you from cold and wet or heat and sun.
  • Plan your stages with appropriate breaks and use your strength sparingly.
  • Take enough liquid with you. Refreshments are not available everywhere.
  • Please put on appropriate hiking shoes for the path, which will give you sufficient grip even on slippery and steep or rocky and uneven paths.
  • If you are of the opinion that certain sections of the path are not accessible to you, then you should bypass them. Especially in adverse weather conditions, muddy and slippery passages can occur on natural paths.
  • In autumn in particular, it is also important to note that the leaves lying on the ground can cover bumps, roots, stones or holes in the path. You have to reckon with path impairments of this kind when you go on a hike.
  • Of course, particularly steep and clearly dangerous sections are secured with railings or ropes. Please treat these security measures as such. Railings are intended as a fall protection and not as a climbing frame or lookout tower. Please treat these security measures as such. Railings are intended as a fall protection and not as a climbing frame or lookout tower.

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Rhens (82 m)
50.280548, 7.615426
50°16'50.0"N 7°36'55.5"E
32U 401351 5570741
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Of kings and emperors!

Starting at the Cattle Gate, the Viehtor in Rhens, the trail rapidly rises up onto the Rhine plateau, where you should be sure not to miss the short detour to the Königsstuhl, the King's stone throne!

Then the RheinBurgenWeg winds along grassy paths up to the Schamberg, affording a fabulous view over to the Marksburg Castle.

After crossing the L208, the trail continues on to a chapel and into the mixed forest with its rustling foliage. After this section through woodland, climb up meadows to reach a sensory bench, perfect for a relaxing break. The Wolfsdelle Trail, designated a "Traumpfad", one of Germany's loveliest trails, which you have followed for a short distance, departs here and the RheinBurgenWeg heads back into the forest. You now constantly gain height, at the same time admiring the wonderfully diverse forest flora. Finally you'll come to the ridge, where a path leads to the nearby Temple of Mercury.

The RheinBurgenWeg now leads comfortably along wide paths downhill towards the Rhine and soon promises another detour, this time the simply unmissable Stolzenfels Castle!

After this cultural and historical detour, a bit of legwork is once again called for as the trail circles the Siechhaus Valley with plenty of ups and downs and then climbs back up again to the Weidgenhöhe. The trail becomes more like a track and soon you'll come across traces of ancient settlements. You can no longer fail to see the former Celtic wall when you reach the Dommelsberg lodge, but the view over the Rhine is something else.

The RheinBurgenWeg passes along gentle forest tracks, then through sparse forest, past the path signposted "Lichte Eiche". You finally arrive at the Rittersturz, where in 1948 the important Rittersturz Conference was held which subsequently led to the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany.

For today we bid farewell to the RheinBurgenWeg although you still have some 5 kilometres along the path back to Koblenz. After a descent into the valley, you pass the Kaiserin Augusta gardens and the road to Koblenz central railway station. This stage comes to an end at the Deutsches Eck, the headland at the confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine.



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Public transport

There are train stations in Rhens and Koblenz (Ko-Stolzenfels, Koblenz central station, Koblenz Mitte, Ko-Lützel, Ko-Ehrenbreitstein) (www.die-bahn.de).

Getting there

The B9 follows the Rhine to Rhens and Koblenz. In Koblenz there are several bridges crossing the river.


  • Rhens in der Bramleystraße (O 401428 N 5570705)
  • Koblenz am Stadion Oberwerth (O 399161 N 5576482)
  • Koblenz an der B 9 (O 399380 N 5576700)
  • Rittersturz (O 399090 N 5576081)
  • Stolzenfels (O 399823 N 5573397)
  • Eiserne Hand (O 397885 N 5572634)
  • Königsstuhl (O 401186 N 5570947)


50.280548, 7.615426
50°16'50.0"N 7°36'55.5"E
32U 401351 5570741
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Book recommendation by the author

Literatur zum RheinBurgenWeg erhältlich im Rheintalshop: www.rheintal-shop.de

Author’s map recommendations

RheinBurgenWeg-Wanderkarten sind im Rheintalshop erhältlich: www.rheintal-shop.de

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Marion Juretko
February 13, 2022 · Community
Im Vergleich zu den anderen Etappen gab es nicht viele Aussichten. Es geht viel durch Wald.
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When did you do this route? February 13, 2022
Andreas Vogt
October 17, 2021 · Community
Mit Sicherheit nicht die schönste Etappe beim Rhein Burgen Weg da ist man schon verwöhnt. Sehr viel Wald bis nach Koblenz der Zuweg ist sehr lang.
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When did you do this route? October 14, 2021
Lisa Lee
July 24, 2020 · Community
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13.2 km
5:30 h
565 m
495 m
Highest point
352 m
Lowest point
83 m
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