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Rheinsteig Stage 4: Linz–Bad Hönningen (north–south)

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  • Marktplatz in Linz am Rhein
    / Marktplatz in Linz am Rhein
    Photo: Frank Gallas, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Kaiserberg oberhalb von Linz
    Photo: Frank Gallas, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Pfarrkirche St. Walburgis in Leubsdorf
    Photo: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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    Photo: Frank Gallas, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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    Photo: Frank Gallas, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Schloss Arenfels
    Photo: Frank Gallas, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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With its mixture of woodland, meadows, vineyards, fields and little villages, this section of the Rheinsteig is rich in variety. There are a number of short but steep ascents.
Distance 13.2 km
4:30 h
508 m
474 m
187 m
63 m

Be sure to allow enough time to wander through the old town of Linz before you start your hike. Lots of brightly coloured, half-timbered houses, Linz Castle, the historic town hall (one of the oldest in Rhineland-Palatinate) and the old church of St. Martin are all a sight to behold.  The ancient church (open in the afternoons during the tourist season) is being successively restored by an extremely committed club of friends of the church. One of its treasures are its wall paintings which date back to the 13th century.

Today’s tour ends in Bad Hönningen. The spa and wine town is proud of its sunny vineyards and the healing powers of its thermal springs. The spa town of Bad Breisig lies on the left bank of the Rhine.

Author’s recommendation

The Church of the Holy Guardian Angels in Dattenberg is worth visiting.
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Update: August 14, 2020
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
187 m
Lowest point
63 m
Best time of year

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


Linz, Marktplatz (66 m)
50.566187, 7.280718
50°33'58.3"N 7°16'50.6"E
32U 378240 5602996


Bad Hönningen

Turn-by-turn directions

From the market square in Linz you walk up on the left of the historic town hall to St. Martin’s Church. The churchyard, now the Tilmann Joel Park, has gravestones dating from no fewer than five centuries. The climb up to the Kaiserberg, 174 metres above sea level, can now begin in earnest. This is home to the Kaiserberg Stadium; from the summit cross there are grand views out over the Rhine Valley, mouth of the River Ahr and Erpeler Ley.

The path now zigzags down into the valley and up again on the other side to the sports field in Dattenberg which you now partly circle. In the adjacent copse a woodland bench invites you to relax for a moment and admire the panoramas of the Rhine and Erpeler Ley. Once you’ve crossed the village, a steep field track takes you downhill. A few metres above the Rhine you then follow a narrow path upstream along the slope parallel to the Rhine, which you catch frequent glimpses of, until you reach the edge of Leubsdorf. After a short ascent a shady path takes you on the level round the Giersberg and on into Leubsdorf, a romantic wine village with its white church on the Rhine.

You then continue towards Ariendorf. The climb up to the village starts at the Alter Mühle or old mill. Short but steep, your ascent ends on an open plateau of pastures and meadows with wide, sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Before the path down to Ariendorf, a suburb of Bad Hönningen, there’s a pretty picnic area with a woodland bench. A sign points out the landmarks you can see from here.

The old chapel on the new marketplace in Ariendorf was erected in 1712. The avenue of aged chestnut trees you pass through en route to Arenfels Castle is particularly scenic. With its 365 windows, 52 doors and twelve towers, Arenfels is also known as “castle of the year”. Various rooms can be hired for events. A little further on you come to the edge of Bad Hönningen through the vineyards. After about another kilometre the access path heads off towards the train station.

If you have enough time, you can take a seat at one of the town’s many cafés and restaurants or even soak your tired limbs at the thermal baths.


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Public transport


Linz and Bad Hönningen are both on the regional stopping and regional express train network which operates a regular service. Following the access path with its yellow signs you come to the market square in Linz where you pick up the main Rheinsteig trail.

There is a car ferry in Linz and Bad Hönningen.

Getting there

Follow the B42 along the Rhine to get to Linz and Bad Hönningen.

Access by train or ship (in the summer) possible.


 There are various free parking spaces at the station.

Alternative parking can be found:

- Underneath the railway viaducts (Am Gestade; the south end is free).

- In the Grabentor multi-storey car park (fees charged).


50.566187, 7.280718
50°33'58.3"N 7°16'50.6"E
32U 378240 5602996
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Literatur zum Rheinsteig erhältlich im Rheintalshop

Author’s map recommendations

Rheinsteig-Wanderkarten sind im Rheintalshop erhältlich

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  • Wanderschuhe
  • Witterungsangepasste, zweckmäßige Kleidung

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Hopean Hopean 
August 08, 2021 · Community
Schöne, abwechslungsreiche Tour auch weil der Pfadanteil sehr groß ist. Die Anstiege sind zum Teil knackig.
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When did you do this route? August 08, 2021
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Andrea Wefers
June 01, 2021 · Community
Sehr abwechslungsreiche, anstrengende Tour
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When did you do this route? June 01, 2021
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13.2 km
4:30 h
508 m
474 m
Highest point
187 m
Lowest point
63 m
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