- This article is an itinerary.
The Rheinburgenweg (Rhine castles trail) runs mainly parallel to the left (west) bank of the river Rhine from Bingen to Rolandsbogen south of Bonn. It runs mainly on elevated trails providing along the way excellent views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site valley and the many castles on both sides of the river.
The Rheinburgen-Wanderweg was started in 2004 with the path on the right side of the Rhine which is now part of the Rheinsteig. In 2006 the Koblenz to Bingen stretch was defined with the full path opening in 2010. It was also at this point awarded the “Qualitätsweg Wanderbares Deutschland”.
There are many places to eat along the way, not just in the towns along the way, but also a few isolated restaurants and taverns (Gaststätte) along the trail.
Both sides of the Rhine river provide hotel and camping facilities. Places on the route are listed below, for others follow the links to the town pages.
On the trail is little chance for shopping. However in the villages you pass there is ample opportunity to purchase the local wines. In the towns on the river you will have the chance to buy typical German tourist trinkets. Some of the castles also sell wooden swords and other toys for children of all ages.
The trail alternates between the relative flat plateau above the Rhine and the steep sides the Rhine and its side valleys. A large part of the walk is in forest but also opens out into agricultural fields, meadows and vineyards in many places. In the mixed woods on the slopes of the valley there is a good chance to come across deer.
The generally mild weather in Germany means this trail is accessible all year round. The colours of fruit tree blossom in the spring and the orange leaves of trees in the autumn are both worth seeing. In the summer be aware that you could be exposed to the strong sun for a large portion of the walk, so do not forget sun protection. Some points of the walk you need to take caution on rainy days, particular on rock exposed slopes.
Most of the walk is on good paths with some steep rocky sections. Hiking footwear is highly recommended. The route generally passes through a town or village roughly every 10 km so only water and snack suppliers are needed. The route is well signed with the red R way-marker but a local map or guide book can still prove useful.