A self-guided hike along the Rhine Gorge (UNESCO world heritage) from Bingen to Koblenz, through famous villages (Kaub, Bacharach, St. Goar, Boppard, Rhens) and the Loreley of legend. 20 castles and local Rieslings to delight in.
Grade: Medium or easy-medium
Castles and the Romantic Rhine
The Rhine Gorge is unique. Its 20 castles, perched high above the river, some visitable, bear witness to a crucial role in the history of Europe, and to its iconic "Romantic" status for painters, poets and composers. It is busy and exciting too - the barges negotiating sharp bends and the toy trains (for that is how they look from the footpaths high above), and the river towns and villages - many very old and still wholly or partially fortified - make a pleasant variation from the rural walking. It is also a wine route - every village is proud of its own Riesling vineyards and you will have the chance to sample their produce when you sup after a walking day. Walked by On Foot staff: Simon, and Debbie (with Thomas)
Maximum party size 16, maximum in twin rooms 4 (without route variation)
Braubach Option: Walk to Braubach (instead of Rhens) on Day 7 and stay in the renowned Zum Weissen Schwanen, then train (missing one walking day) to Koblenz for full sightseeing day.
9-night option to include both Braubach and Rhens (take the ferry from Braubach to Boppard to start the walk to Rhens).
7 night option - miss out second St. Goar night
6 night option - miss second St. Goar night and Koblenz (end at Rhens or Braubach)
5 night option - miss Bingen, second St. Goar night and Koblenz (end at Rhens or Braubach)
4 night castle upgrade option - stay Kaub, St. Goar (Schloss Rheinfels), Kamp Bornhofen (Burg Liebenstein), Rhens or Braubach, walk days 4/5,6 and 7