Activities & sport: actively discovering the Rheingau region
The convenient location of the Rheingau region makes it an Eldorado for outdoor activities. Due to the dry and warm summers and the mild winters, the region offers a pleasant climate all year long. Thus, a trip on the river Rhine to the Lorelei rock or active sports such as Nordic Walking, biking and hiking will be an unforgettable experience. Visitors preferring more moderate activities can take a relaxing stroll through the region to discover its many sights.
There is so much to discover in the Rheingau and the selection of beautiful routes is so great that we simply couldn’t decide which one is the best. For this reason, here is just a small selection to help inspire you. To see and experience more, simply drop by and find your personal hiking and/or cycling route and tell us about it. We're looking forward to it!
Rüdesheim – Niederwald – Assmannshausen - Rüdesheim
The start of the hike, which is designed to last for three hours, is the cable car in Rüdesheim. From here the route heads towards the Niederwald memorial with the statue of Germania and along the signposted hiking trails to the “Rossel” and “Rittersaal” vantage points. From there, take the chairlift from the Niederwald hunting lodge (Jagdschloss) to Assmannshausen, then walk through the vineyards and by the Ehrenfels ruins before starting the return journey to Rüdesheim.
Rheinanlagen – Marina - Geisenheim Cathedral Square - Rothenberg - Magdalenenkreuz
The walk lasts approximately three hours and reaches an altitude of around 150 metres. Starting in the Rüdesheimer Rheinanlagen (park alongside the river) walk past the remains of the Hindenburg Bridge to Rüdesheim marina. From there take the path to the harbour point, and then follow the bank of the Rhine upriver past the Geisenheim camp site and through the Geisenheimer Rheinanlagen. Next turn left before the sand and gravel plant, and through a small underpass in the direction of the cathedral square (Domplatz) in Geisenheim. Cross the square and then follow Römerberg up to Winkler Strasse. Then follow Behlstrasse to a railway crossing, from where the cross on the Rothenberg is visible. Walk around the Rothenberg to the left to reach the farm road between the Blaubach and Rothenberg. Here continue uphill to Geisenheim Cemetery, the cross the road to Presberg and follow Nothgottesweg. After approx. 500 m head left over the bridge over the Blaubach. Here you’ll find the shooting club from which the town of Eibingen can be seen to the west. Then turn back to Rüdesheim.
Alternatively: a few hundred metres behind the shooting club is the Magdalenenkreuz cross. From here walk downhill again towards the Rhine until you reach and cross through Rüdesheim cemetery. As you do so you might like to think about whether you’d like to stop at the Asbach Visitors’ Centre, since the delicious brandies there are world famous.
Mini tour along the Rhine – 6 km
The hike begins at the “Drosselgasse” parking lot in Rüdesheim. The route follows Rüdesheim’s “Panorama Path”, along the vineyards on “Rüdesheimer Berg” and past the Ehrenfels castle ruin until Assmannshausen. By following the signs towards “Assmannshausen”, you’ll be taking a trip across the whole city and have the chance to enjoy timber-frame houses and enchanting alleys until reaching the river Rhine. Upon arrival at the river, take one of the boats heading to Rheinstein castle, which you can also visit. Afterwards, take the same boat back to Rüdesheim and walk to the starting point of your hike.
The Rhine Castles Trail – 200 km
This hike has it all: 200 km of the Rheingau region’s flora and fauna, fortresses and castles, and a fabulous view of the Rhine Valley. However, with its thirteen day-stages, the Rhine Castles Trail is not for novices. The stages can be selected so that even beginners or occasional hikers will be able to discover the Rheingau by following the river Rhine. In the process structures from the Middle Ages right through to the 19th century can be seen and, in some cases, visited too. Walkers seeking the fabled romance of the Rhine will find it on this hike. The Rheingau region is not only one of the best known wine-growing regions in Germany, known by connoisseurs as the “Weingau” or “wine region”, it is also famous for the Middle Rhine Valley, which covers the stretch of the river from Bingen to Bonn. Along the way are numerous traditional wine taverns (Gutsschänke and Straussenwirtschaften) run by local vintners, which are excellent places in which to break your journey and enjoy a nice drop of wine.