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Long distance hiking trail recommended route Stage 8

Rheinsteig Stage 8: St. Goarshausen - Kestert (South - North)

· 5 reviews · Long distance hiking trail · Romantischer Rhein
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  • Blick auf St. Goar
    / Blick auf St. Goar
    Photo: Henry Tornow, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Rastbank
    Photo: Henry Tornow, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Burg Maus
    Photo: Henry Tornow, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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Narrow tunnel under the river:

St. Goarshausen - Nocherner Brünnchen hikers' car park - Maus Castle - Wellmich - Mining trail - Sachsenhäuser Feld plateau - Slag heap - Pulsbach Valley - Oberkestert - Kestert

Distance 12.4 km
4:00 h
690 m
603 m
281 m
73 m
A tunnel deep beneath the Rhine? There's no such thing! But there was, at least until 15 September 1958. On that day, the 'Good Hope' mine above the St. Goarshausen district of Wellmich ceased its operations. Because the processing plant for the ores that had been mined there for centuries was on the left bank of the Rhine, the miners blasted a 136m deep tunnel under the river and laid some tracks for a train which took them to the other side. Today, an educational trail keeps the memory of the miners' alive.
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Joachim Fox
Update: February 21, 2020
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
Sachsenhäuser Feld, 281 m
Lowest point
Wellmich, 73 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


St. Goarshausen, Hasenbach Valley (72 m)
50.156666, 7.713896
50°09'24.0"N 7°42'50.0"E
32U 408129 5556841


Kestert, Kestert junction

Turn-by-turn directions

A nice section of trail takes you to the starting point at the Heumarktspforte gate in Wellmich. It continues from the St. Goarshausen cemetery in the Hasenbach Valley and initially ascends steeply to an imposing radio mast. Take your time here – enjoy the magnificent view of Katz Castle, and get your breath back! Next stop is Maus Castle, which is reached by a descending, winding path. The castle houses a falconry, where, from spring to autumn, you can watch demonstrations with birds of prey. Descend from here to Wellmich, where the mining and nature trail to the Ehren Valley begins. This trail teaches us about the area's mining tradition as well as about its plants and animals, which normally live in the Mediterranean region, including rare orchids. The educational trail leads in wide loops up to the spacious hikers' shelter on the Sachsenhäuser Feld plateau.

From here, the trail continues down to the river at the bottom of the Ehren Valley, where the Rheinsteig trail veers to the right over the top of a slag heap. You should then follow the signs to Oberkestert. The trail then merges into a narrow rocky path which clings to the slope above the Pulsbach gorge. Don't stay to explore the gorge (although it is a worthwhile trip) but hike over to Oberkestert and from there to the rest stop at Kestert.

Getting home: follow the path to Kestert train station.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Train to St. Goarshausen station

Getting there

B42 to St. Goarshausen train station. From the station, follow the path leading to the Rheinsteig trail until you reach the Hasenbach Valley (ca. 100m).


Car park at St. Goarshausen train station


50.156666, 7.713896
50°09'24.0"N 7°42'50.0"E
32U 408129 5556841
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Hiking boots/shoes
Suitable weatherproof clothing

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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Wander Verliebt
November 20, 2018 · Community
Beeindruckende Tour mit den Highlights Rabenacksteig und Pulsbachklamm.
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When did you do this route? August 29, 2018
Rabenacksteig & Pulsbachklamm
Video: bigjupp88
Markus Becker 
May 10, 2018 · Community
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Steffen P.
August 19, 2016 · Community
Schöne, abwechslungsreiche aber auch anstrengende Tour. Mein persönliches highlite ist der Steineichenwald s. Foto.
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When did you do this route? August 18, 2016
Photo: Steffen P., Community
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Rabenacksteig & Pulsbachklamm
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12.4 km
4:00 h
690 m
603 m
Highest point
281 m
Lowest point
73 m
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