Rheinsteig Stage 1: Bonn–Königswinter (north–south)

Legend has it that a dragon would lie in wait in his cave for passing ships and breathe fire on them.    One day his fire hit a ship loaded with gunpowder. There was a huge explosion – and the evil dragon was then nothing more than a legend. According to the Saga of the Nibelungs, it was Siegfried who killed the dragon. When you listen to these stories, it's hard not to imagine the hot, fiery breath of the dragon on the back of your neck ...

The first few kilometres are perfect for warming up, as you initially walk upstream along the banks of the Rhine with no noticeable incline. From Küdingshoven the Rheinsteig then starts to wind up into the Siebengebirge, with several metres in altitude to be mastered en route. Despite the climb, this shady section is also easy to manage in sunny weather.


Rheinsteig Stage 1: Bonn–Königswinter (north–south)
7:00 h
22,0 km
597 m
470 m

source Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH · author: Frank Gallas

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