The right feeling from the outset
This time the focus is on stage ten, which in terms of locations means from Sankt Goar to Oberwesel. where are several ways to begin such a day trip by boat and on foot, all of which depend on your answer to the question: “How will I reach the starting point of my hike?” – which in this case is St. Goar. As the town, which has 3,000 inhabitants, also has a railway station, you could travel there conveniently by train, or, of course, you could drive there in your own car, park and then set o on your outing. But by far the most appealing way to get there is – you’ve guessed it – by ship. Anyone who boards a vessel in Koblenz or Rüdesheim in the morning will be familiar with the wonderful holiday feeling which automatically overcomes visitors as they glide along the Rhine at a leisurely pace, marvelling at the sight of the unbelievable variety of castles which are dotted along the banks. And what is more, with this option you also have the opportunity to start the subsequent hike ideally fortied because you will have enough time on board to enjoy a lavish breakfast – and that is certainly to be recommended. In St. Goar you will then disembark on the newly redeveloped river promenade full of energy and well rested. If you do not want to set on along the Rhine Castle Trail immediately, you can first of all visit Rheinfels Castle in St. Goar, which was once the largest defensive fortication between Koblenz and Bingen. Today the ruins, the oldest parts of which date from 1245, house a museum and also a romantic hotel that offers a unique view. But you should not let yourself become too attached to the admittedly extremely inviting hotel terrace. Aer all, the plan is to head upriver and uphill on Shanks’s pony towards Oberwesel.