Footpaths to happiness
The banks of the Wisper and the surrounding forests are wonderful locations for walking. Of course, the famous Rheinsteig path leads along here, but also − and here comes insider tip number two − the Wispertalsteig. From early summer 2018, 14 attractive circular trails enhance the offer of “premium hiking in the Wispertaunus”, two of which start directly in Lorch itself. The wonderful thing about the walking trails here is that most of them are unspoiled, leading over forest floor, far away from roads and through the heart of the wonderful nature of the Wispertaunus.
Walking is a major topic if you want to go on tour from Lorch − and for Susanne Röntgen-Müsel in any case. She and her husband are trained hiking guides, and the entire hotel team also loves to be out and about on foot. The tips that every guest receives upon request are accordingly competent. You can start walking from right behind the hotel, and there are suitable tours for absolutely everyone. “You can take a relaxed walk for an hour or a strenuous hike for six or eight hours,” says the hotel manager, who is perfectly prepared for hikers in her hotel and also lends out Nordic walking sticks, for example.
Anyone who wants to hike on the Rheinsteig has two options from Lorch: upstream you can travel around 13.5 technically demanding but highly attractive kilometres to Kaub with its famous castle Pfalzgrafenstein in the middle of the Rhine. Downstream, the long-distance hiking trail leads down 20 kilometres in about six and a half hours to Rüdesheim, where the sights are lined up like pearls on a string.