Oelsberg via ferrata - discover the cultural landscape

Photo: Werner Klockner

The cultural landscape of the UNESCO world heritage “Upper Middle Rhine Valley” is a unique experience for walkers. Climb the 1.3km long Oelsberg via ferrata, and discover the unique landscape between Oberwesel and Urbar, which is strongly coloured by the local tradition of viticulture. The Oelsberg via ferrata offers everything a hiker's heart could wish for: varied routes, narrow paths, pure nature - coupled with spectacular views. Those who climb the Oelsberg via ferrata will appreciate just how hard the vintners in the region have had to work for centuries to cultivate wine on these steep slopes.

Fascinating views, rugged rocks
From the Oelsberg via ferrata, enjoy fantastic views over the Rhine valley, over Oberwesel, the town of towers and wine, and over the “Seven Maidens” in the Rhine river. The path leads past shady resting places, past vineyards where you can meet the local vintners, and past unique flora and fauna. Maybe you’ll be lucky and see a rare green lizard crossing your path, or a school class taking a lesson in the school vineyard.

Challenging hike
Numerous pegs, stirrups and ladders assist you with your climb. Nonetheless, this is not for the unsteady or anyone who is scared of heights, and proper walking footgear should be worn. The via ferrata is suitable for families as well as for hobby climbers, as the Oelsberg via ferrata offers various levels of difficulty in various places. The Oelsberg via ferrata route can be combined with other lovely walks, such as to the lookout point “Maria Ruh”, to the “Spitzen Stein” (“sharp rock”) or to Rheinfels Castle. Maps for walking are available from the tourist information centre in Oberwesel.


Level of difficulty:
Easy via ferrata


Starting point:
Level crossing in the north of Oberwesel


90 – 270m above sea Level


Circular route via Beulsberg shelter and Günderodehaus: approx. 2.5 - 3 hours

This via ferrata poses few technical challenges and is a well secured panorama route. Before setting out, please ensure that everyone in your group has sturdy footwear, is steady on their feet and is not afraid of heights.

The “Oelsberg via ferrata” project was set up by a local Middle Rhine action group in close cooperation with the DLR (service centre for rural areas), the DB Netz AG Group and the Koblenz section of the German Alpine Club.

This publication is promoted by the EU community initiative LEADER+ with the support of the European Union and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, represented by the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Traffic, Agriculture and Winegrowing. It was developed by the local action group LAG Middle Rhine region, with the kind support of the DLR and the tourist information centre for St. Goar and Oberwesel.