RheinBurgenWeg Roundtrip Oberwesel/Damscheid

A varied roundtrip. 

Route Data:

  • Length: 12.1km
  • Cumulative elevation gain: 460m
  • Recommended walking direction: anti-clockwise
  • Walking time: approx. 4-5 hours
  • Season: all year, except when there is snow or ice
  • Recommended starting point: Schaarplatz, Oberwesel
    Alternative starting points: Hardt car park and
    Rheingoldschänke Restaurant


Walkers’ car park Damscheid/Hardt
Rheingoldschänke Restaurant
Basement garage of Augustin‘s Hotel in Oberwesel


Places to stop off along the route:

Flyer to download here.


Sponsored by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD): here, European funding is channelled into Rhineland-Palatinate’s PAUL programme (for Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Rural Development).

Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture, Food, Viticulture and Forestry in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Sponsored by the Leader-Projekt 2007 to 2013.


Starting point is Schaarplatz Square in the centre of Oberwesel. Following the signs, pass a mediaeval well and a small vineyard until the narrow path leads you into the trenches. These lead north along the mediaeval town wall with its defence towers to the Church of St. Martin, a collegiate church built some time around 1350.

Now cross the road briefly and turn left immediately onto a narrow path which leads uphill, past old garden plots, to “Michelfeld”. Here, follow the path to the right. After just 80m, you will reach a lookout point called “Auf dem Kackstuhl” (“On the loo!”) offering fantastic views over the Rhine. Relax for a moment on the wooden seat after which this lookout point is named, and pose for a souvenir photo with the magnificent Rhine landscape in the background!

Now continue walking gently uphill to Hardthöhe Heights, and then continue on over meadows and fields – soaking up the stunning views – until you reach the former Jewish cemetery, which is 2721m² in size. The oldest gravestone here presumably dates back to 1718, whilst the most recent burial took place on 25th January 1942.

After roughly 1.2km, first uphill and then gently downhill, you will finally reach “Rheingoldschänke” car park.  
From here, continue along the path through fields and woodland to “Guckshöll”, where you can enjoy magnificent views over Niederbach Valley down to the Rhine and the Church of St. Martin, the Katzenturm (“Cat Tower”) and Ochsenturm (“Ox Tower”).

From here, the path leads uphill once again briefly past a fir tree plantation to reach the highest point on this walk, with panorama views in all directions. Those who are interested can make a slight detour to Damscheid to visit the nearby 12th century Church of St. John the Baptist with its Romanesque towers. .

Otherwise, head south instead to the Hardt walkers’ car park. From here, follow the pretty meadow path between blooming, fragrant bushes. After around 2km, just after the “Hunsrück” lookout point, turn left onto a small path. After passing through a small coppice, this leads back towards Oberwesel. Soon you will reach a stone quarry where you can clearly see layers of slate which are approx. 300-400 million years old. At the next fork, bear right and follow the path gently down in an easterly direction past abandoned vineyards and later past cultivated vineyards.

Just before the tarmac begins, climb up to the vineyard wall on the left. For the next 80 metres you can walk along the foot of the vineyards and find out lots of interesting facts about Oberwesel wine and the vineyards in the Goldemund area. You will now pass the small winegrowing village of Engehöll on your right, which features a neo-baroque Mater Dolorosa church, built in 1925 against a rock.  Traverse the vineyards at a gentle incline, passing an old slate shelter built by the vintners. Ahead of you, you will now see Schönburg Castle, which appears increasingly majestic the closer you approach.

After roughly one kilometre, the path leads up large steps into a beautiful oak wood. Rest awhile at the “Landsknechtsblick” lookout point and enjoy the views over Oberwesel and the Rhine before continuing along the woodland path to finally reach Schwede-Bure (“Swedish Boar”).

This wild, romantic site has always been a favourite haunt for lovers, who carved their lover’s vows into the slate rock. You’d like to make a declaration of undying love? Feel free to use the slate board provided here for the purpose!

Now follow the path on to Calvary Chapel, built in 1845. This was formerly the destination for many processions. It's also worth taking a look inside the chapel – or pulling the bell rope to the left of the door. The ringing can be heard throughout the whole town of Oberwesel!

Now retrace your steps back to the crossroads and cross the road briefly to return to the starting point by the trenches, where you will soon see the first houses of Oberwesel.