Baumgeister Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews

Baumgeister Trail is a 10.9 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mainz-Bingen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
365 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

river

views

bugs

historic site

The Baumgeister Trail detour is due to heavy weather damage in Morgenbachtal. The map has been updated on AllTrails from the original route. An overview map is available here: https://www.rheinburgenweg.com/fileadmin/files/RBW/Wegemanagement/161006_Wegenews_Baumgeister.pdf Updates can be found here: https://www.outdooractive.com/en/hiking-trail/romantic-rhine/baumgeister-tour/7103192/ The trail starts at the "Jägerhaus" and then follows a small creek through the Steckeschläferklamm where numerous tree spirit sculptures have been carved and painted into the trees. The trail then traverses a lush forest and the next highlight is the remains of an old Roman villa that have been excavated and are accessible for the public. The trail then leads to a very nice overview over the Rhine river, crossing an adventurous hanging bridge. In the next trail section along the ridge of the Rhine valley there are numerous further views over the river. An old donkey trail then leads to the old Rheinstein castle, which can be visited for a small fee and also has a restaurant. The trail then climbs back up through the picturesque Morgenbachtal back to the Jägerhaus.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail!!! Well worth the drive for the views and scenery.

hiking
4 months ago

Overall a great trail, just know that the trail is still closed at about the 6 mile point, forcing you to turn around and making it and out-and-back, vs a round trip. I saw something about this on a German site, but since no other reviews mentioned it I assumed it had been fixed in the two years since it was washed out in 2016. It's still a worthwhile hike and you'll still have access to both castles. I saw evidence of people going around the "trail closed" sign, but I didn't feel comfortable trying that since I was hiking alone and don't really speak German. Also, it took me a minute to figure out that none of the signs say "Baumgeister". It's clearly labelled, but it's called the "Rundtour" or Round Tour. If you follow the signs for Burg Rheinstein you'll be on the right track. These are probably things known to all locals, I just wanted to let fellow foreigners know.
For the trail itself, 90% of it was fairly easy. It's mostly level and well-maintained trails. There's a little bit of climbing down-to and up-from the castle(s), but it's nothing too daunting.

hiking
5 months ago

Really a great trail. Almost completely shaded for the entire hike. There are plenty of intersections and although the trail is well marked I would recommend downloading the map prior to making the whole loop. The castle is worth the small fee (5.50) to visit. Also some neat small waterfalls along the creek back up after the castle not mentioned above.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017