The Drachenfels is the northern gate to the Middle Rhine Valley. Sitting high above the Rhine are two dramatic castles. The 19th-century Drachenfels palace and the ruins of the once mighty Drachenfels castle. Both are open to the public, and this hike is all about hiking to and around them while getting the best views of the Rhine Valley.
This hike takes you above the town of Boppard in the Middle Rhine Valley. Starting on the opposite bank, though, we first visit the Sterrenberg Castle ruins before descending to the river again with beautiful views of Boppard along the way. Optionally, once across the river, you head up above the Rhine again for some epic views of the famous horseshoe bend in the river.
The Hubertus Viaduct is one of only a handful of those glorious 19th-century railway bridges that both a) survived WW2 and the post-war reconstruction and b) remain in service. Though the viaduct is not perhaps a common image in the Middle-Rhine Valley, it often appears in other media, as it is one of only two easily photographed operational viaducts in Germany.
This hike is about capturing another of the commonly seen pictures of the Middle-Rhine valley. However, unlike those over Bacharach or Kaub, this one is harder to get to. It requires leaving Bingen for an immediate vertical climb but is afterward more leisurely. Note that the picture is only doable in the morning, so this may be a seasonal trip when there is enough sunlight.
This hike is an easy excursion from Freiburg and takes you through the meandering hills of the Jennetal nature park. Of course along the way are some beautiful views of Freiburg and plenty of terraced vineyards, as well as a few charming villages and a palace.