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Traumpfad Saynsteig

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A hiking tour in Sayn in search of traces of knights and Romans can be made along the Traumpfad Saynsteig. The trail goes through shady forests along natural paths to impressive caves. Tranquil forest sections alternate with incredibly beautiful views far into the Rhine valley and the Eifel.

Distance 15.5 km
5:30 h
460 m
460 m
321 m
76 m

Highlights at Traumpfad

  • Sayn Castle and Palace
  • Ancient Premontres Abbey Sayn
  • Distant views from Oscar heights and "Loh"
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Limes with its reconstructed Roman tower
  • Wonderful water meadow countryside in the idyllic Brexbach valley
  • Lovely forest footpaths

Author’s recommendation

Wer Sayn in einer kürzere Runde genießen möchte, dem empfehlen wir das Traumpfädchen Sayner Aussichten.

Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
321 m
Lowest point
76 m
Best time of year

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Safety information

In some passages surefootedness and a head for heights is required. This trail should not be hiked in icy conditions.


Safety guidance – stay safe whilst hiking on the Traumpfade/Traumpfädchen

Hikers like narrow pathways, unspoilt natural trails (leading over the forest floor, across the grass or alongside streams) and rocky climbs which lead to spectacular views. It goes without saying that particular care should be exercised when taking such routes.  

Things to bear in mind when preparing for your hike       

  • Wear proper clothing that is appropriate to the weather conditions and that will protect you against the cold and the wet or the heat and the sun.
  • Schedule suitable breaks during your hike and make sure that you conserve energy.
  • Take sufficient liquids with you. Establishments selling refreshments are not available everywhere.
  • When hiking on the Traumpfade, please wear appropriate hiking boots which provide a sufficient foothold on slippery, steep, rocky and uneven paths.
  • If you do not feel that you are able to negotiate certain parts of the route, then you should avoid such sections or else turn back. Natural pathways may become muddy and treacherous, especially in unfavourable weather.
  • In autumn in particular, please remember that leaves lying on the ground may be concealing bumps, routes, stones or holes in the path.
  • You will need to expect route impairments of this kind if you are intending to undertake a hike.
  • Before setting out, visit https://www.traumpfade.info/traumpfade/wege-status/ in order to find out whether the route you intend to hike is closed or whether diversions are in place. Construction works, timber felling or other disruptions may also be planned.
  • Recommended hiking season: April to October

Tips and hints

Tourist-Information Bendorf, Tel.: +49 (0)2622/703105, info@saynerhuette.org, www.bendorf.de

Projektbüro Traumpfade, Tel.: +49 (0)261/108419, info@traumpfade.info, www.traumpfade.info



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56170 Bendorf-Sayn Schloss Sayn (Schloss Straße 100) (75 m)
50.438493, 7.576664
50°26'18.6"N 7°34'36.0"E
32U 398926 5588354


56170 Bendorf-Sayn Schloss Sayn (Schloss Straße 100)

Turn-by-turn directions

The start of this Traumpfad on the Rhine is Sayn Castle, opposite the royal castle park. If the car is not parked at the castle but at the abbey church the start can be reached via the Brexbachstraße. The trail goes over the castle’s terrace up to Syn Castle and, at the walls which are also worth seeing, there is already the first magnificent view. Continuing on straight ahead, the path leads to the Oscar heights. Here there are great views of the abbey church, the romantic “Ancient Sayn”, the Rhine valley and the Eifel. The Sayn Trail crosses the L306 and reaches the edge of the forest at the Ottilie heights. The way now goes down via a side valley to the Brexbach brook through a varied landscape of water meadows to the Boy Scouts’ camp. A narrow path now leads upwards and meets the Rheinsteig.

The trail continues uphill to the World Heritage Site Upper Germanic and Rhaethian Limes with a reconstructed Roman tower. Now the almost level path allows relaxation, the Meisenhof invites the hiker to stop. The path that now follows across open fields again allows great views over the Rhine valley. Then downwards to Sayn. From the footbridge over the Brexbach brook, past the mill museum Heinsmühle (Heins Mill) it is only a few steps back to the castle.

Public transport

Destination stop: Sayn Schloss

Line: 8 Koblenz-Center– Vallendar Bf. – Sayn



By road

A 48 Exit Bendorf - B 42 in the direction Bendorf Sayn(till Schloss Sayn) - there, right to Brexstraße - 56170 Bendorf-Sayn, Schloss Sayn (Schloss Straße 100)


Abbey Sayn in Bendorf-Sayn

56170 Bendorf-Sayn, car park Prälatengarten Abbey Sayn (till Schloss Sayn, there, right to Brexstraße to the car park)


50.438493, 7.576664
50°26'18.6"N 7°34'36.0"E
32U 398926 5588354
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Traumpfade & Traumpfädchen Band  1: Die 18 besten Premium-Rundwanderungen an Rhein und Mosel, Ulrike Poller & Wolfgang Todt ISBN: 978-3-942779-64-7
  • 27 Premium-Rundwege Traumpfade, Jubiläumsausgabe 10 Jahre Traumpfade,  Ulrike Poller & Wolfgang Todt, ISBN: 978-3-942779-43-2

Author’s map recommendations

  • Top. Karte "Oberes Mittelrheintal/Koblenz (1:25.000) ISBN: 978-3-89637-363-2


Sturdy shoes are recommended for the tour!

You can find trail closures at: https://www.traumpfade.info/traumpfade/wege-status/


Related Events

Hiking & Mountaineering · Romantischer Rhein
Sommer, Sonne, Saynsteig
6/25, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Pre-registration required
Event Organizer: Werner Langhals | Source: Traumpfade im Rhein-Mosel-Eifel-Land
Hiking & Mountaineering · Romantischer Rhein
leckerMYK Streuobstwoche: Wandern und Genießen
9/17, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Pre-registration required
Event Organizer: Wegepate Werner Langhals | Source: Traumpfade im Rhein-Mosel-Eifel-Land
Hiking & Mountaineering · Romantischer Rhein
10/3, 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Event Organizer: Stadtverwaltung Bendorf | Source: Traumpfade im Rhein-Mosel-Eifel-Land
Hiking & Mountaineering · Romantischer Rhein
Der farbenfrohe Saynsteig
10/22, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Pre-registration required
Event Organizer: Werner Langhals | Source: Traumpfade im Rhein-Mosel-Eifel-Land
Hiking & Mountaineering · Romantischer Rhein
Wandern mit dem Eifelverein: Saynsteig
11/19, 8:10 AM–1:30 PM
Pre-registration required
Event Organizer: Eifelverein Koblenz | Source: Traumpfade im Rhein-Mosel-Eifel-Land

Questions and answers

Question from Meli Frey · February 12, 2023 · Community
Gibt es viele schmale Pfade auf dem Weg? Gibt es an den schmalen Pfaden Hänge die steil herunter gehen? Kann man Hunde auf dem Weg mitnehmen?
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Answered by Karl Clemens  · February 12, 2023 · Community
Hallo, wir sind den Saynsteig letztmalig 2017 gelaufen,ist also schon 6Jahre her. Also Hund geht auf jeden Fall! Zum Pfadanteil würde ich sagen 50%, ob es steile Abhänge gibt, vermag ich nicht mehr zu sagen, aber meine Frau ist nicht schwindelfrei und sie hatte keine Probleme!
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Bianca La
May 15, 2023 · Community
Wunderschön! Ein toller und sehr schöner abwechslungsreicher Wanderweg. Wir kommen auf jeden Fall nochmal wieder :-)
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When did you do this route? May 14, 2023
Frank Schmitz
November 26, 2022 · Community
Super abwechslungsreich, sind aber ueber 17km, auf Strava und Sportstracker
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Photo: Frank Schmitz, Community
Photo: Frank Schmitz, Community
Photo: Frank Schmitz, Community
Photo: Frank Schmitz, Community
Bernhard Heiber 
September 12, 2022 · Community
Sehr schöne und abwechslungsreiche Runde mit Burg, Bachtal und super Aussichten. Der kurze Abschnitt durch den Ort stört nicht - die Anwohner haben sich da auch etwas ganz Tolles einfallen lassen.
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When did you do this route? September 11, 2022
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15.5 km
5:30 h
460 m
460 m
Highest point
321 m
Lowest point
76 m
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