Hinkelsteine in Nideggen

To go climbing the Hinkelsteine in Nideggen, you should have some training under your belt. This is a place for climbers, who feel at home in the grades 7 to 10 UIAA.

The so-called “Hinkelsteine” consists of four crags, situated right next to each other. They can be assessed pretty easily from Nideggen itself. Park at the sports ground and just follow the signs saying “Hinkelsteine” downhill for a couple of minutes. The spot itsef is surrounded by trees, so you can find good conditions, even on a hot day.

Climbing itself takes place in conglomerate, like on most of the spots in Niedeggen. The conglomerate contains a lot of polished pebbles, which makes climbing very special. The testpiece of the spot is “Flohtanz” (UIAA 10), right at the first Hinkelstein. If you follow the way down further, you will find amazing routes on the third and fourth Hinkelstein. Especially “Parasit” (UIAA 9) on the third Hinkelstein is said to be among the best routes in this grade in the Eifel. “Dampfbügeleisen” (UIAA 8) and “Bügeleisenkante” (UIAA 9-) both take an amazing and exposed line on the fourth Hinkelstein.

Attention: Some of the bolts are pretty old. Especially on the second Hinkelstein, they can only be described as rotten. Please check even more carefully than on other spots.

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Routes total (50)

250 m Height Sea Level
10 mins Approach time
0 m Hm approach
Dries quickly
Mobile reception
Free Access
Baby friendly
Base camp
Approach by car, parking

Adress for the navigation system: Rather Straße 62, 52385

Cross Niedeggen and park at the sports yard.

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Approach by public transport

Next train station is Niedeggen Brück. From here, you can walk for approx. 40 minutes to the adress of the parking. It is a few times to the left and to the right. Best will be to use your smartphone for navigation.

Approach to the spot

From the parking, cross the street into the forest. You will see signs pointing the direction to the Hinkelsteine immediately. Follow them downhill for a couple of minutes. You will recognize the first Hinkelstein, it stands in the way very prominently. To access the other ones, just follow the way.

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