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Travel story from the Moselsteig Trail

A varied hiking vacation on the “Best of Moselsteig Trail”
View of Metternich Castle and the Moselle with female hikers in the foreground

For the past two years, I've had the privilege of leading our enchanting hiking tour along the "Best of Moselsteig Trail", and I'm continually thrilled by the glowing reviews from our hiking guests.

View of Metternich Castle and the Moselle with female hikers in the foreground

This extraordinary journey spans eight stages on the Moselsteig Trail from Trier to Koblenz, traversing a remarkable 144 km route that offers breathtaking panoramas of the Moselle River and its picturesque curves. Culinary delights also take center stage on this adventure, as we indulge in delectable regional cuisine and savor the finest Moselle wines, cultivated on the slopes of Europe's steepest vineyards.

Hiking in a well-coordinated team

After five years with Eurohike, I have had the pleasure of experiencing and hiking many of our beautiful tours myself. Naturally, the expectations for the “Best of Moselsteig Trail” are correspondingly high, and the anticipation for its stunning stages is immense.

Of course, I have already infected my fellow hikers with my enthusiasm for our beautiful tours. This time, my uncle, my aunt, and my hiking companion Florian are joining me on this beautiful hiking tour in central Germany. Last season, I hiked nine stages from Mainz to Koblenz along the Rheinsteig Trail with my “hiking uncle” - he was eager to join the next Eurohike adventure. The four of us often hike together at home in the Salzkammergut and the Bavarian Alps, making us a well-attuned hiking team. We are all looking forward to our time out together on the Moselle.

Selfie at a viewpoint

Great choice of destination: Trier, the oldest city in Germany

Our suitcases are packed, and we begin our journey by train. Awaiting us as the starting point of the tour is a wonderful hotel perched high above Trier, the oldest city in Germany.

Trier captivates us right away as we take a leisurely stroll through its picturesque old town. Besides the renowned Porta Nigra and the magnificent St. Peter's Cathedral, there's plenty to discover in this charming city. From our centrally located hotel, we explore the sights and conclude our arrival day with a delightful dinner together. We all agree that next time, we must spend an extra day here. (Booking extra nights in Trier is easy - highly recommended!)

Trier town square by night

Our very own personal WOW moments

The initial leg of our journey transports us from Trier to Bullay, dotted with numerous scenic spots that keep the journey engaging throughout. Upon reaching our first destination, we indulge in a delightful, nourishing dinner. Our taste buds are treated to the initial sip of Moselle wine sourced from the adjacent winery, initiating our exploration with a flavorful note.

Even amidst the rainy weather, we fully relish the next leg of our hike, finding joy and adventure even in what we dub "viewpoints without a view." The mist enveloping the castles adds a unique ambiance to our journey. As we near our day's end destination, we meander through a charming village. A stop at the vicarage for coffee and cake caps off our day's hiking triumphantly, proving that even in the wettest conditions, we can savor success.

Our conclusion - “Best of” is 100% accurate!

The entire tour is a treasure trove of sights, ensuring there's never a dull moment, with each stage offering its own distinct charm. We encounter fellow hikers, imposing castle ruins, and formidable fortresses along the way. Marveling at the breathtaking vistas of the Moselle's meandering loops becomes a recurring highlight, always culminating in quaint villages adorned with picturesque timber-framed houses. The region's winemaking heritage is equally captivating, boasting Europe's steepest vineyard. Naturally, we couldn't resist exploring this unique vineyard and indulging in its exquisite wines.

Four hikers in Cochem

My favorite place

Among the abundance of viewpoints along the Moselle, one holds a special place in my memory: the picnic spot at the "Iron Mast." Despite its utilitarian name, this spot boasts a towering summit cross or, rather uniquely, an old power line mast. While it may not sound particularly romantic, pausing here allows for an unparalleled view of one of the Moselle's winding loops. It's the perfect spot to savor a delicious and well-deserved snack, offering comfort even when the weather isn't ideal.

Picnic area on an iron pole with a view of the Moselle valley
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