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Moselsteig Trail hike through the vineyards

Best of Moselsteig, Trier – Koblenz

The most beautiful river-bends between Eifel and Hunsrück

10 Days / 9 Nights
Mountain Hiking
Moselsteig Trail hike through the vineyards

It's quite international on the Moselle - why, you ask? Because in the border triangle you can see from Germany to France and Luxembourg. And because the history of the Romans brought Mediterranean influences to the region. What's more, the wines that thrive on Europe's steepest slopes are drunk in the finest restaurants between New York and Hong Kong. For you on this tour, this means plenty of enjoyment, the best views and fantastic locations!

Ten days on the Moselle start in the "second Rome" - in Trier! The Porta Nigra, the cathedral, the Church of Our Lady: the list of great sights is long. The first stage leads along the foothills of the Eifel and the river Kyll. The next day, it's high up from Traben-Trarbach. At the Kirster Grat, the landscape becomes almost alpine before descending again towards Bullay. In the evening, the first-class wines of the region are tasted here.

Other great experiences on this tour include the climb up the Petersberg, a visit to the "most beautiful Moselle town" Beilstein, a hike through the Dortebachtal nature reserve and the imposing Eltz Castle. Day 8 takes you to the 1000-year-old Michaelskapelle and on day 9 the Blumslay viewing platform offers a spectacular panorama. Why not review the trip over a good glass of wine in Koblenz?

  • Fantastic viewpoints: The panoramic views from the mountain ranges, vineyards and also from many a castle ruin, such as the Franzosensteig of Grevenstein Castle, will amaze you!
  • Vineyards & traditional winegrowers' taverns: The vines grow on more than 8,600 hectares in Germany's oldest winegrowing region and are cultivated by more than 2,800 winegrowers. The efforts are worth it, because the wines are excellent!
  • Tranquil villages with half-timbered houses: The local architecture is not only beautiful, but also highly interesting. Traben-Trarbach, for example, was once the second largest wine trading town. The prosperity that developed as a result gave rise to magnificent Art Nouveau buildings .
  • Imposing castles, fortresses and palaces: Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel would certainly enjoy Eltz Castle and Metternich Castle.
  • Unique boxwood forest: Let yourself be calmed by this special natural spectacle. Wildly growing boxwood is very rare in our climes, but the mild, sunny climate along the Moselle makes it possible.

The Moselsteig runs over a total of 365 kilometres and is excellent in the truest sense of the word. It is one of the certified premium hiking trails in Germany, which means that the route is of the highest quality. A certain level of fitness is advantageous for the 14 to 24 kilometre stages, but these can also be shortened.

  • Hiking in central Germany is not only diverse, but also a high-quality travel experience - especially with Eurohike. More information about the Moselsteig can be found here.

Itinerary at a glance

The mild climate along the Moselsteig not only allows first-class wine to thrive, but also wild boxwood. Experience nature with all your senses, enjoy the panoramas and admire the timber-framed architecture.

Trier, Germany’s oldest city, entices you with numerous historic sights. We highly recommend you visit the famous ‚Porta Nigra‘, Roman excavations and the opulent St. Peter’s Cathedral. A stroll through the bustling historic centre is the perfect way to prepare for the upcoming hiking week.

Hotel example: Hotel Deutscher Hof

To start off your holiday you cross the river Mosel and ascend to the colorful sandstone rock located at the Trierer Stadtwald-forest. Along a marvelous high-altitude path with views into the depth onto the river Mosel and views into the distance all the way onto the Hunsrück-mountain range you proceed to Biewer and the Eifel-foothills. You hike through extensive forests and plateaus all the way to the ‚Ehranger Kanzel‘ and downhill to the river Kyll, onwards through the Eifel-forests onwards to Schweich. By train you reach the charming village on the river Mosel Bullay with its numerous inns called ‚Straußwirtschaften‘.

Hotel example: Feriendomizil am Lindenplatz

You reach the start of the tour via the legendary Mosel wine railway and cross Germany’s longest hanging viaduct in the art-deco town Traben-Trabach. You ascend on steep terrain to Grevenstein castle and proceed on the ‚Franzosensteig‘-trail via spiral staircases and via ferratas straight through the ruins. Spectacular too is the view into the depth down to the river. An alpine hiking section along the ridge Kirster Grat leads you accompanied with great views to Enkirch, where we highly recommend you visit the historic half-timber houses. Onwards through wine growing areas and the vineyards you proceed to Bullay, where a wine tasting of the best Mosel wines awaits.

Hotel example: Feriendomizil am Lindenplatz

Beautiful paths lead you high above the river up Mount Petersberg, where the summit cross offers stupendous views down onto the Mosel river bend. After the descent and the river crossing near Neef you ascend Mount Calmont on the other side. You hike up Europe‘s steepest vineyard, where grapes are grown on an incline of up to 55 degrees. You proceed via a Roman high-altitude settlement with a view onto the rock spire ‚Eller Todesangst‘ past the ‚Galgenlay-Pavillon‘ and reach Cochem by train.

Hotel example: Cochemer Jung

You get to visit Beilstein, the ‚most beautiful of all villages on the river Mosel‘ with its lovely half-timber houses and the Carmelite monastery. You proceed to the Fankel-barrage and continue in close proximity along the Mosel riverbanks. In Bruttig we recommend a break before you ascend again through the ravine of the Kabainerbach-stream. Hiking directly through the hillside vineyards you cross the rocky Brauselay-mountainsides, which steeped in legends tower as a black cliff over the river. In the afternoon you marvel at the Cochem imperial castle this time from the water during a pleasurable boat ride.

Hotel example: Cochemer Jung

You ascend to the Pinner-cross, a marvelous rock pulpit located above Cochem, either on foot or by chair lift. Along hiking paths high above the river you proceed to the legendary refuge ‚Wingerts Budche‘. The Dortebachtal-nature reserve, the Pommerer Forest and the via ferrata through the Schilzer-basin provide pleasant walking conditions in the shade. Through green vineyards you reach Mount Martberg, where you can visit a nicely restored Roman temple complex. Narrow trails snake their way through dense woodland down into the valley and into the Day Finish Treis-Karden.

Hotel example: Schlosshotel Petry

The impressive boxtree-trail welcomes you with evergreen forests and steep rock steps. You start from Müden and proceed along historic pilgrim trails into the highlands to the legendary Eltz castle. After a break in the beer garden you continue uphill to the Maifeld-area and along the steep edge via little climbing sections to Hatzenport. If you have energy left, you can climb over slate rocks up Mount Rabenlay.

Hotel example: Hotel Anker

Today you cross the river Mosel twice actually. From Alken to the lovely Thurant spur castle and via rocky steep trails you descend to the Michael’s chapel, one of the oldest churches on the river Mosel dating back more than 1000 years. After that you hike through the vines to the pilgrimage church located on Mount Bleidenberg. Best views all the way into the ‚Vulkaneifel‘-area accompany you along this marvellous high-altitude path to  Oberfell. Then across a sunny high-plateau to the panoramic cliff Hitzlay - enjoy the view before descending to Niederfell and reach today’s Day Finish via the bridge ‚Moselgoldbrücke‘.

Hotel example: Hotel Simonis

For the finale again numerous highlights await: the castle ruin of Kobern Niederburg-castle, the Romanesque Matthew-chapel and again and again high-altitude paths with panoramic views. The Blumslay-viewpoint spoils you with spectacular views onto the mighty construction of the Mosel-valley bridge with a height of 136 metres. You continue for a final time through the lush vineyards all the way to Güls-Koblenz, the official end of the Moselsteig-trail. After a short train journey you reach the centre of Koblenz, where you enjoy the end of your impressive hiking week at the so-called ‚Deutsches Eck‘ (German Corner), the confluence of the rivers Mosel and Rhine.

Hotel example: Hotel Brenner

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Departure or extension

Route information

Mountain Hiking

You mainly walk on well-maintained hiking paths and trails, on graveled vineyard paths and remote forest paths. The panoramic paths featuring great views lead you in parts across steep terrain and rocks, here surefootedness is a prerequisite. The ascents and descents of the mountain ranges of the Mosel river valley are mastered easily with a good basic fitness level. Daily tours can easily and comfortably be cut short by train any time.

Prices & Dates

Category: middle-class hotels and guest houses

Prices per person in EUR

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Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 Panoramic boat trip Cochem
  • 1 Wine tasting Moselle wines (German, English)

  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Arrival by train in Trier and only a few minutes walk or by taxi to the hotel. 
  • Frankfurt/Main airport.
  • Parking: limited number of hotel parking spaces free of charge available, no reservation possible.
  • Return journey by train from Coblenz to Trier, duration approx. 1.5 hours.

optional

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Ride ‚Moselweinbahn‘-train Bullay – Traben Trarbach approx. EUR 3 per person
  • Fares for public transport: Schweich – Bullay, Reil – Bullay, Ediger Eller – Cochem, Cochem – Beilstein, Kobern Gondorf – Koblenz, Güls – Koblenz, approx. EUR 18 per person
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 Panoramic boat trip Cochem
  • 1 Wine tasting Moselle wines (German, English)

  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Arrival by train in Trier and only a few minutes walk or by taxi to the hotel. 
  • Frankfurt/Main airport.
  • Parking: limited number of hotel parking spaces, approx. EUR 15 per day, no reservation possible. Public parking spaces, approx. EUR 15 per day.
  • Return journey by train from Coblenz to Trier, duration approx. 1.5 hours.

optional

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Ride ‚Moselweinbahn‘-train Bullay – Traben Trarbach approx. EUR 3 per person
  • Fares for public transport: Schweich – Bullay, Reil – Bullay, Ediger Eller – Cochem, Cochem – Beilstein, Kobern Gondorf – Koblenz, Güls – Koblenz, approx. EUR 18 per person
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

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