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Family of four hiking on the Moselsteig in the vineyards above the Moselle

Best of Moselsteig for families

River loops, vineyards & half-timber villages

8 Days / 7 Nights
Walking
Family of four hiking on the Moselsteig in the vineyards above the Moselle

A hiking week full of highlights in the amazing Moselle river valley between Bullay and Treis Karden. Discover the little villages featuring half-timber houses, the evergreen boxwood forests, hike on rocky high-altitude paths and cross the steepest vineyards in Europe. Fantastic views onto the Moselle river loops await, as well as countless vineyards, castles and the most beautiful panoramic viewpoints situated high above the water. Picnic spots with incredible views invite you to enjoy a typical ‘Brotzeit’-meal. The panorama boat trip and many exciting railway tunnels are a very special experience for the entire family.

Are you looking for a multi-day hiking holiday for the entire family without wanting to roam far away? Then this hiking tour along the Moselsteig Trail is just the ticket for you and your children. When designing this hiking week, our team made sure that all the important factors that are essential for hiking with children are taken into account and worked out a wonderful route. Hiking enthusiasts of all ages can experience the most beautiful highlights on the Moselsteig Trail between Bullay and Treis Karden by foot.

  • High-altitude trails with fantastic views: The wonderful hiking trails on the Moselsteig Trail offer stunning views of the picturesque vineyards and the green boxwood forests.
  • Time to take a deep breath: When hiking with children, enough hiking breaks should be planned into each day. The beautiful rest areas are exactly the right place for these pleasant moments of rest.
  • Hiking quality at the highest level: The Moselsteig Trail is an award-winning quality hiking trail situated in Rhineland-Palatinate and guarantees the highest hiking quality. More about the quality & premium hiking trails in Germany at a glance.

This hiking holiday is assigned our level of hiking "Walking". The routes take you and your children along well-signposted paths, hiking trails and quiet forest paths. The route is signposted with a yellow symbol and the lettering ‘Moselsteig’. With a good basic fitness level, this holiday in Central Germany becomes a beneficial adventure for the whole family. Particularly family-friendly: the hiking stages can be shortened at any time by taking the train.

Itinerary at a glance

Boxwood forests, timber-framed houses and historic structures make the Moselsteig a fairy-tale experience. In between, board the Moselle Wine Train, hike through Grevenburg Castle and take a chairlift to Pinnerkreuz.

The charming Moselle village of Bullay with its numerous traditional inss and the lovely ‚Brautrock‘-fountain situated at the Lindenplatz square invites you to a leisurely stroll.  

Hotel example: Feriendomizil am Lindenplatz

Short train ride through the tunnel to Reil. You walk across vineyards enjoying a spectacular view onto Germany’s longest slope-viaduct and the river loops further below. At the lookout tower at the Prinzenkopf you can enjoy glances into the distance. Here the area between the Moselle river loops is only a few hundred metres wide, you nearly feel like you are on an island. Past the Marienburg castle you are headed downhill again and via the double-decked bridge back to Bullay.

Hotel example: Feriendomizil am Lindenplatz

The legendary Moselweinbahn-railway takes you to the start of the hike into the art nouveau town of Traben-Trarbach. You ascend on steep terrain to Grevenstein castle and proceed along the Franzosensteig-trail via spiral staircases and steep trails directly through the ruin. The view onto the river deep down below is also spectacular.  An alpine section of the hike at the Kirster Ridge leads you with great views to Enkirch. Finally by bus along the river to Bullay.

Hotel example: Feriendomizil am Lindenplatz

A wine-growing educational trail leads you to the top, where forest- and meadow paths lead you across the river up Mount Petersberg. From the summit-cross you enjoy impressive views into the depth and onto the Moselle river loop. After a break at the panorama spot Eulenköpfchen you reach Neef. If you have energy left, you can then climb up Mount Calmont, Europe‘s steepest vineyard. Through the Emperor Wilhelm Tunnel by train to Cochem.

Hotel example: Hotel Karl Müller

From Bruttig you proceed through the gorge of the Kabainerbach-stream in the shade uphill to the viewing platform at the Eisernen Mast (‚Iron Pole‘). Straight through the vineyard slopes you hike across the rocky mountainsides of the Brauselay, which towers as a black steep cliff steeped in legends above the river. In the afternoon you marvel at the Cochem imperial castle from the water whilst enjoying a pleasant boat trip.

Hotel example: Hotel Karl Müller

Either on foot or by chair lift you ascend to the Pinnerkreuz, a marvellous rock turret situated above Cochem. After that into the wildlife- and adventure park, where adults and children can really let off steam. Along forest paths high above the river to the legendary hut „Wingerts Budche“. The views into the distance onto the Moselle valley and the chain of hills opposite is fantastic. By Moselbahn-railway into your Day Finish  Treis-Karden.

Hotel example: Schlosshotel Petry

The impressive boxwood trail welcomes you with evergreen forests and steep rock steps. From Müden along historic pilgrimage trails into the highland to Eltz castle. After a break in the beer garden you proceed leisurely along the stream to Moselkern and by train back to the hotel.

Hotel example: Schlosshotel Petry

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Route information

Walking

You mostly hike on nice hiking paths and trails, on gravelled vineyard paths and remote forest paths. The paths with great views lead in parts across steep terrain and rocks, here surefootedness is required. The ascents and descents of the mountain chains of the Moseltal-valley are easily managable with a good basic fitness level. The stages can be comfortably cut short anytime by train.

Prices & Dates

Category: Mid-priced hotels and inns

* Childrens‘prices valid in room with 2 adults paying full price.

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1x panorama boat ride Cochem
  • 1x entry to adventure ‚Wildpark Klotten‘

  • 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 Bullay and a few minutes‘ walk or by taxi to the hotel.
  • Frankfurt/Main Airport.
  • Parking: limited number of parking spaces free of charge in the village, no reservation.
  • Return journey by train from Treis Karden to Bullay in approx. 30 minutes.

Note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Journey by Moselwein-railway Bullay – Traben Trarbach and Bullay - Reil cost approx. € 6 per person
  • Journeys by public transport, approx. € 15 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
  • 1x panorama boat ride Cochem
  • 1x entry to adventure ‚Wildpark Klotten‘

  • 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 Bullay and a few minutes‘ walk or by taxi to the hotel.
  • Frankfurt/Main Airport.
  • Parking: parking spaces free of charge near the hotel, no reservation.
  • Return journey by train from Treis Karden to Bullay in approx. 30 minutes.

Note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Journey by Moselwein-railway Bullay – Traben Trarbach and Bullay - Reil cost approx. € 6 per person
  • Journeys by public transport, approx. € 15 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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