Moselsteig trail

Hike the Moselsteig long-distance trail in 24 stages

Distances between 11 and 24 kilometers, difficulties varying between low and high, and trails leading you through forests, vineyards, or typical wine villages – the stages of the Moselsteig trail are diverse and rich in variety. This means that there is something for every hiker's preference and fitness level.

Stage 1: Perl – Palzem, Length: 24 km / Stage 2: Palzem – Nittel, Length: 16.5 km / Stage 3: Nittel – Konz, Length: 22.5 km /

Stage 4: Konz – Trier, Length: 21 km / Stage 5: Trier – Schweich, Length: 19.5 km / Stage 6: Schweich – Mehring, Length: 12.5 km /

Stage 7: Mehring – Leiwen, Length: 14.5 km / Stage 8: Leiwen – Neumagen-Dhron, Length: 14 km /

Stage 9: Neumagen-Dhron – Kesten/Osann-Monzel, Length: 18 km / Stage 10: Kesten/Osann-Monzel – Bernkastel-Kues, Length: 15 km /

Stage 11: Bernkastel-Kues – Ürzig, Length: 17.5 km / Stage 12: Ürzig – Traben-Trarbach, Length: 15 km /

Stage 13: Traben-Trarbach – Reil, Length: 15 km / Stage 14: Reil – Zell (Moselle), Length: 12.5 km /

Stage 15: Zell (Moselle) – Neef, Length: 20 km / Stage 16: Neef – Ediger-Eller, Length: 11 km / Stage 17: Ediger-Eller– Beilstein, Length: 16 km/

Stage 18: Beilstein – Cochem, Length: 14 km

Stage 19:

Cochem – Treis-Karden Length: 24 km Moselsteig Duration: 7,5 hours    Difficulty: high

An excursion through time and space

This hike will expose you to the varying landscapes of the Moselsteig – you can make a worthwhile detour to a rustling cascade in the nature reserve, Dortebachtal, with its seemingly exotic regional climate, or stop for a quick bite or drink in one of the many venues you will find in the idyllic wine villages along the way. Directly on the Moselsteig trail, the archeology park, Martberg, takes you back in time with its reconstructed buildings depicting the ancient Celtic-Roman mountain sanctuary. This stage also has a lot to offer in terms of its landscape – the trail leads you along creek valleys, through gorgeous high forests and vineyards until you eventually reach the next section of the trail, Treis-Karden.

Stage 20:

Treis-Karden – Moselkern Length: 13 km Moselsteig Duration: 4 hours    Difficulty: high

From the cathedral to the castle 

This stage begins with some culture and history: after hiking past the Moseldom – the diocese's curia St. Castor in Treis-Karden – the trail leads you on a short but steep stretch into nature, where an abundance of wild box trees surprise many hikers. This is followed by challenging trails along the slope's edge and through steep vineyards, providing a view of the wild gorges of the Krailbach creek. Further down the trail, a special highlight awaits the hiker: Eltz Castle, a cultural landmark and emblematic monument of German history. Its hidden location in the Elzbach valley prevented it from being destroyed during the Thirty Years' War and the Palatinate War of Succession. A stop at this authentic castle, with its treasure chamber and armory, well-loaded with jewelry, weapons, and porcelain, will be worth your while. After this cultural stop, the path leads you along the Elzbach creek to the wine village, Moselkern.

Stage 21:

Moselkern – Löf    Length: 14 km    Duration: 4 hours    Difficulty: high

High altitudes and low valleys

The beginning of this stage of the hike, between Moselkern and Löf, is physically demanding; The trail will first lead you on a steep pathway through the vineyards. Following this, the trail will run along the slope's edge and hikers are rewarded with magnificent views. The view point "Küppchen" offers a fantastic view of the Moselle, Baybach valleys, and the nearby Bischofsstein Castle. Hang-gliders and paragliders take off here, which is jaw-dropping to watch. From this point forward, the beautiful trail, Hatzenporter Laysteig, runs parallel to the Moselsteig; both tracks first lead downhill to Hatzenport and then up to Rabenlay, where you will find a mountain hut and a picnic area. After a short distance, the Moselsteig parts with the trail, and the Moselsteig leads downhill through thick forests of box trees and the Kehrbach valley into Löf, the next stage.


Stage 22:

Löf – Kobern-Gondorf    Length: 14 km    Duration: 4,5 hours    Difficulty: high

Of plateaus and forest elephants 

A journey through time is what to expect during this stage. This stage begins in Löf and will lead you all the way to Kobern-Gondorf, through Alken. First, you will encounter one of the oldest castles in the Moselle country: Thurant Castle from the 12th century, which offers gorgeous views of the valley. Then, the trail becomes more challenging and you will climb uphill through vineyards on the "Sieben-Fußfälle-Kreuzweg" ("Seven Prostrations Way of the Cross") until you reach the Bleidenberg mountain plateau. Breath-taking views are in store for you when you walk around the plateau through the beautiful trail along the slope's edge. You will be surprised by the glimpse you will get into the primeval past of the region. You will be amazed by the vivid reconstruction of the campsite of a primeval Homo erectus accompanied by a mighty iron sculpture of a forest elephant. The end of this stage comprises of two well-known viewing points – the Hitzlay and the Mönch-Felix shack. Finally, the Moselsteig trail becomes steep and winding and ends in the Aspelerbach Valley. From here, you will be led to Kobern-Gondorf via the Moselgoldbrücke ("Moselle Gold Bridge")

Stage 23:  

Kobern-Gondorf – Winningen    
Length: 14 km    Duration: 4,5 hours    
Difficulty: high

On the trails of the Tatzel Worm's myth

This stage will lead you through the Mühlental valley directly into the realm of the Tatzel Worm, a legendary, mythical creature, said to be living in the nearby forests. You will hike through age-old vineyards, passing by the Niederburg Castle, and shortly after, the ruins of the Oberburg Castle and the late-Roman Matthias Chapel. This chapel was built during the 13th century in honor of a relic of the apostle, Mathew. The steep trail leads through the forest, where you will encounter the mythical trails of the Tatzel Worm. Follow the ascent up the serpentine path and you will be rewarded with a fantastic panorama of the Moselle. The trail continues through a forest until you get a first glimpse of Coblenz's suburbs, the city which serves as the end – or start – of the Moselsteig trail. For now, the view of the terraces of the steep slope, Winninger Uhlen, heralds your imminent arrival at the wine village of Winningen.

Stage 24:

Winningen – Koblenz    Length: 15 km    Duration: 4 hours    Difficulty: medium

At the end. At the start. At the Moselsteig 

The final stage leads mainly along vineyards over the Hexenhügel ("the Witches' Hill"), where a memorial commemorates the medieval burning of witches. The panoramic trail, lush with green meadows and countless fruit trees, brings you to Coblenz. An access path runs along the train tracks, passing by the Old Castle, all the way to the city's landmark, the "Deutsches Eck" ("German Corner"). At this location, which is extremely popular in summer, the Moselle joins the Rhine. To round off a perfect hiking trip, you can ride the gondola up to the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, visit the colorful site of the onetime BUGA ("National Garden Fair"), or go on a boat tour.

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