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Enjoy an Indian Summer on the Moselle – autumn family hikes

Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues

Enjoy an Indian Summer on the Moselle – autumn family hikes

Hiking Collection by Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues

10

Tours

25:20 h

51.8 mi

8,525 ft

Sunlight illuminates colourful leaves and is reflected in the shimmering waters of a lake, slowly revealed beneath the lifting fog – there is no season quite like autumn. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy the colourful tale end of the hiking season. In the picturesque Moselle Valley in south-western Germany, you can experience your own ‘Indian Summer’ without having to board a plane.

In autumn, the gentle vineyards along the Moselle transform into a sea of yellow and orange. When the grapes are harvested and the young wines are maturing in their barrels, it’s the perfect time for hiking in the Bernkastel-Kues region. You can look forward to stunning views, beautiful resting places and rustling leaves.

In this Collection, we’ve put together ten walks for you. You’ll definitely put your camera to good use capturing the splendid autumn colours. Most of the Tours follow easy paths through vineyards and forests, making them perfect for a family outing. All of the hikes are circulars except the Tour from Bernkastel-Kues to Traben-Trarbach, where you can catch a bus back to the starting point.

The area along the Moselle River and its side valleys is a sun-drenched heaven on earth. Here, you walk through quiet forests, well-known vineyards and along rushing streams enjoying the late autumn sun. The traditional villages and small towns en route offer cosy wine taverns, historic alleys and lots of flair so you can look forward to a varied mix of nature and culture. Hiking in the Moselle extends your hiking season, with local wines, stunning colours, and impressive history included!

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    Intermediate
    02:07
    3.98 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Two different, enchanting cities that are connected by the Moselle and separated by the vineyards: From Bernkastel-Kues, which is known for its wines and beautiful half-timbered houses, you hike to the Art Nouveau town of Traben-Trarbach.The starting point of this tour is in the old town of Bernkastel with its winding streets and traditional houses. The path leads you …

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  • Intermediate
    04:34
    10.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This circular hike leads through the original and today's Moselle valley - because thousands of years ago the Moselle only flowed north of the town of Lieser. In the course of the route you will come across sections of the ObstArtWeg near Wehlen and the forest adventure path on the plateau of Lieser and Kues. A special highlight is the hero view, which was chosen as the “Most Beautiful Moselle Wine View 2020”.

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  • Intermediate
    03:56
    8.13 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Two monasteries, wonderful views and a colorful mixed forest characterize the approximately 13 kilometer long monastery path between Machern and Siebenborn. In both places, hiking-friendly refreshment stops await you and the changing views of the Lieser and Moselle valleys make this round tour so special.You start at the Machern Monastery, which you can visit at the beginning or at …

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  • Difficult
    02:06
    4.18 mi
    2.0 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Gold-colored vineyards, jagged rocks and a garden full of spices await you on this tour, which is peppered with a few more challenging climbs. For this you will be rewarded with impressive views.The starting point is at Ürzig Town Hall Square. Through picturesque alleys you follow Würzgartenstraße to the cemetery and turn into the well-known vineyard. The big letters …

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  • Intermediate
    02:52
    6.41 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The name already suggests: You can look forward to great views on this round tour. On forest, meadow and vineyard paths you hike around the Moselle town of Mülheim. Since the path does not have any significant inclines, this circular hike is also very family-friendly.The starting point of the panorama trail is the hiking car park at the fire …

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  • Intermediate
    01:27
    3.32 mi
    2.3 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Piesport panorama hiking trail is a scenic and easy tour for the whole family. On the way you can enjoy fantastic views of the mountain ranges of the Eifel and Hunsrück as well as the Moselle valley.The starting point is at the “Piesporter Heiligenhäuschen” hiking car park, where there is also a refuge. First you follow a narrow …

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  • Difficult
    01:44
    2.95 mi
    1.7 mph
    700 ft
    675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The almost alpine seeming via ferrata leads you through the top vineyards on the Moselle "Erdener Treppchen" and "prelate". If some places are too difficult for you, you can bypass them on easier paths, these are signposted.It starts at the parking lot at the bridge in Lösnich. From here you walk to the other side of the Moselle and there briefly through the vineyards and then along the shore. The via ferrata begins behind the Roman winepress of Erden.

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  • Intermediate
    02:27
    4.86 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This circular hike takes you on narrow paths to the most beautiful viewpoints over Bernkastel-Kues, such as the St. Anna chapel, Mount Olympus and of course the impressive Landshut Castle.It starts in the Bernkastel district at the tourist information office. From here you hike south out of the place, it goes continuously uphill. First you go through picturesque vineyards, …

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  • Intermediate
    02:04
    3.95 mi
    1.9 mph
    925 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Bärensteig is named after Bernkastel-Kues' heraldic animal, the bear. The hiking trail leads you in a loop into the Hunsrück and back to the Moselle.It starts on the right side of the Moselle at the western tip of Bernkastel-Kues. Right at the beginning you hike uphill. Past vineyards it goes into the wild and romantic forest. Here the Kallenfelsbach babbles in the immediate vicinity of the hiking trail and creates an adventurous atmosphere, especially when crossing it.

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  • Intermediate
    02:04
    3.89 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Panoramaweg takes you on winding forest paths to one of the most beautiful vantage points of the region, the viewpoint Maria Zill. It then goes back through the picturesque vineyards on the Moselle slopes.Starting point of the promising round hike is in the district Bernkastel in front of the tourist information. From here you walk along the Kallenfelsbach …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    51.8 mi
  • Duration
    25:20 h
  • Elevation
    8,525 ft

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