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!
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 through the Graacher Tor into the vineyards. The fantastic views of the Moselle and Bernkastel-Kues change with every step. In the Waldschänke mit Herz (formerly part of the Iron Wine List) you can try the fine wines before diving into the forest. At the watershed between Bernkastel-Kues and Traben-Trarbach you reach the highest point of this hike and a rest area invites you to take a break.We continue through the underpass of the B50 and then the descent back into the dreamy Moselle valley begins. When you leave the forest, you have a view of the gentle vineyards of the Wildbach Valley and the Grevenburg castle ruins. You hike down along orchards to Traben-Trarbach. There you will find the bridge gate, built in 1898/99, which testifies to the wealth of the city at the time it was built. You have reached your destination on the banks of the Moselle. The way back to the starting point in Bernkastel-Kues is the same, by bus or, with great views, by boat.
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”.You start in Bernkastel-Wehlen at the Am Krausbach car park. From there you hike on the Wehlener ObstArtWeg past various adventure stations and then through the forest up to the Kueser Plateau. In the climatic health resort of the city of Bernkastel-Kues you will first pass the Cusanus Hofgut and then the beautiful Kurpark. Then you hike between the forest and vineyards towards Lieser, enjoying fantastic views of the Moselle valley.The absolute highlight of this section is the hero's view, the “Most Beautiful Wine View 2020”. From the bench high above the vines, you have an unforgettable panorama. After a rest, you descend into the wine village of Lieser and follow the route back into the vineyards. At the Paulskirche it is worthwhile to pause for a moment: From here the glacial current of the Moselle can be clearly understood, because at the foot of the church lies a dry valley that extends to Lieser and today's Moselle. The original Moselle valley continued to Mülheim, Veldenz and Burgen.Past the Dreifaltigkeit refuge, you continue to hike slightly uphill on the Moselle ridge. After 14 kilometers, turn left and descend back to Wehlen with its orchards.
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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 the end of your hike. The toy and icon museum is well worth a visit, and home-brewed beer is served in the restaurant. The partly steep ascent up to the Trinity refuge begins at the monastery. There you leave the forest, which is fantastically colorful in autumn, and hike down a panoramic vineyard path into the Liesertal, where the Klosterhof Siebenborn awaits you. There is a winery in the magnificent building and you can quench your thirst and hunger in the neighboring monastery mill.Then the path above the Lieser runs slightly uphill and leads you back into the forest. It continues uphill on soft forest paths. At the Grainskopf you can climb the twelve meter high observation tower to enjoy a fantastic view of the Moselle valley. Straight ahead you get back to the Trinity, from where you hike back to the Machern Monastery on the already known path.
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 "Ürziger Würzgarten" that stand between the vines cannot be overlooked. You keep climbing up the slope until you reach the edge of the forest, which now glows in the most beautiful colors in autumn. Then it gets exhausting: On the steep Erdener podium you quickly make up a few meters and are rewarded with a great view over the valley and the vineyards.From the Erdener Himmelreich it goes over the Leizenberg towards Ürziger Höhe, where some houses nestle against the mountain. After you have crossed the Roman road, you follow the forest path parallel to the road and a little later you will pass the Waldschenke restaurant. If you want, you can stop for a moment. Then you follow an unpaved ravine that was already used by the Romans.Back in the vineyards you get to the Moselblick view and then march in the direction of Ürzig. A wonderful and fragrant experience is a visit to the Ürziger rose and spice garden, a paradise for plant lovers. In a zigzag you descend through the themed gardens to Ürzig and are back at the starting point.
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 station in Mülheim. After you have left the place behind you, it goes into the gentle vineyards. On the paths of the Johannisberg you can enjoy impressive views over the Moselle and the town of Lieser. Soon you will enter the Andeler Forest, which shows up in the most colorful colors in autumn. With rustling leaves under your feet, you continue hiking and keep to the right at the Goldbach.Following the forest path, after a while you will come back to the Mülheim vineyards. High above the town you can look over the vines into the beautiful Moselle valley. Then the route meanders down into the idyllic valley of the Veldenzer Bach. The place Veldenz formed the former county of Veldenz with Mülheim and Andel, among others. Along the babbling brook you walk through light forest and cross the water several times on small bridges. Following the run, you will soon reach the starting point in Mülheim.
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 tar road through the forest and after a few meters the hiking trail branches off to the barbecue and shelter "Weislei". There you can expect a wonderful view of the Moselle, the vineyards and the town of Piesport. On the opposite slope on the banks of the Moselle, a Roman military road led down to the river 2,000 years ago.After you have enjoyed the panorama extensively, you continue hiking and reach the hang-gliding place, from which daring hang-gliders swing into the air when the weather is good. Halfway through the route, you switch from the forest to open meadow areas. Benches on the ridge invite you to take a break with a fantastic view of the Eifel. Then it goes back to the starting point on flat paths.
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.Via old vineyard paths you climb the steep slopes between the vines. Ladders, steel cables and railings will help you. Further up the via ferrata leads through wooded area, nevertheless you enjoy as always further down breathtaking views over the Mosel valley. After three kilometers you arrive at the highest point of the tour. Here you will find a beautiful vantage point with seating, perfect for a long break.After your break, you start the descent. On varied paths, it first goes through the forest, then you wander on wide trails through the picturesque vineyards back to the bridge.
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, then you dive into the peaceful forest. Here you will pass the St. Anna Chapel, from which you can enjoy a beautiful view down into the Moselle valley. On winding forest paths you hike further uphill to Wilhelmshöhe. From here you also have a wonderful view of the Moselle and places like Andel and Kues. Now only a few meters separate you to the highest point of the tour, Mount Olympus at 415 meters.After you have enjoyed the all-round view of the mountain, it goes downhill quite quickly. Back in the vineyards, fascinating views of the Moselle await you and before you hike back to the starting point in Bernkastel-Kues, you can make a detour to Landshut Castle, where you can stop off comfortably.
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.After a little over two kilometers you have made the ascent and it continues to descend slightly. Here you hike past extensive meadows and enjoy wonderful views of the Hunsrück and into the Eifel. Shortly after entering the forest again, you will pass the Golden Cross, a lookout rock. As you descend again towards Bernkastel-Kues, the starting point of the tour, you can enjoy a great view of Landshut Castle and the roofs of Bernkastel-Kues.
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 stream through the shady forest. It goes uphill tight. After you crossed the brook on a small wooden bridge and turned north, it goes on a bit flatter. A little later you reach a clearing and the viewpoint Maria Zill. Here, benches and tables invite you to take a leisurely break. There is also a refuge.Now it goes downhill and after a short walk you leave the forest to dive into the beautiful vineyards on the Moselle. Here you will also find a tourist restaurant, if you want to come. With a fantastic view of the Mosel and Bernkastel-Kues, you then descend and get back to the starting point.