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The Moselle cycle path — from the Vosges to the Rhine in 18 stages

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The Moselle cycle path — from the Vosges to the Rhine in 18 stages

Bike Touring Collection by Mosel Radweg

6-12

days

3-6 h

/ day

364 mi

11,275 ft

13,675 ft

Rivers are sculptors of nature and the origins of life. They bring people, lay the building blocks of settlements and form the foundations of rich culture. The Moselle is no different—and you can experience the best this river has to offer on the Moselle Cycle Path, a 318-mile (512-kilometre) strip of asphalt that will let you truly discover the landscape, history and culture of the region fed by the Moselle as you pedal through three countries.

With its origins in the Vosges Mountains, the Moselle winds its way through the low mountain range over Lorraine, Luxembourg, past the border triangle and along the vineyards in Germany to Koblenz, from where it flows into the Rhine. Official signposts for the "Moselradweg” do not start until Thionville in France, however, where it is called "Le Chemin de la Moselle". The Moselle International Bike Tour follows the river for 193 miles (311 kilometres). Near Perl, the Moselle flows over the German border and into 150 miles (239 kilometres ) of flat terrain that you can traverse right alongside the river. From there, it flows from the Middle Moselle through a splendid wine-growing region and over to the Lower Moselle, a region that is characteristically dominated by vineyards. As a wine and nature lover, you’ll be hard pressed to find a region that surpasses the attractions of the Lower Moselle. Despite the low mountain ranges "Eifel' and "Hunsrück", which are separated from the Moselle, the cycle path runs quite evenly and is suitable for families. The complete cycle path is a great insight into the culture of three countries and offers plenty of restaurants and accommodation along the route.

The part of the Moselle cycle path that leads through Germany is recommended in the brochure "Deutschland per Rad entdecken" by the ADFC (German Cyclist's Association).

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321 mi

6,750 ft

8,925 ft

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All stages of the Moselle cycle path

  • Intermediate
    01:37
    19.8 mi
    12.2 mph
    150 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Moselle rises in the Vosges near Bussang, not far from the center of the village at an elevation of about 600 meters. Take a moment to start your journey at the spring. It is the origin of the culture along the Moselle and may perhaps fill you with a little respect for the lifeline of this region

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  • Difficult
    03:10
    29.7 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    It goes on a little-traveled road on Éloyes to Épinal. At this stage there are again a few meters to overcome, but from Épinal the landscape changes. With the Vosges in the back you can look forward to a wide and open terrain and less altitude.

    

    Èpinal, the capital of the French department of Vosges, has

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  • Intermediate
    02:25
    25.7 mi
    10.6 mph
    275 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Épinal it goes to Golbey and directly on the Moselle on to Chavelot. Shortly after Chavelot you will reach the Lorraine region. On the way to Vincey, you'll see an old factory building that once had a weaving mill. Finished goods were then transported by water.

    

    In Bainville-aux-Miroirs begins the

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  • Intermediate
    02:47
    23.5 mi
    8.4 mph
    475 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In beautiful nature, it continues through Les Turbines to Nancy. With its 100,000 inhabitants, Nancy offers a wide selection of cozy bistros, restaurants and all sorts of attractions. The cityscape with its many historic buildings is a real pleasure. The picturesque Place Stanislas, the Königsplatz with

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  • Intermediate
    02:02
    20.8 mi
    10.2 mph
    425 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Nancy, the fifth stage on the Moselradweg leads to Pont-à-Mousson. In Custines, the Meurthe, the third largest tributary of the Moselle, flows into the main river. The bike path continues along the Moselle past small villages. Continue to Pont-à-Mousson, with its small Markptlatz invites you to

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  • Difficult
    02:13
    22.5 mi
    10.1 mph
    300 ft
    275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    After Pagny-sur-Moselle, Jouy-aux-Arches approaches. The Roman aqueduct, which even towers over a few houses, immediately catches your eye. After only 14 more kilometers, today's stage destination Metz is reached. The impressive Saint-Étienne Cathedral and numerous other small and large buildings from

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  • Easy
    01:58
    21.6 mi
    10.9 mph
    225 ft
    325 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This is the last full stage before the German border and the transition to the better developed and signposted Moselle cycle path. From Metz the bike path leads close to the water. Again and again, there is the opportunity to enjoy France not only scenic, but also culinary. As everywhere along the Moselle

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  • Intermediate
    02:03
    20.5 mi
    10.0 mph
    650 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The French town of Thionville in Lorraine is the starting point of the German Mosel cycle path, which is continuously expanded and signposted from here. On former towpaths and side roads, the official start stage usually takes you directly to the border triangle Germany-France-Luxembourg to Perl, where

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  • Intermediate
    01:48
    17.3 mi
    9.6 mph
    850 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage of the Mosel cycle path runs completely on the right, German Moselufer. However, as the Moselle always forms the border between the neighboring states, it is possible to look at Luxembourg. The well-developed bike path leads without gradients through the broad valley of the Upper Moselle

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  • Easy
    01:36
    16.8 mi
    10.5 mph
    350 ft
    325 ft
    Ferry
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This stage of the Mosel cycle path leads along the right bank of the Moselle to the Moselle metropolis of Trier and starts in the attractive wine village of Nittel, which lies at the foot of high dolomite and limestone cliffs. A little further along the cycle path you reach the village of Oberbillig

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  • Easy
    01:38
    16.8 mi
    10.2 mph
    450 ft
    400 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the stage is Trier - a treasure chest of architecture characterized by Roman architecture. Via the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Brücke bridge, the cycle path along the left bank of the Moselle leads first to the Pfalzel district, which for a long time was the summer residence of the Roman emperors

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  • Easy
    01:33
    16.5 mi
    10.7 mph
    425 ft
    525 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Through wide Mosel loops and vineyards, the Mosel cycle path leads from Mehring to the wine town of Piesport on its twelfth stage. One of the most beautiful and well-known loops is located between Leiwen and Trittenheim, in front of Neumagen-Dhron, the oldest wine town in Germany and the site of the

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  • Intermediate
    01:21
    13.1 mi
    9.6 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage leads along the right bank of the Moselle along the wine town of Piesport to historic Bernkastel-Kues. Downstream, vineyards, orchards and picturesque wine-growing villages such as Wintrich, Brauneberg and Mülheim culminate in the cultural highlight of the stage. The famous Moselle town of

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  • Intermediate
    01:51
    18.4 mi
    9.9 mph
    700 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After the medieval town of Bernkastel-Kues, the Moselle Cycle Path leads on this stage - always along the right bank - to Zeltingen-Rachtig. A detour through the center with its old estates and half-timbered houses is always worthwhile. Opposite of Rachtig is the former Cistercian monastery Machern

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  • Intermediate
    01:50
    16.5 mi
    9.0 mph
    750 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It continues to the next wine town Enkirch. The place is also referred to as the treasure trove of the Rhenish half-timbered building and is certainly worth a visit. Then the drive leads over castle in the winegrower Pünderich. The cycle path finally takes you via the wine village Breidel to Zell, the

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  • Intermediate
    02:07
    21.5 mi
    10.1 mph
    550 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The next stage starts at the historic railway bridge in Bullay. Face the challenge and climb the steepest vineyard in Europe on the "Calmont via ferrata". But you will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful views over the Mosel valley. The bike tour continues along the idyllic wine villages of Ediger

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  • Difficult
    03:02
    26.2 mi
    8.6 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,100 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On this stage, you can look forward to interesting castles and palaces. The stage starts with a view of the majestic Reichsburg. About Klotten and Pommern it goes to the historic place Treis-Karden.

    

    From Moselkern you can make a trip to the castle Eltz, one of the most beautiful castles in Germany. The

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  • Easy
    01:35
    16.4 mi
    10.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your last stage leads along the left bank of the Moselle from Löf to shortly before Koblenz. On the last kilometers through the region Terrassenmosel there are still some typical Moselle wine villages waiting to be discovered by you. Thus, in Kobern-Gondorf the medieval market square and probably the

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    18
  • Distance
    364 mi
  • Duration
    36:39 h
  • Elevation
    11,275 ft13,675 ft

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