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The Moselsteig trail – 24 stages along the sunny Moselle Valley

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The Moselsteig trail – 24 stages along the sunny Moselle Valley

Hiking Collection by Sebastian Gliem

17-39

days

3-6 h

/ day

248 mi

33,525 ft

33,900 ft

On its journey from the French border to its confluence with the Rhine at the German Corner in Koblenz, the Moselle has created a fantastic valley. The Moselsteig trail takes you through one of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Germany in 24 daily stages. In the Saarland and in the south of Rhineland-Palatinate, it flows calmly through open hilly landscapes, passes countless contemplative villages and towns and has cut a deep valley between the Eifel and Hunsrück into the mountain landscape. The Moselsteig leads you along the side of the Moselle through quiet forests, over open fields and meadows, along rocky slopes and, of course, through picturesque, seemingly endless vineyards. Between the stages, small half-timbered towns with centuries-old winegrowing traditions and correspondingly first-class wines await you from the sun-drenched slopes of the Moselle valley.

On the 24 stages of the Moselsteig trail, you will cover a total of around 250 miles (400 kilometers) and climb the mountain ranges along the valley to an altitude of 32,000 feet (10,000 meters). As the elevation is evenly distributed over the stages, however, it's less challenging than it sounds: only a few Tours make you ascend more than 1,300 feet (400 meters). The perfectly signposted hiking trail usually runs high above the river and spoils you with countless magnificent views of the deep Moselle valley — a perfect reward for your ascents.

In the villages and towns along the Mosellesteig trail, you will find numerous accommodations, cozy inns and restaurants and, of course, first-class wineries. If you'd like to take a few bottles of your favorite wines with you as a souvenir, it's best to have the wine bottles sent straight home by the winegrowers. That way, your backpack stays pleasantly light and you still don't have to miss out on your souvenirs.

Since all stage locations can also be easily reached by bus and train, you can also plan the individual stages as day hikes. Alternatively, you can choose your favorite section and put together your own personal hike on the Moselsteig trail. We have given you all of the suitable bus and train lines for all Tours so that you don't have to search long for a fitting connection.

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Moselsteig

232 mi

31,700 ft

32,000 ft

Last updated: May 3, 2022

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The 24 stages of the Moselsteig trail

  • Difficult
    06:36
    14.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The starting point of your first leg on the Moselsteig is the village of Perl in the border triangle Germany-France-Luxembourg. From the station, the signposted hiking trail leads you out of the village.

    

    After a last look at France and Luxembourg, the Moselsteig leads you through small woodland and across

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  • Intermediate
    04:31
    10.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The second stage of the Moselsteig starts in Palzem. Leave behind the village and the banks of the Moselle and wander north through a small forest area.

    

    The path only rises gently and as soon as you leave the forest you can see in front of you a large church building. This is the impressive Helfanter

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  • Difficult
    06:17
    13.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the third stage the landscape becomes a bit more dramatic right from the start. From the starting point you hike directly below the Nitteler rocks and then climb up to Kammweg above the rock walls. From the top you have a great view of the Mosel valley and of course on Nittel.

    

    Over wide fields you

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  • Difficult
    06:00
    13.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fourth stage of the Moselsteig leads you at the beginning of the tour over the Moselle and then up the other bank to a steep and wooded ridge. Through the forest Zewener it goes quite steeply uphill.

    

    Soon it comes out of the forest and on wide meadows and fields you wander around the village Herresthal

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  • Difficult
    05:40
    12.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the fifth Moselsteig stage it gets more and more hilly. First, you cross the Moselle again and climb up the left bank to the rock path. High above the river you can enjoy a magnificent view over the valley and the city of Trier.

    

    After about six kilometers you cross the Trier district Biewer. If you

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  • Intermediate
    03:39
    7.74 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Around Schweich rises on the left bank of the Moselle, a steep and vineyard-covered valley slope. The Moselsteig leads you from the starting point directly through the vineyards up to the Mehringer mountain, the highest point of today's stage. Here is a viewing platform, which offers you a beautiful

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  • Difficult
    04:22
    9.01 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    From Mehring, the Moselle meanders in narrow loops through the mountainous landscape of the Eifel and Hunsrück. At the beginning of your today's tour you cross the Mosel and follow the Moselsteig on the right river bank over a steep, wooded slope uphill. At the end of the ascent you will find a summit

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  • Intermediate
    04:02
    8.73 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the eighth day of hiking you start in Leiwen and hike directly up to the ridge on the right bank of the Moselle. Once at the top you can enjoy a fantastic view of the Moselle loop at Trittenheim, which lies deep below you in the valley.

    

    With a beautiful view you follow the Moselsteig over the ridge

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  • Difficult
    05:29
    11.7 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The starting point of your ninth stage is Neumagen. Since from here the right bank of the Moselle runs quite flat, the Moselsteig leads across the river and on the other bank up to a steep ridge. In some hairpin bends you walk uphill to the lookout point Drachenfliegerplatz.

    

    If the weather is fine and

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  • Intermediate
    04:40
    9.89 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your tenth leg begins in the tranquil village of Kesten. From here you hike leisurely up through vineyards and enjoy the great view of the Mosel valley. The Moselsteig leads you over a flat ridge along the valley and then down to the bridge at Mülheim on the Moselle.

    

    Here you cross the river and reach

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  • Difficult
    05:10
    10.6 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In Bernkastel-Kues your eleventh day's stage starts on the Moselsteig. At the beginning of today's tour you wander through the valley of the Kallenfelsbach. As in the last few days, the Moselsteig leads you back up to the sun-kissed cliffs above the Mosel valley. High above the river you will be spoiled

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  • Intermediate
    04:25
    9.48 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The starting point of the twelfth stage is already a bit higher above the Mosel and so today, the ascent of the beginning of your hike is canceled. In the constant ups and downs you walk from Ürzig above the steep slopes covered with vines and enjoy the view of the Mosel valley.

    

    On the current section

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  • Intermediate
    04:39
    9.53 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Traben-Trarbach, starting point of the 13th stage, is a traditional wine village. Here you cross the Moselle to ascend on the right bank of the river to the mountain trail above the river. On a steep serpentine path, it goes up to the ruins of Grevenburg, where a great view of Traben-Trarbach and the

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  • Intermediate
    03:36
    7.72 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The 14th stage of the Moselsteig starts in Reil. From here, the Moselsteig leads you past the two beautiful river loops near Pünderich and Zell. First, it goes first through vineyards up to the mountain trail. Here, the trail winds through a vast forest area, until you reach the rest area Drieschhütte

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  • Difficult
    06:09
    12.6 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,975 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    From Zell, the hometown of the "Schwarze Katz" wine, the 15th stage takes you along the steep vineyards towards Neef. Right at the beginning of the hike, it's steep and exciting. On the Collis steep path, there are two options for climbing the observation tower of the same name: Either you climb on wire

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  • Difficult
    03:41
    7.03 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The small town of Neef is the starting point of the 16th stage. You leave the village and change to the other side of the Mosel. From here the Moselsteig leads you across meadows, along vineyards and through quiet forests up to the Calmont summit.

    

    The Calmont summit offers you a magnificent panorama

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  • Difficult
    05:08
    11.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your 17th day's stage on the Moselsteig begins in Ediger-Eller. Above the banks of the Moselle, the hiking trail first runs through promising vineyards and along the edge of peaceful mixed forests. With every step you enjoy the views of the Mosel valley and the surrounding mountain landscape.

    

    The trail

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  • Intermediate
    04:34
    9.06 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From Beilstein, the 18th stage of the Moselsteig takes you along vineyards in a steep slope along the banks of the Moselle. Even if you have enjoyed countless views of the Moselle Valley in recent days, each panorama still has a unique view of the picturesque river valley.

    

    Around Bruttig-Fankel the slope

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  • Difficult
    07:19
    15.0 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,475 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With 750 meters in the climb, the 19th stage is a real mountain stage. Luckily you can save some altitude right at the beginning of the tour. Just take the chairlift from Cochem up to the mountain station - this will save you about 250 meters in ascent.

    

    Then you hike from the mountain station on the wooded

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  • Difficult
    04:17
    8.49 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The 20th stage starts in the Moselle village Treis-Karden and holds a very special highlight for you. First it goes on the Moselsteig steeply uphill to the viewing platform Kompuskopf. After you have enjoyed the fantastic view into the deep Moselle valley, you wander on winding forest paths down to the

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  • Tours
    24
  • Distance
    248 mi
  • Duration
    117:21 h
  • Elevation
    33,525 ft33,900 ft

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