Hiking on the Moselle in the holiday region Bernkastel-Kues

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Bernkastel-Kues

Picturesque vineyards, quiet forests and panoramic views of the Moselle valley – welcome to this hikers’ paradise, welcome to the holiday region of Bernkastel-Kues. Here, you will find a variety of routes: winding paths take you past fairy tale castles and romantic towns with half-timbered cottages, through charming villages and to cosy huts. Your constant companion on your hikes is the Moselle as it meanders leisurely through its deep valley.

In this Collection, we have put together the ten most beautiful hikes in the Bernkastel-Kues holiday region for you – including a section of the Mosel Climb. It has already been named Germany's most beautiful hiking trail and its partner trails, the side leaps, also offer a unique hiking experience. If you like sports, the almost alpine via ferrata on the steep Moselle slopes is just the thing for you. And, if you're travelling with the whole family, you'll find the child-friendly easy hikes in the region, such as the Napoleon Trail in Kesten or the Lieser Forest Experience Trail with 20 adventure stations.

The holiday country Bernkastel-Kues is predestined for your hiking holiday and thanks to the variety of hiking trails, there is really something for everyone. There are wonderful vantage points, steep vineyards, varied guided tours, culinary experiences and hiker-friendly accommodation. No matter whether you are looking for a sporting challenge with exhilarating climbs, are out with your children or would like to enjoy hiking through the Riesling steep slopes, here in Bernkastel-Kues, you have come to the right place.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    05:16
    10.8 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Bernkastel-Kues is one of the stage towns of the Moselsteig - here begins the eleventh stage of the hiking trail. The stage from Bernkastel-Kues to Ürzig is also wonderful as a day hike.At the beginning of the tour you will hike through the valley of the Kallenfelsbach. Then the Moselsteig leads you up to the sun-drenched steep slopes above the Mosel valley. High above the river you will be spoiled with a magnificent panoramic view at the first viewpoint, the refuge Maria Zill.Here you have already made the majority of the climb and can now look forward to a relatively flat section and many beautiful viewpoints. First, you walk through a quiet forest, but soon the Moselsteig runs directly above the vineyards.With a great view you walk comfortably and follow the Moselsteig down to Zeltingen-Rachtig. In the small town you will find some refreshments on the waterfront.Then it goes over the Moselle and through wide vineyards to the stage destination Ürzig. From here you can take bus 333 back to Bernkastel-Kues. The bus timetable can be found at moselbahn.de.

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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 the heraldic animal of Bernkastel-Kues, the bear. In a loop, the trail leads you to the Hunsrück and back to the Moselle.It starts on the right Moselle side on the western tip of Bernkastel-Kues. Right at the beginning you walk uphill. Passing through vineyards, you enter the wild and romantic forest. Here the Kallenfelsbach ripples in the immediate vicinity of the hiking trail and, above all, makes for an adventurous atmosphere when crossing.After a little over two kilometers, you have made the climb and it goes on slightly sloping. Here you walk past extensive meadows and enjoy beautiful views of the Hunsrück and the Eifel. Shortly after you have dived back into the forest, you will pass the Golden Cross, a lookout cliff. Descending back to Bernkastel-Kues, the starting point of the tour, you will enjoy a great view of Landshut Castle and the rooftops of Bernkastel-Kues.

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  • Intermediate
    02:22
    4.62 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This circular walk takes you on narrow paths to the most beautiful vantage points over Bernkastel-Kues, such as the chapel of St. Anna or Mount Olympus.It starts in the district Bernkastel at the tourist information. From here you hike south from the village, it goes uphill continuously. First you go through picturesque vineyards, then you dive into the peaceful forest. Here you pass the St. Anna Chapel, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view down into the Moselle Valley. On winding forest paths you hike uphill to Wilhelmshöhe. Also from here you have a wonderful view of the Mosel and places like Andel and Kues. Now only a few meters separate you up to the highest point of the tour, the Olymp at 415 meters altitude.After you have enjoyed the panoramic view of the mountain, it is quite fast downhill. 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 Burg Landshut, where you can relax.

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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 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.

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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.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.

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  • Easy
    01:52
    4.38 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This easy hike takes you on leisurely walks along the Piesporter Moselbogen and through the famous vineyard "Piesporter Goldtröpfchen". On the way you can enjoy beautiful views of the extensive vineyards and the Moselle.The starting point of the hike is on the banks of the Moselle in Alt-Piesport. From here you walk along the shore through the town and along the vineyards that join it. After one kilometer you start with the gentle, short climb to the vineyards. On wide paths you walk along old vineyard walls and long rows of vines. From here you can let your gaze wander over the vineyards, on the Moselbogen and the opposite Piesport.Via vineyard steps you finally reach the shore of the Moselle, which you follow back to Alt-Piesport. On the way, you can take a leisurely break at the Gutausschank Lieser and treat yourself to one of the delicious wines.

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  • Intermediate
    02:03
    4.45 mi
    2.2 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this beautiful hike you will walk through the vineyards on Kesten and walk in the footsteps of Napoleon and Caesar. You will always enjoy fascinating views of the Mosel valley.It starts in Kesten at the parking lot. From here you walk through the village and past a house next to the Himmeroder Klosterhof, where Napoleon once said he had spent the night. After leaving the last houses of the place, you will find yourself in the picturesque vineyards. Leisurely meandering up the path. In the Wingertsgarten you can take a break, enjoy the view of the valley and inform yourself about the flora and fauna of the vineyards.Following a final, short, brisk climb awaits you. Once at the top, you walk comfortably on almost flat paths past the idyllic vineyards and pass small, shady woodland. After four and a half kilometers, it goes gently downhill towards the Moselle. On the way you will pass a sour well, where Julius Caesar should have quenched his thirst. Parallel to the banks of the Moselle, you finally hike back to the starting point in Kesten.

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  • Intermediate
    04:11
    8.63 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The hike is named after Count Georg Johannes, one of the counts of Velden. From many vantage points along the way you can always see Castle Veldenz, the former seat of the count.The starting point of the circular hike is Veldenz. From here you walk uphill into the forest. On shady paths, the route winds up and down through the wild and romantic forest. On the way you will pass various vantage points, from which you can let your gaze wander far over the country and towards the castle of Veldenz.A special highlight is the viewpoint on the Josefinenhöhe shortly before the end of the hike. From here you have a nice view of Veldenz and can rest comfortably on benches. Then you quickly descend to Veldenz and reach the starting point of the hike.

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  • Intermediate
    03:34
    8.01 mi
    2.2 mph
    750 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The municipality Kleinich, which is composed of several villages, was formerly called Kirchspiel Kleinich. Even today, this name is still in use and therefore eponym for this hike through the hilly landscape of the parish.It starts in Kleinich at the parking lot of the Protestant church. From here you wander out of the village and immerse yourself in an open field and meadow landscape, which is broken now and then by small wooded areas and charming villages. After about five kilometers, the path leads you to the Ilsbach and then to the Trabener Bach. You follow the waters into the forest and into a wild and romantic valley. Along the way you will see bizarre rock formations and pass cozy resting places.At the lowest point of the hike, you will meet the Kautenbach, which you follow from the valley. In serpentines, it is briefly steep uphill to Fronhofen. From here, you hike on colorful fields past the mostly level track back to the starting point in Kleinich.

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  • Easy
    00:48
    1.91 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On natural trails you wander through the forest on this adventure trail. Along the way you will find artfully carved wooden figures and various stations where you will learn more about the flora and fauna of the forest.The starting point of the adventure hike is the Waldparkplatz on the panoramic road above Bernkastel-Kues. From here you walk in a clockwise direction through the forest and over the open areas of the Kueser Plateau. On the way you can always pause at the individual stations, stroll through the aromatic garden or enjoy the view over the Mosel valley at viewpoints.After the round on the consistently flat track you will get back to the starting point, the forest parking lot.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    53.6 mi
  • Duration
    25:58 h
  • Elevation
    8,575 ft

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