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Cycle tour around Trier - Tour 1: On the Ruwer-Hochwald Cycle Path

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  • Ankunft mit dem RegioRadler in Hermeskeil
    / Ankunft mit dem RegioRadler in Hermeskeil
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
  • / Auf dem Ruwer-Hochwald-Radweg
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
  • / Blick vom Radweg aus auf die Ruwer
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
  • / Lok neben dem Radweg
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
  • / Burgruine Sommerau
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
  • / Römische Wasserleitung
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
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Where bicycles roll today, trains used to steam. The historic railroad line of the Ruwer-Hochwald-Bahn is transformed into the Ruwer-Hochwald Cycle Path. Like the former railroad line, the bike path connects the heights of the Hunsrück with the Moselle valley.
Distance 53.9 km
4:00 h
177 m
528 m
524 m
125 m
The route follows the Ruwer, a tributary of the Moselle, on a paved path that is only used by cyclists, inline skaters and hikers. The route takes you over more than twenty bridges and through a varied cultural landscape: Grimburg Castle, the monastery courtyards in Kasel, churches worth seeing with impressive altars, a spring moor, the reservoir near Kell or the Sommerau waterfall are the highlights - either directly along the route or accessible with a worthwhile detour. 
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Update: January 19, 2022
Highest point
524 m
Lowest point
125 m
Best time of year


Railway station in Hermeskeil (474 m)
49.657267, 6.931723
49°39'26.2"N 6°55'54.2"E
32U 350726 5502579



Turn-by-turn directions

Section: Hermeskeil - Kell am See

The bike path begins at the former train station on the grounds of the old railroad depot, which also houses the private steam locomotive museum. The trail first takes you to Reinsfeld, where the "Theresienwiese" invites you to take a short break and look at an old locomotive directly on the bike path. Through a forest and meadow landscape you pass the old station building from 1889 to the climatic health resort Kell am See.

Section Kell am See - Zerf

From Kell am See the cycle path leads through the meadow landscape of the nature reserve "Keller Mulde" and past Mandern, where you meet the river Ruwer for the first time. At the former Zerf train station, you will reach the midpoint of the bike route before turning 90 degrees at Hentern valley and track - formerly known by train drivers as the "hub of Hentern".

Zerf - Pluwigerhammer section

On this section of the route, the cycle path overcomes the greatest difference in altitude. Also, the Ruwer shows its most natural side here with kingfishers and wagtails. You pass Heidermühle Castle and Hinzenburger Mill. In Pluwigerhammer there is a former iron smelter and a hammer mill with grinding and saw mill.

Section Pluwigerhammer - Trier-Ruwer

Passing the site of the well-known ROMIKA shoe factory, which ceased production here in 1993, you will soon catch sight of the Sommerau castle ruins, built in the 13th century on a rocky spur, from the cycle path. The path continues to Waldrach, the largest municipality in the Ruwer valley. The replica of a Roman water conduit here bears witness to the building skills of ancient engineers, who were able to supply the Roman city of Trier with water with this structure. Then you pass a 39 m long bridge made of Siberian larch. The steel girders of the former railroad bridge were replaced by wood, the bridge builders used the famous Chapel Bridge in Lucerne from the 14th century as a model. The last section of the route is characterized by the forested Ruwerauen and viticulture. Numerous famous wineries accompany you on the way towards the mouth of the Ruwer. Your bike tour on the Ruwer-Hochwald cycle path ends at the train station in Trier-Ruwer. To get back to Trier, follow the signs for the Moselle Cycle Path.


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Getting there

In the morning you take the RegioRadler Ruwer-Hochwald (line RR200) from the main station in Trier to Hermeskeil. 


49.657267, 6.931723
49°39'26.2"N 6°55'54.2"E
32U 350726 5502579
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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53.9 km
4:00 h
177 m
528 m
Highest point
524 m
Lowest point
125 m
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