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Moselsteig Trail Stage 16: Neef – Ediger-Eller

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  • Bremm Mountain Chapel on the ascent to the Calmont Cross
    / Bremm Mountain Chapel on the ascent to the Calmont Cross
    Photo: Thomas Kalff, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
  • / Roman sanctuary on the Calmont
    Photo: Thomas Kalff, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
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Through the steepest vineyards to reach the loveliest views.

The stage between Neef and Ediger-Eller is the shortest of the 24 legs – but it's definitely not the easiest one: the Moselsteig Trail crosses Europe's steepest vineyard, the Bremmer Calmont. The climb around the hairpin bends is a challenging one, but you are rewarded at the top by a viewing platform that boasts one the most wonderful views of the entire Moselsteig Trail. A little further on, your gaze is drawn to the ruins of Stuben Monastery deep in the valley and the legendary 'Vierseenblick', the view of four lakes – where the Moselle looks as if it has been divided into four separate sections. Experienced hikers with a head for heights might also like to tackle the thrilling Calmont via ferrata, scaling the steep slopes up to the ridge on steps and ladders. The trail nears its finish point along an idyllic path through the vineyards to Ediger-Eller.

11.4 km
4:00 h
425 m
445 m
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Thomas Kalff
Updated: October 11, 2019
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
400 m
Lowest point
85 m
Best time of year

Tips, hints and links

Mosellandtouristik GmbH

Kordelweg 1, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues; Phone: +49 (6531) / 97330


Zeller Land Tourismus GmbH, Tourist information office

Balduinstraße 44, 56856 Zell (Mosel); Phone: +49 (6542) / 96220


Tourist information office Cochem

Endertplatz 1, 56812 Cochem; Phone: +49 (2671) / 60040


Neef: Railway station (105 m)
50.091355, 7.139460
50°05'28.9"N 7°08'22.1"E
32U 366917 5550445


Ediger-Eller: Ediger, just in front of the Tourist Information Office on Moselweinstraße (B 49)

Turn-by-turn directions

This leg starts in the Petersbergstraße. A few metres away from the railway station, you start this short but challenging Moselsteig Trail leg in the centre of Neef. You quickly reach the outskirts of the town and the Moselle Bridge. From the bridge, you can already catch a view of Petersberg and the Neef summit - you will experience these sites from the most various perspectives. Once you have arrived on the other side of the Moselle, the path takes you through gardens and vineyards and gets closer to the outskirts of Bremm. If you still need to get some provisions, you can walk into the town on the signposted access route - and then join the Moselsteig Trail in direction Ediger-Eller via a different access route. For hikers on the main path, the trail remains close to the town and continues at a slight incline through vineyards until you need to cross the country road. This is where the actual ascent to the Calmont summit starts.

The trail, accompanied by a “stations of the cross path”, continues steeply uphill in serpentines. Follow the steep path until you reach the Bremm mountain chapel. Here, the incline eases a little. Continue a little further on the path, and the trail becomes wider and leads through a steep, wooded hillside. You have now reached the highest point of the leg, the almost 400 m high Schneeberg. The resting area is exactly what you need now. On a level or slightly descending path, you now hike past a large field into a coniferous forest. Finally, the Moselsteig Trail reaches the slope edge and the summit cross on the Calmont. The view here is one of the finest on the entire Moselsteig Trail! You can see the entire route of today’s leg. In flying weather you can watch hang gliders and paragliders, and in season, there is also an open wine bar (check the opening hours).

The Moselsteig Trail now continues over the Calmont summit ridge which slopes steeply on both sides: to the Moselle Valley on the one side, and the Ellerbachtal on the other side. After a short depression, you arrive on a second plateau, where you will find a reconstruction of a Roman mountain sanctuary. On the slope edge before the building, you again have a wonderful view. The ruins of the Kloster Stuben in the Moselle loop are particularly interesting. On the following path section you should venture on a small detour to the Vierseenblick (four lake view) viewing point: The Moselle is divided by reliefs and vegetation into four single sections from up here, and it appears as if you are looking at four lakes. The trail now continues through the low forest without great ups and downs to the fire brigade hut. Here, once gain, you have a stunning view exactly opposite the Petersberg mountain.

The next descent requires all your attention (and sure-footedness)! This is a steep descent. First, through the lower oak forest, before the environment becomes rocky and more sparse. Once you have reached the Galgenlay hut, you have managed the most challenging section. Climbing enthusiasts can tackle the Calmont climbing trail from here. The trail continues downhill for quite a few meters, always on a narrow slate path. The trail runs parallel to the railway tracks and under the railway bridge. From here, you can also reach the Ediger-Eller railway station on an access route. The Moselsteig Trail continues into the Eller town centre. Through narrow alleyways you hike past a representation of the crucifixion, a chapel and a church, on an old cobbled road out of the town. Following the steep road you reach the vineyards between the town districts of Ediger and Eller. The descent at the endpoint of this leg, Eller, become more challenging again. Directly next to a vineyard, the serpentine path takes you to the lower-lying vineyard path. From here, the access route branches off to the town centre of Ediger at the Moselle bank. Here you will also find the tourist information office and a bus stop.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Neef: Railway station on the Moselle line (RB only)

Ediger-Eller: Railway station on the Moselle line (RB only)

Getting there

Starting point: Neef via the B 49, between St. Aldegund and Bremm over the Moselle bridge

Destination: Ediger-Eller via the B49 between Alf and Cochem


Neef: There is no parking at the station; but there are plenty of parking spaces along the riverbank.

Ediger-Eller: Parking spaces along the B 49/Moselle riverbank


50.091355, 7.139460
50°05'28.9"N 7°08'22.1"E
32U 366917 5550445
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

"Moselsteig" - Offzieller Moselsteig-Wanderführer von ideemedia, 14,95 €

Authors: Ulrike Poller, Wolfgang Todt, publisher: ideemedia, 300 pages with around 300 images, altitude profiles, QR codes and GPS Tracks (in German), Format 11,5 x 23 cm, ISBN: 978-3-942779-21-0, 14,95 €


"Official Moselsteig Trail hiking maps" in pocket format:

The entire route is divided into 3 maps:

Leisure Map Moselsteig - Map 1: Perl - Trier (Stages 1 - 4), ISBN: 978-3-89637-419-6

Leisure Map Moselsteig - Map 2: Trier – Zell (Moselle) (Stages 5 -14), ISBN: 978-3-89637-420-2 Leisure Map Moselsteig - Map 3: Zell (Moselle) – Koblenz (Stages 15 -24) ISBN: 978-3-89637-421-9

Individual maps: €5.90

Set of 3 maps: € 14.50 (ISBN: 978-3-89637422-6)



Premium set consisting of the official hiking guide including set of 3 hiking maps. Publisher: ideemedia, ISBN: 978-3-942779-24-1, 26,95 €


In addition, other hiking guides are also available:

"Moselsteig" Pocket guide (excerpt of the official hiking guide in pocket format), Ulrike Poller, Wolfgang Todt, publisher: ideemedia, 194 pages, format: 11.0 x 16.4 cm, ISBN 978-3-942779-25-8, € 12.95

"Abenteuer Moselsteig", (German) Heidrun Braun, publisher: publicpress, 192 pages, format: 11.8 x 19.3 cm, ISBN: 978-3-89920-831-3, € 11.99

"Moselsteig", Thorsten Lensing, Rother Wanderführer, (German) format: 11.5 x 16.5 cm, ISBN: 978-3-7633-4433-8, € 14.90

Hikeline "Moselsteig - Auf traumhaften Pfaden von Perl nach Koblenz", (German), publisher: Esterbauer, format 16 x 22.5 cm, ISBN: 978-3-8500-0611-8, € 11.90


The hiking guides and the maps are available in bookstores or on the website under the heading "Brochures & information material".

Author’s map recommendations

Leisure Map Moselsteig Trail – Map 3: Zell (Moselle) - Koblenz (Stages 15 - 24), ISBN: 978-3-89637-421-9


  • Sturdy hiking footwear
  • Appropriate weatherproof hiking gear
  • Picnic lunch

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Dirk Kunze
June 26, 2019 · Community
Wahnsinnig tolle Etappe. Mehr dazu im Video
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Done at June 24, 2019
Moselsteig Etappe 16 - TODESANGST | Neef-Ediger Eller | Wandern an der Mosel | Dirk Outdoor | # 101
Video: Dirk Outdoor
Shanmu M
February 06, 2019 · Community
One of the most beautiful stages of Moselsteig. Especially the view of the dramatic meander of the Mosel river overlooking Bremm and Petersburg is mesmerizing.
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Done at November 17, 2018
Ulrike Tenzer 
April 07, 2018 · Community
Schöne Etappe mit vielen Ausichtspunkten auf die Mosel. Lohnend ist für Schwindelfreie auf jeden Fall ein Abstecher zum Aussichtspunkt Todesangst. Der Abstieg nach Ediger-Eller ist bei Regen grenzwertig, da die Steine sehr glatt sind. Das gilt auch für den Aussichtspunkt Todesangst. Selbst ein kurzer Schauer verwandelt den Weg in eine Rutschbahn.
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Done at April 04, 2018
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Moselsteig Etappe 16 - TODESANGST | Neef-Ediger Eller | Wandern an der Mosel | Dirk Outdoor | # 101
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11.4 km
425 m
445 m
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