From cathedrals to castles.
This section of the trail starts with culture and history: passing the Moselle Cathedral – the Monastery Church to St. Castor in Treis-Karden – the trail then leads up a short but steep path into the open countryside, unique because of its wild box shrubs. There now follow some quite challenging sections along the edge of the slope and across steep vineyards looking over to the Wild Gorge of the Krailsbach stream. The high point of this section for hikers is undoubtedly Eltz Castle – one of the landmarks of German history. It lies hidden in the Elzbach Valley and thus was saved from the destruction of the Thirty Years War and the Palatinate War of Succession. It is definitely worth making a short detour to visit the castle, which still has its original furnishings, with a treasure and armoury chamber richly stocked with jewellery, weapons and porcelain. After this interesting stop-off, continue along the Elzbach stream to your final destination for the day in Moselkern.
Tips, hints and links
Kordelweg 1, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues; Phone: +49 (6531) / 97330
Tourist information office Treis-Karden
St.-Castor-Straße 87, 56253 Treis-Karden, OT Karden; Phone: +49 (2672) / 9157700
Tourist information office Maifeld
Münsterplatz 6, 56294 Münstermaifeld, Phone: +49 (2605) / 9615026
Starting point: Treis-Karden via the B 49 or B 416
Destination: Moselkern via the B 416 between Treis-Karden and Koblenz
Treis-Karden: There is a car park close to the railway station.
Moselkern: Parking at the railway station; large car park at the junction of Kirchstraße and Moselstraße
Book recommendation by the author
Author’s map recommendations
- Sturdy hiking footwear
- Appropriate weatherproof hiking gear
- Picnic lunch