Graded short tour/Graded circular tour

Moselsteig Seitensprung Cochemer Ritterrunde

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  • Reichsburg Cochem
    / Reichsburg Cochem
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  • / Blick vom Aussichtspunkt Pinnerkreuz
    Photo: Tourist-Information Ferienland Cochem, Tourist-Information Ferienland Cochem
  • / Pfad zur Wakelei
    Photo: Thomas Kalff, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
  • / Blick vom Aussichtspunkt Wakelei ins Moseltal
    Photo: Tourist-Information Ferienland Cochem, Tourist-Information Ferienland Cochem
  • / Rastplatz am Aussichtspunkt Wakelei
    Photo: Tourist-Information Ferienland Cochem, Tourist-Information Ferienland Cochem
  • / Blick von der Wakelei zur Winneburg
    Photo: Thomas Kalff, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
  • / Winneburg über dem Enderttal
    Photo: Thomas Kalff, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
  • / Holzbrücke zur Ruine Winneburg
    Photo: Tourist-Information Ferienland Cochem, Tourist-Information Ferienland Cochem
  • / Ruine Winneburg
    Photo: Tourist-Information Ferienland Cochem, Tourist-Information Ferienland Cochem
  • / Ruine Winneburg
    Photo: Thomas Kalff, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
  • / Aussichtspunkt Hubertushöhe
    Photo: Thomas Kalff, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
  • / Reichsburg und die Mosel von der Hubertushöhe
    Photo: Thomas Kalff, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
  • / Blick von der Pestkapelle St. Rochus auf die Mosel Richtung Ebernach
    Photo: M. Teusch, Sweco GmbH, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
  • / Fachwerk rund um den Cochemer Marktplatz
    Photo: Thomas Kalff, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
  • / Maskottchen der Ritterrunde
    Photo: Tourist-Information Ferienland Cochem, Tourist-Information Ferienland Cochem Cochem
m 500 400 300 200 100 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Cochemer Altstadt Cochemer Sesselbahn Reichsburg Cochem Pinnerkreuz

This Side Trail is divided into two approximately 10 kilometre long tours - which can be combined: The first tour runs from Cochem, first on serpentine paths up to the Pinnekreuz viewing point. From here, it continues on a flat path to Wackelei, from where you have views of both the Moselle with the city of Cochem and the imperial castle, also called “Ruine Winneburg”. Thereafter, you cross the Endertal, to finally hike uphill to the Ruine Winneburg - a further viewing point. Past the vintner house (Winzerhaus) the trail finally returns to Cochem.

The second tour starts opposite the valley station of the Cochem chairlift and runs through the side valley up to the Victoriahöhe resting place. From here, the trail continues uphill to the Wilhelmshöhe and finally crosses the plain and the Antonious Kopf arriving at the Hubertushöhe viewing point. From here, the Moselle loop at Cochem, Eifel and Hunsrück can be seen. The descent runs through the valley of Märtschelt, passes the Knippwiese to arrive at the Reichsburg before returning to the Moselle and the starting point.

16 km
6:00 h
700 m
700 m

Author’s recommendation

In high temperatures, the ascent to the Pinnerkreuz should be done as early as possible in the mornings or using the chairlift, as the sun shines on the slope very early in the morning and the dark shale rocks heat up the path even more.

The best picnic areas are at the Wakelei, at the Winneburg ruins and the Hubertushöhe.

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Thomas Kalff
Updated: July 06, 2020

Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
380 m
Lowest point
85 m
Best time of year

Tips, hints and links

Mosellandtouristik GmbH

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


Tourist information office Cochem

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


Valley station of the "Pinnerkreuz" chairlift (86 m)
50.148433, 7.161539
50°08'54.4"N 7°09'41.5"E
32U 368652 5556752


Valley station of the "Pinnerkreuz" chairlift

Turn-by-turn directions

The Cochemer Ritterunde starts at the valley station of the "Pinnerkreuz" chairlift. Together with the Moselsteig Trail, which this Side Trail follows up to the mountain station, you hike over the parking area of the chairlift to the footbridge which takes you across Endert stream. On the other side of the stream, the route follows a stony path with many serpentines that take you steeply uphill. Over steps, the path quickly gains height and soon you can view the roofs of the Moselle city Cochem.

The path winds further up the mountain. A detour to the Pinnerkreuz viewing point should not be missed. The view of Cochem and the Reichsburg (Castle) is great! From here, it's only a few spectacular meters to the mountain station of the chairlift with the adjacent restaurant on the Pinnerberg (note opening hours).

Behind the terrace café the Moselsteig Trail and Side Trail separate. The ascent has been managed, and the Cochemer Ritterrunde now winds on a beautiful fairytale path through the steep slope towards Wakelei. In this part of the forest, there used to be a fairytale forest. After crossing a side valley, the Side Trail reaches the rocky spur of the Wakelei.

This is a wonderful area for a rest: From the lounger you have an exceptional view of the next stop, the Winneburg ruins. It is on about the same height as the Wakelei. Unfortunately, the valley of the Endertbach is still in between, but the path to the valley is exceptionally beautiful. The path winds along the slope. First only moderately downhill, but the closer you get to the Endertbach, the steeper the path becomes. You cross the road in the valley at the Hotel Winneburg. The next climb on the other side of the valley takes you over a forest path. The incline is even, but stretches over almost 2 kilometres. Good that the forest gives off enough shade. If you want to visit the Winneburg ruins, you need to take a short detour at the top. It's always worth it! You feel as if you were back in the Middle Ages. A wooden bridge takes you into the inside of the castle complex. The shale walls are enormous. The secluded location in the forest contributes to a special atmosphere.

Back on the main path, you hike around a side valley, then the Moselsteig Side Trail branches off to a path which takes you steeply downhill. A few meters further, you get another look at the Winneburg. The path ends at the Winzerhaus (Wohnhaus). In the wooded Kerb Valley, which you have reached at the Winzerhaus, the track now only leads uphill. The incline is even for about the next kilometre. The track remains in the valley and close to the stream. After a good 100 metres ascent, a serpentine takes you towards the Moselle Valley. The path is still rising. Not as steeply, but still noticeable. Finally, you have reached the Wilhelmshöhe. Here, unexpected views of the Moselle await you. Also, you can reach the chairlift valley station from here via a Side Trail access route. The access route also allows for dividing the Moselsteig Side Trail into two almost equally long circular tours.

After a stopover to take a breather, the incline is not quite over. However, the incline is now a little more moderate. At the Antoniuskopf the forest path finally leaves the forest, and opens up a view of the fields and the Eifel plateau.

At the highest point of the Side Trail, the path crosses the county road which leads to Cochem. Then, after a small wooded area, the path at the edge of the forest allows for a wonderful view towards Hunsrück. Continue a short downhill stretch through the field. The Märtscheltbach which flows to the Moselle is not crossed. The Cochemer Ritterrunde now leads, mostly close to the slope edge, towards the Moselle Valley. This is a very varied and exciting path. Sometimes with a clear view, then accompanied by hedges or in a denser forest, the path finally reaches the viewing point Hubertushöhe. The rest area with hut and spectacular view of the castle and the Moselle will ensure longer breaks on your hike.

The rest of the Side Trail continues downhill. After a steep descent, the path finally reaches the Märtscheltbach, which can be comfortably crossed on a footbridge. Further downhill the path now approaches the Reichsburg (castle), the landmark of Cochem (note opening times). Unexpectedly, the castle appears between the trees. To visit, you need to take a short detour. The Cochemer Ritterrunde leads along a vineyard in front of the castle. A fantastic view of the castle!

The footpath into the town takes you past the Pestkapelle St. Rochus. From here, you have another wonderful view of the Moselle and the rock spur, the Brauselay, on the other side of the Moselle. Via steps the Cochemer Ritterrunde now reaches the narrow alleys of the old town. Crossing the market square lined by half-timbered houses and passing the church, you reach the Moselle bridge and the Enderstraße. Together with the Moselsteig Trail you can stroll to the starting point at the chairlift valley station or reach the railway station via the Moselsteig Trail - access route.


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Public transport

Public transport friendly

From the railway station Cochem a sign-posted Moselsteig Trail - access route takes you to the Moselle bridge. From here, you can follow the Moselsteig Trail for about 0.3 km to the chairlift valley station. Cochem is the railway station of the Moselle railway track.

Getting there

Starting point: Cochem via the B 49 and the Enderstraße; destination: Cochem via the B 49 and the Enderstraße


There is a parking garage in the immediate vicinity of the chairlift in the Enderstraße. There is also a city parking area behind the railway station in Cochem. Most of the parking spaces are subject to charge or time-limited.


50.148433, 7.161539
50°08'54.4"N 7°09'41.5"E
32U 368652 5556752
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Leisure Map „Moselsteig Seitensprünge. Die besten Premium-Rundwege an der Mosel”

Authors: Ulrike Poller und Wolfgang Todt, Publisher: ideemedia, 160 pages, format: 11 x 16,4 cm, ISBN 978-3-942779-34-0, € 12.95.

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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Thomas Fickinger 
September 21, 2020 · Community
Bin den Weg jetzt nach 2017 zum zweiten Mal gewandert, habe ihn dieses Mal eingebunden in eine größere Tour. Meine Hoffnung auf kleine Änderungen im zweiten Tal hat sich nicht erfüllt. Der Anfang, von Cochem hoch zum Kreuz und und weiter über Pfade, vorbei an der Wakelei, bis runter ins Enderttal ist grandios. Das ist Wandern auf höchstem Niveau. Leider lässt es unten am Hotel Winneburg nach. Die Ruine selbst ist eindrucksvoll, vor allem wegen der Lage. Ein wunderbarer Ort für ein Picknick. Das lässt den langweiligen Anstieg vergessen. Der anschließende Abstieg runter zum Winzerhaus ist ebenfalls sehr urig. Dann hört es endgültig auf. Oben von der Wilhelmshöhe hat man immerhin einen schönen Ausblick, darf aber den kurzen Zuweg nicht verpassen. Der direkt daneben liegende Ausblick auf die Winneburg wird dagegen mit keiner Silbe erwähnt. Also unbedingt noch wenige Meter nach links gehen. Der Weiterweg ist gepflegte Langeweile, größtenteils über breite, teils geschotterte Wirtschaftswege, absolut nichtssagend. Erst kurz vor der Hubertushöhe wird es wieder interessanter. Das letzte Stück zur Reichsburg ist ebenfalls nichts besonderes, aber die Vorfreude auf die Burg und den Abstieg nach Cochem machen es erträglich. Grundsätzlich würde ich den Weg aufgrund des ersten Teilstücks, der Winneburg und der Landschaft an sich empfehlen. Allerdings wäre insgesamt deutlich mehr drin, vor allem ab der Wilhelmshöhe gäbe es sicher eine attraktivere Variante. Normalerweise wäre die "Ritterrunde" ein Weg mit +/- 90 Punkten. Dafür müsste man aber mal was machen, weg von der breiten Trasse im zweiten Teil. Andere Wege zeigen wie es geht und die haben oftmals landschaftlich weniger zu bieten.
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Bettina Werner
May 21, 2020 · Community
Ich kann wie so oft die Vergabe von 5 Sternen nicht nachvollziehen. 50 Prozent dieses Premiumwanderwegs sind breite Waldautobahnen. Teilweise geschottert, damit die Waldarbeiter-Maschinen dort besser fahren können. Daher 1 Stern Abzug. Die anderen 50 Prozent sind pfadig, führen teilweise zu tollen Ausblicken. Aber dieser ohrenbetäubende Lärm von Motirradfahrern vermiest einem so richtig die Freude an der Natur. Es ist echt schade, dass Ruheliebhaber in dieser Welt keinen Platz mehr finden und dass jeder noch so schöne Wanderweg von Motorrad- und Straßenlärm begleitet wird. Daher nur 3 Sterne.
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An Dre
May 10, 2020 · Community
Schöne Wanderung.
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Done at April 26, 2020
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16 km
700 m
700 m
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