Hiking parking area Huxlay Plateau above Mehring or in Mehring (car navigation: Linterstraße 3a, 54346 Mehring, from here about 200 m to the Huxlay Plateau). More entry points are available in the villages Pölich, Schleich and Ensch. (252 m)
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... or selected entry points in the villages Pölich, Schleich and Ensch
The Extratour Zitronenkrämerkreuz offers an interplay of unique river panoramas, sun-drenched vineyards, adventurous steep paths, quiet forest and meadow passages as well as wonderful views of the neighbouring low mountain regions Eifel and Hunsrück. Cultural gems such as the Roman aqueduct in Pölich or the Zitronenkrämerkreuz are further highlights of this multi-faceted tour.
Already at the starting point, the Huxlay Plateau with a small vine covered hut and a spectacular view of the Moselle Valley, is the first highlight. In the midst of slate slopes you hike on narrow paths, lined with dense vineyards and impressive views, to the Roman aqueduct – a true marvel of antique technology that still works to this day. Informative boards invite you to explore. Along the slope edge, the path continues parallel to the river bed to a deeply cut side valley which was formed by the ice ditch in the slate slopes. Now you reach an almost mystical path section, where the valley shows itself from its wild and primordial side. It's the prelude to a series of steep descents and ascents, from primeval forest-like ravine passages, bridges and footbridges and a variety of forest patterns. Then the path returns to the Moselle, to shortly thereafter vanish into the next ravine inland. You finally reach the Martins Cross which invites you to take a rest with a wonderful view high above the little village of Ensch.
Now, it gets really wild, and the rustic Krautenbach valley lures. After a short section on the slope edge with a view of the Moselle landscape, you soon disappear into a fully secluded world. This passage offers you pure nature. The romantic Moselle is never far away, suddenly endless vineyards appear, and the path opens up spectacular views along the slope edge. A dark hole in a wall of ivy interrupts the cosy Moselle idyll, and now you continue deep into the hinterland. Another high plateau with vitamin-rich orchard meadows and extensive pastures await you. The path now leads to the Reiterhof Lörscher (horse-riding centre), where you can treat yourself to refreshments and food.
With renewed strength you continue the tour through a forest to the Sauerbrunnen and the namesake of this tour, the Zitronenkrämerkreuz. It is said that in 1687, an Italian lemon trader from Lenno at Lake Como was bludgeoned to death on his trip to Trier. His relatives had the sandstone cross erected in his memory. You can take a short rest at the rest area before continuing over vast fields and meadow landscapes along the Moselle. Above the Huxlay Plateau the path again meets the picturesque river. On a true panoramic path which resembles a single sun terrace, you hike high above along the Moselle and along dense vineyards. The path leads via a bird and fruit tree path to a chapel, an insect hotel and finally the health and exercise park Mehring-Pölich. Over the so-called Himmelstreppe (Stairway to Heaven) you return to the starting point of the hike, the small hut at the Huxlay Plateau.