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Bernkasteler Schweiz - Hiking in Bernkastel-Kues on the Mosel

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  • Starting point: Moselle-Guest-Centre
    / Starting point: Moselle-Guest-Centre
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Autumnal atmosphere on the Moselle
    Photo: Zimmermann, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / View of Bernkastel-Kues and the Kueser Plateau
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Tinkelkapelle - Chapel
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / View of the Hunsrück
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Reforestation along the forest path
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  • / Signpost along the route
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  • / Logo of the hiking trail
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  • / Forest and meadow landscape
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The "Bernkasteler Schweiz" is perhaps the smallest "Schweiz" in Germany, if not in the whole world. Accordingly unknown and untouched, but idyllically and picturesquely situated in the Tiefenbach-valley.
11.3 km
3:20 h
362 m
361 m

The starting point of this hike is Bernkastel-Kues. The old town around the market place has a special charm - one of the most splendid medieval half-timbered ensembles of the region can be admired here.

Insights into the hiking tour:

The "Bernkasteler Schweiz" is perhaps the smallest "Schweiz" i. And it is located in Germany. A small river called "Tiefenbach" flows right through the nice area. Near the "Tinkelkapelle" (chapel) which is bulit on a rocky crag there is a small waterfall. With gradients and a sepentine-like route, the 11 km long hike is more suitable for experienced hikers. The tour lives up to it's name: it goes up and down  the forest. On narrow paths, which are very good to hike.

Author’s recommendation

It's best to buy some snacks in advance and make a little break along the way. There are some places with great views of the city and the Moselle.
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Lisa Willems 
Updated: November 05, 2020
Highest point
419 m
Lowest point
108 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Sure footedness is necessary.

Tips, hints and links

Mosel-Gäste-Zentrum (tourist information)

Gestade 6

54470 Bernkastel-Kues

Phone (0049) 6531/500190


Moselle-Guest-Centre Bernkastel-Kues , Gestade 6, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues (108 m)
49.916047, 7.074742
49°54'57.8"N 7°04'29.1"E
32U 361786 5531073


Moselle-Guest-Centre Bernkastel-Kues , Gestade 6, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues

Turn-by-turn directions

The hiking trail "Bernkastel Schweiz" starts at the tourist information (Moselle-Guest-Centre). Turn right and cross "Karlsbader Platz" to get through the medieval city centre and the "Römerstraße" to the suburbs. After you have walked the "Burgstraße" to the end, cross the traffic lights at the "Burgbergtunnel" (tunnel, 555 m). On the other side of the road, follow the paths into the Tiefenbach-valley. Parallel to the federal road B50 towards Longkamp, but protected by the forest, you walk through the Bach-valley. The forest path leads past a waterfall after approx. 2 km. The "Tinkeler Heiligenhäuschen" (chapel) rises steeply above the waterfall on a rocky crag. A few meters behind the chapel you turn right.  You follow  the narrow serpentine path. The trail continues uphill along a shady path along the "Bundesstraße 50", an important link between Bernkastel-Kues and the Hunsrück. After another 2 km the forest trail ends at the so-called "Bärenhalde". Cross the road to the left and you will come to a forest path on the opposite side of the road. This path offers a view of the "Golden Cross", surrounded by extensive oak forests. This wooden cross with gilded beam ends stands on a slate rock. Slightly uphill, follow the forest path for a short while, then turn into a narrow path leading to the "Bresgensruh" viewing point.  Afterwards you reach the edge of the forest with an extensive meadow landscape.  Along the edge of the forest you come to a crossroads with a rest area. You cross the meadow area and follow the path until you reach the "B50 neu" route. Then you keep to the right twice and walk downhill again to the "Bärenhalde". From here you either walk back the same way to the old town along the stream, or you take another ascent on a forest path and walk to the "Steinernen Kreuz", which can be reached via a small path. This path also leads you down to the "Tiefenbach", "Tinkelkapelle" and "Burgbergtunnel".


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly,,

Bernkastel-Kues: Taxi Edringer: (0049) 6531 - 8149, Taxi Priwitzer: (0049) 6531 - 96970, Taxi Reitz: (0049) 6531 - 6455

Getting there

From Wittlich on the L 52 and on the K 57. Drive through Platten, past Wehlen, Zeltingen and Graach.


Parking is available on the large Moselle car park on the Bernkasteler and Kueser sides, directly on the Moselle. During the winter months parking is free of charge, from 1 April to 31 December parking is subject to a charge.


49.916047, 7.074742
49°54'57.8"N 7°04'29.1"E
32U 361786 5531073
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Further information:

Author’s map recommendations

WanderGuide - Hiking guide for the Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues (in German).


Solid shoes are recommended

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Claus Conrad
July 22, 2016 · Community
Tolle Tour! Anstrengend - vor allem der Anfang, bei dem es hoch und runter durch den Wald geht (daher wohl auch der Name :), aber sehr abwechslungsreich. Kann ich nur empfehlen.
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Christoph Kolz 
June 26, 2014 · Community
Tolle Tour, deren Naturnähe durch den Bau der B50 gefährdet ist. Man sollte die Ruhe genießen solange diese unötige Strasse noch nicht fertig ist. Genialer Aussichtpunkt vom Bresgensruh-Felsen! Ein tolles Erlebnis...
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Completed this Route on June 26, 2014
Blick auf Burg Landshut und Kues
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Blick auf Burg Landshut und Kues

11.3 km
362 m
361 m
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