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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Further information: https://www.bernkastel.de/bernkastel/de/brochure/list?customHeader=true
Author’s map recommendations
WanderGuide - Hiking guide for the Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues (in German).