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Kestener Schweiz

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  • Moselblick vom Wanderweg "Kestener Schweiz"
    Moselblick vom Wanderweg "Kestener Schweiz"
    Photo: Claus Dürrmann, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
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A scenic trail through the Kesten vineyards with a nice resting place at the sour fountain and water treading pool.
easy
Distance 3.9 km
1:10 h
85 m
77 m
191 m
119 m
The hiking trail starts in the romantic wine village of Kesten, about 8 km from Bernkastel-Kue. Many beautiful, lovingly restored half-timbered houses characterise the historic centre of the village, which is surrounded by steep vineyards. The Moselgeminde is famous for its magnificent acidulous fountain, from which Julius Caesar is said to have drunk. Today, there is also a water treading pool and rest areas in the immediate vicinity.

Insights into the hiking tour:

Short and easy hike, if it weren't for the steep short climb through an abandoned vineyard at the end of the tour. But this way you at least get to know the efforts that are required to cultivate the steep slope vineyards on the Moselle. The tour is about 4 kilometres long and offers a mostly unobstructed view of the Moselle and the ships that pass by on the river.

Author’s recommendation

Stop off at the water treading pool and refresh your feet in the cool water.
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Author
Claus Dürrmann 
Update: March 16, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
191 m
Lowest point
119 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Dirt road 68.53%Nature trail 13.77%Path 14.14%Unknown 3.53%
Dirt road
2.6 km
Nature trail
0.5 km
Path
0.5 km
Unknown
0.1 km
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Safety information

No special safety instructions.

Tips and hints

Tourist Information Bernkastel-Kues
Gestade 6
54470 Bernkastel-Kues
Tel. +49 6531/50019-0
https://en.bernkastel.de/
info@bernkastel.de 

Tourist Information Kesten
Moselstr. 2
54518 Kesten
Tel. +49 6535/949334
www.kesten-mosel.de
info@kesten-mosel.de

Start

Car park at the Kesten acidulous fountain (168 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.898074, 6.940098
DMS
49°53'53.1"N 6°56'24.4"E
UTM
32U 352066 5529332
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Destination

Car park at the Kesten acidulous fountain

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts at the Sauerbrunnen fountain in Kesten, where a water treading pool invites you to cool your feet on hot days. Past the fountain, which was already known to the Romans, you walk a short distance through the forest. This is followed by a longer passage on asphalt through the Kestern vineyards. Since the vineyards face south, the hike can get very hot in summer. But there are always great views of the river, including the Wintrich Moselle lock. At the end of the tour, the path lives up to its name. In the Zicksack, you climb up a steep vineyard path and slowly regain the height that was already reached at the beginning of the trail. The small park around the Sauerbrunnen forms the destination of the short, approximately 4-kilometre-long tour.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

www.moselbahn.de , www.vrt-info.de , www.bahn.de  

Bernkastel-Kues: Taxi Edringer: +49 6531 - 8149, Taxi Priwitzer: +49 6531 - 96970, Taxi Reitz: +49 6531 - 6455

Getting there

In Bernkastel, cross the bridge to Kues, turn left at the roundabout. Straight ahead, follow the L47 along the Moselle. Kesten is reached in approx. 5 kilometres.

Parking

Car park at the Kesten acidulous fountain

Coordinates

DD
49.898074, 6.940098
DMS
49°53'53.1"N 6°56'24.4"E
UTM
32U 352066 5529332
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

All hiking trails in the Bernkastel-Kues holiday region can be found in the WanderGuide. This brochure is available at all tourist information offices in the holiday region. Online: Wanderguide

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderguide - the hiking guide in the holiday region of Bernkastel-Kues. With description and map.

Equipment

Sturdy shoes and hiking provisions

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.9 km
Duration
1:10 h
Ascent
85 m
Descent
77 m
Highest point
191 m
Lowest point
119 m
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