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Moselsteig Side Trail Karlskopf-Panoramaweg

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  • Goldene Herbststimmung im Konzer Tälchen
    Goldene Herbststimmung im Konzer Tälchen
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An abundance of scenic views along the way.
Distance 10.2 km
4:00 h
375 m
385 m
495 m
270 m
This hiking trail lives up to its name as a panorama trail. Varying landscapes with dense deciduous and coniferous forests, sunny vineyards and open fields await you. The summit cross at the top of the Karlskopf offers a breathtakingly beautiful view of the Konz valley, a former valley of the Moselle, the Hunsrück and Luxembourg. On a clear day you can even see the foothills of the Ardennes. The rest area at the chapel in the Oberemmel vineyards, the memorial at the Höthkopf and the Schanzenhütte in Pellingen invite you to rest and enjoy the wonderful views.

Author’s recommendation

The magnificent panorama from the heights around Pellingen is difficult to put into words or pictures. Take a pair of binoculars on the hike!
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Update: November 18, 2022
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Highest point
495 m
Lowest point
270 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 8.21%Dirt road 7.53%Forested/wild trail 48%Path 33.26%Unknown 2.97%
0.8 km
Dirt road
0.8 km
Forested/wild trail
4.9 km
3.4 km
0.3 km
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Tips and hints

Mosellandtouristik GmbH

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


Saar-Obermosel-Touristik e. V.

Graf-Siegfried-Straße 32, 54439 Saarburg; Phone: +49 (6581) / 995980

Saarstraße 1, 54329 Konz; Phone: +49 (6501) / 6018040


Pellingen: sports field (493 m)
49.674493, 6.664792
49°40'28.2"N 6°39'53.3"E
32U 331522 5505058
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Pellingen: sports field

Turn-by-turn directions

The Karlskopf Panorama Trail starts at the sports field in Pellingen. At the same time, the starting point is the highest point of the circular route, i.e. no matter in which direction you hike the path, at first it goes downhill. The first destination is the Höthkopf monument. Once you have hiked half around the sports field, you continue along the edge of the new development area. It becomes clear, how the name of the path came about. The panorama is breathtaking. The view opens up towards the north west right to Luxembourg. The heights of the Eifel are also at your feet. In between, the Moselle Valley is embedded. You can even see the river itself. Somewhere between Wasserbillig and Konz it appears as a silver thread.

The path now continues through the new development area. The panorama view is also great here. Looking east, you see the wooded heights of the Hunsrück, ideally from the lounger just before the Höthkopf monument. At the monument itself (war memorial), you have a 180° view, which you should enjoy on one of the benches or at the rest place. Just for this panorama you have to have a pair of binoculars to see the many mountains of the Eifel on the horizon even better.

The Side Trail leads back to the edge of the new development, via the reconstruction or a Roman road and then steeply downhill (with a distance view) until just before the B 268. The short section on the agricultural road parallel to the road is quickly tackled, and you continue on a winding path through open bush and hedgerows. The section through the bushes is very short and ends, as it should be, at one of the loungers with a view of the Konzer Tälchen. The Konz city district Krettnach and the surrounding vineyards are also in view, as well as a part of the way forward.

This leads on a road first at the same height to the forest, but soon on a path steeply uphill. Through a dry valley you arrive at the first vineyards of Krettnach. It's still a bit downhill until the village is reached, but then you continue on the south side of the valley. The meadow path leads you along the edge of the forest for quite a section, and is a pleasant hike. Then you reach the turn-off to Krettnach. If you like, you can also descend via the signposted access route to the village.

Now the first ascent of the path starts. First through the vineyards, then on a path through the forest. The incline is very even, and you can find your walking rhythm. The effort is worthwhile, because at the top a grandiose panorama view awaits hikers on an open meadow.

Slightly downhill you continue past the memorial cross at the Karlskopf to the radio mast. Here the character of the way changes. The path descends through an oak forest, leads around a side valley and then steeply downhill until you reach the edge of the vineyards. Here, a rest area awaits the hiker with a view of the Konzer Tälchen and the vineyards. The subsequent passages alternate between different vineyard paths, continuously opening up new perspectives of the vineyard landscape. At the Oberemmeler Marienkapelle the climb begins. Until the edge of the forest it's really steep. Take a short breather and enjoy the view of the Konzer Tälchen.

Also, along the edge of the forest and later in the forest the ascent is still moderate. Only after circling a side valley, it gets steeper. The path through the Douglas fir forest finally leads without any major detours directly up the mountain. At the top, you reach the Pellingen Schanzenhütte. The mountain hut also offers barbecue facilities. From here, it's only a few metres to the parking area at the sports field, where the Side Trail ends.


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Public transport

During the week Pellingen only has irregular transportation facilities. At the weekend, there is no bus service.

Getting there

B 268 between Trier and Zerf. The parking area at the sports field (signposted) can only accessed via the Waldstraße.


Parking directly at the entry point at the sports field.

There is a second starting point in Konz-Krettnach at the Bürgerhaus. Sufficient parking is available here.


49.674493, 6.664792
49°40'28.2"N 6°39'53.3"E
32U 331522 5505058
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Book recommendation by the author

Literature (only available in German):

"Seitensprünge" Band 1 - 10 Premium-Rundwanderungen von Trier bis Bernkastel-Kues von ideemedia

Authors: Ulrike Poller, Wolfgang Todt, Publisher: ideemedia, 114 pages, Format: 11,0 x 16,4 cm, ISBN: 978-3-942779-59-3, 12,95 €


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Andrea Warth 
December 15, 2021 · Community
Heute bei Kaiserwetter diesen Panoramaweg gewandert: Sehr abwechslungsreich mit schönen Passagen durch/entlang Weinberge, kühlende, schattige Waldbereiche, Rastbänke an den schönsten Stellen des Weges, aber vor allem: traumhafte Fernsichten und Ausblicke!! Würde den Weg dann aber entgegen vorgegebener Gehrichtung wandern, dann hat man das Beste zum Schluß!! Ein geschenkter Tag heute :-)
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Denkmal am Höthkopf
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Blick auf Krettnach und Region
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Oberhalb Krettnach
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Der ideale Rastplatz (kurz vorm Gipfelkreuz)
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Blick auf Oberemmel und Region
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Oberhalb der Kapelle Oberemmel
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Sandra Schreier
October 09, 2021 · Community
Eine wunderschöne, abwechslungsreiche Wanderung in einer traumhaften Umgebung. Die Aussichten sind super und laden zum Verweilen ein. Hin- und wieder muss ein etwas steilerer Anstieg überwunden werden. Lohnt sich auf jeden Fall!
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When did you do this route? September 04, 2021
Michael Kln 
July 20, 2021 · Community
Abwechslungsreich Tour mit schönen Aussichten. Die Wege sind zum Teil nicht ohne: einige Passagen steil und mit losen Schotte.Andere Stellen sind bis über 600m Länge nahezu komplett mit Brennnesseln und Brombeergestrüpp zugewachsen. Nach Regenfällen nicht zu empfehlen und bei Regen stellenweise gefährlich. Der Weg ist in Summe anstrengend. Als Kategorie würde ich „mittel+“ vergeben.
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When did you do this route? July 20, 2021
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10.2 km
4:00 h
375 m
385 m
Highest point
495 m
Lowest point
270 m
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