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Moselsteig Side Trail Leiermannspfad

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  • Hoch über der Mosel zwischen Starkenburg und Enkirch
    / Hoch über der Mosel zwischen Starkenburg und Enkirch
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco GmbH
  • / Blick vom Pavillion "Auf'm Rech" auf die Moselschleife bei Traben-Trarbach
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco GmbH
  • / Ahringsmühle
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco GmbH
  • / Obere Starkenburger Mühle
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco GmbH
  • / Backhaus in Starkenburg
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco GmbH
  • / ...auf dem Kirster Grat
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco GmbH
  • / Aussicht vom Kirster Grat Richtung Enkirch
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco GmbH
  • / Pfad an der Klosterkirche Enkirch
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco GmbH
  • / © Gemeinde Enkirch
  • / Moselblick an der Enkircher Schutzhütte
    Photo: Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe, Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
  • / Abstieg nach Enkirch
    Photo: Sandra Schwikart, Community
  • / Weg von Starkenburg ins Ahringsbachtal (Bachweg) Höhe Oberes Schafseifen (Am Kasten).
    Photo: HWF, Community
  • / Blick Richtung Traben-Trarbach
    Photo: Sandra Schwikart, Community
  • / Blick vom Starkenburger Pavillon "Auf'm Rech" über die Moselschleife Traben-Trarbach
    Photo: HWF, Community
  • / Abstieg nach Enkirch
    Photo: Sandra Schwikart, Community
m 400 300 200 100 10 8 6 4 2 km Hütte (H) "Schöne Aussicht" Drilles im Spilles Starkenburg Hütte (H) Tourist-Information Enkirch Hütte (H) Katholische Kirche Enkirch Hütte (H)
Old mills, bakehouses and fantastic views.
Distance 10.8 km
4:00 h
255 m
245 m
This legendary trail leads past old mills, through mystical forests to the peaks of Starkenburg and through award-winning vineyard locations. If you believe in sagas and legends, you might even meet the Leiermann vom Ahringsbach (the organ grinder of Ahringsbach)!
After starting in Enkirch, the trail leads gently downhill into the Ahringsbachtal valley, past the old monastery church and into a narrow V-shaped valley. The trail then leads slightly uphill through the valley past the Ahringsmühel hill to the Starkenburg Mill; from here it’s well worth taking a slight detour to the ancient Upper Starkenburg Mill slightly further up. The connecting steep climb through the forest leads to Starkenburg with its ancient, but still fully functional bakehouses, before leading to the Auf'm Rech viewpoint on the edge of Starkenburg. The next section of the side trail forms part of the Moselsteig trail - an Alpine section leads across the Kirster Grat ridge with countless viewpoints, sections of trail, rocky paths and spectacular panoramas, before heading back to Enkirch with its picturesque half-timbered houses.

Author’s recommendation

In hot weather, a picnic is recommended at the rest area at the Upper Starkenbühler Mill. Here you can sit close to the water, surrounded by shady trees.
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Thomas Kalff
Update: July 21, 2021
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
365 m
Lowest point
130 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

"Schöne Aussicht"
Nonnenhofs Weincafé
ARGO Starkenburg, medieval castle ruins

Tips and hints

Mosellandtouristik GmbH

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


Tourist information office Traben-Trarbach

Am Bahnhof 5, 56841 Traben-Trarbach; Phone: +49 (6541) / 83980


Enkirch, "Off Schart" or Starkenburg parish hall in the Burenstraße (145 m)
49.982494, 7.128387
49°58'57.0"N 7°07'42.2"E
32U 365822 5538363


Enkirch, "Off Schart" or Starkenburg parish hall in the Burenstraße

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point "Off Shart" in Enkirch offers a picturesque setting for the start of an exciting tour through a side valley of the Moselle and over a high ridge.

A short cobblestone passage leads, accompanied by the Moselsteig Trail, through the village slightly upwards to the Sponheimer Straße (L 192). After a few metres the Moselsteig Trail branches off. If you would like to hike the Leiermannspfad in a clockwise direction, you follow the country road for a short section. After the last house a path branches off which leads slightly downhill to the old monastery church in the forest. Unfortunately the church is closed, but the church makes a great impression also from the outside. The monastery church is located at the confluence of the Ahringsbach to the Großbach.

The Leiermannspfad now follows the Ahringsbach up to the Upper Starkenburger Mill.  Just behind the church, you hike a few hundred metres steeply uphill.The following approx. 3 km in the valley also run uphill, but the slope is not steeper than at the Ahringsbach, which the path accompanies all the way.On the way you pass the Ahrings Mill, which like most mills in the Ahringsbach Valley, seems stuck in time like a sleeping beauty character. At the next mill, the Starkenburger Mill, you have the option of a short detour (0.4 km outward and 0.4 km for the return) to the Upper Starkenburger Mill. The detour is worthwhile, not only because of the historic building, but also because it has a beautiful rest area.

Back at the Starkenburger Mill, hikers on the Leiermannspfad now face an approx. 1 km long steep ascent through the forest. Once you have arrived in Starkenburg the ascent is still not over, but the historic buildings (for example the two bake houses) in the village are certainly worth a stop and a break. There is also a place offering refreshments. On the outskirts of the town you have reached the highest point of the Leiermannspfad, the pavilion "Auf'm Rech". From here you have probably the most beautiful view of the Traben-Trarbach Moselle loop.

Directly below the pavilion, the path meets the Moselsteig Trail, which the Leiermannspfad follows back to Enkirch. Close to the outskirts of the village the path takes you through a lower oak forest, on the same height. Soon you have reached the former school sports grounds, which again offers a fabulous view of the Moselle, this time downstream of the Moselle.

Continue a short distance downhill through the village, passing the mostly open pilgrimage church. The Leiermannspfad and the Moselsteig Trail leave Starkenburg and continue further downhill to the upper slope of the Ahringsbach Valley. The descent is short. Continue on a steep stretch to the L 192, which you need to cross. From here, you continue steadily downhill to Enkirch, only interrupted by a few intermediate climbs. The path, which often leads over the ridge as a rocky path, always offers great views of the Moselle. Here on the Kirster Grat, the Leiermannspfad has an almost alpine character. Several rest areas and mountain huts (including the Pavilion Rottenblick) can be enjoyed for a break (always with a view of the Moselle), before arriving back in Enkirch (Sponheimer Straße) via a stairway. The starting point "Off Schart" is now only a few steps away.


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Public transport


Enkirch, bus line 333, stop B 53 of the line Traben-Trarbach-Bullay

Distance from starting point "Off Schart" bout 0.8 km

Getting there

Enkirch: B 53 Between Traben-Trarbach and Zell

Starkenburg: via L 192 from Enkirch


Enkirch: large parking lot between B 53 and the banks of the Moselle (close to the mobile home parking)

Starkenburg:Parking area at the parish hall at the Burenstraße


49.982494, 7.128387
49°58'57.0"N 7°07'42.2"E
32U 365822 5538363
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Literature (only available in German):

"Seitensprünge Band 2" - 17 Premium-Rundwanderungen von Bernkastel-Kues bis Koblenz von ideemedia

Authors: Ulrike Poller, Wolfgang Todt, Publisher: ideemedia, 160 pages, Format: 11,0 x 16,4 cm, ISBN: 978-3-942779-60-9, 12,95 €

Author’s map recommendations

Leisure Map Moselsteig Trail – Map 2: Trier - Zell (Moselle) (Stages 5 - 14), ISBN: 978-3-89637-420-2


The path is easy to walk wearing hiking boots.

Questions and answers

Question from Christian Zettl · June 21, 2020 · Community
Hallo Wo finde ich die Zeichen, wie die Wege markiert sind?
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Answered by Sandra Schwikart  · June 21, 2020 · Community
Der Weg ist durchgehend mit dem Moselsteig Logo für Seitensprünge als Seitensprung Leiermannspfad gekennzeichnet. So wie auch die Traumpfade und - Schleifen.


Sandra N
February 14, 2021 · Community
Die erste Hälfte viel Forstweg durch den Wald, nicht schlecht, aber auch kein Highlight. Ab Starkenburg gewinnt der Weg, schön über den Grat zurück nach Enkirch. Man wird mit toller Aussicht belohnt.
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When did you do this route? February 14, 2021
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Rudolf Becker
November 28, 2020 · Community
Wunderschöne Strecke von Enkirch nach Stakenburg, der Verlauf durch das Ahringsbachtal ist recht eintönig. Vermutlich ist dies im Hochsommer bei hohen Temperaturen ideal. Aktuell ist dieser Waldweg allerdings überaus vermatscht bedingt durch Wegefreischnitt und Räumarbeiten. Durch die unterschiedlichen Attraktivität im Mittel drei Punkte.
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When did you do this route? November 28, 2020
November 22, 2020 · Community
Das war eine sehr, sehr schöne Wanderung. Überhaupt nicht langweilig. Kleine, enge Pfade immer oberhalb der Mosel mit tollen Aussichten. So, wie man es sich wünscht. Lediglich die vielen Treppen und der Anstieg am Anfang war für mich ein "Schnauf"weg. Aber es lohnt sich allemal!!!
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When did you do this route? April 03, 2020
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10.8 km
4:00 h
255 m
245 m
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