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Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 18

Moselsteig Trail Stage 18: Beilstein – Cochem

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  • From the "Drei Zinnen" to Beilstein
    / From the "Drei Zinnen" to Beilstein
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
  • / Path through the vineyards between Beilstein and Bruttig-Fankel
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
  • / Grassy path across the slope above Bruttig-Fankel
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
  • / Path in the Kabein Bachtal Valley
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
  • / Kabeiner Bachtal
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH
  • / Looking from the Valwigerberg over to Ernst
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
  • / Large oak tree as you approach Valwigerberg
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
  • / Path leading through the vineyards above Valwig
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
  • / View from the Apollo path downstream towards Valwig
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
m 300 200 100 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Stadt Cochem Beilstein "Schöne Aussicht" Kirche Yachthafen Hütte (H) Denkmal Bruttig-Fankel Hütte (H) Denkmal Kirche Kirche
In the footsteps of the vintners who cultivate the steeper slopes.


Distance 13.5 km
4:00 h
610 m
610 m
Once you have completed this section with its many steep slopes, you will appreciate the difficulties associated with wine-making on the Moselle. The rocky paths along the steep slopes require a good degree of sure-footedness, but in other places offer unforgettable views over the River Moselle. Finally the trail leads under the vertical "Brauselay" rock wall, from where you can catch a glimpse of the end of this leg in Cochem, above which towers the enchantingly beautiful Reichsburg Castle. With this lovely finish ahead of you, the Moselsteig Trail continues down into this very hospitable and friendly town.

Author’s recommendation

Consider taking the boat one way if you are planning this section of the trail as a day hike.
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Thomas Kalff
Update: November 08, 2021
Highest point
320 m
Lowest point
80 m
Best time of year

Tips and hints

Mosellandtouristik GmbH

Kordelweg 1, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues; Phone: +49 (0)6531 / 97330


Tourist information office Cochem

Endertplatz 1, 56812 Cochem; Phone: +49 (0)2671 / 60040


Beilstein: Square opposite the ferry landing stage (85 m)
50.110587, 7.238640
50°06'38.1"N 7°14'19.1"E
32U 374061 5552411


Cochem: Carlfritz-Nicolay-Platz or Cochem railway station

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point of your hiking day is the place at the ferry bier of Beilstein. You quickly leave the hustle and bustle behind you. Just a few steps along the road, the Moselsteig Trail continues steeply uphill at a water gully and along the vineyards. You reach a trail than quickly turns into a path and which is winds challengingly through the steep slope. Although ropes provide good grip, nevertheless suitable footwear and sure-footedness are absolutely necessary. Enjoy the view from the viewing points on the path in peace and quiet. And don't forget to look back every now and then, the view of Beilstein is particularly beautiful! In a small side valley a covered rest area offers the opportunity for an early break. A little later, once you have crossed the lower forest, you should make a stop at the Plaatskopf viewing point: The view here of Beilstein, Ellenz-Polterdorf and the Moselle barrage of Bruttig-Fankel is extremely worthwhile!

Through the flat vineyards of Bruttig-Fankel the Moselsteig Trail reaches the district of Bruttig. Under, along and on the dam – a railway line planned for war purposes, but never operated – you continue towards Cochem. At the road crossing the access route branches off to Ernst on the other side of the Moselle. Here, you continue of a short distance on the vine-planted former railway embankment. The steep ascent into the unspoilt Kubaner Backtal starts now. Accompanied by the stream, over several wooden walkways and large boxwood pastures, the path ascends. Also once the stream is left behind, the Moselsteig Trail and forest continue at an incline. A short distance behind the highest point, a detour to the Iron mast (with covered rest area) invites you. From here you have a wonderful view: Upstream of the Moselle you have a view of the already covered part of the leg up to Beilstein, downstream, you see the outskirts of Cochem. Hiking through forest and meadows, you then reach the "Schöne Aussicht" (Beautiful View) on the slope edge at Valwigerberg. This viewing point bears its name rightly, and the connection path along the slope edge also allows for wide ranging views of the Moselle Valley! Shortly before Valwigerberg, the Apolloweg joins the Moselsteig Trail. At the sports field near the outskirts of the town, an old mighty oak awaits you, you have now reached the village's pilgrimage church.

Along the county road, you leave the town and follow a path into the low oak forest. Not much further, you reach a path with several viewing points overlooking the Moselle Valley, with benches allowing you to take a short rest. Downhill, the path now leads to a small mountain hut, where a short winding path through the forest begins. This takes the Moselsteig Trail to a slightly lower vineyard path: This path beautifully runs through the slope, slightly downhill, always with an unobstructed view of the Moselle Valley. The leisurely descent ends at the viewing point Hahnenberg and the Apollohütte Valwig. The next section is more demanding, you should only tackle this with good slip resistance and suitable footwear! On a narrow path and over steep vineyard steps you hike under the almost vertically sloping rock wall of Brauselay. Through the vineyards, you continue downhill, until you reach the resting place and have completed this demanding section. The path through the vineyards now once again takes a slight incline and the impressive Cochem imperial castle gradually comes into view. Finally, you arrive at a rest area with a pretty view of the Cochem old town and waterfront. Here, the Moselsteig Trail changes to a path which leads downhill to Cochem-Cond over steps. Now you continue along the Valwiger Straße to the Moselle Bridge ("Skagerakbrücke"). On the other side of the river, you reach the Carlfritz-Nicolay-Platz, and the end of this stage. A few meters from here is the bus station and via the Ravenestraße you reach the train station.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

You can reach the stage towns Beilstein (ferry stop) as well as Cochem (train station) with the bus line 716.

There are irregular connections. Please note that during the school vacations of Rhineland-Palatinate / Saarland, at weekends and on public holidays there may be restrictions on the frequency! Please refer to the timetable information on the website of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Mosel (VRM) for the daily timetables:


Getting there

Starting point: Beilstein via the L 98 between Senheim and Cochem

Destination: Cochem via the B 49


Beilstein: The few parking spaces close to the ferry landing stage are often occupied. There is a larger car park a little way upstream on the L 98.

Cochem: There is a charge for most of the parking spaces in Cochem. There is a large car park behind the railway station.


50.110587, 7.238640
50°06'38.1"N 7°14'19.1"E
32U 374061 5552411
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

"Moselsteig" - Offzieller Moselsteig-Wanderführer von ideemedia, 14,95 €

Authors: Ulrike Poller, Wolfgang Todt, publisher: ideemedia, 300 pages with around 300 images, altitude profiles, QR codes and GPS Tracks (in German), Format 11,5 x 23 cm, ISBN: 978-3-942779-21-0, 14,95 €


"Official Moselsteig Trail hiking maps" in pocket format:

The entire route is divided into 3 maps:

Leisure Map Moselsteig - Map 1: Perl - Trier (Stages 1 - 4), ISBN: 978-3-89637-419-6

Leisure Map Moselsteig - Map 2: Trier – Zell (Moselle) (Stages 5 -14), ISBN: 978-3-89637-420-2 Leisure Map Moselsteig - Map 3: Zell (Moselle) – Koblenz (Stages 15 -24) ISBN: 978-3-89637-421-9

Individual maps: €5.90

Set of 3 maps: € 14.50 (ISBN: 978-3-89637422-6)



Premium set consisting of the official hiking guide including set of 3 hiking maps. Publisher: ideemedia, ISBN: 978-3-942779-24-1, 26,95 €


The hiking guides and the maps are available in bookstores or on the website under the heading “Ordering brochures”.

Author’s map recommendations

Leisure Map Moselsteig Trail – Map 3: Zell (Moselle) - Koblenz (Stages 15 - 24), ISBN: 978-3-89637-421-9


  • Sturdy hiking footwear
  • Appropriate weatherproof hiking gear
  • Picnic lunch

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Christian T
May 01, 2021 · Community
Schöne, aber auch anspruchsvolle Etappe des Moselsteigs. Vor allem der Anstieg von Bruttig auf den Valwiger Berg erfordert eine gewisse Kondition.
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When did you do this route? May 01, 2021
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Oliver Stein 
September 13, 2019 · Community
Schöner, abwechslungsreicher Weg!
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