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Napoleonweg - Wandern in Kesten at the Moselle

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  • Schöne Rast mit Blick auf die Mosel
    Schöne Rast mit Blick auf die Mosel
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Easy, almost 7 kilometres long round trip. Suitable for families and children. The highlight is the acidulous water fountain, which Julius Caesar is said to have drunk from.
Distance 7.2 km
1:54 h
168 m
168 m
264 m
111 m
Historical hiking trail on the tracks of Napoleon and Caesar.The Napoleon Trail in Kesten offers beautiful views of the Moselle valley alternating with shady sections of forest. Legend has it that Napoleon on his many journeys gladly stopped in Kesten for a stopover and spent the night in a house next to the Himmeroder Klosterhof. No wonder: historical buildings and ornamented half-timbered houses give the wine village of Kesten its special character.Insights into the hiking tour:From the wine village of Kesten, the trail first runs uphill through the vineyards. From the top of the hill you have a beautiful view of the valley between Osann-Monzel, Maring-Novind and Kesten. Through the woods the trail leads to the Roman acidulous spring and from there back towards Kesten.There are no stops along the way, but there are nice places to rest, such as the barbecue area with benches at the Sauerbrunnen.

Author’s recommendation

Next to the Himmeroder Hof in Kesten there is still the house where Napoleon is said to have stayed. Kesten has beautiful ostrich farms (run by winegrowers).
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Lisa Willems
Update: November 05, 2020
Highest point
264 m
Lowest point
111 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 92.14%Dirt road 0.50%Forested/wild trail 6.23%Unknown 1.11%
6.6 km
Dirt road
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Forested/wild trail
0.4 km
0.1 km
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Safety information

Easy tour on good paths (asphalt at the beginning).

Tips and hints

Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
Gestade 6
54470 Bernkastel-Kues

Phone: (0049) 6531/50019-0

Tourist information Kesten
Moselstr. 2
54518 Kesten
Phone: (0049) 6535/949334


Village square in the centre of Kesten (111 m)
49.900690, 6.955790
49°54'02.5"N 6°57'20.8"E
32U 353201 5529592
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Village square in the centre of Kesten

Turn-by-turn directions

From the village square, the Napoleon trail starts through the winding alleys of Kesten.  From Moselstraße the second path turns left and then right into Paulinstraße. The next turn is between two courtyards. A narrow path leads you along rural Moselle gardens to a staircase. These lead into the vineyards.  Once you have reached the top of the hill, you will have a view of the beautiful valley between Osann-Monzel, Maring-Noviand and Kesten.  Turning towards the Moselle, you continue through the vineyards. After about 3 kilometres, the Napoleon trail runs through the forest towards Sauerbrunnen. The Sauerbrunnen is still today a visible trace of the Romans.  Julius Caesar is said to have drunk from it. The recreation area around the Acid Fountain, with barbecue area and benches, is ideal for a short rest before heading back downhill towards Kesten. Above the Kesten cemetery a narrow staircase leads you into the village. Cross the street "Am Herrenberg" and go straight ahead into Moselstraße to the house where Napoleon probably stayed overnight. Next to it is the Himmeroder Klosterhof, a branch of the abbey of the Himmerod monastery in the Eifel. The former monastery vineyard of the Cistercian order used to serve wine to pilgrims on their way to Cologne. Following this tradition, overnight stays in the privately owned monastery estate are still offered here today.

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Public transport,,

Bernkastel-Kues: Taxi Edringer: (0049) 6531 - 8149, Taxi Priwitzer: (0049) 6531 - 96970, Taxi Reitz: (0049) 6531 - 6455

Getting there

In Bernkastel over the bridge to Kues, in the roundabout to the left. Straight ahead, follow the L47 along the Moselle. Kesten is reached in about 5 kilometres.


Free parking is available in the centre of Kesten. Moselle road 2, 54518 Kesten


49.900690, 6.955790
49°54'02.5"N 6°57'20.8"E
32U 353201 5529592
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

WanderGuide - the hiking guide in the Bernkastel-Kues holiday region. With description and map. Only available in german 

Author’s map recommendations

WanderGuide - the hiking guide in the Bernkastel-Kues holiday region. With description and map. Only available in german 


sturdy shoes and hiking food (to rest on the way)

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Martina Hübler 
March 17, 2021 · Community
Wir hatten mit Absicht eine Tour mit befestigten Wegen gesucht, da es in letzter Zeit ausgiebig geregnet hatte. Nette Wanderung durch die Weinberge, mit schönen Aussichten. Die Wegmarkierung „rotes Herz“ wird auch für andere Wege in dieser Gegend genutzt. Besonders beim Sauerbrunnen heißt es genau hinschauen und lesen, damit man den richtigen Weg erwischt.
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When did you do this route? March 16, 2021
Heiko Mayer
August 21, 2017 · Community
Wenn man die Wanderung von Kesten in Richtung Staustufe beginnt, ist die Beschilderung bei Kreuzungen insbesondere Nähe Sauerbrunnen wo auch der Schiffswanderweg und Kastanienweg lang gehen unzureichend. Ohne Outdoor App geht man garantiert falsch. Sonst toller Wanderweg.
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Wetherbygirl Trevererin
September 28, 2015 · Community
Superschöne Tour durch die Weinberge mit herrlichen Aussichten - absolut zu empfehlen, sehr gut ausgeschildert
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When did you do this route? September 20, 2015
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Römischer Sauerbrunnen
Photo: Wetherbygirl Trevererin, Community

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7.2 km
1:54 h
168 m
168 m
Highest point
264 m
Lowest point
111 m
Circular route Scenic Family-friendly


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