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T 10 - On Goethe's tracks in Traben-Trarbach

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  • Buddha-Museum
    / Buddha-Museum
    Photo: Barbara Scheidweiler-Wallert, © Michael Neyses
  • / Doppelkopf
    Photo: Barbara Scheidweiler-Wallert, © Georg Bauer
  • / Goethe Gedenktafel
    Photo: Sarah Haussmann, Moselregion Traben-Trarbach Kröv
  • / Weglogo
    Photo: Sarah Haussmann, Moselregion Traben-Trarbach Kröv
  • / Spitzhaus
    Photo: Sarah Haussmann, Moselregion Traben-Trarbach Kröv
  • / Blick auf Starkenburg
    Photo: Wiebke Pfitzmann, Moselregion Traben-Trarbach Kröv
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A leisurely walk along the Moselle with delightful views of the river and landscape as Goethe once experienced them.
8.7 km
2:15 h
32 m
60 m
This path starts at the tourist information office and leads through the Bahnstraße to the market place. It continues through the Marktstraße to the Kordelstraße, which leads up into the vineyards. Here we walk with a view of the Moselle to Rosenhof in the district of Rissbach. At the new Moselle bridge we cross the road to cross the bridge to Wolf. At the end of the bridge we follow the cycle path to Wolf. Along the bank we reach the camping site and take the uphill road "Im Schatzgarten". Immediately turn left again into the street "Am Spielplatz". Here you can admire some beautiful half-timbered houses and the "Spitzhäuschen". Our path now leads past the Protestant Church through Wedenhofstraße. At the end of the Maiweg we turn right up the street and immediately left again along the buildings of the youth farm "Martin-Luther-King". Here we follow this path below the vineyards towards Trarbach. On a small hill we reach the memorial plaque to Goethe's Sturmfahrt. We continue past the former Waldschenke and the Hotel Gonzlay until we reach the Wolfer Weg. Finally, we pass the Buddha Museum and Rose Garden with Binding Memorial Plaque to today's Middle Moselle Museum, where Goethe spent the night after his storm ride.

Author’s recommendation

In spring the peach blossom accompanies the path and in autumn you can enjoy the view of the colourful vineyards and the magnificent villas and art nouveau houses on the Traben side.
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Ingrid Ströher
Updated: November 20, 2020
Highest point
138 m
Lowest point
100 m
Best time of year

Safety information

As the path has hardly any metres in altitude, it is also suitable for older people and children. In the meantime, however, the path is very narrow so that you can only walk one after the other. On the last part the path leads along the road.

Tips, hints and links

Tourist-Information Traben-Trarbach

Am Bahnhof 5

56841 Traben-Trarbach

+49 - (0) 6541-83980


Moselle bank Trarbach (110 m)
49.951351, 7.118905
49°57'04.9"N 7°07'08.1"E
32U 365055 5534917



Turn-by-turn directions

From the Moselle car park Trarbach - through the subway of the main road - immediately right through the Rosengarten with Binding memorial plaque and explanatory plaque to the Doppelkopf (in the roundabout) cross the Grabenstraße and turn into the Wolfer Weg. Past the Buddha Museum (worth seeing exhibition with Buddhas in a historical, lovingly restored Art Nouveau cellar) you go straight on to the end of Wolfer Weg, which then leads into the hiking trail to Wolf. Passing the Hotel Gonzlay and the former restaurant Waldschenke you reach the Paddeler Kopf (with a Goethe memorial plaque in memory of Goethe's storm ride in 1792 with landing in Trarbach and overnight stay in the Böckingsche Villa - today's Middle Moselle Museum). The tour continues on a narrow path, which always leads straight ahead.

At the level of the new Moselle bridge with its yellow railing, keep slightly to the left on the hiking trail and after a short ascent you reach the asphalt path below the Jugendhof and past the bus stop. Follow the road that turns slightly right and you will reach the country road leading to Koppelberg. Cross this and walk along a narrow footpath and later a paved path to the Wolf district. This section is particularly attractive during the blossoming of the peach trees.


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Public transport

Public transport friendly

by train: DB to Bullay - from there Moselweinbahn to Traben (about 500 mtr. to the starting point)

Moselbahn bus line 333 from Bullay or Bernkastel-Kues (about 100 mtr. to the starting point)

Getting there

Car: via the B 53 to Trarbach

Bicycle: up to the Moselle bank Trarbach - there storage box for bicycles and luggage directly under the bridge

Motor gliders: to the Mont Royal commercial airfield - about 4 km to the starting point


free parking on the banks of the Moselle


49.951351, 7.118905
49°57'04.9"N 7°07'08.1"E
32U 365055 5534917
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Topographic map of trails 1:25.000

Hiking area Moselle region Traben-Trarbach Kröv

ISBN: 978-3-944-620-24-4


Traben-Trarbach hiking map 1:25.000

available at the Traben-Trarbach Tourist Information


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Petra T.
September 23, 2020 · Community
Der erste Teil war sehr schön, als wir durch die Weinberge gewandert sind. Einkehr in Wolf war nicht möglich, weil am Montag alle Ruhetag hatten. Der Rückweg war leider nicht so schön, weil es fast die ganze Strecke an einer befahrenen Straße entlang ging.
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8.7 km
32 m
60 m
Public transport friendly Loop Refreshment stops available Scenic Cultural/historical value


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