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Trail currently closed T 3 - Moselle mountain romanticism

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  • Wanderung in Moseltal: T 3 - Mosel Bergromantik
    Wanderung in Moseltal: T 3 - Mosel Bergromantik
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A hike that leads to the legendary cult monument Wildstein and promises a bit of mountain romance on the Moselle.
Distance 12.2 km
4:00 h
446 m
450 m
434 m
102 m
The trail begins on the Moselle bank Trarbach and leads straight on to the Weihertorplatz and then behind the town mill left into the Teichweg. We follow this watercourse to the weir and then take a footpath along gardens to the Wildbadmühle. From here the path follows the country road past the Gräffs Mill to the Moselle thermal baths. Via a small staircase we reach the slightly ascending path to the Wildstein. This mysterious cult site (about 289 m above sea level) impresses with its rock and stone formations. A serpentine path now leads past the so-called "Red Spring" to Wildbadstraße and the former spa centre Bad Wildstein. This was built in the Art Nouveau era around 1883 and served as a bathhouse until 1990. 100 m further on we cross the Kautenbach over a wooden bridge and reach the Waidmannspfad. This narrow ascending path through the deciduous forest offers wonderful views into the romantic Kautenbach valley. In the high forest, a wide path continues to the highest point of the hike. Passing the stud farm "Simmernacher Scheune" we meet the T4, on which we now reach Trarbach again via the Unheller Küppchen.

Author’s recommendation

At the highest point of the hike - the Hödeshof - you can watch the noble horses of the Simmernach stud farm in the paddock.
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Wiebke Pfitzmann 
Update: March 25, 2022
Highest point
434 m
Lowest point
102 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 2.51%Dirt road 9.80%Forested/wild trail 41.54%Path 33.58%Road 12.54%
0.3 km
Dirt road
1.2 km
Forested/wild trail
5 km
4.1 km
1.5 km
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Rest stops

Moselle Thermal bath
Bauers Restaurant in the Hotel Moseltor

Safety information

The path is very narrow in some places and requires tread resistance.

Make sure that you only follow the signs with the route description "T3". There are several paths to the Wildstein.

Tips and hints

Tourist-Information Traben-Trarbach

Am Bahnhof 5

56841 Traben-Trarbach

+49 - (0) 6541-83980


Parking Moselle bank Trarbach (106 m)
49.948251, 7.111885
49°56'53.7"N 7°06'42.8"E
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Parking Moselle bank Trarbach

Turn-by-turn directions

From the car park on the Moselle in Trarbach through the subway straight on into Moselstraße and Weiherstraße to Weihertorplatz. After Stadtmühle turn left on the Teichweg and follow the watercourse. After about 200 mtrs. behind the weir turn right through the gardens to Wildbadmühle. There turn right to Wildbadstraße and follow it to the left to the wine house "Gräffs-Mühle". Cross the street, pass the entrance to the Moseltherme and use the stairs on the right to avoid the lawn. After about 600 mtr. the footpath to Bad Wildstein branches off to the left. But we go straight on. After reaching the top turn left to "Wildstein". This is still in its original state and is still an enigmatic cult monument from prehistoric times.

From here, the path leads serpentine downhill to the "Rote Quelle". After about 500 mtr. we reach the former Kurhaus Bad Wildstein with its 33,2 degrees warm thermal spring. We follow the road for 100 mtrs. to the right and then turn left over the small bridge over the Kautenbach and up the footpath on the right - called Waidmannspfad. Attention: this path is quite narrow and in some places steeply drops off to the right. However, you will be rewarded by magnificent views of the romantic Kautenbachtail and the first houses in the Kautenbach district. Later in the Hochwald the path continues on a wide path again. After about 1 km turn left and after about 330 mtr turn right again. After 500 mtr. the highest point of the hike is reached - 430 mtr. above sea level.

Possibility to return to Traben-Trarbach with T 4 or T 5 from Hödeshof


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Moselle railway bus line 333

Moselle wine railway Bullay-Traben-Trarbach

Getting there

by car to the district Trarbach


Parking on the banks of the Moselle Trarbach

Bicycle boxes for storage on the banks of the Moselle Trarbach to be secured with your own lock


49.948251, 7.111885
49°56'53.7"N 7°06'42.8"E
32U 364543 5534585
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

A good background to the history of the Wildstein can be found in the blog post of 3599 seconds


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


Good footwear is recommended.

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Bob Beaman 
March 21, 2022 · Community
Schöner und wilder Wanderweg. Die Brücke fehlt noch, also Schuhe aus und ein kurzes Fußbad nehmen. Wer das nicht scheut, kann den ruhigen Wege genießen.
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Wendy Huysmans 
October 15, 2021 · Community
When did you do this route? October 14, 2021
T 3 - Moselle mountain romanticism. Photo 3
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12.2 km
4:00 h
446 m
450 m
Highest point
434 m
Lowest point
102 m
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