Long-distance cycle trail

Moselle Cycle Trail

· 4 reviews · Long-distance cycle trail · Mosel-Saar
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  • Cathedral in Trier
    / Cathedral in Trier
    Photo: Mosellandtouristik GmbH, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
  • Moselle Cycle Trail next to Trittenheim
    / Moselle Cycle Trail next to Trittenheim
    Photo: Mosellandtouristik GmbH, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
  • Moselle Cycle Trail next to Lieser
    / Moselle Cycle Trail next to Lieser
    Photo: Mosellandtouristik GmbH, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
  • Moselle Cycle Trail next to Bernkastel-Kues
    / Moselle Cycle Trail next to Bernkastel-Kues
    Photo: Mosellandtouristik GmbH, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
  • Auf dem Mosel-Radweg bei Neef
    / Auf dem Mosel-Radweg bei Neef
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH
  • Cochem with Reichsburg Castle
    / Cochem with Reichsburg Castle
    Photo: Mosellandtouristik GmbH, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
  • Auf dem Mosel-Radweg in Cochem
    / Auf dem Mosel-Radweg in Cochem
    Photo: Ferienland Cochem
  • / Blick auf Trittenheim
    Photo: Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz
  • / Audiotour "Lauschpunkte am Mosel-Radweg"
    Photo: Mosellandtouristik GmbH, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
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The Moselle Cycle Trail follows the Moselle with all its turns and loops and varying landscapes, mostly close to its shores. Sections of separate trails alternate with cycle lanes on roads as well as roads through towns with or without cycle lanes. Almost everywhere there are cycle lanes on both sides of the river, one of which is designated as the main route. A multitude of bridges invite you to tours as long as you choose, to the right and left of the Moselle.

In France, you can now follow the Moselle on cycling trails from Thionville all the way to Metz. However, up to the source in the Vosges, one mainly has to use roads, as only some sections have cycle lanes.

248 km
17:29 h
129 m
221 m

The Moselle Cycle Trail begins at Thionville. From here, it guides you along well-maintained paths beside the Upper Mosel to the first major stopping point, Trier. Trier, the oldest town in Germany, has a history that dates back 2,000 years. Highlights include some impressive Roman structures.

At Schweich, just a few miles downriver, the Moselle coils up into spectacular bows as it passes through the Rhenish Slate Mountains. The mineral-rich soil on the steep terraced slopes is key to the world-class wines that are produced here. A host of attractions are waiting to be discovered in the pretty little towns and wine villages that you cycle through. The famous Roman wine ship in Neumagen-Dhron, for example, or the Roman wine presses of the Middle Moselle. Other highlights include Bernkastel-Kues, a medieval town where the hugely popular Bernkasteler Doctor wine is made, Traben-Trarbach with its art nouveau architecture and Kröv renowned for its distinctive half-timbered houses. The vineyards that produce the acclaimed Zeller Schwarze Katz wines then usher in a procession of Moselle castles: Marienburg and Burg Arras in the Zeller Land region, Burg Metternich and Cochem Castle in the Cochem holiday region, Burg Eltz perched on one of the Maifeld hills, Burg Pyrmont near Treis-Karden, Ehrenburg Castle and Burg Thurant on the Lower Mosel near Kobern-Gondorf. All are worth a visit, but you might have to leave your bike and lace up those walking boots for some of them. We also recommend that you visit Europe's steepest vineyard slope in Bremm. The Moselle Cycle Route ends at Deutsches Eck (German corner) in Koblenz where the Moselle and Rhine converge.

Author’s recommendation

Kehren Sie in den zahlreichen urigen Straußwirtschaften ein und kommen Sie mit unseren Winzerinnen und Winzern ins Gespräch.
Simone Pfeiffer
Updated: November 07, 2019

Highest point
191 m
Lowest point
60 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Eine Liste der aktuell gesperrten Streckenabschnitte und Umleitungen, z.B. aufgrund von Baustellen, können Sie hier abrufen. 


Radtourenbuch und Kamera für Schnappschüsse nicht vergessen.

Tips, hints and links

Mosellandtouristik GmbH
Kordelweg 1
54470 Bernkastel-Kues 


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Thionville (France) (148 m)
49.474293, 6.369477
32U 309440 5483509


Koblenz at the Deutsches Eck (German Corner)

Turn-by-turn directions


The Moselle Cycle Trail is suitable for everyone, including families. Create a cycle tour that’s as easy and as long as you want it to be. 


The route follows the Moselle through predominantly level countryside. It is suitable for children, cycle trailers and tandem bikes, though restrictions apply in some sections. Asphalt is the main surface, with some paved or gravel paths.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Railway lines:
  • Moselle line, Trier – Wittlich – Cochem – Koblenz
  • Upper Moselle line, Trier – Perl – Thionville – Metz
  • Sauer line, Trier – Wasserbillig – Luxembourg
  • ‘Moselle wine train’, Bullay – Traben-Trarbach

Bicycle bus ‘RegioRadler’ (May – October,

  • ‘RegioRadler Ruwer High Forest’: Trier – Ruwer – Hermeskeil – Türkismühle
  • ‘RegioRadler Maare-Moselle’: Daun – Bernkastel-Kues
  • ‘RegioRadler BurgenBus’: Treis-Karden – Pyrmont Castle – Eltz Castle – Hatzenport
  • ‘RegioRadler Moselle Valley’: Trier – Leiwen – Bernkastel-Kues – Bullay
  • ‘RegioRadler Vulkan Eifel’, Cochem – Daun – Gerolstein
  • ‘RegioRadler Sauer Valley’: Trier Irrel – Echternach – Bollendorf
  • ‘RegioRadler Lower Moselle’, Treis-Karden – Brodenbach – Emmelshausen

Getting there

Mit dem Zug nach Perl (Start des Mosel-Radwegs in unmittelbarer Nähe zum Bahnhof).

Abreise mit dem Zug ab Koblenz (Bahnhof ca. 2,5 km vom Mosel-Radweg entfernt, aber gut ausgeschildert und gut fahrbar).


Um den Mosel-Radweg im Gesamten zu fahren, bieten sich Parkplätze in Trier oder Koblenz an. Anschließend erfolgt die Anreise mit dem Zug bis zum Startpunkt. Wer in Trier parkt, fährt am Ende der Tour von Koblenz mit dem Zug zurück nach Trier.

Nähere Informationen und Beratung zu geeigneten Parkplätzen: Mosellandtouristik GmbH, Telefon: 06531/97330;

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Cycling Guide "Moselle River Trail on a scale of 1:50.000 (bikeline, ISBN: 978-3-85000-473-2)

Author’s map recommendations (is responsible for the infrastructure and description through Rhineland-Palatinate)

Questions & answers

Question of Nane Fab · August 02, 2019 · Community
Sind die Unterkünfte auch spontan vor Ort gut buchbar ?
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Answer by Günter Burger · August 02, 2019 · Community
Habe die Übernachtungen Wochen vorher gesucht und gebucht. Wir waren mit 4 Personen on Tour.
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Matthias Hallmann
August 01, 2019 · Community
Sehr schöne Tour, die man in 4 Tagen gut schafft. Rückweg mit der Bahn ist kein Problem. Auch die Übernachtungen haben wir problemlos kurzfristig immer buchen können. Nette Menschen und guter Wein runden die Tour ab. Allerdings ist das Stück ab Cochem fast nur an der Straße. Manchmal verliert man die Beschilderung Mosel-Radweg, allerdings gibt es dafür immer andere Schilder.
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Donnerstag, 1. August 2019, 21:18 Uhr
Photo: Matthias Hallmann, Community
Donnerstag, 1. August 2019, 21:18 Uhr
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Donnerstag, 1. August 2019, 21:18 Uhr
Photo: Matthias Hallmann, Community
claudio bandiera
July 31, 2018 · Community
nous avons fait
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Done at July 18, 2018 User
E. Weber
September 14, 2016 · Community
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248 km
17:29 h
129 m
221 m
Public transport friendly In and out Multi-stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops Family friendly Cultural/historical value


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