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Long-distance cycle trail

Moselle Cycle Trail

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  • Moselle Cycle Trail in France
    / Moselle Cycle Trail in France
    Photo: Mosellandtouristik GmbH, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
  • 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
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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.

278.2 km
19:40 h
912 m
1014 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

"Happy Mosel"

One of the most famous cycling events in Germany is called "Happy Mosel".  And this summer adventure provides happiness indeed, taking place every first Sunday after Pentecost. The  national roads along the Moselle turn into a gigantic festival with plenty of open space for cycling or in-line skating. The route sections change annually: Schweich - Reil (81 km; every even numbered year) and Pünderich – Winningen (85 km; every uneven numbered year) are closed to motorized traffic from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Everyone finds their own pace here: in a speedy way with a racing bike or in a cozy, family-friendly way, with a buggy on a Dutch bike. Live music performances for every taste, Moselle-regional delicacies, fun and games for children and competent roadside assistance make stops in the towns and villages along the route the cycling highlight of the year. The event also attracts non-cyclists to the route who are able to enjoy the cheery atmosphere and the experiences on offer around the biking. User
Mosellandtouristik GmbH
Updated: 2017-07-14

191 m
60 m
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Safety information

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

Tips, hints and links

Mosellandtouristik GmbH
Kordelweg 1
54470 Bernkastel-Kues 


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Thionville (France) (154 m)
49.353931 N 6.169049 E
32U 294420 5470656


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

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
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)

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