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Mosel Cycle Path Section 1: From Perl to Nittel

Long Distance Cycling · Moseltal
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  • Mosel-Radweg hinter Perl
    / Mosel-Radweg hinter Perl
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
  • / Schöner Rastplatz am Mosel-Radweg bei Besch
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
  • / Vogelschutzgebiet "Pferdemosel" am Mosel-Radweg bei Nennig
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
  • / Naturschutzgebiet "Pferdemosel" am Mosel-Radweg bei Nennig
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
  • / Lauschpunkt bei Nennig
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
  • / Mosel-Radweg hinter Nennig
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
  • / Blick auf das luxemburgische Moselufer in Remich
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
  • / Lauschpunkt bei Palzem
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
  • / Der Mosel-Radweg bei Wehr
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
  • / Blick auf Nittel
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
m 250 200 150 25 20 15 10 5 km Lauschpunkt am Mosel-Radweg (Perl) Lauschpunkt am Mosel-Radweg (Nennig) Schloss Thorn Lauschpunkt am Mosel-Radweg (Nittel) Lauschpunkt am Mosel-Radweg (Palzem) Römische Villa … Nennig
An idyllic route, most of which runs directly along the Moselle with views of the Luxembourg side of the river and its vineyards.
Distance 25.3 km
1:42 h
34 m
51 m
157 m
137 m
The first section of the Moselle Cycle Route runs completely along the right, German side of the Moselle. However, Luxembourg remains in view along this entire stretch as the Moselle forms a border between these two neighbouring European countries. The surfaced cycle route winds through the vast Upper Moselle Valley without any gradients. Crossing the “Pferdemosel” nature reserve between Besch and Nenning is something quite special as many rare bird species shelter and breed in an abandoned river channel there. The landscape becomes increasingly shaped by the vineyards and wine villages along the banks of the river. Nittel, the end stop for this leg of the cycle tour, is a great place to finish for the day. Enjoying a glass of wine at one of the many local wineries or restaurants is a perfect way to round off the day.

Author’s recommendation

A visit to the Roman villa Nennig, which has the largest mosaic north of the Alps (160 square metres) is worth the detour (distance: 4 km there and back, open from March to November)
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Update: November 08, 2021
Highest point
157 m
Lowest point
137 m
Best time of year

Safety information

A list of any currently closed route sections and relevant detours, e.g. due to roadworks, can be found here. 

Tips and hints

Mosellandtouristik GmbH

Kordelweg 1

54470 Bernkastel-Kues

Telephone +49 (0)6531/97330


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Perl (156 m)
49.471031, 6.372268
49°28'15.7"N 6°22'20.2"E
32U 309630 5483139



Turn-by-turn directions

Pass the train station and continue left through the underpass towards the Moselle. Turn right onto the riverside path and follow this asphalt route to Besch. At the end of the town, the route leads right, away from the Moselle, around an industrial plant and past renaturalised quarries. Then, turn left again towards the Moselle and follow the towpath there through the bird reserve, past the camping site to the Moselle bridge, which leads to Remich. Pass under the bridge on the asphalt riverside route and continue left of the railway tracks to Palzem. After Palzem, the route first leads away from the Moselle, through vineyards and then through meadows along the riverbank to Wehr. Continue between the Moselle and the railway track, past Wincheringen and Rehlingen, to reach this section's end stop, Nittel. 


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


By train to Perl (the Moselle River Cycle Route starts in the immediate vicinity of the train station).

Departure by train from Nittel (located directly on the Moselle Cycle Route).

Getting there

Starting point: Perl A 8 (AS Perl) or via the B 419

Destination: Nittel via the B 419


Ample free parking options at Perl train station


49.471031, 6.372268
49°28'15.7"N 6°22'20.2"E
32U 309630 5483139
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Bikeline cycle tour planner "Mosel-Radweg: Von Metz an den Rhein" (published by Esterbauer) 

Free brochure: “Meine Radreise”. An overview of all cycle paths in the Moselle region is included in this brochure. Descriptions of the 10 sections of the Moselle Cycle Route from Perl to Koblenz are also provided as well as descriptions of other enjoyable cycle routes. As well as this, the brochure contains important information and tips for your holiday and for planning your cycle route. (Available from Mosellandtouristik GmbH,,, Tel. 0049 (0) 6531/97330) 

Author’s map recommendations (responsible for the infrastructure and route descriptions in the Rhineland Palatinate section)


A smartphone to access the audio tour "Lauschpunkte am Mosel-Radweg": Get to know the Moselle region via a series of listening stop-off points. 40 listening stations between Perl and Koblenz encourage you to take a closer look and guide you to surprising discoveries along the way. The “Lauschtour” audio tour app can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple App Store or Google Play.


Remember to take your cycle tour book and your camera.

Basic Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Spoke wrench
  • Zip ties
  • Lubricant
  • Screwdrivers
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
  • Handlebar / frame / saddle bags   
  • Mudguards recommended

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Questions and answers

Question from Heinz · November 22, 2020 · Community
Welche Teile des Moselradweges sind mit dem Zusatzschild nach § 39 StVO "eBike frei" versehen, damit wir dort mit unseren eBikes fahren dürfen?
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Answered by Simone Pfeiffer · November 25, 2020 · Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
Das Befahren des Mosel-Radwegs mit Pedelecs ist ohne Einschränkungen möglich. E-Bikes i.S.v. § 39 Abs. 7 StVO (max. 25 km/h) dürfen außerorts auf dem Radweg fahren (§ 2 Abs. 4 Satz 6 StVO). Innerorts nur, wenn durch Zusatzzeichen (Mofa oder E-Bike frei) freigegeben. Eine Auflistung dieser Strecken liegt nicht vor. Die Befahrung des Radwegs mit E-Bikes über 25 km/h oder S-Pedelecs ist untersagt.
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34 m
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Highest point
157 m
Lowest point
137 m
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