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A landscape with an abundance of highlights. And it is the best way to combine them all.

Welcome to the Moselsteig Trail!

Certified as a “Leading Quality Trail – Best of Europe”

moderate
347.9 km
140:00 h
9,140 m
9,300 m
The Moselsteig Trail. Surprising. Challenging. Thrilling.

Spanning a total of 365 kilometres, the Moselsteig Trail is not only one of the longest, but also one of the most diverse quality long-distance hiking trails in Germany: surprising diversity, challenging in its length and thrilling by nature. 

Diverse experiences await the hiker on 24 legs, each of entirely different character. They lead through forests, vineyards, along the banks of the Moselle, as well as along slope edges with magnificent views. They thrill with their closeness to nature and rich cultural history. The many viewing points ensure memorable views. And if that's not enough, there are interesting excursions in the immediate vicinity on the Moselsteig trail’s certified partner circular hiking trails, side trails and Moselle ‘dream paths’ and ‘dream path’ excursions.

Author’s recommendation

Along the route, the Moselsteig offers a multitude of hospitality businesses: These include hotels, guest houses, holiday apartments and campsites. In addition, there are numerous restaurants, cafés and taverns just waiting for you to take a leisurely rest along the way.
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Thomas Kalff
Updated: November 03, 2020
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
425 m
Lowest point
70 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

The Moselsteig was created as a demanding hiking trail. A sure foot and a head for heights are required for some stages of the Moselsteig Trail. These sections are indicated in the route descriptions for the individual stages. 

Tips, hints and links

Mosellandtouristik GmbH

Kordelweg 1

54470 Bernkastel-Kues

Germany

Tel: +49 (0) 6531-97330

info@moselsteig.de

www.moselsteig.de

Start

Start of the trail: Perl, three countries view (246 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.466340, 6.379668
DMS
49°27'58.8"N 6°22'46.8"E
UTM
32U 310148 5482599
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Destination

End of the trail: Koblenz, Güls district

Turn-by-turn directions

Hiking in one of the most beautiful cultural landscapes in Europe, that's hiking on the Moselsteig trail!

With 365 varied hiking kilometres divided into 24 different stages, the Moselsteig trail runs along the German Moselle from Perl on the German-Luxembourg-French border to the confluence in Koblenz. This makes it one of the longest quality long-distance hiking trails in Germany and one of the first to carry the European “Leading Quality Trail - Best of Europe” seal of quality.

During a hike on the Moselsteig Trail, the impressions are as diverse and fascinating as the landscapes that the path crosses. Sometimes through forests, sometimes through vineyards, sometimes along the banks of the Moselle, and sometimes along promising slopes that provide views of the connecting ribbon of the Moselle. Such variety ensures that a hike on the Moselsteig trail is great fun. This trail through nature is breathtaking and continually leads to history-rich culture. Numerous vantage points provide unforgettable views - of the cultural landscape and the river, which have been shaped by viticulture for centuries.

The stages on the Upper Moselle inspire hikers with open, wide landscape with gentle, vine-covered hills, from which the view extends to the neighbouring countries of France and Luxembourg. Further downstream it leads to Trier, Germany's oldest city. The landscape changes here: The course of the river is breathtaking with its world-famous meanders, steeply sloping vineyards and picturesque, world-famous towns such as Bernkastel-Kues, Traben-Trarbach, Zell (Mosel) and Cochem. And finally follows the Terrace Moselle: The river valley becomes narrower and has high and steep flanks and terraced steep slopes in part. Scenic and cultural highlights, such as Europe's steepest vineyard, the Bremmer Calmont, or Eltz Castle are directly on the route. Deutsches Eck in Koblenz, where the Moselle flows into the Rhine, finally marks the end - or the start - of the Moselsteig trail.

Moselle wine and local hospitality during a stop or overnight stay, make a hike on the Moselsteig trail an extraordinary experience. If you want even more from your hiking trip in the Moselle valley, you shouldn't miss out on the side trails (circular trails to the Moselsteig trail).

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Information on public transport connections to the start/end points of the respective stages is given in the respective steps of the trails. 

Getting there

Information on how to get to the start/end points of the respective stages is given in the respective stages of the trails. 

Parking

Information on parking at the start/end points of the respective stages is given in the respective steps of the trails. 

Coordinates

DD
49.466340, 6.379668
DMS
49°27'58.8"N 6°22'46.8"E
UTM
32U 310148 5482599
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Literature (only available in German):

“Moselsteig” - Offzieller Moselsteig-Wanderführer von ideemedia [Official Moselsteig trail hiking guide from ideemedia], € 14.95 €

Authors: Ulrike Poller, Wolfgang Todt, publisher: ideemedia, 300 pages with around 300 images, altitude profiles, QR codes and GPS Tracks, format 11.5 x 23 cm, ISBN: 978-3-942779-21-0, € 14.95

 

“Premium-Set”

Premium-Set consisting of the official hiking guide, including set of 3 hiking maps. Publisher: ideemedia, ISBN: 978-3-942779-24-1, € 26.95

 

In addition, other hiking guides are also available:

“Moselsteig” pocket guide (excerpt of the official hiking guide in pocket format), Ulrike Poller, Wolfgang Todt, publisher: ideemedia, 194 pages, format: 11.0 x 16.4 cm, ISBN: 978-3-942779-25-8, € 12.95

“Abenteuer Moselsteig” [Moselsteig trail adventure], Heidrun Braun, publisher: public press, 192 pages, format: 11.8 x 19.3 cm, ISBN: 978-3-89920-831-3, € 11.99

“Moselsteig”, Thorsten Lensing, Rother hiking guide, format: 11.5 x 16.5 cm, ISBN: 978-3-7633-4433-8, € 14.90

Hikeline “Moselsteig - Auf traumhaften Pfaden von Perl nach Koblenz” [Moselsteig trail - on dreamlike paths from Perl to Koblenz], publisher: Esterbauer, format 16 x 22.5 cm, ISBN: 978-3-8500-0611-8, € 11.90

 

 

The hiking guides and the maps are available in bookstores or on the website www.moselsteig.de under the heading “Brochures & information material”.

Author’s map recommendations

“Official Moselsteig Trail hiking maps” in pocket format:

The entire route is divided into 3 maps:

Leisure Map Moselsteig - Map 1: Perl - Trier (Stages 1 - 4), ISBN: 978-3-89637-419-6

Leisure Map Moselsteig - Map 2: Trier – Zell (Moselle) (Stages 5 -14), ISBN: 978-3-89637-420-2

Leisure Map Moselsteig - Map 3: Zell (Moselle) – Koblenz (Stages 15 -24) ISBN: 978-3-89637-421-9

Individual maps: € 5.90

Set of 3 maps: € 14.50 (ISBN: 978-3-89637422-6)

 

The maps are available in bookstores or on the website www.moselsteig.de under the heading “Brochures & information material”.

Equipment

 
  • The Moselsteig is a demanding hiking trail through the low mountain range.
  • We recommend sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate, functional hiking clothing for all stages.
  • The Moselsteig repeatedly leads through different places in the Moselle valley. Especially in summer, we recommend that you pack your rucksack with sufficient food and especially drinks, because some stages lead over longer distances through sunny vineyards.
  • Please also note that some shops, restaurants and overnight stays are not open during the winter months.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
347.9 km
Duration
140:00h
Ascent
9,140 m
Descent
9,300 m
Point-to-point Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights

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  • 24 Stages
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Moselsteig Trail Stage 01: Perl – Palzem
difficult Stage 1
23.9 km
7:00 h
600 m
600 m

Hiking in one of the best neighbourhoods The first stage – or quite possibly the final stage – of the Moselsteig Trail cannot fail to inspire ...

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Moselsteig Trail Stage 02: Palzem – Nittel
moderate Stage 2
16.4 km
4:30 h
330 m
340 m

Variations on the Upper Moselle The second stage of the Moselsteig Trail simply cannot fail to surprise you with its uniquely varied route.

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Moselsteig Trail Stage 03: Nittel – Konz
difficult Stage 3
22.5 km
6:30 h
570 m
575 m

Rocks and fields between the Saar and Moselle. Steep rock faces and wide-open fields are the characteristic features of this section of the trail.

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Moselsteig Trail Stage 04: Konz – Trier
moderate Stage 4
21.1 km
6:00 h
395 m
385 m

In the footsteps of the Romans. This stage is dedicated to the ancient Romans: the starting point in Konz is the former gateway to the city of ...

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Moselsteig Trail Stage 05: Trier – Schweich
moderate Stage 5
19.2 km
5:00 h
650 m
650 m

From the Roman city to the Roman Wine Route Hiking accompanied by incredible views: the fifth stage of the Moselsteig Trail will blow you away ...

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Moselsteig Trail Stage 06: Schweich – Mehring
moderate Stage 6
12.3 km
4:00 h
400 m
400 m

Sporting views over the Moselle Valley. This stage of the trail requires more in the way of fitness: the path frequently changes, climbing ...

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Moselsteig Trail Stage 07: Mehring – Leiwen
difficult Stage 7
14.5 km
4:10 h
570 m
570 m

Onwards to woodland and distant vistas. This challenging stage leads through the woodland around Mehringer Schweiz and includes a number of ...

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easy Stage 8
14.1 km
4:00 h
435 m
445 m

Finding nature. The stage between Leiwen and Neumagen-Dhron offers hikers a fascinating experience of both nature and the surrounding landscape.

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moderate Stage 9
18.1 km
5:00 h
565 m
575 m

Wine routes The first few kilometres of the Moselsteig Trail here are all about wine: it passes through the seemingly endless romantic vineyards ...

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moderate Stage 10
14.9 km
4:00 h
590 m
590 m

Back to the Middle Ages through expansive open countryside. This stage takes you from the wine-making villages of Kesten and Osann-Monzel to ...

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moderate Stage 11
17 km
5:30 h
590 m
500 m

Of vineyards, forests and rare fruit. This section of the trail passes along the edge of the slope and through tranquil woodland, offering ...

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moderate Stage 12
15.1 km
5:00 h
505 m
605 m

Of Art Nouveau and royal builders. The twelfth stage of the Moselsteig Trail is a typical high-level trail, revealing an unusual number of ...

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moderate Stage 13
15.2 km
5:00 h
690 m
670 m

Deep and distant views Even from the start of this stage in Traben-Trarbach, the Moselsteig Trail elates with its unusually charming views: the ...

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easy Stage 14
12.4 km
3:30 h
405 m
425 m

'Cannon's Railway' and the Black Cat. Leaving the half-timbered houses in Reil behind, the trail first follows the Cannon's Railway, a historical ...

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difficult Stage 15
19.9 km
6:00 h
890 m
885 m

Looking forwards – and backwards. Tranquillity, as only a forest can offer, is your constant companion on this section of the trail.

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moderate Stage 16
11.4 km
4:00 h
425 m
445 m

Through the steepest vineyards to reach the loveliest views. The stage between Neef and Ediger-Eller is the shortest of the 24 legs – but it's ...

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moderate Stage 17
16 km
5:00 h
525 m
530 m

Of Roman tombs and fairytale villages. This is a challenging section that leads through the middle of cultivated vineyards, affording different ...

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Moselsteig Trail Stage 18: Beilstein – Cochem
moderate Stage 18
13.8 km
4:00 h
610 m
610 m

In the footsteps of the vintners who cultivate the steeper slopes. Once you have completed this section with its many steep slopes, you will ...

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difficult Stage 19
23.5 km
8:30 h
830 m
830 m

Detours in time and space. The Moselsteig Trail is extremely varied and changeable along this stretch, yet also offers a number of short detours ...

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difficult Stage 20
13.6 km
4:30 h
355 m
360 m

From cathedrals to castles. This section of the trail starts with culture and history: passing the Moselle Cathedral – the Monastery Church to St.

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Moselsteig Trail Stage 21: Moselkern – Löf
moderate Stage 21
13.8 km
4:00 h
625 m
630 m

Heady heights and deep down into the valley. The first section of this leg between Moselkern and Löf demands a certain level of fitness: the ...

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difficult Stage 22
13.7 km
4:30 h
610 m
610 m

Of plateaus and forest elephants. Starting in Löf and continuing via Alken to Kobern-Gondorf, this section of the trail promises a journey ...

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difficult Stage 23
13.9 km
5:30 h
580 m
580 m

Seeking out the mysterious "Tatzelwurm". This section leads through the Mühlental Valley straight into the kingdom of the mythical Tatzelwurm, a ...

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easy Stage 24
15.3 km
4:00 h
285 m
295 m

At the finish. At the start. On the Moselsteig Trail. This final section predominantly leads through vineyards, over the Hexenhügel, the Witches' ...

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