Moselsteig Trail (entire route). A trail that offers so much more.
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Moselsteig am Calmont Gipfelkreuz Region CochemPhoto: Thomas Kalff, Mosel. Faszination Urlaub
Welcome to the Moselsteig Trail!
Certified as a “Leading Quality Trail – Best of Europe”
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.
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Safety informationThe 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 and hintsMosellandtouristik GmbH
Phone: +49 (0) 6531-97330
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).
Public transportInformation on public transport connections to the start/end points of the respective stages is given in the respective steps of the trails.
By roadInformation on how to get to the start/end points of the respective stages is given in the respective stages of the trails.
ParkingInformation on parking at the start/end points of the respective stages is given in the respective steps of the trails.
Book recommendation by the author
“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 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 https://www.visitmosel.de/wandern/service-infos-tipps
under the heading “Ordering brochures”.
Author’s map recommendations
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 https://www.visitmosel.de/wandern/service-infos-tipps under the heading “Ordering brochures”.
- 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.
- 24 Stages
Hiking in one of the best neighbourhoods.
Variations on the Upper Moselle.
Rocks and fields between the Saar and Moselle.
In the footsteps of the Romans.
From the Roman city to the Roman Wine Route
Sporting views over the Moselle Valley.
Onwards to woodland and distant vistas.
Back to the Middle Ages through expansive open countryside.
Of vineyards, forests and rare fruit.
Of Art Nouveau and royal builders.
Deep and distant views
'Cannon's Railway' and the Black Cat.
Looking forwards – and backwards.
Through the steepest vineyards to reach the loveliest views.
Of Roman tombs and fairytale villages.
In the footsteps of the vintners who cultivate the steeper slopes.
Detours in time and space.
From cathedrals to castles.
Heady heights and deep down into the valley.
Of plateaus and forest elephants.
Seeking out the mysterious "Tatzelwurm".
At the finish. At the start.
Questions and answers
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