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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 7

Moselsteig Trail Stage 07: Mehring – Leiwen

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  • From the edge of Mehring looking upstream towards Riol and Longuich
    / From the edge of Mehring looking upstream towards Riol and Longuich
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
  • / Slate rock formations on the climbing trail in the Mehringer Schweiz
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
  • / Cross on the Kumer Knüppchen: Looking over to Riol with its recreational lakes, Longuich and Schweich
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
  • / Forest path looking towards the viewing platform with views of the "Five Moselle lakes"
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
  • / High-level beech forest around the viewing platform
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
  • / From Detzem vineyards looking towards Detzem showing the weir and lock
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
  • / One of the largest wine-growing villages on the Central Moselle: Leiwen
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
  • / Fünf-Seen-Blick
    Photo: Simone Pfeiffer, Mosellandtouristik GmbH
  • / Moselblick bei Leiwen
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH
m 500 400 300 200 100 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Fünfseenblick Aussichtspunkt Kammerwald Hütte (H) Ortsbild Leiwen Villa Rustica Kirche
Onwards to woodland and distant vistas.


Distance 14.5 km
4:10 h
570 m
570 m
This challenging stage leads through the woodland around Mehringer Schweiz and includes a number of thrilling uphill and downhill sections. The trail follows steep paths through fir and spruce forests, through a high-level beech forest and a level forest at the summit. In the early part of the stage, you have the option of stopping off at Lake Triolago, a popular recreational lake. Further on, yet another place of interest awaits you: a 20-metre high wooden viewing tower, from where you have an outstanding view of the "Five Moselle lakes", five curves of the Moselle interrupted by woodland and vineyards. The trail now heads steeply downhill towards Leiwen, the idyllic wine-growing village on one of the most beautiful loops on the River Moselle between Trier and Bernkastel-Kues.

Author’s recommendation

You can head off later in the day on this stage, even in warmer weather, as much of the climbing is through cool woodland.
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Thomas Kalff
Update: November 25, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
five-lakes viewing tower, 425 m
Lowest point
120 m
Best time of year

Tips and hints

Mosellandtouristik GmbH

Kordelweg 1, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues; Phone: +49 (6531) / 97330


Tourist information office Römische Weinstraße

Brückenstraße 46, 54338 Schweich; Phone: +49 (6502) / 9338-0


Mehring: Moselle Bridge (Brückenstraße) (121 m)
49.797252, 6.829994
49°47'50.1"N 6°49'48.0"E
32U 343835 5518347


Leiwen: Junction of Mühlenstraße and Euchariusstraße

Turn-by-turn directions

After the starting point in Perl and over the Moselle Bridge, the Moselsteig Trail takes you, for the second time, to the Hunsrück. You start this section at the bridge. You leave the road at the bridgehead and follow some steep steps to the slope edge. From here you will have stunning views of Mehring which is located a little lower than the path. Here, the Moselsteig Trail is accompanied by the Moselsteig Side Trail Mehringer Schweiz. At the sports field an access route branches off to the Roman Villa Mehring - a place where you can experience history up close. The trail continues to the edge of the forest, then a short steep uphill section, before the forest path takes you steeply downhill, to almost the level of the Moselle. You then hike on a flat meadow path at the foot of the slope to the edge of the Triolago recreational area. From here, a junction leads to Riol and the lakes. You also have the option of riding an exciting summer toboggan run! And this, right next to the Moselsteig Trail.

The following section to the summit cross on the Kumer Knüppchen requires some good stamina and sure-footedness. Suitable footwear is also a must. First, you continue at the Molesbach stream on a very steep incline. But also when you leave the watercourse, the Moselsteig Trail continues steeply uphill, over steps and past impressive slate rock formations to the summit cross. Here, you can rest and enjoy the view of the Moselle Valley and villages upstream of the Moselle – Mehring, Riol, Longen and Schweich, are the closest. The view of the leg 6 section from Schweich to Mehring over the Mehringer mountain is particularly beautiful.

The following section is also challenging. It leads over steps and natural cliff steps downhill at a steep decline, and then level along the slope edge. A longer uphill section through the forest follows and after a short distance through a coniferous forest, your arrive at an open beech forest. Now, you continue on a path to cross the K 85. Behind the road, you hike along the edge of the forest for a short distance and then on a path into the forest. The thick beech trunks are spaced far apart and you have a view from deep in the forest. The following uphill forest path takes you to the Fünfseenblick (Five Lakes View) viewing tower. In good weather you simply have to hike to the top! The view not only offers the “Five Lakes” as announced, but also shows the previous and upcoming legs on the Moselsteig Trail. To the North, you can also make out the many hilltops of the Vulkaneifel mountains in the distance.

The remaining section of this day trip is downhill and remains at the same height. After a section through the forest the Moselsteig Trail arrives at the edge of the forest. Continue downhill on a meadow of apple trees. After a further forest section you will arrive at a wayside shrine on the slope edge. You now have an unusually flat section for the Central Moselle ahead of you. Upstream of the Moselle, you will see Pölich; downstream of the Moselle you can see several towns: Schleich and Ensch on the left side, and Detzem and Thörnich on the right side, are the closest towns. The Moselsteig Trail continues on almost the same height on a dirt road between the edge of the forest and fallow vineyard areas. Views of the Moselle open up here over and again. Hinkellay, a resting area under a free-standing oak - the perfect picnic place - awaits you at the end of the trail. From here you have a view of a sea of vines. And embedded in this, is the destination of this stage, Leiwen, one of the largest wine growing villages at the Central Moselle. The Moselsteig Trail now continues on a steep incline through the vineyards and then with a noticeable slope in direction Schantelbach Valley. The access route towards the town centre branches off at the tennis grounds. It first takes you along the stream and then into the town. After 1 km you will reach the endpoint of this leg at the bus station in the Euchariusstraße.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


You can reach the stage towns Mehring (stop bridge) as well as Leiwen (stop Euchariusstrasse) with the bus line 220.

There are regular connections. Please note that during the school vacations of Rhineland-Palatinate / Saarland, at weekends and on public holidays there may be restrictions on the frequency! Please check the daily timetable on the website of the Verkehrsverbund Region Trier (VRT):


Getting there

Starting point: Mehring A 1, Mehring, Longuich or Schweich junctions, then follow the B 53

Destination: Leiwen A1, Föhren/Bekond exit and then follow the L 48 or B 53 and L 48


Mehring: There is some parking along the Moselstraße, which runs parallel to the B 53, or on Peter-Schröder-Platz (0.3 km link road).

Leiwen: Small car park directly adjacent to the Euchariusstraße bus stop and further parking on the square on Schulstraße


49.797252, 6.829994
49°47'50.1"N 6°49'48.0"E
32U 343835 5518347
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

 Literature (only available in German):

"Moselsteig" - Offzieller Moselsteig-Wanderführer von ideemedia, 14,95 €

Authors: Ulrike Poller, Wolfgang Todt, publisher: ideemedia, 300 pages with around 300 images, altitude profiles, QR codes and GPS Tracks (in German), Format 11,5 x 23 cm, ISBN: 978-3-942779-21-0, 14,95 €


"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)



Premium set consisting of the official hiking guide including set of 3 hiking maps. Publisher: ideemedia, ISBN: 978-3-942779-24-1, 26,95 €


The hiking guides and the maps are available in bookstores or on the website under the heading “Ordering brochures”.

Author’s map recommendations

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


  • Sturdy hiking footwear
  • Appropriate weatherproof hiking gear
  • Picnic lunch

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

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 Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • 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.

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Sonja Ewertz
May 23, 2021 · Community
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Dirk Kunze
September 07, 2018 · Community
When did you do this route? August 20, 2018
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570 m
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