Experience a hiking trail with impressive views and rare heat-loving plants and animals, rugged cliffs, vineyard terraces and gentle plateau of the Moselle trough. The rare Apollo butterfly, a species of butterfly native to this area, has given the trail its name.
Distance 7.5 km
The Apollowweg Valwig with its extension into the "Brauselay" nature reserve (Cochem-Cond) is an experience offered by the "WeinKulturLandschaft Mosel" project. It offers fascinating insights into the unique unity of a landscape with heat-loving plants and animals, rugged cliffs, vineyard terraces, the gentle plateau of the Moselle trough and the living culture that has grown over 2000 years.
In several stages, the Apollo Trail first leads through the village of Valwig, then up the steep Kreuzweg to the "Schönen Aussicht" (Beautiful View) to the Valwigerberg district. From here, the trail descends through the Niederwald forest into the vineyards and finally back to Valwig. A newly built refuge invites you to take a rest. Worth seeing: St. Martin's parish church and pilgrimage chapel of St. Mary and Mary Magdalene, various wayside shrines and wayside crosses, Apollo butterfly, green lizard.
From May to August, the Apollo butterfly is on the move in the Moselle region. The Apollo butterfly is a highly endangered and strictly protected butterfly in Europe. The cultural trail in Valwig was named after this butterfly.
After and during rain or snowfall or ice, take extra care. Walk carefully, wear good shoes and avoid overconfidence and risky excursions.
Be sure to take enough provisions with you (especially mineral water). However, pay attention to the weight of your backpack. Take breaks, carry a mobile phone (for emergencies) and avoid hiking when there is a risk of thunderstorms.
In several stages, the Apollo Trail leads from the banks of the Moselle first through the village of Valwig, then up the steep Kreuzweg to the Schönen Aussicht and on to the Valwigerberg district. From here, the trail descends through the Niederwald forest into the vineyards and finally back to Valwig. You can walk this circular route at your leisure in about 3 hours. In an additional hour, you can reach the Brauselay nature reserve and Cochem via the vineyard path.
all notes on protected areas
The A48 motorway (Koblenz-Trier) is the best connection to Valwig. Please use the Kaisersesch exit and drive towards Cochem. From there, the neighbouring village of Valwig is signposted.
Coming from the north, take the A3 or A61 towards Koblenz, then continue on the A48 towards Trier.
Guests from the Rhine-Main area also travel via the A3 (towards Cologne).
Coming from the Saarbrücken direction, Valwig can be reached via the A1 towards Trier and then on the A48 towards Koblenz.
Those who want to take in the beautiful landscape should choose the approach along the Moselle.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Author’s map recommendations
Wanderkarte Mosel, Maßstab 1 : 25.000 ISBN 978-3-89637-256-7 6,90 €
Sturdy shoes and weatherproof clothing are required for the hike.