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Franzosensteig - a historic hiking and climbing trail from the banks of the Moselle to the Hunsrückhöhe

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A small but fine circular route that is really something! The ascent is rewarded with breathtaking views of the magnificent Moselle landscape!
moderate
Distance 1.9 km
1:15 h
156 m
156 m
260 m
104 m
The hike starts at the bridge gate and follows the historic fire trail through the vineyards to the war memorial. From there the so-called lower French staircase with its 100 steps leads steeply up to the Grevenburg. The newly developed spiral staircase in the so-called "Hollow Barrel" allows you to exit to the viewing platform and continue your ascent via the upper French Staircase to the Gate to Heaven. Here you can enjoy a magnificent view over the Grevenburg, Traben-Trarbach and the Moselle loop to Mont-Royal.

 

Author’s recommendation

Plan a little more time and strengthen yourself in the castle tavern of the Grevenburg!
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Author
Kirsten Haag
Update: June 07, 2022
Difficulty
A moderate
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
260 m
Lowest point
104 m
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Track types

Asphalt 8%Path 86.61%Road 5.38%
Asphalt
0.2 km
Path
1.6 km
Road
0.1 km
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Rest stops

Grevenburg
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Safety information

The following applies to the area of the spiral staircase, viewing platform and climb via the upper French staircase to the Gates of Heaven:

- only for experienced hikers

- A head for heights required

- Surefootedness required

Tips and hints

Tourist-Information Traben-Trarbach

Am Bahnhof 5

56841 Traben-Trarbach

+49 - (0) 6541 /8398 0

www.traben-trarbach.de

Start

Traben-Trarbach bridge gate (104 m)
Coordinates:
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49.948114, 7.115115
DMS
49°56'53.2"N 7°06'54.4"E
UTM
32U 364774 5534564
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Destination

Traben-Trarbach bridge gate

Turn-by-turn directions

We start the hike at the historic landmark of the town of Traben-Trarbach, the bridge gate. From there we follow the traffic-calmed area of the bridge road to the Indian restaurant "Namaste Shiva" on the left side. There we reach the Brandweg on the left hand side between the houses via stairs. We follow the fire way, an escape route during flood times, until we reach the sign "Aufgang Grevenburg/Kriegerdenkmal". Now we follow a path along vineyard walls until we reach the stairs leading up through the vineyards. At the top we keep left and reach the war memorial. From here we continue on the 100 steps of the lower French staircase, always following the signs for Grevenburg. When you arrive at Grevenburg we cross the outer area of the castle towards the car park. From there you can see the steel constructions of the spiral staircase and the viewing platform right in the mountain. Through the "hollow barrel" you reach the viewing platform and there is already a great view of the surroundings. Continuing along the path, you climb the upper French staircase up to the Gate to Heaven - the climb is rewarded with a magnificent view! If you wish, you can also continue the hike here via Moselsteig stage 13 towards Starkenburg/Enkirch/Burg/Reil (see Moselsteig stage 13). The descent then follows the serpentine path from the Grevenburg car park down into the valley. At the bottom, the starting point of our hike, the bridge gate, is on the left-hand side.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Train: with the Moselle wine train every hour, stop Traben-Trarbach (www.moselwein-bahn.de)

Bus: with line 360 and line 720, stop Enkircher Straße

Getting there

by car to Enkircher Straße in the Trarbach district

Parking

Parking Enkircher Straße. The starting point (bridge gate) can be reached from there via the bridge entrance.

Coordinates

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49.948114, 7.115115
DMS
49°56'53.2"N 7°06'54.4"E
UTM
32U 364774 5534564
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

sturdy shoes, binoculars and camera recommended

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Questions and answers

Question from Nikita Rocky · February 01, 2021 · Community
Ist der Steig gerade (1.02.21) auf? Gibt es generell eine Möglichkeit herauszufinden, welche Steige gerade wegen Corona auf/zu sind?
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Answered by Kirsten Haag · February 02, 2021 · Moselregion Traben-Trarbach Kröv
Hallo Nikita Rocky, ja, der Steig ist geöffnet. Allerdings besteht bei der aktuellen Witterung Rutschgefahr. Normalerweise müsste in den jeweiligen Beschreibungen der Steige eine Info stehen, falls dieses geschlossen sind. Viele Grüße - Kirsten Haag

Rating

5.0
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Hannah Stephenson
March 03, 2021 · Community
Cute little loop trail with great views through and above the vineyards. Even though it's an entirely up-hill then down-hill walk, I would still rate this hike as easy. My 8 year old basically ran the whole way, and there are plenty of places to rest on the way.
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Nergiz Demir
October 11, 2020 · Community
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Difficulty
A moderate
Distance
1.9 km
Duration
1:15 h
Ascent
156 m
Descent
156 m
Highest point
260 m
Lowest point
104 m
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