Moselsteig Trail: Hike and Wine Along The Moselle

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Located between the Rheinsteig and the Eifelsteig, the Moselsteig is a bit of the underdog when it comes to hiking in Germany. The Moselsteig Trail has not been around as long as its two 'big' brothers and not every hiker has heard of it. This makes the Moselsteig perhaps Germany's best-kept hiking secret. Follow the footsteps of the Romans, discover the most beautiful vineyards, and end your hiking days with a delicious glass of wine. The good life can be found on the banks of the Mosel River. Read our blog post, check out the route and stages, and prepare yourself for the Moselsteig. Auf geht's!

The 365-kilometer Moselsteig is divided into 24 stages that can be walked in both directions. The Moselsteig follows the entire German Mosel River from Perl on the German-French-Luxembourg border to the mouth of the river at the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz. Koblenz is also the finish point of the Eifelsteig Trail the starting point of the famous Rheinsteig Trail.

Where is the Moselsteig Trail?

The Moselsteig Trail starts at Perl, near the border three-countries border between Germany, Luxembourg, and France, and ends in Koblenz, where the Moselle River flows into the Rhine. Both Perl and Koblenz and most intermediate stops in between are easily accessible by car and public transport. The Moselsteig is 365 kilometers long and is subdivided into 24 stages. With lengths between 11 and 24 kilometers, levels of difficulty ranging from easy to challenging, and paths through forests, vineyards, or typical wine villages, the Moselsteig is suitable for young and old and has a few suitable stages for everyone.

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Hike and Wine on the Moselsteig Trail

Germany is known for beer but on the banks of the Moselle River, you will find wine. Lots and lots of wine. The Moselle region is one of 13 German wine regions and the third largest when it comes to production. Next to that, the Moselle River and its wines are famous among connoisseurs and that has everything to do with its unique climate and the quality of Riesling wines, which you find a lot here.

With a 65° slope, the steepest registered vineyard in the world is the Mosel-side Calmont, which belongs to the village of Bremm and is therefore called Bremmer Calmont. On Stage 16 of the Moselsteig, you pass Calmont. But it doesn't really matter where you start or end, all along the Moselsteig, you'll find a good glass of wine. Or two.

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Best Season for the Moselsteig Trail

Although you can hike the Moselsteig Trail all year round, the best seasons are obviously spring, summer, and early autumn. Note that some climbs on the Moselsteig can be muddy and slippery in winter. If you want to combine the Moselsteig Trail with the wine season, stick to July and August. During these months, there are various festivities concerning Riesling and other famous wines in the various regions. Beware of heavy legs along the way!

Moselsteig: Map

The Moselsteig has countless options. You are also certainly not the first to make your way between vineyards, castles, and fortresses. But where do you start? Further on in this blog, you will find some options for your Moselsteig adventure. Below is an overview map of the Moselsteig, with the full route, mapped out. On the map, you will also find some key hiking destinations.

Hiking the Moselsteig? These Are the Best Options

To hike the entire Moselsteig, you will need almost a month. The entire route covers 365 kilometers, so it's pretty easy to know which options you must have done at least. At Bookatrekking.com, we send you to Germany with a hiking guide combining the best hiking routes as well as local secrets. Below are just a few of the options that make the Moselsteig so special.

Hiking the Moselsteig? These Are the Best Options

1. The Most Beautiful Part of the Moselsteig: From Perl to Trier

The most beautiful part of the Moselsteig can be found between Perl and Trier. On this 4-day hike, you will hike the first four stages of the Moselsteig. You walk between 16 and 25 kilometers per day, varying in difficulty. Moreover, you will spend each night in a typical wine village, a great opportunity to plan a wine tasting. Weingut Hartmann in Perl and Weingut Zilliken in Nittel are definitely worth a visit!

Stages in a nutshell

Stage 1: Perl - Palzem (24 kilometers)

Stage 2: Palzem - Nittel (16,5 kilometers)

Stage 3: Nittel - Konz (22,5 kilometers)

Stage 4: Konz - Trier (21 kilometers)

You pass the Three Country Point fairly quickly. The first stretch you hike across the German-French border, enjoying insane views over France. The landscape changes constantly and one moment you walk through the vineyards with views over the Moselle Valley, then you walk through rustic forests, or even across stretched fields. You pass Palzem, the most southern Moselle village in Rhineland-Palatinate, right on the Luxembourg border. This ensures that you also have beautiful views of Luxembourg. Further on, the route is characterized by steep cliffs and vast fields over the Moselle Valley, where even the orchids cannot be missed. On the last day, you really walk in the footsteps of the ancient Romans. You are constantly surprised by nature and its diversity. As you approach Trier, you first have a fantastic panoramic view of this lively city.

1. The Most Beautiful Part of the Moselsteig: From Perl to Trier

Moselsteig: From Perl to Trier Stages

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Arrival in Perl

Today you will arrive in Perl. The hike starts tomorrow, so you have time today to get to know Perl. You can go to the Triple-border Point of Luxembourg, Germany, and France. You can also take a look at the reconstructed Roman villa Borg.

Hotel Perler Hof (Perl)

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Hotel Perler Hof (Perl)
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Perl - Palzem

Duration: 06:38 h
Distance: 23.8 km
Ascent: 450 m
Descent: 440 m
The first (or last) stage of the Moselsteig is beautiful because of the nature, open landscape, and exclusive views of Luxembourg and France. You soon pass the Triple-border Point. You continue across the German-French border, where you have beautiful views of France. The landscape constantly changes, offering a contrast to the vine-covered Moselle valley, rustic forests, and the vast fields of the Saargau. With Palzem, an attractive destination awaits you.

Hotel & Restaurant zur Moselterrasse (Palzem)

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Hotel & Restaurant zur Moselterrasse (Palzem)
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Palzem - Nittel

Duration: 04:30 h
Distance: 16.1 km
Ascent: 310 m
Descent: 320 m
The second stage of the Moselsteig surprises for its varied route. It starts in Palzem, the southernmost Moselle municipality in Rhineland-Palatinate, right on the Luxembourg border. The imposing "Helfanter Dom" with its double towers is worth a short visit. The walk continues on short, steep slopes through forests and meadows. There are several opportunities to take short breaks and admire the splendor of the Moselle. The stage eventually leads through vineyards to the wine village of Nittel. Cheers.

Sleep & Go! (Nittel)

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Sleep & Go! (Nittel)
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Nittel - Konz / Wasserliesch

Duration: 06:15 h
Distance: 22.3 km
Ascent: 450 m
Descent: 450 m
Steep cliffs and vast fields characterize this stage. Shortly after leaving Nittel, hikers are rewarded with breathtaking views over the Moselle valley. Past beautiful cliffs, the Moselsteig runs in a varied manner through the Nittler Felsen nature reserve. The orchids are not to be missed. On steep paths through the forest, the trail eventually leads down along the Way of the Cross to the town of Konz. Here, you can visit the open-air museum the Roscheider Hof.

Park Hotel (Konz)

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Park Hotel (Konz)
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Konz / Wasserliesch - Trier

Duration: 06:32 h
Distance: 23.9 km
Ascent: 380 m
Descent: 380 m
Today you walk in the footsteps of the ancient Romans. After crossing the Moselle, there is an opportunity to make a detour to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Igeler Säule - a richly decorated Roman tomb which, at 23 meters high, is now considered the largest Roman columnar tomb north of the Alps. During this hiking day, you will be constantly surprised by nature and its diversity. Just before you arrive at Trier, you first have a fantastic panoramic view of this lively city.

Schroeders City-Style-Hotel (Trier)

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Schroeders City-Style-Hotel (Trier)
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Return trip to Perl

If you parked your car in Perl, you can take the train back today. There is a direct train going. You can also spend an extra day in Trier or start the Eifelsteig, for example!
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2. Moselsteig Wine and Castles: From Neef to Cochem

The best part of the Moselsteig can be found between Neef and Cochem. Why is this the best part, you ask? Well, we'll tell you. This part of the Moselsteig is all about castles and wine. Lots of wine. On this 3-day hike, you'll hike stages 16, 17, and 18 of the Moselsteig. You'll hike between 10 and 17 kilometers a day, while really immersing yourself in the viticulture of the Moselle. Here, too, you will spend the nights in typical wine villages along the Moselle. Again, you will have the perfect opportunity for some wine tasting. For example, visit Weingut und Edelbrennerei Gemmrich in Beilstein, or Weinhaus Hieronimi in Cochem.

Stages in a nutshell

Stage 16: Neef - Ediger-Eller (11 kilometers)

Stage 17: Ediger-Eller - Beilstein (16 kilometers)

Stagee 18: Beilstein - Cochem (14 kilometers)

You start these stages right away with the biggest challenge of the entire Moselsteig, namely climbing the steepest vineyard in Europe, the Bremmer Calmont. For those looking for even more of a challenge, it is possible to do the Calmont Klettersteig hiking trail. This hike is about 3 kilometers, taking approximately 2 hours of your time. You won't need any special equipment for this, and it will give you the most spectacular views as you hike through the vineyards. You will spend the night in Beilstein, which is also called the "Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle" because, with its small alleys and half-timbered houses, it was often used in the past as a filming location for local films. Once you are used to all the steep slopes of these stages, you can well imagine that viticulture on the Moselle is not easy. The rocky paths along the edge of the slope require some steadiness. When you arrive in Cochem, you can visit the fairytale-like Reichsburg.

2. Moselsteig Wine and Castles: From Neef to Cochem

Moselsteig: From Neef to Cochem Stages

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Arrival in Neef

Today you will arrive in Neef. Herzlich Willkommen! Tomorrow your hike starts and you will already pass by the Bremmer Calmont. So you can relax today and go for one of the local wine tastings, for example.

Gästehaus Mona Lisa (Neef)

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Gästehaus Mona Lisa (Neef)
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Neef - Ediger-Eller

The section between Neef and Ediger-Eller is the shortest of the 24 stages - but it offers perhaps the most challenge of all: the Moselsteig trail leads directly to Europe's steepest vineyard, the Bremmer Calmont.

A few steps further, you will see the ruins of the Stuben Monastery in the valley and the legendary Vierseenblick (a division of the Moselle into four separate parts). If you fancy a challenge, you have the option of taking the Via Ferrata at Calmont to tackle the steep slopes here. You won't need any Via Ferrata equipment for this, but it gives you spectacular views as you hike through the vineyards. The Calmont Klettersteig will take about 2 hours of your time. At the end of the stage, the route takes you along an idyllic vineyard path to Ediger-Eller.

B&B Hotel Moselterrasse (Ediger-Eller)

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B&B Hotel Moselterrasse (Ediger-Eller)
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Ediger-Eller - Beilstein

Duration: 04:48 h
Distance: 17 km
Ascent: 390 m
Descent: 350 m
A challenging stage, passing through cultivated vineyards and offering varied views of the Mosel Valley. After starting in Ediger-Eller, the route leads past numerous shrines. A trip to the Roman tombs in Nehren, whose vault paintings are the best preserved north of the Alps, is ideal for a diversion. After a vineyard section, the route continues on a narrow forest path through Briedener Schweiz, which is captivating due to its impressive nature. Past the large Carmelite church, the path leads over the famous monastery stairs to the end of the stage in Beilstein. The small Mosel village is also called the "Sleeping Beauty of the Mosel region" because in the past it was often used as a filming location for local films with its small alleys and half-timbered houses.

Hotel Restaurant Alte Stadtmauer (Beilstein)

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Hotel Restaurant Alte Stadtmauer (Beilstein)
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Beilstein - Cochem - Neef

Duration: 04:07 h
Distance: 13.3 km
Ascent: 390 m
Descent: 390 m

Those who master this stage and its many steep slopes can understand the efforts involved in winegrowing on the Moselle. The rocky paths along the edge of the slope require some surefootedness, but on long stretches, they offer unforgettable views of the Moselle. Finally, the path leads under the vertical rock face of the Brauselay, from where the stage destination Cochem is already in sight, dominated by the fairytale-like Reichsburg.

The return journey from Cochem to Neef is easy. This is a 15-minute train ride, so you can choose to stay in Cochem a bit longer. For example, visit the Reichsburg, take the Sesselbahn to Pinnerkreuz, or, while you're there, taste another wine.

Gästehaus Mona Lisa (Neef)

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Gästehaus Mona Lisa (Neef)
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Departure

After breakfast, the program is over. We hope to see you again soon along the Moselle and wish you a pleasant journey back home!
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3. The Last Part of the Moselsteig: From Löf to Koblenz

The last section of the Moselsteig can be found between Löf and Koblenz. On this 3-day hike, you will hike the last three stages of the Moselsteig. You hike between 13 and 16 kilometers per day, taking a journey through time. You will also be introduced to the secret of the Tatzelwurm. You will again stay overnight in small wine villages. Plan a visit to Weingut Rüdiger Kröber in Winningen, or Weingut Schwaab in Koblenz!

Stages in a nutshell

Stage 22: Löf-Kobern-Gondorf (14 kilometers)

Stage 23: Kobern-Gondorf - Winningen (14 kilometers)

Stage 24: Winningen - Koblenz (15 kilometers)

These stages are all about a journey through time, castles, and fortresses. You can visit the 12th-century Thurant castle, which you soon pass. In Korbern-Gondorf, you can visit the Matthias chapel, where you have a fantastic panoramic view of before. This chapel was built in the 13th century in honor of the Apostle Matthias. Stage 23 is all about the secret of the Tatzelwurm, a legendary mythical creature said to live in the Mühlental forest. A little further on you pass the Hexenhügel, or Witches' Hill. Here you will find a memorial stone in memory of witch burnings in the Middle Ages. Around Winningen you will find the most extensive vineyard terraces in the entire Moselle region, and these provide a habitat for many special and rare animal species, such as the Apollo butterfly. The final stretch of the Moselsteig hikes along the riverbank to the town's landmark, the pointed headland Deutsches Eck, where the Moselle merges into the Rhine.

3. The Last Part of the Moselsteig: From Löf to Koblenz

Moselsteig: From Löf to Koblenz Stages

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Arrival in Löf

Welcome to Löf an der Mosel. Tomorrow the hike only starts, so you can relax today in this pretty wine village on the Moselle. Visit one of the many Weinstubes or check out the Kattner Mühlental. In this valley, 13 mills were run with the water power of the Mühlbach in past centuries.

Hotel Lellmann (Löf)

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Hotel Lellmann (Löf)
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Löf - Kobern-Gondorf

Duration: 03:42 h
Distance: 14.8 km
Ascent: 520 m
Descent: 520 m
This first stage is a journey through time. After a steep climb, you pass the entrance to the 12th-century Thurant castle, which you can visit. From here you have a great view over the valley. The path continues uphill, through vineyards until you reach the Bleidenberg plateau. During this climb, don't forget to look back several times to enjoy the beautiful view of the castle. After a variation of mountain paths, open fields, and forest trails, you will reach the Hitzlay - a viewpoint with fantastic views of the Moselle and the dam at Lehmen. Today's last great view is at the Mönch-Felix-Hütte. This is a small wooden lookout tower where you have a fantastic panoramic view of Kobern-Gondorf with its two castles and the Matthias Chapel.

Hotel Simonis (Kobern-Gondorf)

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Hotel Simonis (Kobern-Gondorf)
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Kobern-Gondorf - Winningen

Duration: 03:13 h
Distance: 13.4 km
Ascent: 410 m
Descent: 410 m
Today you will follow in the footsteps of the secret of the Tatzelwurm. The trail leads you through the Mühlental, directly to the realm of the Tatzelwurm, a legendary mythical creature said to live here in the forest. Walking through ancient vineyards, you will arrive at the Matthias Chapel. This chapel was built in the 13th century in honor of the apostle Matthias. This chapel is definitely worth a visit. The path descends through the forest until you reach Belltal. From there, a challenging climb awaits over a rocky path. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with a fantastic Moselle panorama. You continue hiking through the forest and vineyards before reaching Winningen.

Horchpension Wagner (Winningen)

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Horchpension Wagner (Winningen)
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Winningen - Koblenz

Duration: 03:11 h
Distance: 14.9 km
Ascent: 150 m
Descent: 170 m
The last stage runs mainly through vineyards. You also pass the Hexenhügel, the Witches' Hill, where you will find a memorial stone, commemorating witch burnings in the Middle Ages. Around Winningen you will find the most extensive vineyard terraces in the entire Moselle region, and these provide a habitat for many special and rare animal species, such as the Apollo butterfly. The path takes you further through meadows and fruit orchards. Along the riverbank, you walk to the town's landmark, the Deutsches Eck. Here, the Moselle merges into the Rhine.

Altstadt Hotel & Café Koblenz (Koblenz)

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Altstadt Hotel & Café Koblenz (Koblenz)
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Return trip to Löf

If you parked your car in Löf, you can take the train back today. There is a direct train going, the Moseltalbahn. This journey will take you approximately 45 minutes. You can also spend an extra day in Koblenz, or start the Rheinsteig, for example!
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Moselsteig Accommodation: Gasthöfer and Hotels

The Moselsteig is one of the most popular long-distance hiking trails and tourist areas in Germany. That ensures that you will find numerous accommodation options along the Moselsteig. Be it a hotel, a guesthouse, a Bed, and Breakfast or a so-called Zimmer Frei. On the Moselsteig trail, you'll find it all. The nice thing about the hiking route is that you are never very far from civilization. The Gasthöfer and Hotels along the Moselsteig are usually family-run businesses, often accompanied by an in-house restaurant(s) and bar, and play a central role in community life in the village or town. In the wine villages, you can also taste wine there, of course.

A typical example of a Gasthof along the Moselsteig:

Moselsteig Accommodation: Gasthöfer and Hotels

Safety tips for the Moselsteig

Although this is far from being a trek in the Himalayas, unexpected things can always happen and you might also find obstacles on the hiking trails along the way. The Moselsteig is safe, the trails are quite straight forward and there is not an extreme difference in altitude. However, for your safety, every hike deserves a level of respect; respect for the terrain, the trails, wildlife and vegetation, local rules and regulations, and above all, your physical capabilities and safety. Therefore, for an unforgettable and safe hiking memory, please keep the following safety recommendations in mind:

  • Know your limits

    Always prepare each stage carefully to use your energy wisely, respect your physical and mental limitations, and avoid taking unnecessary risks. When ascending or descending, if applicable, always use the aids provided, such as handrails and ropes. Is this trek suitable for you? Well, familiarize yourself with the grading system and figure out if this trek matches your capabilities. If you still need professional advice you can always contact Bookatrekking.com experts.

  • Stay on marked trails

    The most important thing is to never leave the marked paths. For easy navigation we work with our trusted partner Komoot, whose interactive maps, also available offline, provide you with the necessary digital means to get from A to B in the Moselsteig. As a backup, make sure to bring a hiking guide or a paper map with you.

  • Fully equipped

    Make sure you have the necessary gear for the conditions you'll be facing, including appropriate clothing, footwear, and any necessary equipment for the terrain you'll be hiking on. Always wear clothing adapted to the weather of Moselsteig and protect yourself from cold and wetness or heat and sun. Besides, make sure you carry enough food and water for the duration of your trek. On the way, you might (or might not) be able to buy snacks.

  • Stay reachable

    If you are hiking solo or in small groups it is advisable to inform people back home about your plans, what route you are taking and when you plan to return. Even small incidents can lead to unpleasant emergencies so make sure you are available at all times. Bring a charged phone containing at least the phone numbers of immediate family members, your accommodations en route and the emergency phone numbers operating in the Moselsteig.

  • Respect for nature

    Do not litter, prevent noise, stay on the marked trails, do not disturb wildlife or grazing animals, and respect protected areas.

Packing List for the Moselsteig

No matter where you go hiking or for how long, bringing the right equipment is of utmost importance. For your hike, the first thing you need is a good backpack. The size of it will depend on the number of days you will be trekking, the season and the clothes you take with you. If you have luggage transport, the comfort level of your daypack is most important. We have compiled a packing list with a few essential items of clothing you should bring and some extras you might find useful:
  • Essentials

  • Extras

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