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> The first and most beautiful stages of the Moselsteig
> Staying in pleasant Gasthofen and hotels.
The Moselsteig has not been around as long as, for example, the Eifelsteig and the Rheinsteig, and not every hiker has heard of it. This makes the Moselsteig perhaps Germany's best-kept hiking secret. Follow in the footsteps of the Romans, discover the most beautiful vineyards and end your hiking days with a delicious glass of wine. You will find the good life on the banks of the Moselle.
During this 6-day hiking holiday, you will take in the most beautiful stages of the Mostelsteig. Each day you will walk between 10 and 25 kilometers and spend 6 to 8 hours hiking. Your accommodation in comfortable Gasthofen and hotels along the way is arranged and your extra luggage will be transported to your next accommodation each time. You only have to concentrate on the route and think about which wines you want to taste again today.
Why book through Bookatrekking.com?
You can do the Moselsteig completely independently. However, putting together the right route including booking all accommodation can be a complicated affair. Bookatrekking.com has warm contacts with all accommodations on the Moselsteig we will gladly take that burden off your shoulders. Contact our Trekking Experts for free travel advice and arranging your Moselsteig hike will be a piece of cake.
What is the plan?
Day 1: 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.
Day 2, Stage 1: Perl - Palzem
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.
Distance: 23.8 kilometers
Walking time: 6.5 hours
Ascent: 450 meters
Descend: 450 meters
Day 3, Stage 2: Palzem - Nittel
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.
Distance: 16.1 kilometers
Walking time: 4.5 hours
Ascent: 310 meters
Descend: 320 meters
Day 4, Stage 3: Nittel - Konz / Wasserliesch
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.
Distance: 22.3 kilometers
Walking time: 6.5 hours
Ascent: 450 meters
Descent: 450 meters
Day 5, Stage 4: Konz / Wasserliesch - Trier
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.
Distance: 23.9 kilometers
Walking time: 6.5 hours
Ascent: 380 meters
Descent: 380 meters
Day 6: 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!
√ Booking the hotels and guesthouses
We will take care of arranging accommodation for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead.
√ Accommodation in Perl and Trier
We will arrange the accommodation before and after your Moselsteig trek. So that you can start your hiking trip well-rested, you will spend the night before your hike in Perl. After your adventure, you will spend one last night in Trier.
√ Baggage Transfer
This trek includes the transfer of your luggage throughout the entire trek. Your bags will be picked up every morning from the hotel lobby and will be driven to your next stop. Baggage transfers allow you to travel lighter during the day and enjoy the walk in a more relaxed manner.
Breakfast is, if possible, included in this trek and it will be provided every morning at the accommodation before you continue with your Moselsteig adventure.
× Airfare and Visa
You have to make your way to Perl. The total amount is exclusive of flights to Germany.
Once in Germany, you will have to make your way to the trailhead in Perl. We will provide the instructions and assist you with how to get there and back after the trek, but the bus/train tickets are not included, as well as the ferry tickets (if needed).
× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.
× Lunch and Dinner
Breakfast is, if possible, included in the price of the trek. You can get lunch and dinner at the shops, hotels, and restaurants along the way.
× City tax
The inevitable city tax is also for your own account, in case this must be paid in the accommodations.
× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.
The Moselsteig is one of the more popular long-distance hiking trails in Germany. That, combined with the beauty of the Moselle and its many wine villages, means you'll 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 trail is that you are never very far from civilization. This makes it easy to combine the Moselsteig with a comfortable long weekend away. 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. The wine villages also offer wine tasting.
Organizing the stages and booking accommodation should not be taken lightly. Hotels can be fully booked months in advance. We try to book the accommodation below for you based on availability. Should there be no availability, we will try to find you a suitable alternative.
Night 1, Perl: Hotel Perler Hof
Located in the center of Perl, Hotel Perler Hof is a beautifully renovated old building from the 18th century. In a unique location in the middle of the picturesque border triangle of Germany, Luxembourg, and France, you can really unwind and relax. You can also enjoy regional specialties and wines.
Night 2, Palzem: Hotel Zur Moselterrasse
This hotel is located in the middle of Palzem, in the charming and cozy Moselle Valley. Palzem is the most southern Moselle wine town in Rijland-Palts. You can have breakfast here with spectacular views over the Moselle.
Night 3, Nittel: Weingut Hemmerling-Pinnel
The Hemmerling-Pinnel family not only runs wonderful overnight accommodations, but you can also visit their own vineyard. Once you've done that, you can of course take the opportunity right away and do a wine tasting.
Night 4, Konz / Wasserliesch: Scheid's Hotel - Restaurant
This hotel is located directly on the Moselle cycle path. They have an à la carte restaurant and a garden terrace, serving local dishes and wines.
Night 5, Trier: Vintage Hotel Petrisberg
When you step inside here, you don't feel like you are in Germany's oldest city. There is an oasis of peace and relaxation here. The hotel is located in the countryside, among vineyards, with fantastic views over the city.
It doesn't matter where you are going to walk or for how long. Bringing the right equipment is very important. The first thing you need for your hike is a good backpack. The size of your backpack depends on the number of days you go hiking, the season, and the clothes you take. The most important thing is the comfort level of your daypack. We have compiled a packing list with some essential clothing you should bring and some extras you might find useful:
- Hiking boots (worn in)
- Hiking socks
- Base layer tops - ideally thermal
- Mid layer tops (e.g. fleece)
- Trekking trousers
- Hat for warmth or shade
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Casual clothing & footwear for evenings.
- Nightwear and underwear
- Water bottle
- Sunglasses & sunscreen
- Small first aid kit
- Blister plasters
- Insect repellent
- Camera and charger
- Map and compass
- A book
- Energy snacks
- Walking sticks
Where is the Moselsteig?
The Mostelsteig starts at Perl, near the border triangle between Germany, Luxembourg, and France, and ends in Koblenz, where the Moselle flows into the Rhine. Both Perl and Koblenz and most stops in between are easily accessible both by car and public transport. The Moselsteig is 365 kilometers long and is divided 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.
Best season for the Moselsteig
Although you can hike the Moselsteig 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 or after heavy rainfall. If you want to combine the Moselsteig 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. Not to worry, you can always find a good glass of wine along the Moselle in the off-season too.
Moselsteig and wine
Germany is known for beer but on the banks of the Moselle, 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. Production aside, the Moselle is the best known among experts 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 Mosel's 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 and end, all along the Moselsteig, you'll find a good glass of wine. Or two.
Arriving and departing
How do I get to the Moselsteig and back?
The Moselsteig is very well reachable by public transport. The Moselle Valley Railway connects Trier with Koblenz, so there is always a train station nearby along the Moselsteig. This ensures that the Moselsteig can also be easily hiked in individual stages and completed as desired.
You can fly to Frankfurt am Main, if possible. From there it will take you approximately 4.5 hours to travel to Perl. If you have the possibility to fly to Luxembourg Airport, that is the easiest to do, as you will then have to travel to Perl in only an hour.
Depending on the direction you choose, you can start the Moselsteig in either Perl or Koblenz. Both are easily accessible by both car and public transport. If you travel by train, take the ICE to Cologne/Cologne and then the ICE to Frankfurt. Get off in Koblenz and, if you want to start precisely in Perl, take the direct train from here to Trier and then to Perl. The journey takes about 6 hours.
Back to the starting point
It doesn't matter whether the Moselsteig starts in Perl, Trier, Koblenz, or somewhere along the way. Trier and Koblenz are directly connected by the Moseltalbahn. The Moseltalbahn runs parallel to the Moselsteig and 16 of the 24 stages are served directly by train. There is also an extensive bus network in the Moselle region. Note: Plan your trip before the hike!
The Moselsteig is not as well known as the Eifelsteig and the Rheinsteig but it is nevertheless a well-known hiking trail in Germany. The hiking trail is well-marked in both directions with the recognizable Moselsteig symbol.
Although the Moselsteig is anything but a Himalayan trek, things can always happen and there are also obstacles on the hiking trails along the way. For an unforgettable and safe memory, at least keep the following in mind:
- Wear appropriate clothing adapted to the weather that protects you from cold and wetness or from heat and sun.
- Do not leave the marked paths.
- Prepare carefully for your stages and use your energy wisely.
- Always make sure you have enough water with you.
- During climbs and descents, always use the provided aids such as handrails and ropes.
- Hiking trails can be treacherous, especially in autumn and winter.
Important phone numbers
Make sure your loved ones are informed about your hiking program. Bring a charged phone containing at least the following numbers:
- Immediate family member
- Places of accommodation en route
- General European emergency number: 112
The Covid-19 pandemic has had its grip on us, and accommodations all over the world have had to take several preventive measures over the past two years. In the meantime, most of the measurements are not taken into consideration anymore, yet it is definitely still a factor to take into account. Some restrictions that are worth mentioning:
- Don't go on your hiking trip if you have symptoms.
- Not all the accommodations are allowed to operate at full capacity yet, so make sure you book your stay in advance.
- Keep your distance and hygiene.
- Use disinfectants and hand sanitizers.
Stay informed about the current rules per country. Make sure you know before you leave which measures you need to take during your stay. The best thing to do is to check the websites of the government.
How to BookHow to Book?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking your match? In that case, you can proceed with your booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 30% of the total amount. In the case of this trek, we will check the availability at the respective accommodations for you. There are two possible outcomes:
√ There is availability
We go ahead and make all necessary arrangements for your trip. Once confirmed, we will send you a confirmation and your personal hiking guide. The remaining 70% must be paid at least two (2) weeks before the start of the trekking.
X There is no availability
If there is no availability, we will look for other starting dates or another trekking in agreement with you. Are there no other options for you? Then your deposit of 30% will be refunded.
If all the accommodations of this trekking are booked and confirmed, you will lose your deposit of 30% at all times. If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, you will lose your full booking amount.
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