© Claus Dürrmann, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues

Kestener Schweiz

  • start: Car park at the Kesten acidulous fountain
  • destination: Car park at the Kesten acidulous fountain
  • easy
  • 3,85 km
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • 85 m
  • 191 m
  • 119 m
  • 100 / 100
  • 20 / 100

A scenic trail through the Kesten vineyards with a nice resting place at the sour fountain and water treading pool.

The hiking trail starts in the romantic wine village of Kesten, about 8 km from Bernkastel-Kue. Many beautiful, lovingly restored half-timbered houses characterise the historic centre of the village, which is surrounded by steep vineyards. The Moselgeminde is famous for its magnificent acidulous fountain, from which Julius Caesar is said to have drunk. Today, there is also a water treading pool and rest areas in the immediate vicinity.

Insights into the hiking tour:

Short and easy hike, if it weren't for the steep short climb through an abandoned vineyard at the end of the tour. But this way you at least get to know the efforts that are required to cultivate the steep slope vineyards on the Moselle. The tour is about 4 kilometres long and offers a mostly unobstructed view of the Moselle and the ships that pass by on the river.

General information


The tour starts at the Sauerbrunnen fountain in Kesten, where a water treading pool invites you to cool your feet on hot days. Past the fountain, which was already known to the Romans, you walk a short distance through the forest. This is followed by a longer passage on asphalt through the Kestern vineyards. Since the vineyards face south, the hike can get very hot in summer. But there are always great views of the river, including the Wintrich Moselle lock. At the end of the tour, the path lives up to its name. In the Zicksack, you climb up a steep vineyard path and slowly regain the height that was already reached at the beginning of the trail. The small park around the Sauerbrunnen forms the destination of the short, approximately 4-kilometre-long tour.

Safety Guidelines

No special safety instructions.


Sturdy shoes and hiking provisions


Stop off at the water treading pool and refresh your feet in the cool water.

Getting there

In Bernkastel, cross the bridge to Kues, turn left at the roundabout. Straight ahead, follow the L47 along the Moselle. Kesten is reached in approx. 5 kilometres.


Car park at the Kesten acidulous fountain

Public transit

www.vrt-info.de , www.bahn.de  

Bernkastel-Kues: Taxi Edringer: +49 6531 - 8149, Taxi Priwitzer: +49 6531 - 96970, Taxi Reitz: +49 6531 - 6455


All hiking trails in the Bernkastel-Kues holiday region can be found in the WanderGuide. This brochure is available at all tourist information offices in the holiday region. Online: Wanderguide


Wanderguide - the hiking guide in the holiday region of Bernkastel-Kues. With description and map.

Additional Information

Tourist Information Bernkastel-Kues
Gestade 6
54470 Bernkastel-Kues
Tel. +49 6531/50019-0

Tourist Information Kesten
Moselstr. 2
54518 Kesten
Tel. +49 6535/949334


  • Hiking Trail (14%)
  • Path (14%)
  • Crushed Rock (69%)
  • Unknown (4%)


This tour is presented by: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues, Author: Claus Conrad

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