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Napoleonweg - Wandern in Kesten at the Moselle

  • start: Village square in the centre of Kesten
  • destination: Village square in the centre of Kesten
  • easy
  • 7,15 km
  • 1 hour 54 minutes
  • 168 m
  • 264 m
  • 111 m
  • 40 / 100
  • 20 / 100

Easy, almost 7 kilometres long round trip. Suitable for families and children. The highlight is the acidulous water fountain, which Julius Caesar is said to have drunk from.

Historical hiking trail on the tracks of Napoleon and Caesar.The Napoleon Trail in Kesten offers beautiful views of the Moselle valley alternating with shady sections of forest. Legend has it that Napoleon on his many journeys gladly stopped in Kesten for a stopover and spent the night in a house next to the Himmeroder Klosterhof. No wonder: historical buildings and ornamented half-timbered houses give the wine village of Kesten its special character.Insights into the hiking tour:From the wine village of Kesten, the trail first runs uphill through the vineyards. From the top of the hill you have a beautiful view of the valley between Osann-Monzel, Maring-Novind and Kesten. Through the woods the trail leads to the Roman acidulous spring and from there back towards Kesten.There are no stops along the way, but there are nice places to rest, such as the barbecue area with benches at the Sauerbrunnen.

General information


From the village square, the Napoleon trail starts through the winding alleys of Kesten.  From Moselstraße the second path turns left and then right into Paulinstraße. The next turn is between two courtyards. A narrow path leads you along rural Moselle gardens to a staircase. These lead into the vineyards.  Once you have reached the top of the hill, you will have a view of the beautiful valley between Osann-Monzel, Maring-Noviand and Kesten.  Turning towards the Moselle, you continue through the vineyards. After about 3 kilometres, the Napoleon trail runs through the forest towards Sauerbrunnen. The Sauerbrunnen is still today a visible trace of the Romans.  Julius Caesar is said to have drunk from it. The recreation area around the Acid Fountain, with barbecue area and benches, is ideal for a short rest before heading back downhill towards Kesten. Above the Kesten cemetery a narrow staircase leads you into the village. Cross the street "Am Herrenberg" and go straight ahead into Moselstraße to the house where Napoleon probably stayed overnight. Next to it is the Himmeroder Klosterhof, a branch of the abbey of the Himmerod monastery in the Eifel. The former monastery vineyard of the Cistercian order used to serve wine to pilgrims on their way to Cologne. Following this tradition, overnight stays in the privately owned monastery estate are still offered here today.

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Safety Guidelines

Easy tour on good paths (asphalt at the beginning).


sturdy shoes and hiking food (to rest on the way)


Next to the Himmeroder Hof in Kesten there is still the house where Napoleon is said to have stayed. Kesten has beautiful ostrich farms (run by winegrowers).

Getting there

In Bernkastel over the bridge to Kues, in the roundabout to the left. Straight ahead, follow the L47 along the Moselle. Kesten is reached in about 5 kilometres.


Free parking is available in the centre of Kesten. Moselle road 2, 54518 Kesten

Public transit

www.vrt-info.de, www.bahn.de

Bernkastel-Kues: Taxi Edringer: (0049) 6531 - 8149, Taxi Priwitzer: (0049) 6531 - 96970, Taxi Reitz: (0049) 6531 - 6455


WanderGuide - the hiking guide in the Bernkastel-Kues holiday region. With description and map. Only available in german 


WanderGuide - the hiking guide in the Bernkastel-Kues holiday region. With description and map. Only available in german 

Additional Information

Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
Gestade 6
54470 Bernkastel-Kues

Phone: (0049) 6531/50019-0


Tourist information Kesten
Moselstr. 2
54518 Kesten
Phone: (0049) 6535/949334


  • Asphalt Coating (92%)
  • Hiking Trail (6%)
  • Crushed Rock (1%)
  • Unknown (1%)


This tour is presented by: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues, Author: Lisa Willems

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