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Seitensprung Graf Georg Johannes

  • start: Veldenz, Münzbrunnen (well) next to the Villa Romana
  • destination: Veldenz, Münzbrunnen (well) next to the Villa Romana
  • medium
  • 13,89 km
  • 4 hours 38 minutes
  • 554 m
  • 423 m
  • 169 m
  • 80 / 100

An interesting round tour with a striking elevation profile. You hike mainly on forest paths, but also along two brooks.

The hike starts in the village of Veldenz, which lies in a beautiful valley of the Moselle. The hike leads through a part of the former county of Veldenz. Originally, the county comprised the villages of Veldenz, Andel, Brauneberg, Burgen, Gornhausen and Mülheim.

The eponym of this premium hiking trail is the most famous offspring of the Veldenz counts, who married a daughter of King Gustav I of Sweden in 1563. The tribal history of the counts of Veldenz is very interesting, especially since they were also related to the famous Wittelsbach nobility. Their history is thematized on this 14 km long fling. The seat of the former counts, Veldenz Castle, can be admired from many vantage points. The tour starts and ends in the village of Veldenz.

On the way there are places to stop and rest.

General information


A special hiking experience awaits you in the former county of Veldenz and in one of the most beautiful side valleys of the Moselle. The "Graf Georg Johannes Weg" is about 14 kilometres long - named after the most famous offspring of the Veldenz family.Start and finish is the Villa Romana in the village centre of Veldenz. At first the path winds along a mountain flank of the "Veldenzer Bach" or "Hinterbach" (streams). Along the way you can admire the view on the seat of the former counts, castle Veldenz with its ruins. Then the stream is crossed three times. At the "Thielenmühle" (mill) you climb up to the "Heidenmauer", an approx. 90 metre long stone wall - testimony of a former Celtic refuge. On the mountain spur you continue to the chapel of Thalveldenz and the ascent to the castle.Veldenz Castle was originally a fief of the Verdun High Monastery. The ancestors of the later counts can be traced back to the 11th century. Since 1107, the counts resided in the castle, which Sun King Louis XIV had dragged 1681. Today it is privately owned and only opens its doors on special occasions.The path leads you to the "Rittersturz", a rock spur where the legend says that the devil plunged down with a knight. Then follows the last ascent to the "Pionierfelsen" and "Josephinenhöhe" (view point). From here you can enjoy a fantastic view.

Safety Guidelines

No specific safety instructions


Solid shoes are recommended


In the cellar of the "Villa Romana", the starting and finishing point of the hike, the remains of a Roman bathing complex can be visited.

Getting there

From the motorway junction Wittlich (A1, A60) on the federal road B50 to Bernkastel-Kues (approx. 20 minutes), then up the Moselle towards Trier to Veldenz (approx. 16 minutes).


Parking spaces are available in Veldenz.

Public transit

www.moselbahn.de, 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 - Hiking guide for the Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues (in German).

Additional Information

Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues

Gestade 6

54470 Bernkastel-Kues

Phone (0049) 6531 500190




Verkehrsamt Veldenz (tourist information)

Hauptstraße 2

554472 Veldenz

Phone (0049) 6534 1203



  • Street (1%)
  • Asphalt Coating (2%)
  • Hiking Trail (20%)
  • Crushed Rock (1%)
  • Path (7%)
  • Unknown (70%)


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

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