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The Moselsteig trail: Enjoy wine, culture and the land step by step

Moselsteig Etappe von Ürzig nach Traben-Trarbach
Dominik Ketz

The Moselsteig trail is a 365 km long unique quality hiking trail with a total of 24 legs leading through one of the most beautiful cultural landscapes in Germany - along the entire German side of the Mosel River.

A unique hiking experience which hold the titles “Quality Hiking in Germany” and “Leading Quality Trail - Best of Europe”.

The start and destination points of the Moselsteig trail are Perl on the German-French-Luxembourg border and the mouth of the Mosel River at the German Corner (Deutsches Eck) in Koblenz. The different landscapes the hiker experiences are not only of interest for wine enthusiasts: For example, the landscape between Perl and Trier is, at first, wide and open – often offering a view as far as Luxembourg and France. Further down the river, about from Trier onwards, Germany’s oldest city, the landscape changes: Here, the world-famous meanders, steep vineyards and picturesque villages such as Bernkastel-Kues, Traben-Trarbach, Zell (Mosel) and Cochem, thrill visitors. In the last section, just before the mouth of the river, the Mosel Valley becomes more and more narrow with steep inclines in parts and terraced slopes. The trail links fascinating wine cultivation and natural landscapes with a multitude of cultural highlights.

The Moselsteig trail: Surprising. Challenging. Inspiring.

However, there is one thing that is omnipresent: The world-famous Mosel wine and, in this context, the many places to stop for refreshments and accommodation. Hospitality is an old tradition along the Mosel, and hikers can look forward to a wide range of restaurants, wine taverns, guest houses, hotels and apartments as well as holiday flats. Businesses specially certified by the German Hiking Association (Deutscher Wanderverband) as “Qualitätsweg Wanderbares Deutschland” (Quality Route Walkable Germany), have adapted their businesses to meet the requirements of hikers. The entire Moselsteig trail is not only a multi-layered hiking and cultural experience - it is also flexible to meet different hiking experiences: A total of 24 legs - between 11 and 24 km in length - offers a lot of options for individual desires and wishes. The paths lead through forests, vineyards, along the banks of the Mosel as well as along slope edges with magnificent views, and thrill with their closeness to nature and rich cultural history. And there is more: The Moselsteig trail is jokingly also open for a “bit on the side” (Seitensprünge): Many circular hiking trails, the so-called “Seitensprünge” are connected along the way and offer hikers the option to explore the many facets of the region away from the Moselsteig trail, in half-day or day excursions. Of course, the Seitensprünge meet the premium standards of the Moselsteig trail. The same applies to the “Dream Paths” (Traumpfade) – as the circular hiking trails along the terraced vineyards of the Mosel between Burgen and Winningen are called. More information:


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