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The Moselle Trail

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.8 Read 37 reviews
  • Walk from inn to inn through the Moselle Valley; Germany’s wine paradise
  • Follow the Moselsteig; voted one of Germany’s ‘Most Beautiful’ walking trails
  • Explore towns sprinkled with half-timbered houses, Roman ruins and castles
  • Hike on peaceful trails through forest and vineyards, high above the river
  • Stay in family-run wineries where you can relax with a glass of local Riesling
Walk through Germany’s oldest wine region, the Moselle Valley, from the Roman city of Trier to Bernkastel-Kues; a pretty Baroque town and an important centre of Moselle wine production. Fall into the relaxing rhythm of following moderate walking trails each day, working up an appetite for an al-fresco picnic, perched high above the river, before continuing on to your next overnight stop. Spend the evenings immersing yourself in the region’s wine culture and cuisine, refuelling on meaty regional dishes, marinated in local white wine. As well as being certified one of Germany’s ‘Quality Walking Trails’, the Moselsteig is also a Leading Quality Trail of the European Ramblers Association, so you can expect well signposted, well-maintained trails with beautiful views along the way. Combine all this with traditional towns and renowned vineyards for an unforgettable walking experience.
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What To Expect

This tour is perfect for long-distance trail connoisseurs, or those looking for a classic hotel to hotel itinerary with varied landscapes of vineyards, forest and river valleys with excellent waymarking. Graded moderate, you should be happy to walk on steep ascents/descents of approx. 400m a day and be sure-footed. Relax at the end of the day in authentic, family-run hotels, guesthouses and unique wineries-the best way to get to know the hospitality and culture of the Moselland.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Wine, Whisky & More...

Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded ‘moderate’ overall. The longest day is 19km, and the average daily ascent/descent is around 500m. The trails are undulating with some steep sections. You should be in good physical fitness and have a head for heights to fully enjoy the walking on this tour. The terrain is a mixture of wide forest paths, trails through fields, and narrow hiking trails. Some trails can become slippery after rain, so we recommend boots/shoes with a good sole and walking poles. Very occasionally, you will be walking on pavement and paved quiet country roads. There are some rocky sections which have handrails to aid ascent/descent. There is also one short, easy section of ‘Via Ferrata’ which can be completed without Via Ferrata equipment. If you prefer to avoid this, there is an alternative route.

Navigation

The route is well waymarked. We also provide you with detailed turn-by-turn route notes and maps. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS so you will have no problems finding the way. You can simply download the GPX tracks to your phone for offline use and off you go!

Experience & Fitness

You should have a good level of fitness and a sure foot to get the most from this tour. 

Accommodation Information

Spend 7 nights in good quality 2-3* standard small hotels and privately owned wineries. We have chosen properties that we believe give the best insight into the hospitality and culture of the region, as well as giving a warm welcome to walkers. Staying in a winery or ‘Weingut’ in German, is a particular highlight, unique to wine-growing regions. Please be aware that twin & double rooms in Germany (Doppelzimmer in German) are typically 2 single mattresses side by side in one double bed frame with two separate duvet covers and pillows. A list of our preferred/usual accommodation choices is given below, however these are subject to availability and particularly in peak season can be very much in demand. If unavailable then we will book you into accommodation of the same or a higher standard.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers and a supplement is payable as some of the costs are not shared. Single rooms are available should some of your party wish to have their own room and a single supplement is again then payable. 

Meals

7 Breakfasts are included. Packed lunches are available from your accommodation (order the night before) or you can stop on the way; there are plenty of biergarten and kiosks to satisfy your thirst and appetite! Dinners are not included but available at all overnight accommodation or close by.

Included
  • 7 Nights in hand-picked 2-3* star small hotels, guesthouses and country inns
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Daily door to door luggage transfers
  • Detailed route descriptions with maps and a comprehensive pre-departure information pack
  • Access to our smartphone App
  • 24/7 telephone support from our German and UK offices
Excluded
  • Flights and travel to Trier and from Bernkastel-Kues
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Taxi transfers or public transportation if you wish to shorten a walk
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program
Extras
  • Additional nights during the holiday

When To Go

You can start this walking tour anytime between March and November. Availability in the autumn can be tricky, due to the grape harvest. If you wish to travel in the months of September/October, we recommend booking as early as possible.

Weather and Climate

The weather in the Moselle region is changeable. Very hot days are often followed by rain and thunderstorms. Therefore you should be prepared for all weather eventualities. Check the weather report each day locally before setting off for your hike.

Getting to the Start

From Luxembourg airport you can take a direct bus to Trier which takes 35 minutes (frequency; every three hours). Verkéiersverbond for timetables and tickets. Frankfurt take a train via Koblenz to Trier, which takes approx. 3.5 hours (frequent departures) Deutsche Bahn for timetables and tickets.

Getting from the End

Take the bus (every 30 minutes) from Bernkastel Kues to Wittlich train station. From here you can take a train to any other German destination or airport, or continue on to other European destinations.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all the necessary items, for example, proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Wine Tastings

Wine tastings are possible at the wineries you will be staying in. The proprietors require advance notice and any tastings should be requested in advance. Along the trail you may also pass wineries and shops that offer wine tastings, these can usually be done spontaneously. Usually, there is a small fee if no purchases are made.

Equipment

In your information pack you will find a detailed packing list which includes walking boots, walking poles and waterproof clothes amongst other things.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Trier Day 2: Walk to Schweich 12 miles / 19 km Day 3: Walk to Mehring 8 miles / 12.5 km Day 4: Walk to Leiwen 9 miles / 14.5 km Day 5: Walk to Neumagen-Dhron 8.7 miles / 14 km Day 6: Walk to Kesten/Osann-Monzel 11 miles / 18 km Day 7: Walk to Bernkastel-Kues 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 8: Onward Travel

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