- 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 center 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, refueling 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.
Day 1: Arrive in Trier
Welcome to Trier, Germany’s oldest city! Easily accessible by train from Frankfurt (3.5 hours) or Luxembourg (35 minutes) airports. Trier was established by the Romans and to this day it is a treasure trove of Roman ruins.
Wander the old town and visit the Porta Nigra, the last of the city gates, and the Kaiserthermen, the imperial Roman baths. If you would like to explore Trier further, we recommend adding an additional night here to explore further. Aside from its Roman origins, it is also the birthplace of Karl Marx and home to the oldest cathedral in Germany, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 2: Walk to Schweich
And so begins your Moselle Trail adventure. Fuel up on a typical German breakfast of eggs, fresh bread rolls, cheese and ham. Today’s trail is undulating and varied, but highly rewarding. Ascend steep open trails, through forests and past orchards. Pause along the way to catch your breath and take in panoramic views of the lush Moselle Valley beneath you.
Walk to the small town of Schweich. Nestled on the bank of the Moselle, Schweich is a historic Roman wine route town. Why not visit the Niederprümer Hof, a former farm which is now a cultural centre, complete with a wine cellar where you can enjoy a wine tasting or two.
Walk: 17-19.5km, ascent 510m, descent 510m
Day 3: Walk to Mehring
Ascend the slopes of the Moselle river bank on a serpentine trail as it winds uphill. You are surrounded by panoramic views of the glistening Moselle river and its meadows covered with vineyards. Enjoy a picnic at one of the benches along the way, the perfect spot for a breather. Finally come to the Huxlay Plateau before descending through vines to Mehring, an authentic Moselland town.
Spend the evening sampling local regional dishes at one of Mehring’s restaurants. Hearty, meaty food is the order of the day, washed down with a glass of delicious white wine.
Walk: 12km, ascent 325m, descent 325 m.
Day 4: Walk to Leiwen
After a short stretch through the town, the ascent begins. Today’s highlight is without a doubt the 20m high observation tower. From here you can enjoy the wonderful Five Lakes View, so-called as the Moselle river appears to be 5 separate bodies of water.
The trail continues through a sea of vineyards down to the village of Leiwen. Why not visit the Sektgut St. Laurentius where you can sample a selection of highly-regarded sparkling ‘Sekt’ wines
Walk: 13-14.5km, 430m ascent, 430m descent
Day 5: Walk to Neumagen-Dhron
Today’s stage offers far-reaching views even beyond the Moselland. Walk through renowned wine-growing areas such as ‘Trittenheimer-Apotheke’ and ‘Neumagener Rosengärtchen.
Finish the day in Neumagen-Dhron, home to the ‘Stella Noviomagi’, a Roman-style wine boat which has been built to original plans. Take a cruise on the river Moselle and experience the valley from another perspective.
Walk: 12-14km, 375 m ascent, 375m descent.
Day 6: Walk to Kesten/Osann-Monzel
After a leisurely breakfast, ascend through a maze of carefully maintained vineyards. Be sure to pause on the way up to catch your breath and take in the surrounding valley views. Continue through mixed beech forests, across meadows and past stone walls before reaching a Roman-era spring. Enjoy a refreshing drink straight from the source!.
Tonight you will be staying in Kesten or Osann-Monzel (depending on availability). Both are small wine towns, nestled on the sunny left bank of the Moselle.
Walk: 17-18km, 430m ascent, 430m descent
Overnight: Kesten or Osann-Monzel
Day 7: Walk to Bernkastel-Kues
Leave the wine paradise of Kesten or Osann-Monzel by way of the Baroque church of St. Nikolaus and make your way through extensive vineyards to a viewpoint where you can catch a glimpse of the week’s objective; Bernkastel Kues and the emblematic castle ruins of Burg Landshut. Steep vineyards and jagged rock dominate the landscape here. Continue through woodland to reach Bernkastel Kues, your final destination.
An historic market town filled with colourful half-timbered houses, it’s the perfect place to finish your tour. Enjoy a well-earned meal and toast a glass of Riesling or locally brewed beer to your Moselle adventure.
Walk: 14-15km, 345m ascent, 400m descent
Day 8: Onward Travel
From Bernkastel– Kues, you can easily reach any other German destination or airport by train. If you have more time to explore, why not consider one of our other walking adventures in Germany?
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.
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.
This traditional guesthouse has 8 comfortable rooms which have been lovingly decorated. There is also a lovely patio, a great place to relax after a day of exploring Trier’s highlights, all of which are within walking distance from the pension.
Hotel Zum Stern
The Hotel zum Stern was recently renovated. Rooms are modern, spacious and comfortable. There is also an on-site restaurant which is a local favourite. Enjoy regional and seasonal dishes washed down with a glass of local wine.p>
This family-run winery has a long and proud tradition of wine making, especially Riesling. In addition to the winery, the family also runs a guesthouse with bright and comfy rooms, a communal lounge area, and a beautiful inner courtyard.
Weingut Hof Sonnental
Frau Weiss and her family are waiting to welcome you to this traditional winery and guesthouse. Rooms are individually decorated, comfortable and spacious. Why not enjoy a wine tasting while visiting? (should be arranged in advance).
This modern 3* hotel is another family-run gem. Enjoy fantastic views of the Moselle Valley from the garden, while relaxing with a glass of their self-made wine. The next morning, fill up on a fantastic breakfast spread before hitting the trails.
A calm and relaxing atmosphere prevails in this modern 3* hotel. Located just a stone’s throw away from Bernkastel Kues’ historical centre, it’s a great base for exploration. There is also an on-site restaurant and a wine bar.
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.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. This walk is available for solo walkers but we would recommend that you are experienced in walking and navigating alone. If you are travelling solo the holiday is slightly more expensive as some costs are not shared.
Grade & Fitness
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, Route Notes & Maps
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! .
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.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
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 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.
Getting to Trier
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Single room supplement(s) if applicable.
- Solo walker supplement if applicable.
- Additional nights during the holiday.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised so that we can secure the best accommodation options for you.
How fit do I need to be?
This walk is graded moderate and is suitable for all with a good level of walking fitness. Generally, there is not much in the way of significant ascents, 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 .
How do the baggage transfers work?
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
What equipment do I need?
Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.
When is the best time of year?
You can enjoy this tour from March to early November. Spring is great as blossoms are on the trees, and we also particularly love later in the season, when the autumn colours of the Moselle are simply stunning.
What happens if I can’t walk a stage?
You can use public transport or a local taxi to continue to your next overnight stop. Your accommodations will be able to help with arrangements, or we are able to assist you from our German and UK office.