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Doctor-Rundweg (city walk)

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  • Way through the Hebegasse
    / Way through the Hebegasse
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
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    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Thanisch-Häuschen im Doctorweinberg
    Photo: Claus Dürrmann, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / View of the city and the Moselle
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Doctorsage
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Signposting along the way
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / View of Bernkastel-Kues from the viewing platform in the vineyards
    Video: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Graacher Tor
    Photo: Arnoldi, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
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The tour leads through vineyards and forests and offers great views and the opportunity to learn about the famous Bernkasteler Doctor.
Distance 4.1 km
1:30 h
197 m
179 m
302 m
108 m

The famous Doctorweinberg: "Here an electoral prince was made healthy by wine." If this statement could be scientifically proven, the 3.25 hectare vineyard "Bernkasteler Doctor" would be priceless. Because the wine from this vineyard is preceded by the reputation of having cured Elector Boemund in 1360, who at that time lay ill in Landshut Castle and apparently could not be helped. Since then the wine from this vineyard is called so.  It is certain, however, that Privy Councillor Julius Wegeler, co-owner of the Deinhard sparkling wine cellars, purchased a plot of land in 1900 at a price of 100 Goldmarks per vine. Since then, the Doctor has been considered the most expensive vineyard in Germany.
Insights into the city walk:
The path leads above the famous Doctor vineyard and past its cellars. It goes up to the St.Joseph's Chapel and the vineyard cottage in the middle of the vineyards from where you can enjoy a wonderful view over Bernkastel. Afterwards it goes on into the city forest and the Kallenfelstal.

Author’s recommendation

Make a small detour and go to the viewing platform near the Doktorweinberg - a wonderful view awaits you here!
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Claus Dürrmann
Update: November 05, 2020
Highest point
302 m
Lowest point
108 m
Best time of year

Safety information

No special safety instructions

Tips and hints

Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues

Gestade 6

54470 Bernkastel-Kues

Phone: (0049) 6531/50019-0


Tourist information, Bernkastel (107 m)
49.916263, 7.074622
49°54'58.5"N 7°04'28.6"E
32U 361778 5531097


Graacher Tor in Bernkastel

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Moselle Guest Centre (Tourist Information) turn into Hebegasse and walk past the Doctorweinstuben into Graacher Straße. Continue through the Graacher Tor, the only remaining town gate of Bernkastel (where the circular path later ends again).  Passing the St. Josephskapelle (St. Joseph's Chapel) the path leads you up into the vineyards, sometimes right, sometimes left, and soon you will reach a vineyard cottage at a fork in the road, which is located almost directly above the famous Doctor vineyard. Here you will find a display board (from the theme trail "Lizard loves Riesling") which informs you about the Doctorweinsage. The trail continues along vineyards towards the keep. Then you dive into the city forest. Finally you reach the crossing at Kallenfelsbach. The Moselsteig, two Moselsteig side-steps, the Ferienland hiking trail Maria Zill and a mountain bike trail meet here. You cross the small brook bridge and make your way back to Bernkastel on a narrow path ("Förster-Schell-Pfad"), always downhill. At the foot of the Kallenfelsstraße (at the "Märchenhotel") turn sharp right into the street "Hinterm Graben". Passing the Doctor wine cellars, which have been driven into the vineyard here, the tour ends at the Graacher Tor.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport,,

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

Getting there

Journey to Bernkastel-Kues


Parking is available on the large Moselle car park on the Bernkasteler and Kueser side, directly on the Moselle. During the winter months parking here is free of charge, from April 1st to December 31st parking is charged. Gestade 18, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues


49.916263, 7.074622
49°54'58.5"N 7°04'28.6"E
32U 361778 5531097
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

WanderGuide - the hiking guide in the Bernkastel-Kues holiday region. With description and map.
(only in german)

Author’s map recommendations

WanderGuide - the hiking guide in the Bernkastel-Kues holiday region. With description and map.
(only in german)


Sturdy shoes are recommended

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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4.1 km
1:30 h
197 m
179 m
Highest point
302 m
Lowest point
108 m
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