Half-timbered houses in Bernkastel-Kues
Photo: augenfällig, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
"Graacher Tor" (town gate) in Bernkastel-Kues
Photo: Arnoldi, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
View into the streets of Bernkastel from the "Graacher Tor"
Photo: Augenfaellig, Wein- und Ferienregion Bernkastel-Kues GmbH
From city to city, this famous and popular hike takes you across the mountains of the river Moselle. Guests are happy to combine the hike with a Moselle boat trip and thus save themselves the trip back (excursion boats run from Easter to the end of October).
Distance 6.2 km
Highest point402 m
Lowest point101 m
So close and yet so different: the cities of Bernkastel-Kues and Traben-Trarbach are connected by the Moselle and separated by the mountain. Bernkastel-Kues is known for its half-timbered houses, the wine festival and its famous vineyars. Traben-Trarbach is the art nouveau city par excellence, with underworlds and a Buddha museum. The way is signposted with the scallop of the Mosel-Camino.
Insights into the hiking tour:
The route along the Moselle from Bernkastel-Kues to Traben-Trarbach is about 25 kilometres. If you walk over the Moselle mountains it's only about 6.5 kilometres. The way on the "Mosel-Camino" between the two cities is not only very popular because of the short distance, guests like to combine the hike with a boat trip and thus save themselves the way back (check departure times beforehand). Sometimes there is a very steep ascent through the vineyards. Therefore the motto is: walk slowly!
For refreshments, make a stop at the hiking restaurant "Waldschenke mit Herz".
The hike from city to city begins in the old town of Bernkastel. Through the "Graacherstraße" and the "Graacher Tor" the way leads you into the vineyards and past the most famous of all vineyards, the "Bernkasteler Doctor"- vineyard. The well-known legend says that Elector Boemund II became healthy at the castle Landshut at the Bernkasteler wine. Since then this vineyard bears the name and legend "Bernkasteler Doctor". The "Graacher Tor" is the oldest and only remaining town gate. Today the "Graacher Tor" still houses a local history museum. You walk uphill over cobblestones, accompanied by vineyards and vineyard walls, in which you can discover the typical flora and fauna of the heat-storing walls. Shortly before the Jewish cemetery, the path branches off to the right to the "Waldschenke mit Herz" hiking restaurant, a popular place to stop for refreshments. The trail continues through the forest to the watershed between Bernkastel and Traben-Trarbach. You have reached the highest point of the hike and a rest area invites you to take a break. You continue through the underpass of the B50 new line, which is currently under construction. Immediately after the underpass you turn left and then right again. Then the descent into the Moselle valley begins, which leads you through a varied forest landscape. Numerous signposts along the route refer to the many hiking variants, such as the "Goetheweg", the "Jakobsweg" or the "Traben-Trarbacher Runde". As you leave the forest, you have a view of the vineyards of the Wildbach Valley and the ruins of Grevenburg Castle. Many of the vineyards have been abandoned in recent years due to difficult management. The path leads you along a Kerbtälchen valley from orchard meadows into the valley to Traben-Trarbach. Passing the bridge gate built in 1898/99 you reach the city centre of Traben-Trarbach.We recommend the return trip to Bernkastel-Kues by boat.
Bernkastel-Kues: Parking on the Mosel parking lot on the Bernkasteler and Kueser side. In the winter months parking is free of charge, from 1 April to 31 December. Traben-Trarbach: Parking at the "Moselweinstraße" under the Mosel bridge in Trarbach
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Further information: http://www.bernkastel.de/service/download-prospekte.html.
Author’s map recommendations
WanderGuide - Hiking guide for the Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues (in German).