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From Bernkastel-Kues to Traben-Trarbach

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  • Stadt Bernkastel-Kues
    / Stadt Bernkastel-Kues
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / 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
  • / Anstieg durch die Weinberge
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / View of Bernkastel-Kues and the vineyards
    Photo: A. Feller, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / St.Josefskapelle in den Weinbergen
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Weintrauben am Wegesrand
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Blick von den Weinbergen auf Bernkastel-Kues
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Panoramic view on Bernkastel-Kues and the Moselle
    Photo: Arnoldi, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / route signage
    Photo: Wein- und Ferienregion Bernkastel-Kues GmbH
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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
2:02 h
295 m
301 m
402 m
101 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!

Author’s recommendation

For refreshments, make a stop at the hiking restaurant "Waldschenke mit Herz".
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Lisa Willems 
Update: September 23, 2021
Highest point
402 m
Lowest point
101 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Eiserne Weinkarte

Safety information

No special safety instructions.

Tips and hints

Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues

Gestade 6

54470 Bernkastel-Kues

Phone (0049) 6531/50019-0


Old town of Bernkastel-Kues (107 m)
49.916072, 7.074650
49°54'57.9"N 7°04'28.7"E
32U 361780 5531076



Turn-by-turn directions

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.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport,,

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

Traben-Trarbach: Taxi Erdringer: (0049) 6541 - 5612, Taxi Hilgers: (0049) 6541 - 9425

Getting there

How to get to Bernkastel-Kues


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


49.916072, 7.074650
49°54'57.9"N 7°04'28.7"E
32U 361780 5531076
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Further information:

Author’s map recommendations

WanderGuide - Hiking guide for the Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues (in German).


Solid 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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Sandra N
July 31, 2021 · Community
Der Klassiker unter den Wanderungen. Über den Berg hin und mit dem Schiff zurück. Die Eiserne Weinkarte hatte leider nicht zur angegebenen Zeit geöffnet. Der neue Pächter scheint es nichtsozialistischen genau zu nehmen. Schade.
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When did you do this route? July 29, 2021
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August 01, 2020 · Community
Eher ein einfacher Verbindungsweg zwischen den beiden Städten, als eine Wanderung. Wenige Ausblicke und nicht sonderlich abwechslungsreich
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6.2 km
2:02 h
295 m
301 m
Highest point
402 m
Lowest point
101 m


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