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Kastanienweg - Hiking in Kesten on the Moselle

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  • Blick auf Kesten an der Mosel
    / Blick auf Kesten an der Mosel
    Photo: Arnoldi, Wein- und Ferienregion Bernkastel-Kues GmbH
  • / Fachwerkhaus in Kesten
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Sonnenaufgang in Kesten
    Photo: Arnoldi, Wein- und Ferienregion Bernkastel-Kues GmbH
  • / Talblick
    Photo: Lisa Willems, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Mosel mit Kreuzfahrtschiff und Blick auf Kesten
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Wassertretbecken in Kesten
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Himmerroder Hof in Kesten
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The varied trail leads the hiker through the vineyards and chestnut forest around the wine village of Kesten. The round tour is suitable for families and children.
easy
7 km
2:29 h
179 m
179 m
Chestnuts owe their rediscovery and their development into a trend product not least to increased health awareness. They are generally regarded not only as tasty but also as extremely rich in nutrients. The varied trail leads the hiker through the vineyards and chestnut forest around the wine village of Kesten.Insights into the hiking tour:A beautiful and easy circular hike on good paths. Starting from Kesten, the trail leads at the beginning through the vineyards (on asphalt) to the Roman acidulous spring. Then it goes along the chestnut forest towards Osann-Monzel and finally back towards Kesten. There are no rest stops along the way, so it is best to buy backpack provisions in advance and eat them at the acid well with barbecue area and benches.

Author’s recommendation

There is no supermarket or village shop in Kesten. For a rest - especially beautiful in the chestnut forest - there are, however, shopping and catering facilities in the neighbouring villages.
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Author
Lisa Willems 
Updated: February 23, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
236 m
Lowest point
110 m
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Safety information

Easy tour, well signposted, no special safety instructions.

Tips, hints and links

Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
Gestade 6
54470 Bernkastel-Kues
Phone: (0049) 6531/50019-0

https://en.bernkastel.de/

info@bernkastel.de

Tourist information Kesten

Moselstr. 2
54518 Kesten
Phone: (0049) 6535/949334
www.kesten-mosel.de
info@kesten-mosel.de

Start

Village square in the centre of the village, 54518 Kesten (110 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.900490, 6.956180
DMS
49°54'01.8"N 6°57'22.2"E
UTM
32U 353228 5529569
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Destination

Village square in the centre of the village, 54518 Kesten

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point for the hiking trail is in the centre of the wine village of Kesten. From here the path leads you slightly uphill, through the street "Eiermarkt". Together with the paths "Schiffswanderweg" and "Napoleonweg" you turn left into the vineyards. Above the cemetery and the church St. Georg you walk slightly uphill to the acidulous well.The acid well reminds of the Romans: Julius Caesar is said to have drunk here. The acid well is an indication that Kesten has excellent conditions for the growth of chestnut trees. Chestnuts prefer acid, sandy soils with small amounts of clay minerals and lime.From the Acid Fountain you walk along the chestnut forest towards Osann-Monzel. Along the hiking trail there are always chestnut trees to discover. The European sweet chestnut belongs to the beech family. Sweet chestnuts are the nut fruit of a tree that grows up to 30 m high and has a broad crown. The chestnuts sit in a fruit shell which is initially closed, but which at last springs open irregularly and is densely covered with long spines.The chestnut path turns off to the left. Walk through the vineyards towards Kesten, back to the acidulous well. The recreation area around the Sauerbrunnen, with barbecue area and benches, is ideal for a rest. Walk downhill in the opposite direction to the original route. Above the Kestener cemetery, a narrow staircase leads to the village. Cross the street "Am Herrenberg" and walk straight on into Moselstraße to the house where Napoleon is said to have spent the night. Next to it is the Himmeroder Klosterhof, a branch of the abbey of the Himmerod monastery in the Eifel. The former monastery vineyard of the Cistercian order in Kesten also served as a wine bar for pilgrims on their way to Cologne. Following this tradition, overnight stays in the privately owned monastery estate are still offered here today.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

www.moselbahn.dewww.vrt-info.dewww.bahn.de

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

Getting there

In Bernkastel over the bridge to Kues, in the roundabout to the left. Follow the straight road along the Mosel along the L47. Kesten is reached in about 5 kilometres.

Parking

Free parking is available in the centre of Kesten. Moselstr. 2, 54518 Kesten

Coordinates

DD
49.900490, 6.956180
DMS
49°54'01.8"N 6°57'22.2"E
UTM
32U 353228 5529569
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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 available in german 

Author’s map recommendations

WanderGuide - the hiking guide in the Bernkastel-Kues holiday region. With description and map. Only available in german 

Equipment

Hiking boots recommended, but not essential. Well suited for families.

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Reviews

4.7
(3)
Monika Schäfer-Egner
January 20, 2021 · Community
Der Weg führt am Anfang durch Kesten , und oberhalb der Mosel .Schöne Aussicht. Ab dem Sauerbrunnen nicht gut Ausgeschildert(schade).Ich hab mich an Weg verlaufen ,und erst später durch Ortskenntnis wieder zurück zum Weg gefunden .
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Completed this Route on January 20, 2021
Photo: Monika Schäfer-Egner, Community
Photo: Monika Schäfer-Egner, Community
Sam Brown
August 28, 2020 · Community
Sehr schöner Wanderweg durch Wald und Weinberge. Erfrischend war der Halt beim Kneipp Wassertreten. Auch der Schluck Wasser aus dem Naturbrunnen war spannend. Danke für den tollen Tipp!
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Claus Conrad
July 26, 2016 · Community
Wir waren mit 8 Leuten unterwegs. Schöne Tour, nicht anstrengend, aber gemütlich. Am Anfang, wenn es durch die Weinberge geht, knallt die Sonne gut runter, später im Kastanienwald ist das kein Problem. Empfehlenswerte Tour!
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Completed this Route on July 23, 2016

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
7 km
Duration
2:29 h
Ascent
179 m
Descent
179 m
Loop Scenic Family friendly Cultural/historical value

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