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Klosterweg on the Moselle

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  • "Dreifaltigkeit" (Trinity)
    / "Dreifaltigkeit" (Trinity)
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / hang-gliders next to Maring-Noviand
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / signposting along the way
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  • / Monastry Siebenborn
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  • / Hike between two monasteries
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  • / View from the Plateau
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  • / View at the vineyards
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  • / Signpost to the "Grainskopf"
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  • / Observation tower "Grainskopf"
    Photo: Claus Conrad, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / View at the new bridge
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  • / View from the "Grainskopf"
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  • / View from the "Grainskopf"
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  • / Paragliding take-off point
    Photo: Claus Dürrmann, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
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Two monastery complexes, beautiful vantage points and lots of forest characterise the 13-kilometre-long "Klosterweg"-path between Machern and Siebenborn.
Distance 12.5 km
3:08 h
429 m
428 m
354 m
105 m

Nice circular path between two monasteries, with some ascents. Narrow paths as well as forest and vineyard paths alternate.

Insights into the hiking tour:

The "Klosterweg" trail can be started from both monastery complexes. A possible starting point is the Machern monastery, a former Cistercian nunnery near Zeltingen-Rachtig. At the start of the hike from the Machern monastery, the so-called "Dreifaltigkeit" (Trinity), a resting place,  is passed first. Further highlights are the Siebenborn monastery and numerous beautiful views of the Lieser and Moselle valleys. We recommend a detour to the "Grainskopf" - an observation tower on the plateau of the village "Wehlen". From there you have a nice view at the Moselle valley and at the new brige B50. Hikers can stop for refreshments in both monasteries (Machern and Siebenborn).

Author’s recommendation

In the former monastery Machern there is a historical doll and toy museum: worth it!
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Lisa Willems 
Update: November 05, 2020
Highest point
354 m
Lowest point
105 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


Machern monastery or Siebenborn monastery (107 m)
49.954382, 7.002025
49°57'15.8"N 7°00'07.3"E
32U 356680 5535472


Machern monastery or Siebenborn monastery

Turn-by-turn directions

From the parking lot of the Machern monastery you cross the road B 53 and start on the common cycle- and footpath on the banks of the Moselle. Then you go under the Mosel bridge on the operating way of the lock.  Immediately afterwards, turn right onto a meadow  and cross the main road (L 47) again - directly at the roundabout. Then a narrow path leads you continuously through the forest up to the so-called "Dreifaltigkeit" (Trinity). It is regarded as the oldest pre-Christian place of worship on the Moselle. From the Trinity, a vineyard path leads you down into the "Liesertal" valley to the Siebenborn monastery. If the weather is favourable, you will meet hang-gliders in the valley, who start from the plateau. Above the Siebenborn monastery yard you pass a Kneipp facility, between meadows and vineyards, on a wide field path. At a large fork in the path, the "Klosterweg" turns right, towards the village "Platten", into the forest.You hike slightly uphill over soft forest soil. On the left side you pass a small "Kerbtal", whose side you change at a sharp left bend. It continues uphill. On a samll hill the "Klosterweg" turns right. The forest formation changes from deciduous to coniferous forest. Above the "Meisberg", turn right again in the direction of "Wehlen". Walk slightly downhill parallel to the Moselle.  At a sharp turn to the left you have the opportunity to make a detour to the viewing tower on the "Grainskopf". Straight ahead you return to the "Dreifaltigkeit" (Trinity). From the Trinity the narrow path leads you through the forest steeply down into the Moselle valley. In front of the Zeltinger roundabout you cross the road again and return to the Machern monastery via the common cycle- and footpath.


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

Kloster Machern (monastry) : Coming from Bernkastel-Kues, continue on B50 / B53 / E42, pass through Zeltingen, take the 3rd exit at the roundabout, cross the bridge. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit: Arrival in Machern.

Kloster Siebenborn (monastry): Drive through Kues, take the 3rd exit at the roundabout: L47. Through Lieser, turn right: K86, through Noviand: turn right: K55: Arrival in Siebenborn


Free parking at the Machern monastery or at the Siebenborn monastery . (Machern Monastery: An der Zeltingerbrücke, 54470 Bernkastel-Wehlen)


49.954382, 7.002025
49°57'15.8"N 7°00'07.3"E
32U 356680 5535472
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

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.

Questions and answers

Question from Patrick Denekens · March 07, 2020 · Community
Is de hond toegelaten?
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Sandra N
August 09, 2021 · Community
Beginnend mit einem steilen Anstieg geht es über die Höhe durchs Moselseitental und über die Höhe zurück. Tolle Ausblicke belohnen. Ein netter Weg für einen ausgiebigen Spaziergang.
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When did you do this route? August 07, 2021
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Reinhold Gerard
June 14, 2020 · Community
Da gibt es schönere Wanderungen. Fast nur langweilige breite Wald und Weinbergswege. Sehenswert ist nur der Grainskopfturm, der nicht mal in der Runde liegt.
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Sonntag, 14. Juni 2020 11:06:56
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Heiko Behrendts 
September 18, 2019 · Community
Am Anfang über Straßenkreuzungen zum Anstieg zu schönen Ausblicken. Leider mußten wir danach die Wanderung abbrechen, da sämtliche Wege gesperrt waren wegen Forstarbeiten.
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12.5 km
3:08 h
429 m
428 m
Highest point
354 m
Lowest point
105 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Botanical highlights


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