Small but challenging hike. First steeply high on narrow paths, through the Kallenfels-valley, to the refuge "Maria-Zill" and back on forest and vineyard paths.
The most beautiful view of the Moselle in the region around Bernkastel-Kues awaits you!
Insights into the hiking tour:
Narrow paths, a panoramic view and vineyards. The Maria-Zill-Panoramaweg offers a fascinating natural and cultural landscape on six kilometres. A basic condition is required, as you have to climb over 300 metres from the Moselle to the point "Maria Zill". You walk uphill through the Kallenfels-valley - it's a crisp climb. You will be rewarded with a magnificent view over the Moselle valley to Zeltingen-Rachtig and Bernkastel-Kues. There are many benches here - ideal for a rest. Back to Bernkastel-Kues you go through the vineyards.It is the best to buy food in Bernkastel-Kues and take a break on the way. On the way back, you can also pass by a restaurant.
Don't forget the camera! The view from "Maria-Zill" is one of the most beautiful on the Moselle. River, mountains, Mosel villages: ideal for photography!
From the starting point at the Tourist Information you walk through the city and across the historic market square with its centuries-old half-timbered houses. Then you walk along the "Römerstraße" to the corner of "Burgstraße/Hinterm Graben". Here, at the beginning of the Kallenfels-valley, the route climbs steeply. First on cobblestones, after approx. 100 metres on a narrow path. The valley lies in the shade of the "Kallenfelsbach" (small river). After about 20 minutes you will reach a small wooden bridge, then turn left and continue uphill on a wide forest path. After about 15 minutes the path narrows and the forest thins out. Now you have a wonderful view of the Moselle valley from "Maria-Zill". A rest on the numerous benches is a must do. If the weather is bad, a shelter 100 metres further on offers shelter. Then go downhill. At a crossroads the path leads you to the excursion restaurant "Weinschenke mit Herz" and on vineyard paths, partly asphalted, partly cobbled, back to Bernkastel-Kues. You return to the starting point through the "Graacher Tor", the only remaining town gate from the Middle Ages (today it serves as a museum of local history).
Parking is available on the large Moselle car park on the Bernkasteler and Kueser sides, directly on the Moselle. During the winter months parking is free of charge, from 1 April to 31 December parking is subject to a charge. Gestade 18, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues.
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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).