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Seitensprung Bernkasteler Bärensteig

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  • Wandertafel am Startpunkt
    / Wandertafel am Startpunkt
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  • / Startpunkt Doppelkreuz
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  • / forest path
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  • / Glorious view at the Hunsrück
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  • / Viewpoint "Bresgenruh"
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  • / Weitsichten entlang der Strecke
    Photo: Lisa Willems, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / reforestation along the path
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  • / Meadow and field landscape
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  • / Path passage along the B50
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  • / View into the Hunsrück
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  • / Ausblick auf die Burg Landshut vom Jodlerplatz
    Photo: Lisa Willems, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Viewpoint along the hiking trail
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  • / Beschilderung entlang der Strecke
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  • / Friedhof in Bernkastel-Kues
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  • / Unterwegs oberhalb der Stadt
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  • / Altstadt-Blick mit Aussicht auf die Burg Landshut
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  • / Wandern durch die Weinberge mit Burgblick
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  • / Aublick über die Altstadt und den Doctorberg
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  • / Oberhalb von Bernkastel-Kues
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  • / Unterwegs auf dem Moselsteig Seitensprung
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Short, but quite crisp tour: first on narrow paths through a steep valley, then on wide, light field paths, back down again through the forest.
Distance 6.4 km
2:00 h
300 m
297 m

On the "Moselsteig Seitensprung" the path goes up and down into the Hunsrück and back again to the Moselle!

Insights into the hiking tour:

The "Moselsteig Seitensprung" is named after the city's heraldic animal, the bear. It starts in Bernkastel and leads back to the city n a 6.5 km loop. The hiking trail offers hikers great views of the Moselle town and its castle Landshut. Mostly on narrow, unspoilt paths, you climb up through the shady "Kallenfels"-valley to a height of around 400 metres above sea level. Past an old burial mound, you can admire views of the Hunsrück and Eifel mountain ranges from a spacious meadow area.

There are no places to stop for refreshments along the way, so don't forget to pack your rucksack. At the beginning or end of the tour there are numerous hiker-friendly places to stop in Bernkastel-Kues.

Author’s recommendation

Get some food in Bernkastel-Kues and after the climb through the "Kallenfels"-valley take a - deserved - break!
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Lisa Willems 
Updated: March 24, 2021
Highest point
419 m
Lowest point
119 m
Best time of year

Safety information

The path through the "Kallenfels"-valley is also used by mountain bikers.

Tips and hints

Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues

Gestade 6

54470 Bernkastel-Kues

Phone: (0049) 6531/500190


Kallenfelsstraße in Bernkastel-Kues (119 m)
49.915202, 7.077641
49°54'54.7"N 7°04'39.5"E
32U 361992 5530974


Bernkastel-Kues, Burgstraße (old town)

Turn-by-turn directions

The best way to start the "Moselsteig Seitensprung" is from the Tourist Information (Mosel Guest Centre) in the Bernkastel district. From here, a access route signage leads you through the old town to the actual start, which is at the "Märchenhotel" (corner Burgstraße/Hinterm Graben). You go into the "Kallenfelsstraße" (it is recommended to walk the tour in the clockwise). From now on you walk steadily uphill, first on cobblestones, then on a narrow path. The "Kallenfelsbach" (small river) is a constant companion along the path. You walk through a wooden bridge over the brook. Then you follow a forest path, which leads further along the brook. Continue uphill to the route and construction site of the new B 50 (bridge). The hiking path bends and leads to reforestation at the edge of the meadow.  You go on to the extensive open meadow area, which constitutes at the same time the highest point of the hiking trail. After crossing the terrain, continue along the edge of the forest in the direction of "Bresgenruh". From here the descent back to Bernkastel follows. On the way there are wonderful views of Landshut Castle and the Moselle valley.

At the cemetery you follow the course of the cemetery wall. Almost at end of the stairs leading down you turn sharp right into a narrow path. Soon after, you walk a few meters uphill. Now over the roofs of the old town you follow the last stage of the hiking trail. A staircase leads you down to the "Kallenfelsstraße" and back to the starting point.


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

From the motorway junction Wittlich (A1, A60) onto the federal road B 50 / E 42, arrival in Bernkastel-Kues in about 20 minutes.


Parking spaces at the banks of the Moselle in Bernkastel and Kues. At the Tourist Information (MGZ, Gestade 6), there are 3-day parking tickets for 5 euros or monthly parking tickets for 10 euros.


49.915202, 7.077641
49°54'54.7"N 7°04'39.5"E
32U 361992 5530974
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).


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Nicole Brisch
May 24, 2021 · Community
Sehr schöne Tour mit wahnsinnig schönen Ausblicken auf die Mosel, die Burg Landshut. Der Anstieg zu Anfang der Tour zwar etwas anstrengend, aber für solche Bilder, lohnt sich das auf alle Fälle.
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When did you do this route? May 23, 2021
Photo: Nicole Brisch, Community
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Hans-Peter Kolf
November 25, 2020 · Community
Der Bärensteig ist ein durchaus interessanter Wanderweg mit vielen schönen Weitblicken. Je nach Aussichtspunkt schaut man über den Hunsrück. ins Moseltal, auf Bernkastel-Kues und/oder die Burg Landshut. Die Wege sind angenehm zu gehen, wobei am Anfang ein 2,5 km langer Anstieg von Bernkastel hinauf zu den Hunsrückhöhen etwas anstrengt. Danach geht es dann nur noch flach und bergab. Beschilderung ist gut, Rastmöglichkeiten sind ebenfalls vorhanden.
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When did you do this route? November 18, 2020
Weiter Blick über die Hunsrückhöhen
Photo: Hans-Peter Kolf, Community
Blick auf Bernkastel-Kues und die Burg Landshut
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Wanderweg an Felsformationen vorbei
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Burg Landshut
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An der Mosel in Bernkastel-Kues
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6.4 km
2:00 h
300 m
297 m
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