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Seitensprung Graf Georg Johannes

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  • Starting point next to the "Villa Romana"
    / Starting point next to the "Villa Romana"
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  • / Villa Romana
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  • / "Veldenzer Bach" (stream in Veldenz)
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  • / Veldenz castle
    Photo: Arnoldi, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Sign at the Veldenz castle
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  • / "Josephinenhöhe" (View point)
    Photo: Arnoldi, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / "Hinterbachtal" (valley)
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  • / Veldenz
    Photo: Arnoldi, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / View along the route
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  • / Rest along the route
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  • / Flowers along the way
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  • / Village centre of Veldenz
    Photo: Arnoldi, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / View from the "Josephinenhöhe"
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An interesting round tour with a striking elevation profile. You hike mainly on forest paths, but also along two brooks.
13.9 km
4:38 h
554 m
553 m

The hike starts in the village of Veldenz, which lies in a beautiful valley of the Moselle. The hike leads through a part of the former county of Veldenz. Originally, the county comprised the villages of Veldenz, Andel, Brauneberg, Burgen, Gornhausen and Mülheim.

The eponym of this premium hiking trail is the most famous offspring of the Veldenz counts, who married a daughter of King Gustav I of Sweden in 1563. The tribal history of the counts of Veldenz is very interesting, especially since they were also related to the famous Wittelsbach nobility. Their history is thematized on this 14 km long fling. The seat of the former counts, Veldenz Castle, can be admired from many vantage points. The tour starts and ends in the village of Veldenz.

On the way there are places to stop and rest.

Author’s recommendation

In the cellar of the "Villa Romana", the starting and finishing point of the hike, the remains of a Roman bathing complex can be visited.
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Lisa Willems 
Updated: November 05, 2020
Highest point
423 m
Lowest point
169 m
Best time of year

Safety information

No specific safety instructions

Tips, hints and links

Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues

Gestade 6

54470 Bernkastel-Kues

Phone (0049) 6531 500190


Verkehrsamt Veldenz (tourist information)

Hauptstraße 2

554472 Veldenz

Phone (0049) 6534 1203


Veldenz, Münzbrunnen (well) next to the Villa Romana (172 m)
49.889300, 7.022703
49°53'21.5"N 7°01'21.7"E
32U 357972 5528197


Veldenz, Münzbrunnen (well) next to the Villa Romana

Turn-by-turn directions

A special hiking experience awaits you in the former county of Veldenz and in one of the most beautiful side valleys of the Moselle. The "Graf Georg Johannes Weg" is about 14 kilometres long - named after the most famous offspring of the Veldenz family.Start and finish is the Villa Romana in the village centre of Veldenz. At first the path winds along a mountain flank of the "Veldenzer Bach" or "Hinterbach" (streams). Along the way you can admire the view on the seat of the former counts, castle Veldenz with its ruins. Then the stream is crossed three times. At the "Thielenmühle" (mill) you climb up to the "Heidenmauer", an approx. 90 metre long stone wall - testimony of a former Celtic refuge. On the mountain spur you continue to the chapel of Thalveldenz and the ascent to the castle.Veldenz Castle was originally a fief of the Verdun High Monastery. The ancestors of the later counts can be traced back to the 11th century. Since 1107, the counts resided in the castle, which Sun King Louis XIV had dragged 1681. Today it is privately owned and only opens its doors on special occasions.The path leads you to the "Rittersturz", a rock spur where the legend says that the devil plunged down with a knight. Then follows the last ascent to the "Pionierfelsen" and "Josephinenhöhe" (view point). From here you can enjoy a fantastic view.


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) on the federal road B50 to Bernkastel-Kues (approx. 20 minutes), then up the Moselle towards Trier to Veldenz (approx. 16 minutes).


Parking spaces are available in Veldenz.


49.889300, 7.022703
49°53'21.5"N 7°01'21.7"E
32U 357972 5528197
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

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November 22, 2020 · Community
Ein wunderschöner Seitensprung....sollte Mann / Frau unbedingt mal erwandern. Tolle Landschaft und eine super gute Beschreibung! Und wieder zeigt sich, dass die Seitensprünge immer eine Wanderung wert sind!!
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Completed this Route on April 25, 2020
July 23, 2020 · Community
Wow! Seitensprünge können ja manchmal aufregender sein als das altbekannte. :-) Wir sind schon unzählige Wanderwege gegangen... Die einen nennen sich Premiumwanderweg, andere Traumpfad, Extratour oder was auch immer. Aber dieser Seitensprung rangiert, das können wir mit Sicherheit sagen, in unseren Top 3 aller bisher gegangenen Wege. Gar nicht mal anstrengend, weil so unglaublich kurzweilig. Überall was zu entdecken: Wassertreten in einem Bach, Himbeeren am Wegesrand und viele, angenehm kurz gefasste, Infoschilder. Man sollte den Weg unsrer Meinung nach so gehen, dass man am Ende an der Josefinenhöhe vorbei kommt, denn hier wartet dann eine nette Belohnung für die gegangene Tour (Kleingeld nicht vergessen ;-))
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Completed this Route on July 23, 2020
Gabi Klepper
May 30, 2020 · Community
Anspruchsvolle tolle Tour, knapp 600 Höhenmeter, munteres auf und ab.
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Completed this Route on May 30, 2020
Photo: Gabi Klepper, Community
Photo: Gabi Klepper, Community
Photo: Gabi Klepper, Community
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13.9 km
554 m
553 m


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