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Maare-Mosel-Radweg / Cycling at Moselle & Eifel

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The best of both worlds

The Maare-Moselle cycle path takes the cyclist along the former railway line through two remarkable regions: The impressive cultural landscapes of the Moselle and the Eifel.

Distance 52.6 km
5:00 h
538 m
824 m
487 m
107 m

Insights into the bike tour:

This route is particularly popular with cyclists: it links the impressive Moselle cultural landscape with its vineyards and romantic villages with the rugged and romantic volcanic Eifel. Over viaducts and innumerable bridges, through cool tunnels and the deep forests of the Eifel, past extinct volcanic lakes and deep blue maars, the route descends into the wine cultural landscape of the Moselle. On the eight bike adventure loops you will learn a lot about the country and its people, numerous rest stops along the way offer cyclist-friendly resting places and food. Because of the continuous asphalt surface, the Maare-Moselle cycle path is also suitable for inline skating throughout.

The RegioRadler Bus runs between Bernkastel-Kues and Daun (April 1 - November 1). It is recommended to take the bus to Daun and cycle back to Bernkastel-Kues. Online reservation of the bike bus for bike transport (up to four hours before departure) at or at the Tourist-Information Centre in Bernkastel-Kues.

Author’s recommendation

Pack your food and take a break at one of the many beautiful places along the route.
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Lisa Willems
Update: March 30, 2023
Highest point
487 m
Lowest point
107 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 99.99%
52.6 km
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Safety information

No special safety instructions

Tips and hints

Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
Gestade 6

54470 Bernkastel-Kues

Phone: (0049) 6531/50019-0


Train station Daun (394 m)
50.197756, 6.835556
50°11'51.9"N 6°50'08.0"E
32U 345524 5562860


Lieser / Bernkastel-Kues

Turn-by-turn directions

The Maare-Mosel cycle path can be travelled in both directions, but is used by most cyclists, inline skaters and hikers from Daun to Bernkastel-Kues. The "RegioRadler" offers comfortable transport by a bike bus to the desired starting point of the tour. From the train station in Daun, you start your biketour towards the Moselle valley. You will soon pass a 28-meter-high viaduct, with a magnificent view of Daun. Through a wooded area you cycle slightly uphill until you reach the "Große Schlitzohr", a 560-metre long, former railway tunnel. On a level road, the cycle path takes you past the Schalkenmehrener Maar and the Sangweiher nature reserve. Near Gillenfeld you can make a detour to the Pulvermaar on one of the "Erlebnisschleifen" (additional tour). Around Daun and Manderscheid you can "experience" the area on eight "Erlebnisschleifen". During a boat trip on the Pulvermaar you can enjoy the crystal clear water and the natural peace and quiet. Shortly afterwards, you can ride along the "Erlebnisschleife Lavabomben-Route" in the Vulkanhaus Strohn, a well-known museum in the Vulkaneifel European Geopark. Here you have the opportunity to marvel at the mighty lava fissures, smell the volcanic gases and explore the walk-in adventure rooms. A 120 ton lava ball, which is enthroned at the end of the village Strohn, is a real eye-catcher, especially for children. Via the village Eckfeld it is only a short distance to village of Pantenburg, where you can let yourself roll down to the next village which is called Niedermanderscheid. The magnificent fortifications of the "Nieder- and Oberburg" (castle) are particularly worth seeing. Every year on the last weekend of August the Manderscheid Castle Festival takes place here. This nationally known event offers knight tournaments and damsel disguise, food and drinks as in the Middle Ages as well as spectacle and play.Manderscheid offers another highlight with the Maarmuseum. Children and also families are enthusiastic about the walk-in model of a maar as well as the fossil area.From Manderscheid you cycle uphill three kilometres back to Pantenburg on the main cycle path. Afterwards it goes only downhill through a wonderful railway landscape to the Moselle valley, which is characterized by vineyards. Just behind the village Plein, the cycle path leads through a 500 metre long tunnel through the volcanic rock. Surrounded by foliage and mixed forests you continue on to the town of Wittlich. After crossing the town, the vastness of the Wittlich valley opens up with the first vineyards. The medieval town of Bernkastel-Kues is now not far away. From Wittlich you cycle through forests into the Liesertal, a tributary of the Moselle. This river flows into the Moselle at the wine village of Lieser. The Maare-Moselle cycle path officially ends here, along the Moselle it is only 3 km to the International City of Vine and Wine, Bernkastel-Kues.

Public transport

During the season, the RegioRadler bus runs several times a day between Daun and Bernkastel-Kues with stops in the villages in between. We recommend reserving a seat in advance due to the high demand. Further information about the RegioRadler and booking options at:

By road

By car to Bernkastel-Kues: From the motorway junction Wittlich (A1, A60) to the federal road B 50 / E 42, arrival in Bernkastel-Kues in just under 20 minutes.


Daun: free car parking at the beginning of the cycle path

Bernkastel: parking spaces with costs on the banks of the Moselle


50.197756, 6.835556
50°11'51.9"N 6°50'08.0"E
32U 345524 5562860
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

All the cycle paths in the Bernkastel-Kues holiday region can be found in the "aufgegestattelt". This brochure is available at all tourist information offices in the holiday region Bernkastel-Kues and online: (only in German)

Author’s map recommendations

aufgesattelt - the bike guide in the holiday region Bernkastel-Kues (only in German)

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July 21, 2016 · Community
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52.6 km
5:00 h
538 m
824 m
Highest point
487 m
Lowest point
107 m
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