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Zwei-Schanzen-Tour - Mountain biking on the Moselle

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  • Bernkastel-Kues
    / Bernkastel-Kues
    Photo: A. Feller, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Tour across the Mountain
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  • / Mountain biking with Moselle panorama
    Photo: Arnoldi, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Signage
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Single Trails
    Photo: Arnoldi, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Forest track
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Mountain bike tour in the forest
    Photo: Arnoldi, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Downhill
    Photo: Arnoldi, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Blick auf die Burg und Bernkatel im Herbst
    Photo: Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
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The tour certified according to the criteria of DIMB is very demanding and ideal for the ambitious Mountanibiker!
Distance 29.1 km
5:35 h
1,044 m
1,044 m

This mountain bike route along the Moselle is a must for bikers who want to spend a sporty holiday. The demanding tour with a high proportion of single trails is certified according to the criteria of the DIMB, is marked throughout and can also be easily divided into two stages.

Insights into the bike tour:

The demanding premium bike tour takes you through the forest between the two Moselle towns of Bernkastel-Kues and Traben-Trarbach. The towns are connected by the Moselle and separated by the mountain. Bernkastel-Kues is famous for beautiful half-timbered houses, Traben-Trarbach is the art nouveau town par excellence. The biker is rewarded along the route by numerous magnificent views of the Moselle valley. On the way - and in both towns - there are various places to stop for refreshments.

Author’s recommendation

Situated high above the Moselle, the castle ruins of Landshut are an ideal place to rest and to look around.
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Lisa Willems 
Update: September 24, 2021
S3 difficult
Highest point
416 m
Lowest point
106 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Burg Landshut
Eiserne Weinkarte

Safety information

The tour must be driven in a clockwise direction, as described here. Please show consideration for other road users and hikers.  Shortly before the parking lot Bärenhalde you have to cross the B50

Tips and hints

Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
Gestade 6
54470 Bernkastel-Kues
Phone (0049) 6531/50019-0


As a starting point of the tour there are several possibilities: Bernkastel, Graach sheep farm, Moselle thermal bath in Trarbach (108 m)
49.916708, 7.074633
49°55'00.1"N 7°04'28.7"E
32U 361780 5531147


The respective starting point

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour must be driven in a clockwise direction, as described here.From Bernkastel, the tour leads you uphill through the vineyards, past the "Waldschenke mit Herz", up to the Bernkastel plateau and the viewpoint "Maria Zill". From here you have a great view of the Moselle valley with Bernkastel-Kues. On a flat route you cross the plateau until you reach the start of the ant trail. On this single trail you ride (technically demanding) down into the Kautenbachtal valley towards the Moselle thermal bath in Trarbach.  Steadily ascending, you work your way back up the slopes of the Kautenbach Valley to the plateau. After a short flat stretch you now descend on the Förster-Schell-Trail towards Bernkastel and Kallenfelstal, which you cross with the help of a small bridge. If you would like to shorten or break off the tour here, you can now roll down the Kallenfelstal valley to Bernkastel. For all others, the route now leads - with easy up- and downhills - above Bernkastel to the hiking car park "Bärenhalde". Immediately before the small car park you have to cross the B50. From now on you work your way up to the Olympus again, steadily ascending. The mountain above Bernkastel offers again a great view over Bernkastel-Kues and the Moselle. On a single trail, you now descend again to the car park of the former Bernkastel-Kues youth hostel. Now you climb up to Wilhelmshöhe and from there to the Andeler Refuge. There you will again be offered the finest Moselle panorama. Enjoy the view - and then join the next trail. Once again through the beautiful forest, before you roll down into the Moselle valley and Bernkastel on fun trails, past the St. Anna Chapel.


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

Journey to Bernkastel-Kues


Parking is available in the towns along the route.

e.g. Bernkastel-Kues: On both banks of the Moselle

Graacher Schäferei: Hiking car park "Eiserne Weinkarte"

Hiking car park "Bärenhalde" on the B50 between Bernkastel and Longkamp

Trarbach: Parking lot at the "Moseltherme"


49.916708, 7.074633
49°55'00.1"N 7°04'28.7"E
32U 361780 5531147
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)


Mountain bikes and appropriate safety equipment are necessary.

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • 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.

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Felix Heck
August 29, 2021 · Community
Top Tour mit schönen Aussichten. Man sieht Bernkastel-Kues und die Mosel dabei von allen Seiten und kann noch ein lecker Eis essen. Beschilderung durchgängig "1MTB"., für die Trails muss man ggf. auch mal ein bischen rechts und links der ausgeschilderten Tour gucken (natürlich nur auf den offiziellen Trails !!) ! Es lohnt !! Viel Spass !
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When did you do this route? August 11, 2021
Martijn Krutzen
September 15, 2019 · Community
Schöne Tour, die Trail-Strecken sind toll (eher S1/S2 als S3)
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When did you do this route? September 14, 2019
Achim Göhlen
October 03, 2017 · Community
Ach ja, zum Kommentar von Joachim Mayer: die Beschilderung an der Umfahrung "Sankt-Anna-Kapelle" ist mittlerweile da, hängt aber als Erklärung oberhalb der Absperrung bevor´s links runter geht. Also einfach grade aus den kurzen Stich hoch, danach geht´s munter runter bis zur Mosel.
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