Of Roman tombs and fairytale villages.
This is a challenging section that leads through the middle of cultivated vineyards, affording different views into the Moselle Valley. After leaving the starting point in Ediger-Eller, the route passes a number of different shrine-like chapels dedicated to different saints, known as Heiligenhäuschen. It is definitely worth taking a detour to the Roman tombs in Nehren as they have some of the best-preserved vault paintings north of the Alps. The trail continues through the vineyards and then along a narrow woodland path through an area known as Briedener Schweiz, where you simply cannot fail to be impressed by the breathtaking scenery. After passing the large Carmelite monastery church, the path descends down the famous monastery steps to the finish of the stage in Beilstein. The small village on the Moselle is also known as the "Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle", as its narrow lanes and half-timbered architecture have been used many times in the past as a location for 'Heimat films', a genre of romantic, rural, homeland films popular in the German-speaking world in the post-war era.
Kordelweg 1, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues; Phone: 06531/97330
Tourist information office Cochem
Endertplatz 1, 56812 Cochem; Phone: 02671/60040
Destination: Beilstein via the L 98 between Senheim and Cochem
Beilstein: The few parking spaces close to the ferry landing stage are often occupied. There is a larger car park a little way upstream on the L 98.