A beautiful hiking tour with wonderful views and varied trail sections connecting the two towns of Bernkastel-Kues and Traben-Trarbach.
Due to some legends this hiking trail as a trail a mystical character. It is often narrow paths that lead from the town of Traben-Trarbach or the Graacher Schäferei to these striking natural and cultural monuments between the Moselle and Kautenbach stream. Spectacular views await you along the way, whether by "Maria Zill" or the "Taubenhaus". For those who would like to revive their feet after the 17 kilometre long tour, the Moseltherme of Traben-Trarbach/Bad Wildstein is recommended. The hot thermal water relaxes and contributes to the wellness experience. The car park of the Therme is also a good starting point for the trail.
Take a good bottle of wine and tasty snacks with you and take a well-deserved break at the view point "Maria Zill".
parking area for hikers "Traver Ruh" (Graacher Schäferei) (101 m)
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Moselle bank in Traben-Trarbach
From the double cross at the Märchenhotel in the old town of Bernkastel an access path leads to the "Seitensprung Moseltalschanzen" hiking trail (which is at first identical with the beginning of the Moselsteig stage 11, or also follows the signs of the "Bernkasteler Bärensteig"). From the small bridge, which crosses the "Kallenfelsbach" (stream), the trail leads you 1.4 kilometres up the river, the signs for the "Moseltalschanzen" begin with signposts and appropriate markings.
Clockwise you take a forest path to the viewpoint "Maria Zill". If the weather is good, you can enjoy a rest on the benches, if the weather is bad, you hike on for about 200 metres and seek shelter in a refuge. Along the way you have some beautiful views of the Moselle valley. You continue through the hillside forest. Soon the trail crosses the "Mosel-Camino"-hiking trail and you will reach an asphalted road, which leads downhill to the Graacher Schäferei (from the parking lot "Traver Ruh" you can also start the hiking trail).But for now you don't walk downhill to the Graacher Schäferei.
You walk uphill through a double bend and immediately afterwards turn into a path to the "Graacher Schanzen". It goes uphill. Then you cross a wildlife crossing of the B50 again and hike on a narrow path in dry ditches and on small ramparts of the "Graacher Schanzen" - a former fortification - further. The path meets a farm track and an open meadow. You follow the farm road for about 100 metres in a northerly direction, then you turn right onto the meadows. You continue along a young tree population and enjoy the view over the meadows. At the end of the forest protection area you orientate yourself at the lookout tower (for hunter), which determines the direction. You dive into the forest and walk downhill on forest paths in the direction of Traben-Trarbach. In the vineyards above the town (intermediate destination "Taubenhaus") you enjoy the panorama. Then you walk down a narrow path towards the Moselle, past the Buddha Museum and into the city centre.
Through the "Moselstraße" (street) the way leads you to the market, and from there through a narrow lane uphill to the Protestant church and the hostel. Further uphill follows the cemetery, which you also pass. An old path follows, then you walk along the edge of the forest above the vineyards at a fairly constant altitude. Now you are at the "Ungsberg". The next stop is the Moseltherme (thermal baths), which you can see from up here. It goes downhill, first on farm tracks, then on narrow paths to the L 187, a road that leads to the Hunsrück region. In the curve area of the country road you turn onto the parking lot of the Moseltheme (thermal baths) and then follow the footpath to the Therme. Here, at a staircase, you follow a small path that turns left.
Coming from the B 53, through the village of Graach and the vineyards up to the "Graacher Schäferei", high above the Moselle.
Graacher Schäferei, parking lot "An der Traveer Ruh"
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Further information: http://www.bernkastel.de/service/download-prospekte.html.
Author’s map recommendations
WanderGuide - Hiking guide for the Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues (in German).