Onwards to woodland and distant vistas.
This challenging stage leads through the woodland around Mehringer Schweiz and includes a number of thrilling uphill and downhill sections. The trail follows steep paths through fir and spruce forests, through a high-level beech forest and a level forest at the summit. In the early part of the stage, you have the option of stopping off at Lake Triolago, a popular recreational lake. Further on, yet another place of interest awaits you: a 20-metre high wooden viewing tower, from where you have an outstanding view of the "Five Moselle lakes", five curves of the Moselle interrupted by woodland and vineyards. The trail now heads steeply downhill towards Leiwen, the idyllic wine-growing village on one of the most beautiful loops on the River Moselle between Trier and Bernkastel-Kues.
You can head off later in the day on this stage, even in warmer weather, as much of the climbing is through cool woodland.
Kordelweg 1, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues; Phone: +49 (6531) / 97330
Tourist information office Römische Weinstraße
Brückenstraße 46, 54338 Schweich; Phone: +49 (6502) / 9338-0
Starting point: Mehring A 1, Mehring, Longuich or Schweich junctions, then follow the B 53
Destination: Leiwen A1, Föhren/Bekond exit and then follow the L 48 or B 53 and L 48
Mehring: There is some parking along the Moselstraße, which runs parallel to the B 53, or on Peter-Schröder-Platz (0.3 km link road).
Leiwen: Small car park directly adjacent to the Euchariusstraße bus stop and further parking on the square on Schulstraße