Short vacation on the Moselsteig: In 5 days from Bullay via Cochem to Treis-Karden

5 Days

Your trip

You would like to experience the Moselle?

Great idea: The Moselsteig from Trier to Koblenz a majestic classic!

Enjoy the Moselle valley on wonderful hiking days between lovely wine villages, steep mountain slopes of Eifel and Hunsrück, once mighty castles of the Trier, Chur-Main and Cologne archbishoprics. Enjoy the Mosel hospitality at every turn. High-altitude trails with fantastic views of the Moselle river bends, vineyards, wooded mountain ranges, countless castles and the best panoramic spots above the water: your hiking week is full of highlights.

On your way from the former imperial city of the Roman Empire, Trier, to the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) in the heart of Koblenz, you will pass – always following the Mosel loops – charming wine-growing villages under Germany’s steepest vineyard, the Calmont, and the imperial castle of Cochem. On the way, you will have plenty of time to stop at the countless Straußenwirtschaften and wine cellars and get to know the world of winegrowers.

You will discover idyllic little half-timbered villages, hike through unique evergreen boxwood forests, climb rocky high trails and cross the steepest vineyards in Europe. Imposing rest areas and lookout pavilions await you with fantastic distant views and rustic winegrowers’ taverns invite you to enjoy the wonderful Moselle wine.

With Trier, the oldest city in Germany, the popular Eltz Castle, as well as the historic Roman hilltop settlements and temple complexes, cultural enjoyment is not neglected either. Look forward to fantastic hikes between the mountain ranges of the Eifel, the Hunsrück and the Mosel valley!

Please note: This shortest version of the tour includes only sections (3), (4) and (6) on the map. So it does NOT lead from Trier to Koblenz but only from Bullay to Treis-Karden. The parts shown on the map are only included in the tour variant 195a or – slightly shortened – also in the variant 195b.

Accommodation

You will stay in real Moselan, regionally typical, very good middle class hotels of the 3*** category – always with their own wine magic.

Catering

Daily breakfast buffet or extended breakfast included

When booking half board incl. 5 x 3-course dinners, not in Trier and Koblenz, possibly in neighboring restaurants.

The route

For the most part, you’ll hike on good trails and paths, graveled wine trails and secluded forest trails. The panoramic trails lead in sections over steep terrain and rocks, here surefootedness is required. The ascents and descents to the heights of the Moselle valley are easily manageable with good basic fitness. A shortening of the stages is possible almost at any time comfortably by train.

The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Arrival

Railroad

Both Bullay and Treis Karden are easily accessible by local train. The Moselle Valley Railway is an experience!

More information about the schedules can also be found at www.bahn.de.

Car & Parking

Parking is possible in an unguarded public parking lot near the hotel for approx. 15 € / day. Limited hotel parking spaces are also available for approx. 15 € / day, unfortunately advance reservation is not possible.

Return journey Treis-Karden – Bullay

By rail

The Moselle Valley Railway connects the two cities mostly every hour. Take your time for the return journey. You train ride is a real experience. They are on the road for about half an hour. For schedules and tickets, visit www.bahn.de.

May it be a little more?!

No problem – this trip has two big sisters.

> With the tour 195a you are on the road for 10 days. You start in Trier and hike almost the entire Moselsteig to the former capital of the Rhenish Republic, Koblenz.

> Journey 195b also takes you from Trier to Koblenz in 8 days. However, some stages are omitted or shortened by train.

If you like, you can build an individual vacation around your hiking tour with additional nights. Additional nights are generally possible at all stage destinations. At the starting point and in Koblenz we would even like to suggest you to stay one more day each.

Things to see on the way ...

  • The lovely Moselle landscape with its wines, mountains, bridges, castles and cities
  • Cochem with its famous Reichsburg

Day by day

Journey to Bullay :
Day 1

Journey to Bullay

Individual journey to Bullay on the Moselle. Output of the tour information. Unguarded parking payable on site.

Bullay - Traben-Trabach - Bullay :
Day 2

Hike Bullay – Traben-Trabach – Bullay, ~ 19 km, 550m ↑↓, ~ 6 h

Please take the Moseltalbahn one more time today – now in the opposite direction > Trier one stop to Traben-Trabach. Regional trains of Deutschan Bahn usually run twice an hour. You will be on the road for about 20 minutes and cross Germany’s longest hillside viaduct by train to the start of the hike in the art nouveau town of Traben-Trabach.

Steeply uphill you hike to the imposing ruin Grevenburg. The Franzosensteig leads you over spiral staircases and steps through the middle of the ruin. Spectacular is the deep view opens to the river.

An alpine hiking section along the Kirster ridge leads you to Enkirch with a great view. Neat half-timbered houses line the streets between the vineyards and the Moselle. Through vineyards and vineyards it goes to Bullay. In the evening, a tasting of the best Moselle wines awaits you.

Breakfast
Bullay - Ediger-Eller - Cochem :
Day 3

Hike Bullay – Ediger-Eller – Cochem, ~ 18 km, 520 m↑↓, ~ 6 h

Beautiful paths lead you high above the river to the Petersberg, where the summit cross offers impressive deep views of the Moselle loop.

After descending and crossing the river at Neef, you climb the Calmont on the other side. You will discover the steepest vineyard in Europe, where the vineyard slopes up to 55°.

Via a Roman hilltop settlement with a view of the rocky needle of the “Eller Todesangst” you climb past the Galgenlay pavilion to the Ediger-Eller train station and by Mosel Valley Railway one stop through the tunnel to Cochem.

Breakfast
Cochem - Treis-Karden :
Day 4

Hike Cochem – Treis – Karden, approx. 23 km, 750 m↑↓, ~ 8 h

On foot or by chairlift to the Pinnerkreuz, a magnificent rocky pulpit overlooking Cochem. On forest paths high above the river, the route leads to the legendary “Wingerts Budche” rest hut. The Dortebach Valley nature reserve, the Pomeranian Forest and the trail through the Schilzer Ditch promise pleasantly shady freshness.

Through green vineyards you will reach the Martberg Archaeological Park, where an excellently restored Roman temple complex invites you to visit. Narrow paths wind through dense forest down into the valley and the finish in Treis-Karden.

Breakfast
Treis-Karden :
Day 5

Treis-Karden and individual return journey

Stay or go and come back again. Maybe a Rhine tour next year?

Please book extra nights or make your way back to Bullay with the Mosel Valley Railway every (half) hour.

Services

are included ...

  • Overnight stay with rich breakfast
  • Wine tasting Moselle wines
  • Luggage transport
  • Info package with detailed tour book
  • Navigation app and GPS data on demand
  • Service hotline

supplement you should still ...

  • Local taxes: In some cases local taxes are levied by the municipalities, approx. € 3 per person per night. Please pay directly on site if necessary.
  • Travel by public transportation: Ediger Eller - Cochem

Dates and prices

Travel start 2024: possible daily in …
Season 1 23.03. – 28.04. and 23.09. – 13.10.
Season 2 29.04. – 02.06. and 12.08. – 01.09.
Season 3 03.06. – 11.08. and 02.09. – 22.09.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Double room with breakfast / pers 530 € 590 € 630 €
Single room w. breakfast 720 € 780 € 820 €
Extra nights
Trier (starting point): Double room with breakfast / pers 90 € 90 € 90 €
Trier (starting point): Single room with breakfast 150 € 150 € 150 €
Koblenz (destination): Double room with breakfast / pers 80 € 90 € 100 €
Koblenz (destination): with breakfast 130 € 140 € 150 €
Additional nights are possible at each stage destination. Price on request. If necessary, please indicate in the comments field of the booking how many additional nights you want and at which location.
Please note: Depending on the accommodations we book for you, the overnight stops may differ from those indicated in the route plan. Please refer to your individual hotel list for accommodation locations! If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer. Please note: The map shows the complete route from Trier to Koblenz, as provided for in the 10-day variant 195a. The variant presented here only includes the sections from Bullay to Treis-Karden. Trier and Koblenz are NOT reached in this variant.

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  • 4 Days
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  • trip from place to place
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  • Hiking trip
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