The Moselle Trail offers an incredible combination of panoramic views, nature and culture. Starting from the delightful little wineries in the border triangle, you will discover the charming Moselle and Saar scenery walking along old Roman roads and reach Trier with its lively old town and nine UNESCO world heritage sites. Spend the evenings immersing yourself in the region’s wine culture and cuisine, refuelling on meaty regional dishes marinated in local white wine. You can optionally extend your holiday to include an unforgettable boat trip and a walk taking you to the Eifel Trail highlights.
- Walk through the Moselle Valley, Germany’s wine paradise, along with one of Germany’s most beautiful hiking trails, through forest and vineyards, high above the river
- Explore Roman ruins and castles
- Stay in welcoming family-run hotels and country inns where you can relax with a glass of local Riesling
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Day 1: Arrival in Perl
You set off on your week’s walking holiday from the small wine growing district, Perl in the Saarland.
- Accommodation: Hotel Perler Hof or similar
Day 2: Perl – Palzem | 22 km
The first walk will reveal views across the border triangle to Luxembourg and France. Your route takes you from the beautiful wine-growing region via quaint forests and expansive fields to the Palatinate wine village, Palzem, which welcomes you with famous wineries and vineyards. There you will meet the river Moselle again and enjoy a glass of the best Elbling wines.
- Accommodation: Weingut Brunnenhof or similar
- Walking for the day: 5-6 hours, 22 km, ↑400 m ↓450 m
Day 3: Palzem – Nittel | 16 km
After visiting the double towered Helfant cathedral, you walk along the paths offering great views and steep but short ascents along the flourishing meadows and forests. Enjoy the views of the river Moselle before you reach the next wine district. Overnight in Nittel.
- Accommodation: a local family hotel/guesthouse
- Walking for the day: 4-5 hours, 16 km, ↑300 m ↓350 m
Day 4: Nittel – Igel | 22 km
You walk along diverse paths through the nature protection area of Nitteler Felsen, while getting impressive panoramic views of the river Moselle and the unique limestone cliffs of the Moselle and the Saar. Through the Albachtal valley, you go up to a viewpoint with a remarkable chapel, where wild orchids bloom. In the afternoon, you reach the Moselle/Saar confluence.
- Accommodation: Waldhotel Albachmühle (Wasserliesch) or similar
- Walking for the day: 5-6 hours, 22 km, ↑450m ↓450m
Day 5: Igel – Trier | 22 km
After crossing the river Mosel, it is worth taking a detour to the Igel Column, which is a richly ornamented Roman monument. You then walk through the Busen valley along natural paths (despite being close to the town) in the culturally rich town of Trier, Germany’s oldest city. Trier was established by the Romans, and to this day it is a treasure trove of Roman ruins.
- Accommodation: Hotel Deutscher Hof or similar
- Walking for the day: 5-6 hours, 22 km, ↑450 m ↓450 m
Day 6: Departure / Optional Eifel Trail Extension | 10 km
Make sure that you visit the UNESCO-World heritage site Porta Nigra, the amphitheatre and the cathedral in Germany’s oldest town. You walk along the Traumsteig up to the Petrisberg where you will get a breathtaking view of Trier and the Mosel valley. Departure on your own or extension upon request (see itinerary below).
- If you have booked the extension: in the afternoon, you will go on a panoramic boat ride on the river Moselle.
- Overnight Trier. Walking for the day: 2-3 hours, 10 km, ↑150m ↓150m
Day 7: Optional Eifel Trail Extension: Trier – Kordel | 19 km
Today you will switch from the Moselle Trail to the Eifel Trail. Walking through the romantic Butzerbach valley, take in impressive natural monuments like the Genoveva and Klausen caves or the view of the Kyll river meanders and the imposing Burg Ramstein. Overnight Kordel.
- Walking for the day: 5-6 hours, 19 km, ↑550m ↓500m
Day 8: Optional Eifel Trail Extension – Departure
What to Expect
Accommodation is in a mix of 3-star hotels, country inns and traditional guesthouses. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us, and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
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- Hotel Perler Hof (Perl)
- Weingut Brunnenhof (Palzem)
- Waldhotel Albachmühle (Wasserliesch)
- Hotel Deutscher Hof (Trier)
Hotels are subject to availability. In case a hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a property of equal standard. We will provide full accommodation details upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included on all days. Packed lunches are available from your accommodation (order the night before) or you can stop on the way; there are plenty of wine taverns and small shops to satisfy your thirst and appetite! Dinners are available at all overnight accommodations or close by.
Difficulty & terrain
The walking sections require a good fitness level; there are no steep descents and ascents, but the terrain is hilly and accumulated daily elevation gain can exceed 450m. You will walk mainly on well-marked walking paths or forest trails. Daily walking times are not more than 6 hours (read more about difficulty grades). We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to go
This trip is available from early April till early October. The flexibility of self guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season. The climate in the region is continental, cold and temperate. Depending on location and altitude, temperatures vary, but, in the June-September period, the daily averages are 20 – 25C. Spring and autumn are cooler with occasional rain.
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Frankfurt is the most convenient airport. From Frankfurt, there are regular train connections to your starting point (1.5-2h). For further information, visit the website of Deutsche Bahn for timetables and tickets. Luxembourg is a much closer alternative but has less international connections. Frankfurt is about 6 hours from London St Pancras by train via Brussels (see more details).
By train or bus
- 5 overnight stays in private en-suite double or twin rooms
- 5 breakfasts
- Luggage transfers on walking days
- Detailed route descriptions, travel and tour documents (one set per room)
- GPS data to use via our smartphone app
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Local tourist taxes
- Any items not specifically mentioned in the programme
Options, extras & supplements
- A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
- Extra nights
- Eifel Trail extension – add two more nights to explore the Eifel Trail and finish in Kordel