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Meanders of the Moselle

Wine-growing traditions of ancient Germany
Delve into Germany’s Roman past on this self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking holiday, featuring splendid routes, fabulous views and excellent wine-tasting opportunities. All rail and boat journeys are included, as are the luggage transfers between hotels.
Meanders of the Moselle. 7 nights
Meanders of the Moselle. 7 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday in the Moselle Valley

In this half-hidden corner of Germany, the silvery-blue serpentine ribbon of the River Moselle winds its way through vine-terraced hills and historic villages. From its source in the Vosges Mountains of Alsace, it flows north-east into Germany (where it is known as die Mosel), skirting the edge of Luxembourg to perform a series of convoluted and elaborate turns before meeting the mighty Rhine at Koblenz.
Its most appealing stretch, mirrored by some of the finest sections of the Moselsteig long-distance footpath, is the setting for our terrific wine-infused walking adventure, on which you can appreciate time-honoured traditions of viticulture as well as the remarkable ingenuity of those who work amid these vertiginous vineyards to extract such a delectable liquid from the noble Riesling grape.


We are currently unable to take new bookings for this holiday, but hope to be able to do so again soon.


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on almost any day of the week, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
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  • Arrival in Trier
    Night 1: at Hotel Blesius Garten (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Free day in Trier

    Explore Trier
    In a land where wine-making techniques were introduced over 2,000 years ago, it is fitting that you begin in Trier, the oldest city in Germany, founded as far back as 17BC. Once the seat of the Western Roman Empire, Trier is known for its well-preserved Roman and medieval buildings, which include the Porta Nigra (Black Gate), the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps; ruins of three Roman baths, including the largest north of the Alps; the huge Constantine Basilica; Trier Cathedral dating back to Roman times; and the Römerbrücke across the Moselle, the oldest bridge north of the Alps still crossed by traffic. There is also a small museum dedicated to the personal life of Karl Marx, the city's most famous son. We recommend using your first day to follow our city walk among these impressive sights.

    Circular walk from Trier: 9.5km, 2.5hrs
    Alternatively, you might like to try warm-up circuit from the wine-growing village of Olewig through the vineyards of the Tiergartental.
    Circular walk from Trier: 9.5km
    Trier, the oldest city in Germany
  • Circular walk from Ürzig: 7.5km, 2hrs
    A short rail journey brings you to Ürzig, its quaint streets huddling beneath wine terraces which seem to cling to the rocky slopes above. This village is somewhat unique among villages along the Moselle, in that the houses here are predominantly built of red stone, that is only found here. Follow our low-level route via Kloster to the equally charming village of Zeltingen upstream, where you can visit a rare plant garden just above the village. After visiting Zeltingen, catch the slow boat back to Ürzig for the night, arriving at the attractive, half-timbered Weingut Derkum in time for your included wine-tasting and introduction to Derkum wines.
    Circular walk from Ürzig: 7.5km
    Enjoy a circular walk from Ürzig
  • Ürzig to Traben-Trarbach: 16.5km, 5hrs
    Today, you follow a rising, scented path through herb and rose gardens to join the Moselsteig itself, enjoying stupendous views along the way. The last section of this walk takes you up onto the promontory of Mount Royal (topped by a gigantic French fort built for Louis XIV in the 1680s) from where you can see the river on both sides, as it languidly loops its way around Traben, eyeing its twin village of Trarbach across this particularly curvaceous bend. Here, you spend two nights at the Hotel Trabener Hof.
    Ürzig to Traben-Trarbach: 16.5km
    On the Moselsteig
  • Free day in Traben-Trarbach

    Explore Traben-Trarbach
    Traben-Trarbach, overlooked by the ruins of Grevenburg Castle, was once the second largest wine-trading town in Europe after Bordeaux, and this legacy can still be seen, not least in the labyrinthine network of wine cellars beneath the streets, which you can explore. You may choose to potter around the town, admiring its Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) architecture dating from the late-nineteenth century, and the imposing castellated towers of the Brückentor, the bridge that links Traben with Trarbach. 

    Linear walk from Bernkastel back to Traben-Trarbach: 7.5km, 2.5hrs
    Alternatively, meander by boat to picture-postcard Bernkastel for lunch, before returning to Traben-Trarbach via an ancient pilgrims’ footpath, the Jakobsweg (part of the long-distance trail to Santiago de Compostela), that passes Trarbach cemetery with its historic church and bell-tower.
    Linear walk from Bernkastel back to Traben-Trarbach: 7.5km
    Riverside routes
  • Ediger-Eller to Beilstein: 19km, 6hrs
    Today starts with a scenic rail journey to the diverting village of Ediger-Eller, another highlight of the week, so take your time to wander its lovely streets before rejoining the Moselsteig. Following the north bank, you cross the river at the small town of Nehren to then traverse some of the steepest vineyards in Europe (you can shorten this section by taking the bus, pay locally). You eventually reach the fairy-tale village of Beilstein, affectionately known as Dornröschen (‘Sleeping Beauty’), where your last two nights are spent at the Hotel Lipmann, or choose to upgrade here to the riverside Hotel Villa Beilstein. Whichever hotel you choose, dinner is included on your first night at the family’s restaurant, the Altes Zollhaus, in time to see the evening sun slipping down behind the river.
    Ediger-Eller to Beilstein: 19km
    Ellenz-Poltersdorf, en route to Beilstein
  • Choice of walks from Beilstein: 9.5km or 14km

    Linear walk from Cochem to Beilstein: 14km, 4hrs
    Start your final day with a short bus ride to Cochem. Here, you can gaze back at the fabulously turreted hill-top Reichsburg Castle before following a rocky path with yet more sumptuous views, as you make your way back to Beilstein via the pretty villages of Bruttig and Fankel, where you can stop for refreshments.

    Circular walk via Ernst: 9.5km, 3hrs
    Alternatively, for a shorter walk, take the ferry across the river to contour a steep wooded escarpment before descending through the vineyards above the village of Ernst. Meeting the route of the longer walk, you pass through Bruttig and Fankel before a dramatic section of narrow path through vineyards.    
    Linear walk from Cochem to Beilstein: 14km
    Circular walk via Ernst: 9.5km


You stay in four very different hotels, each one of which has its own special charm.

To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotel in Beilstein. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking. Whichever hotel you choose, we recommend an extra night here for the chance to visit the fascinating ancient city of Koblenz by train. In fact, we recommend adding an extra night at all three hotels, as there is plenty to explore near each!

PLEASE NOTE: most beds in German hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 dinners
    1 picnic
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • rail on itinerant days
  • 2 river boat trips
  • wine tasting

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