Moselsteig Trail Stage 19: Cochem – Treis-Karden

23.516 m
870 m
870 m
8:30 h
83 m
335 m

This section can be split into two or three shorter sections thanks to the excellent rail connections. The railway stations in Klotten and Pommern are situated directly on the Moselsteig Trail.


Quality route according to
Stage tour
Nice views
Geological highlights
With refreshment stops
Cultural/historical value
Botanical highlights

Empfohlene Jahreszeit



You start your long day of hiking – this stage is the one of the longest of the Moselsteig Trail – from Carlfritz-Nicolay-Platz at the Moselle Bridge. From here, you pass the Old Thorhaus and continue along the Endertstraße towards the Talstation (Valley Station) of the chairlift. Along the way, the Moselsteig Trail crosses the railway line directly at the portal of the Kaiser-Wilhelm Tunnel, which was the longest railway tunnel in Germany up to the ICE era. Once you have arrived at the Pinnerberg chairlift, you can choose whether you would like to tackle the first descent of the day with the chairlift or on foot. If you decide on an ascent by foot, you cross the Endert stream over a footbridge; a path with steps takes you steeply uphill below the chairlift path towards Pinnerkreuz. Enjoy the wonderful view of the city and the Cochem Reichsburg! You should also no miss out on a short detour to the Pinner Cross, which is on the a rock pulpit – the most beautiful of Cochem is guaranteed here. Then, a new rocky uphill metres and you have reached the top station of the chair lift and the restaurant on the Pinnerberg (note opening times).

The next stop is not far: After a steep ascent through the forest and a flat section on an asphalt road and a last uphill section, you reach the Wild-und Freizeitpark Klotten. The Moselsteig Trail now leaves the parking area as a slightly descending path and enters the forest at the slope edge. At a mountain hut, you have a view of the Moselle Valley. The view from the nearby Rabenlay is much better, however, you will need to take a short detour for the main trail. A little further down from the path, you reach the a covered rest area at the Schwedenkreuz – an ideal place for a refreshing rest in any weather! The slope edge allows for a last view of Cochem. The Moselsteig Trail now cuts through a few serpentines of the road and reaches the Seitzkapelle, which stands idyllically next to large chestnut trees. From here, you can see Klotten, the town you will reach next.

Over the top-most vineyard path the Moselsteig Trail now leads to the Peace Cross and then into the forest. A steep path takes you downhill to the Klottener Kreuzweg. You reach the Wildparkstraße and continue along it past a chapel and into the town. However, you only reach the Moselle after a small detour. Through the vineyards below the castle Coraidelstein you reach the Richeza square, which also grants a beautiful view of the Moselle Valley. A loop through the vineyards then takes you back to the outskirts and via steps you reach the town centre. Now it's not far anymore to the railway station and the Haus Moselschiefer, which has a large parking area and a Tourist Information office.

Your next highlight is the Dortebachtal nature reserve. You will reach the entrance at a railway underpass following a section along the railway line and the highway. The small side valley is one of the driest and warmest along the entire Moselle. Special flora and fauna has developed on the steep slate slopes. You hike along the stream to the first wooden footbridge. Here, the Moselsteig Trail changes to the other side of the stream, and runs uphill over steep paths in the oak-covered slope. Once at the top, you should make a small detour (marked access route) to the viewing point Kasteschkopp: The covered rest area is great for taking a break and admiring the beautiful view of the Moselle Valley – it reaches from Klotten to downstream Pommern.

The next section takes you mainly through meadows, and you continue along the edge of the forest at the slope edge of the Dortebachtal. A little further you pass the Annischerhof and cross the field-covered plateau until the opposite edge of the forest. In the forest, stepping stones take you to the other bank of the Fellerbach. Now continue a little uphill in the forest canyon of the stream, and you have managed the first ascent! Straight through a wind-throw area and then along the edge of the forest, the Moselsteig Trail leads to Kail, which you have had a view of before. The unusually large church stands out in the small town. Right on the outskirts of the town, you continue downhill to the Schilzergraben, which cuts deep into the plateau and finally forms an impressive ravine. The path now continuous to the river for some time, and then reaches the vineyards after a small intermediate climb at the Moselle Valley slope edge. Through the newly cleared slope you now walk parallel to the Moselle Valley through the vineyards. Passing the Pommern Sundial, you will soon reach Pomerania via the Kreuzweg. The railway station of the town is connected via a short access route.

After you have crossed the Pommern stream, your ascent already starts in the village – and then on old vineyards continues steeply uphill, with each altitude metre offering a better view of the Moselle Valley. The second part of the ascent leads you through the forest, which clears at the plateau of the Martberg. Once at the top, you will come across a partially reconstructed Roman temple complex and rebuilt Celtic houses - take some time to visit them in peace! If you are looking for a rest area with a view, take the short access route to Fahrlei viewing point. The Moselsteig Trail now continuous over winding paths to the slope edge, where some beautiful views of the Moselle and Treis-Karden open up. The descent leads along paths, parts of which are lined by boxwood trees, to the St. Castor view and the hut at the Josefinenrast. Both allow a beautiful view of the St. Castor Basilica in Treis. Continue on a moderately sloping former vineyard path with a relaxed view of the entire Moselle Valley at Treis-Karden. From a hairpin, you continue on a little steeper part down to the village. This stage ends in the St. Castor Straße, just 100 m from the railway station.


  • Sturdy hiking footwear
  • Appropriate weatherproof hiking gear
  • Picnic lunch


Starting point: Cochem via the B 49

Destination: Treis-Karden via the B 49 or the B 416

Startpunkt der Tour

Cochem: Carlfritz-Nicolay-Platz or Cochem railway station

Zielpunkt der Tour

Treis-Karden: Karden, St.-Castor-Straße directly adjacent to the railway station


Cochem: There is a charge for most of the parking spaces in Cochem. There is a large car park behind the railway station.

Treis-Karden: There is a car park close to the railway station.

Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel

Cochem: Railway station on the Moselle line

Treis-Karden: Railway station on the Moselle line

Tipp des Autors

Tip for families: The Moselsteig Trail section of Cochem to Klotten is perfect for a family tour! You can take the chairlift (no pram transport) for the ascent in Cochem to the Pinnerkreuz. Continuing towards Klotten, the Moselsteig Trail leads directly to the Klotten Wildlife and Leisure Park (open from April to October). From here, the Moselsteig Trail continues leisurely to Klotten. The tour ends at the local railway station and a short train ride takes you back to Cochem. The tour is 7 km long (from Cochem railway station to Klotten railway station, 6.8 km from Cochem chairlift to Klotten railway station). Cochem is home to the Reichsburg, an indoor wave pool / adventure pool with own kids landscape and offers lots of exciting activities for children, including a boat trip on the Moselle.

Weitere Infos / Links

Mosellandtouristik GmbH

Kordelweg 1, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues; Phone: 06531/97330


Tourist information office Cochem

Endertplatz 1, 56812 Cochem; Phone: 02671/60040


Tourist information office Treis-Karden

St.-Castor-Straße 87, 56253 Treis-Karden, OT Karden; Phone: 02672/9157700


Quelle: Mosellandtouristik GmbH

Autor: Thomas Kalff

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