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Mosel - In the Footsteps of the Romans

This magnificent hiking route is certainly not an easy one. After all, it is important to master no less than 600 vertical meters over a distance of a good 20 kilometers. Even experienced hikers should plan 5 to 6 hours for this tour.

But don't worry, what we will see along our route will make you forget all your efforts. We will also be taking a journey back 2,000 years or more.

History already greets us in Trittenheim: in the vineyards above the village are the Laurentius chapel from the 16th century and the famous Hinkelstein Eselstratt, a witness to the megalithic culture that disappeared in a long distant past. The Trittenheim Bridge, where the only surviving pair of ferry towers on the Mosel stand, is the starting point of our journey.

Heading up behind the ferry tower on the right bank of the river, the so-called " Apotheken-Weinlage", first leads steeply up to where a burial site from Roman times can be visited. Further on are the slate caves and a lookout point, from where we can enjoy an excellent view of the lovely Mosel landscape, be careful however, on the narrow path that requires some sure-footedness. We continue on an agricultural track, past a solar energy site, downhill to the "Martyrs' Chapel", the construction of which is said to be based on a Roman legend.

After about 5 kilometers we reach Neumagen-Dhron, which is called "Germany's oldest wine town". Not without reason, because around two millennia ago, the Romans, who had one of their castles here, were winegrowers in this place. The famous relief sculpture of the “wine ship”, whose cast has found its place at the Peterskapelle in Neumagen-Dhron, is a testimony to this. Further replicas of local finds from Roman times can be viewed along an archaeological path around the town center. The town also has a special attraction, the “Stella Noviomagi”, the working replica of the Roman wine ship. When the ship is not on the Mosel with passengers, it is moored in a small harbor.

Before the next strenuous section, we could gather our energies by savouring the local gastronomy, for example, in the restaurant "Römerkastell" (Pelzergasse 7), "Hotel Zum Anker", (Moselstraße 14), or "Käpt'n Cook" (Moselstraße 21).

We continue to the Mosel Bridge, where the "Römersteig" changes to a bike path on the other side. We hike around two kilometers along the banks of the Mosel River. Then we climb the steps of an old vineyard staircase and hike halfway through the famous vineyard "Piesporter Goldtröpfchen". On the outskirts of Piesport, Roman antiquity catches up with us again - there you can visit a faithfully reconstructed wine press from the 4th century AD. This and another wine press found in Piesport, as well as valuable additions to an ancient burial site, testify to the 2000-year-old wine-growing tradition of this place, which has remained unbroken to this day. In Piesport there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy excellent regional wines in an idyllic setting.

The last stage requires stamina again as it serpentines up the vineyards. The "Römersteig" leads us over the impressive rock massif of the "Moselloreley" to Minheim. We pass the small "Plague Chapel", which stands as a reminder of the epidemic in the early 16th century. After descending through the vineyards, we arrive at the destination of our 20-kilometer route. In the dreamy wine town of Minheim we can finally rest and contemplate the 2000 years of history we have just walked through.

In the summer months there is an opportunity to end the long hike by taking a ship from the Mosel fleet back to the starting point in Trittenheim.


20
Kilometers Distance

550
Elevation [m]

6,5
Hours walking time

Mosel Hike along the Römersteig

Stage

Trittenheim - Minheim

Start

Trittenheim

Finish

Minheim

Marker

Signs "Römersteig"

Route Character

Mostly comfortable vineyard trails, sometimes steep climbs over narrow paths and mountain trails that require sure-footedness and fitness.

Parking

A range of parking opportunities in the center of Trittenheim


Route Contact

Moselwein e.V.


Gartenfeldstraße 12a
54295 Trier

Phone: +49 651 / 710280
info[at]weinland-mosel(dot)de
www.weinland-mosel.de

Activities

Trier
Porta Nigra
Sehenswürdigkeit
www.trier.de

Bernkastel
Marktplatz Bernkastel
Sehenswürdigkeit
www.bernkastel.de

Traben-Trarbach
Innenstadt Traben-Trarbach
Sehenswürdigkeit
www.traben-trarbach.de

Cochem
Burg Cochem
Sehenswürdigkeit
www.burg-cochem.de/home.html

Zell (Mosel)
Runder Turm, Collis-Steilpfad
Sehenswürdigkeit
http://www.Zell-Mosel.com

Koblenz
Deutsches Eck
Sehenswürdigkeit
www.koblenz-touristik.de

Saarburg
Wasserfall Saarburg
Sehenswürdigkeit
www.saarburg.eu

Vinery

On the Mosel, many winegrowers offer their own wines with regional specialties, often in old barrel wine cellars, wine press houses or beautiful courtyards.

More than 50 winegrowers have come together to form the working group of Straußwirtschaften ( seasonal wine taverns) on the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Together they promote the Straußwirtschaften, not only expanding the offerings for consumers but also for local business by engaging in training, exchanging experience and ideas and organizing campaign weeks.

The working group developed a Straußwirtschaft pass: after visiting eight different Straußwirtschaften, the eighth winery presented the guest with a bottle of wine. At the end of the season, the completed pass could be entered into a raffle, which includes vouchers for weekend trips to winegrowers, wine vouchers and wine gifts. The pass is available in the tourist offices on the Mosel and in the member wineries, as well as on mosel-strausswirtschafts.de.


Recommendations for hotels and restaurants

Hotel Feiden

Moselweinstraße 22
56814 Ediger-Eller

Phone: +49 2675 / 259
info[at]hotel-feiden(dot)de
www.hotel-feiden.de

Gutshotel & Restaurant Galerie Riesling

Moselweinstraße 42
54349 Trittenheim

Phone: +49 6507 / 93974
info[at]gutshotelgr(dot)de
www.galerie-riesling.de

Weingut & Gästehaus Stefan-Andres

Laurentiusstraße 17
54349 Trittenheim

Phone: + 49 6507 / 70013
info[at]weingut-bernhard-eifel(dot)de
www.weingut-bernhard-eifel.de

Hotel & Restaurant Krone Riesling

Moselpromenade 9
54349 Trittenheim

Phone: +49 6507 / 9263 - 0
info[at]krone-riesling(dot)de
www.krone-riesling.de

Weingut Otto & Inge Bollig

Moselweinstraße 10
54349 Trittenheim

Phone: +49 6507 / 2281
mail[at]otto-bollig(dot)de
www.otto-bollig.de

Weingut Arthur Schmitt-Veit

Auf dem Spieles 6
54349 Trittenheim

Phone: +49 6507 / 5289
info[at]weingut-schmitt-veit(dot)de

Weingut Heribert Boch

Moselweinstraße 62
54349 Trittenheim

Phone: +49 6501 / 2713
kontakt[at]weingut-boch(dot)de
www.weingut-boch.de

Weingut Walter Britz

Im Hof 3
54349 Trittenheim

Phone: +49 6507 / 2538

Weingut & Gästehaus Clüsserath-Weiler

Brückenstraße 9
54349 Trittenheim

Phone: +49 6507 / 5011
info[at]cluesserath-weiler(dot)de
www.cluesserath-weiler.de

Weingut Seminarshof - Gästehaus & Restaurant

Moselweinstraße 40
54349 Trittenheim

Phone: +49 6507 / 5584
info[at]seminarshof(dot)de
www.seminarshof.de

Weingut Roman Herzog

Am Eichaus 4
54518 Minheim

Phone: +49 6507 / 5233
herzog-ro[at]t-online(dot)de
www.weingut-roman-herzog.de

Weingut Kreuz-Bauer

Zum Leinpfad 4
54518 Minheim

Phone: +49 6507 / 6422
info[at]weingut-kreuz-bauer(dot)de
www.weingut-kreuz-bauer.de

Restaurant Römerkastell

Pelzersgasse 7
54347 Neumagen-Dhron

Phone: +49 6507 / 701681

Hotel Zum Anker & Restaurant

Moselstraße 14
54347 Neumagen-Dhron

Phone: +49 6507 / 6397
hotelzumanker[at]t-online(dot)de
www.hotelzumanker.de

Weingut Schneider-Kranz

Konstantinstraße 3
54347 Neumagen-Dhron

Phone: +49 6507 / 992100
weingut.schneider-kranz[at]t-online(dot)de
www.schneider-kranz.de

Weingut & Gästehaus Konstantinhöhe

Konstantinhöhe
54347 Neumagen-Dhron

Phone: +49 6507 / 9389710
info[at]konstantinhoehe(dot)de
www.konstantin-weine.de

Weingut Hain & Weinhotel Goldtröpfchen

Am Domhof 5
54498 Piesport

Phone: +49 6507 / 2442
info[at]weingut-hain(dot)de
www.weingut-hain.de

Weingut Lothar Kettern

Müsterter Straße 14
54498 Piesport

Phone: +49 6507 / 2813
info[at]kettern-riesling(dot)de
www.kettern-riesling.de

Weingut Lehnert-Veit - Straußwirtschaft & Gästehaus

In der Dur 6-10
54498 Piesport

Phone: +49 6507 / 2123
info[at]lehnert-veit(dot)de
www.lehnert-veit.de