Rhine Valley & Mosel Valley
The fairytale Romantic Rhine with its vine-clad slopes, Rapunzel-like castles and cute half-timbered villages and the beautiful Mosel Valley, with wonderful walks, a mild climate and welcoming locals, are the cornerstones of this enchanting region.
About this Germany walking region
Flowing between the noble city of Koblenz and the attractive town of Bingen, the River Rhine (Rhein in German) meanders between slate mountains, hillside castles and steep vineyards to create one of the most beautiful and magical places in Europe.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area around the Rhine is home to some of Germany's most dramatic scenery, where forested hills are punctuated with craggy cliffs and steep vineyard vistas. Idyllic villages are dotted around the river and their timber houses and quaint churches really do conjure up the image of fairytales.
The Rhine Gorge may be one of the area's best-known attractions, but there is plenty more to entice visitors to this region.
The Mosel (Moselle in French) is every bit as beautiful and dramatic as the Rhine. Broad sweeping bends, with vineyards covering deceptively high slopes reveal hidden delights such as the Roman remains in the city of Trier and the towering spires of Burg Eltz castle.
As it meets up with the Rhine in Koblenz, the Mosel offers superb walking and cycling opportunties. And let’s not forget the excellent wine which this region produces. The Mosel is home to Europe’s steepest vineyards and exploring them on foot is a great way to find out more about this region and its people.
Walking in Rhine Valley & Mosel Valley
The Rhine Valley and the Mosel Valley are now widely regarded as one of the finest hiking destinations in Germany with their extensive premium walking trails which all follow the high quality standards stipulated by the German Hikers Association.
The famous “Rheinsteig” long-distance trail, running along the eastern bank of the Rhine for 320km (199 miles), features spectacular views across the wonderful Rhine scenery.
Another popular long-distance hike, situated in the Mosel Valley is the “Moselhöhenweg” (Mosel High Route), which runs along both sides of the river for 390km (242 miles). Those who venture away from the river banks will be rewarded with some superb vistas; well worth the sometimes steep climbs involved. One of the great things about this walk (and many others in the region) is that you can take a boat trip in one direction and a walk in the other. During the walking season, from April to October, there are a number of scheduled boat shuttle services between each of the main villages.
When planning your walking holiday in Germany, it is worth knowing that the Rhine and Mosel Valleys pretty much go into hibernation from November until March. Weather depending, the season usually starts sometime in April. Spring and autumn are particularly pleasant times to visit the region, when the crowds are fewer and the flowers are at their prettiest.