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Designated in 2013 as Germany’s most beautiful hiking trail, the Hiking Trail Eltzer Burgpanorama starts at the centre of the small village of Wierschem and delivers to you the sensational panorama of the Moselle Plateau.
The trail leads downwards with natural footpaths and you then enter the wild and deep valley at Eltzbach with a sight of the stunning Pyrmont Castle (Burg Pyrmont).
Following paths through the Eltz Forest you will cross the Eltzbach, a small creek which winds its way around the woods. Then, the path joins the Moselle Heights track (Moselhöhenweg) and finally ends on a hill from which you can see the fairy tale castle Burg Eltz. This is one of the most spectacular castles in Germany and you can go into the castle using the ancient medieval stone bridge. This is an excellent place to take a break before continuing your hike.
When you leave Eltz Castle the path is one that takes in the beautiful natural surroundings of the forest and along the river’s edge. You will eventually come to the Ringelstein Mill which is a restaurant/cafe where you can also take a break to enjoy a snack and a drink. Choose a cool beer or a coffee and cake. Continuing the hike, the trail runs uphill but you will be rewarded for your energetic walk with a breathtaking view over the Moselle Plateau.
The length of the Eltzer Burgpanorama hiking trail is 12.6 kilometres and it can be achieved comfortably in four hours. Designated as an Intermediate level hike, it can be tackled by families with children as long as they are not too small. You will ascend for around 400 metres during the hike but the slog up to the plateau makes it very worthwhile when you see the view. The Eltz Castle Panorama Trail certainly deserves its title of German’s most beautiful hiking trail.
Cologne airport is 100 kilometres from Wierschem where the hiking trail starts. You can take a train and the journey takes around 3 and a half hours or drive and the journey is about 1 hour 15 minutes.
Trains leave every hour from the station at the airport terminal to Cologne main station. Change at Cologne main for a train to Hatzenport Bahnhof then there is a twice daily bus to Brunnen, Wierschem.
Take the A59 from the airport and then turn onto A565 and A61 to B262 to Mayen. Use the exit marked for Trier then continue on the B262 to Wierschem.
Cruise The River Moselle
Taking a trip on a boat down the River Moselle is relaxing and it allows you to see more of this lovely area of Germany. Watch out for romantic villages tucked away around the bends in the river and be amazed at the number of vineyards that are all around this region. Cruises take from 2 hours up to all day.
Explore The Burg Eltz (Castle Eltz)
If you have already had a look at the Burg Eltz while you are on the hiking trail then you will know that it is worth a closer look. This Cinderella style castle is over 850 years old and is still owned by the same family. There are a number of guided tours and the guides speak English.
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