Get to Moselkern via Trier or Koblenz with regional trains. It's possible to start at the 'Ringelsteiner Mühle' in Moselkern which is 30 minutes to hike from the station. Alternatively take the bus line 337 (Mo-Fr) or 330 (weekends only), exit at 'Wierschem Brunnen'.
Motorway A 48, take the exit 'Polch' and follow the L 113, heading to Münstermaifeld and later the K 33 to Wierschem. There's a large parking ground at the Dorfgemeinschaftshaus, and this is a good initial point for your hiking tour.
From the Moselkern Station take the bus no. 337 (Mo-Fr), heading to Münstermaifeld or 330 ("Burgenbus", weekends only) and exit at the 'Brunnen' stop in Wierschem. From here it's just a short walk to the Dorfgemeinschaftshaus which is the initial point for your hiking tour.
From the Köln/Bonn airport take a regional express train to Koblenz and change to another regional train to Moselkern here. Take a 30 minutes walk to the 'Ringelsteiner Mühle' (possible initial point) or take one of the buses (line 337 or 330).
The hiking trail 'Traumpfad Eltzer Burgpanorama' (Eltz Castle Panorama Trail) was opted in 2013 again for Germany's most beautiful hiking trail – for the 3rd time after 2008 and 2011.
Starting at the 'Dorfgemeinschaftshaus' in the center of the small village Wierschem enjoy the astonishing panorama of the Moselle plateau immediately. After the initial point the trail is ascending continuously in the first instance, showing natural footpaths, and the hiker will be rewarded with the wild and deep-cut Eltzbach valley and an amazing view to Pyrmont Castle (Burg Pyrmont).
The trail leads through the Eltz forest, crossing the Eltzbach (a little creek which meanders in numerous bends), and after that the path joins the 'Moselhöhenweg' (Moselle Heights track). Finally this part of the track ends on a hill, and from here the hiker has a breathtaking view to the "Fairy Tale Eltz Castle" (Burg Eltz) which is one of the most beautiful castles in Germany, and which can be entered by using a massive stone bridge. Here, hikers should take a break and put themselves back in the middle ages.
After Eltz Castle the trail continues in beautiful nature environment, and along the Eltzbach. The Ringelsteiner Mühle (Ringelstein Mill) is a hotel and restaurant/cafeteria which invites the hiker for another break. Take a little snack her or a piece of cake with a cup of coffee or two.
Afterwards, the track is running steeply uphill, but the reward is another breathtaking view over the Moselle plateau. The last part is easier and not very steep. Alltogether the trail is 12.6 km long and can be hiked comfortably during 4 hours. The difficulty is intermediate, not too heavy; hence it's convenient even for families with kids. The hiker gains a height of approximately 400 meters during the track.
Conclusion: the Eltz Castle Panorama Trail (Traumpfad Eltzer Burgpanorama) deserves its award being Germany's most beautiful hiking trail for sure!
Escape Address: 56294 Wierschem, Dorfgemeinschaftshaus (In den Wiesen), Wierschem, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
During your hiking tour, you'll pass Burg Eltz (Eltz castle) which is one of the most beautiful castles in Germany. You will see it already from a distance, and it will appear as Cinderella's castle as soon as you discover it. It's more than 850 years old, was never destroyed, and still in the ownership of the founding family – the counts of Eltz. Guided tours are available, and it's worth a visit for sure!
The Moselle region is the oldest wine region in Germany, and it's the largest production area for Riesling worldwide! There are numerous little villages, and in every village one finds more than one wine-grower. Besides the Riesling grape also Rivaner (Müller-Thurgau), Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Dornfelder and many more sorts are available.
The river Moselle, as well as the river Rhine, are perfect areas for a river boat cruise. There are hundreds of steep vineyards or romantic villages to discover from the boat, and every bend of the river brings new surprises and new astonishing views. Take a small round trip of 1 or 2 hours or spend an entire day on the ship and enjoy a large tour.