The Moselle Valley is one of Germany‘s most popular vacation destinations. The valley is surrounded by tall mountains that sometimes resemble cliffs coming straight out of the ground. The Moselle Valley is also home to Europe‘s steepest vineyard, which you can climb on the famous Calmonter Felsensteig trail. There‘s plenty to do and see, but in this article we are going to focus on the numerous incredible viewpoints in the Moselle Valley. Get ready to be amazed!
This is probably the most popular viewpoint and justifiably so. You are standing on top of Europe’s steepest vineyard looking down into and across the Moselle Valley where the river beautifully bends. You can get here by hiking up the famous Calmonter Felsensteig or you can drive to a nearby parking lot on top of the mountain.
This viewpoint remains a hidden gem as it is not part of a popular hiking trail (even though we think it should be). You can either hike up here on a beautiful short valley hike up the mountain from Treis-Karden or you can park on the side of the road at the Hofkapelle zu Windhausen on top of the mountain. The Kompuskopf is definitely one of our favorite viewpoints along the Moselle valley.
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This is a viewpoint that is hard to get to as you need to hike up a mountain. You can’t get here by car, so hiking is your only option. However, the hike leads through the beautiful Dortebachtal which is a nature preserve. It truly feels like hiking through a jungle, so we highly recommend taking this short 6 km hike.
This viewpoint features a beautiful church with mountain backdrops and river views. It’s a really unique viewpoint and it’s part of one of the Moselle Valley’s most popular hiking trails: the Hatzenporter Laysteig. However, you can also park in town and take the short walk through the vineyards to get to this viewpoint.
This is another viewpoint you will definitely have to hike to, but if you don’t want to go on the whole hike, you can just park in town and walk up to it. This viewpoint is so special because it overlooks a beautiful part of the Moselle river that features an island.
This viewpoint is the easiest to get to of all the viewpoints in this list. It’s located right on a highway that leads up the mountain in Brodenbach. This is a wider part of the valley and you will see a lot of ships coming through this section.
The last viewpoint on this list doesn’t have a specific name, but it is part of the Hatzenporter Laysteig trail and definitely worth mentioning. It is only accessible by hiking the trail and features a big viewing area. You can find it by putting in the following coordinates: 50°13’15.8″N 7°23’36.9″E
Where to Stay in the Moselle Valley:
Zum Bachhexje – Alken is a very beautiful and highly rated low-budget vacation rental with a kitchen.
Pension Winnemüller – Cochem offers gorgeous hotel rooms including breakfast and is centrally located in the city of Cochem.