Hike along the Mosel-Traumpfad Schwalberstieg (Schwalber Trail)
Alternating peaceful sections of forests and passages with magnificent views over the Mosel plateau are the attraction of this hike. Jungle-like paths pass through brook valleys to exposed viewpoints on Hitzlay Mountain and at Friar Felix’s Cabin.
Description of the Schwalberstieg
From the Linkemühle Inn in Niederfell the trail ascends gently through the Aspeler brook valley. Here the hiker finds himself in the middle of unspoilt nature: rippling brooks, crooked trees and rugged rocks inspire him to dream. A narrow path leads on to the Schwalberhof. Further on there is a great panorama view to the distant conical volcanoes of the Vordereifel, before the hiker submerges into the wonderfully tranquil Schwalberbach valley. As soon as the valley has been crossed, the path continues through a wide expanse of fields to the Arkenwälderhof and finally dives into the majestic beech high forest. The next adventure is waiting – crossing the Aspeler brook through a ford.
Having climbed on to the bank, the hiker reaches the sleepy Niederfell Forest. Leaving the forest behind there is a fantastic view over the Mosel plateau. Past the lovely Röder Chapel, the trail goes on to Hitzlay mountain. From this exposed viewpoint, the Mosel valley lies at the hiker’s feet, like an enchanted model landscape. Along big hedges and through orchards the trail continues slowly towards the Mosel valley. Great views and impressive cliffs accompany the path to the viewing platform of “Friar Felix’s Cabin”, giving a fabulous view of the Mosel, before reaching the destination along the Nachtigallenpfad (“nightingale’s path”).
Highlights of the Schwalberstieg
- Jungle path through the Schwalberbach valley
- Röder Chapel
- Hitzlay Hill with fantastic panorama view of the Mosel valley
- Viewing platform “Friar Felix’s Cabin”
How to get there
- B49 along the Mosel to Niederfell
- (A61 exit Koblenz/Dieblich, continue along the B411 to the B49)
- Car park at the Linkemühle
Data about the Schwalberstieg
- Length: 13,2 km
- Height gain: 484 m
- Duration: 4 hours
- 56332 Niederfell, Linkemühle (Bachstraße 22)
Bus: KVG Service no. 301 from Koblenz to Niederfell