Hike Through Europe's Steepest Vineyard at Germany’s Calmont Klettersteig -- Bremmer Calmont

The easiest ferrata around + 2000 years of history on this 4.75 mile hike plus Mosel River Travel Guide


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Bremmer Calmont on the Moselsteig Trail & History

The most exciting section of the 24 stage, 365 km Moselsteig long distance hiking trail. It goes from the corner of Luxembourg-France-German border to Koblenz, Germany.


Calmont Kletterhund on the Mosel River Germany


Web Stories. Check out behind the scenes with my Kletterhund Ruby!

Do you love your hikes to have a tiny bit of rock climbing and adventure? More than a stroll through the idyllic German forest, the Calmont Klettersteig boasts impressive views and some seriously steep terrain passing by the stunning ruins of Kloster Stuben.


Kloster Stuben was an Augustinian nunnery that hosted the world’s largest “Staurothek” for 600 years. According to Christian history, parts of the cross Christ was crucified on were held in this reliquary. Further into the hike, you’ll even pass by an ancient Roman chapel on the top of the Calmont.


Mix up your Adventure with 2000 years of culture!


Want a shorter hike? This trail can easily be cut in half and you can use the train to get back to your parked car.


TL;DR For 4.75 mile loop through the steepest vineyard in the world with breathtaking views: Skip Directly to Trail Guide

Located in Cochem-Zell in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate - the Calmont is in the heart of the Mosel Wine River Region. Filled with metal upright ladders, rungs and cables, you will need to either carry your dog or leave her home for this hike. My little doodle was about all I could handle without a special dog carrying device.


Each hike includes detailed GPS guidance (without any special apps) so it’s simple and not frustrating to find your way, get local food recommendations, and history highlights.

This is a perfect route for people preparing for more aggressive via ferrata in the Dolomites, Austria or Bayern. If you want to test your children to see how they would do before traveling to the Alps, try this route.


But it’s not all aggressive work!


The wine automats - yes, you heard that right! The wine automats are strategically located vending machines along the trails in this lovely, twisty part of the German Mosel River valley dispensing cold wines from local vinters.


German efficiency at its best!


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My goldendoodle Ruby earned her trail name from another hiking family on the trail. Kletterhund!


However, if you cannot carry your dog in your arms, I would not recommend you bring your dog. My husky would run himself off the cliffs and I couldn’t carry him up the 8 ft upright metal ladder.


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How This Calmont Klettersteig Travel & Trail Guide is Organized

  1. Calmont Klettersteig & Calmont Höhenweg Trail Map on Moselsteig

  2. Logistics for Multi Day Hikers

  3. Getting to Calmont Klettersteig Route

  4. Tips for Visiting the 1250 ft high Calmont & its Wineries

  5. Things to do in the Area Travel Guide

  6. Calmont Klettersteig Trail Guide

  7. Best Place to Stay in Germany: In a Castle Hotel!

  8. Tips for Hiking

  9. Beyond the Best Hikes in Germany: Fishermen’s Trail in Portugal

  10. Recommended Resources


Calmont Klettersteig and Calmont Höhenweg Loop on the Moselsteig

This hike is for you if you love steep paths and breathtaking views with pit stops for local wines.


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Logistics for Multi Day Hikers & Where to Stay

If you’re on the multi-day Moselsteig, take a day at either the charming town of Ediger-Eller or Bremm and spend a day on this loop and soak up the vineyard soaked ambiance. The steepness of terrain and views deserve to stay here for 2 nights.


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This delightful Springiersbacher Hof farm stay within a monastery boasts an outdoor pool and is right in the heart of Ediger-Eller for an excellent homebase. Hike there from the previous section and stay 2 nights.


The second day head out for this incredible klettersteig loop and stay there the second night before embarking on the rest of your journey on the Moselsteig.


If you want to make Bremm your homebase, the Kleines Winzerhausen hotel offers free bicycles so you can take a load off your knees while taking a day to explore these quaint wine villages and the klettersteig.


Getting to Calmont Klettersteig Route & its Breathtaking Views of the Mosel River

4.75 miles of vineyards and steep hills
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The Calmont Klettersteig winds through impossibly steep vineyards on the south bank of the Mosel River between the half timbered villages of Bremm & Ediger-Eller Germany. It’s a perfect day excursion from the air hubs of Frankfurt or Luxembourg or a 1.5 hour car trip from the Kaiserslautern military area.


The best way to access the Calmont Klettersteig and the hike is by train. This region is served by the DB Bahn train system. From the Ediger-Eller train station, walk directly to the trail head within a few minutes following the ample signs. If accessing the trail in Bremm (walking the other direction), the Neef train station is a 25 minute walk from the Bremm trailhead.


The train runs to nearby charming Cochem for a true taste of the Mosel valley charm.


Download the DB Bahn app and you’ll find the best timetables. The train runs typically 1-2 times per hour. You can purchase tickets on app or at the local kiosk at every train station. There are toilets onboard. If you get caught not paying for a ticket there is a 60 euro fine.

If using a car, simply park in the ample parking in Ediger-Eller alongside the river and charming lounges.


Signage is abundant to get to the Calmont Klettersteig.


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Tips for Visiting the 1250 ft high Calmont & its Wineries

Where else in the world can you engage in perfectly healthy activities like hiking and indulge in local wines served from a vending machine at the same time?

Wine Automats!

You’ll need an ID to swipe due to the drinking age of 16 in Germany, but grab your local wine from the wine automat near the Bremm trailhead.

Give yourself the opportunity to hike atop the Calmont near sunset if you can. The light is stunning and passing by the Roman chapels and view of the ruined nunnery really are special.

The hike itself should only take 2 hours - so there’s plenty of time to do a wine tasting on the trail. Preferably after you complete the lower “klettersteig” section which is more technical and before the rambling, easy “höhenweg” section atop the Calmont.

The winery Weingut Franzen offers delicious wines produced right here on the Calmont. Email them at info@weingut-franzen.de to arrange a tour or tasting.

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Things to do in the Area

Beyond Hiking and Wine Tasting

There is more than just hiking in the Mosel Valley.

For even more amazing views visit the Aussichtsturm Prinzenkopf - a gorgeous observation deck close to ample parking.


Soak up the Riverside Wine Culture Ambiance

Check out one of the many, many local lounges alongside the river serving snacks and delicious plates with their local wines. My favorite is Wajos in Ediger-Eller due to its plentiful lawn games to keep the kids entertained while tired hikers can sit back and relax.


Go Canoeing

Get up the Road to Cochem 25 minutes drive or train for a guided canoe tour with plenty of stops at wineries and lunch included.


Go Wine Tasting

Only 15 minutes up the road is the Weingut Basten with a half day guided wine tasting tour with small plates. Learn about the wineries and taste the results of the vines you just climbed through.


Cycling Pitstop Between Rotterdam and Basel

🚴🏻‍♀️ If bikes are your thing and you want to explore the Rhine by bike this unguided adventure book will help you explore.


The Euro Velo app provides incredibly detailed long distance bikepacking and cycling tours.


The path is smooth and 100% riverside through this gorgeous river gorge. I had reservations and a plan that was canceled due to covid, but it’s on my outdoor travel wish list.

Who is This Guide NOT for and What are the Alternatives?

Seeking an adventure isolated from people? The ends of this trail can be crowded during the high season. The mid sections will likely be fairly relaxed. I went on Father’s Day which is a national drinking/hiking holiday for German families and it wasn’t too bad. I really only saw 2-3 other groups of hikers once I hiked out of the villages.


If you want something more wild, more naturally dramatic try hiking the Dolomites in Italy. The Alta Via 1 trek offers delicious food but with a smidge (well, more than a smidge) more effort you can have your breath taken away at every bend in the trail.

This guide is also not for strollers. There are sections that would be great for backpacking your kid with a comfortable Osprey Baby Carrying Pack.


An alternate German hike that includes dramatic cliffs and castles is the Stage 4: Castle Way Rheinsteig hike just 1 hour north of Kaiserslautern.


Want a real adrenaline rush? Skydive tandemly over Frankfurt to get a real view!

Calmont Klettersteig Trail Guide

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Free Google Maps Guide: Just follow the blue dot to never lose your Way.

Komoot App with GPS Tracking: You get one free zone with this app to download offline. Here’s a detailed guide on how to use Komoot.

Calmont Klettersteig Komoot

https://www.komoot.com/tour/783753538?ref=wtd. I’ve included images of alternative hiking and cycling paths within the images on Komoot for further exploration.


Location: Mosel River Valley Germany

Trail Guide: Calmont Klettersteig - Höhenweg


Type of Hike: Loop

Distance: 4.75 miles, 7.6 km

Elevation: 1325 ft up, 1275ft down

Duration: Approx. 2-3 hours

Difficulty: Moderate and slightly technical. Metal rungs and ladders on steep rocky trails but without any real rock climbing.

Start/end point: Ediger-Eller. You can reverse the trail and start in Bremm.

Kid-friendly: yes, 5+ (depending on their balance)

Stroller-friendly: not even a little bit

Dog-friendly: Only small dogs you can carry up a ladder

Fees: Parking: free in Erdiger-Eller or Bremm.

Camino de Santiago: Yes - short stretches on the Mosel route of Camino

Behind the Scenes Stories: Instagram Stories Hiking Calmont Klettersteig with my Dog

Something Good to Eat: Wajos - The perfect ending to a perfect hike. This riverside lounge serves amazing wines, some beers and has a kitchen with burgers and more. Comfy chairs and yard games and little playhouses for the kids make it a great hangout. Maybe your friends don't like to hike and can meet you here at the end for a chill time.

It’s a place begging for cornhole boards.

Best Hikes in Germany : Calmont Klettersteig

4.75 miles of views, cables and vineyards

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the only iffy part for my Doodle Ruby

You’ll start up this rocky path right from the riverside village of Ediger-Eller. The signs point out local history and even have bike repair shops listed with phone numbers.


In late May the path is lined by rosehips and raspberries as you wind your way upward to the Klettersteig path. You’ll pass by wine tasting huts located right on the trail and walk past gates directly into the vineyards, the broad leaves brushing your arms.


This part of the Mosel is very steep and vineyards cut vertically and horizontally across the cliffs. The loop is best done with the klettersteig first and then finish with the mystical höhenweg and ending at the riverside for a glass of wine.


It’s about 2 miles across with multiple ladders and a few cable assisted sections to get to Bremm. Either stop for refreshment in the village or do a wine tasting, but resume the trek by turning uphill at the church. Then go past the wine automat and up a mosquito-filled creek bed to the höhenweg.


You’ll have soft wooded trails and impressive views here near sunset and great lighting of the famous kloster ruins and horshebend in the river. Before heading down the rocky path back to Ediger-Eller, you’ll pass by a 2000 year old Roman chapel. It is divine.

Stay in a History or Castle Hotel Nearby

Check out the links here from Booking - I always use them for my city and multi-day hikes because they are trustworthy and helpful to keep organized.

German castle hotels dot the entire country making for a unique hotel experience. Close to the Mosel River, the Rhine River has castles about every 2.5 km in the UNESCO Upper Middle Rhine Valley Gorge.

Hop over to the Rhine after your hike and stay at one of the many luxurious Castle Hotels on the Rhine.


German Castle Stay: Rhine River Castle Hotels

Best Castle Stay: Rheinfels Castle Hotel


💖 Romantik Schloss Hotel Rheinfels Wellness hotel and restaurant overlooking the scenic Sankt Goar on the Rhine River. Burg Rheinfels hotel features private rooms overlooking the Rhine River.

💲Going budget and have an SUV? It’s completely legal to sleep in your car (but only one night in each place) in Germany in a parking lot. Make it comfortable with a comfy SUV air mattress.

Oberwesel Castle Hotel Stay

💖 Burghotel auf Schönburg sits atop Oberwesel like a star upon a Christmas tree, full of joy, wine and beauty. They’ve even got a torture museum in addition to the river view rooms and delicious restaurant.


Tips for Hiking in Germany: Safety, Food, & Gear Calmont Klettersteig


Best Time to Hike the Calmont Klettersteig

April through November


Mother’s Day....or Fathers Day is ideal.


The spring time or October would be best due to blossoms and foliage and hotels and castle hotels operating fully. More importantly there will be less tourists so you can soak up the dreamscape in solitude.


However the trails are accessible year round.


If planning this as a winter (or late fall, early Spring) hike, carefully consider your daylight hours. There are signs of wild hogs or “boar”.


They can get fussy with their territory or babies and potentially charge your shins at dusk or in the evening.


If you’ve got to do the night hike thing, take a serious Headlamp, it’s got 900 lumens to scare them away.



Weather Bremm Germany


It’s pretty mild here in southwest Germany. This valley gorge can get filled with fog and rain, so take appropriate rain gear and footwear for traction if the weather calls for rain. It lies at the intersection of the Hunsrück and Palatinate forests and usually is much more mild in temperature and snowfall.


The other consideration to take seriously are floods and mudslides. These gorges are steep, so If the weather report has 4-5 days of rain in a row after a month of not having much rain at all, ditch your plans, it’s not worth it.


The landscape might not absorb water and trees will be at risk of falling branches on the trails and your head, and the stony paths will be slippery.


To make lemonade, the warming weather means there’s rarely snow on the ground and January hikes are relatively pleasant. I wore a fleece and trail running shoes in January. It’s possible to do as a winter hike (I did!) but many hotels and restaurants will be closed for vacation.

Parking Calmont Klettersteig


Parking likely will fill up in Erdiger-Eller or Bremm Germany, especially in summer so get there early. You can access the trail on either side, but I prefer Erdiger-Eller due to the super chill lounge at the end of the hike.

Gear


These paths are slightly technical. While they aren’t demanding like the alpspitze klettersteig, schwarzhorn klettersteig or zugspitze klettersteig, there are some slippery places demanding good balance.


A decent trail running shoe would work, here’s my favorite women’s shoe and the men’s version as well. Boots would work as well, but please avoid wearing non technical sandals or slippery bottomed shoes.


You DO NOT NEED any ferrata gear.


However, you may want a dog carrier backpack to get your small or medium dog up and down the 2-3 ladders. I used my arms, but there was a moment I wished I had something.


Don’t be like me and get eye pre-cancer, protect your eyes from the damage inflicted by the sun with cat 3-4 sunglasses.


🥾💪These Black Diamond walking sticks will help with balance and ease some of the stress of the steep downhills.


You’d want to have rubber tips due to some pavement at times. Find quality poles that won’t break the first time you use them, on amazon.


Bring your own water as buying water in Germany is insanely expensive both at restaurants and at convenience stores, if you can even find it. Every German child’s backpack is outfitted like a VSCO girl with a reusable water bottle. Water fountains are not a thing.


If you do order water, you’ll likely get the carbonated version unless you ask otherwise.


Beyond Hiking in Germany: Fisherman’s Trail in Portugal


If you’re looking for some breathtaking coastal scenery on the last wild coast of Europe, the Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail will be a delight. Hike and stroll over the path of actual fishermen today and over the past 1000 years.

It’s a 2-3 hour bus ride from Lisbon and wanders over sand dunes and cliffs along the rugged Atlantic ocean. Here’s a detailed planner needed to complete a 4 day hotel to hotel hiking trip.

Recommended Resources

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All 24 sections of the Moselsteig Long Distance Hiking Path Section 7 & Section 8 Blog post

How to use Komoot - the best European hiking GPS app

Reliable Rental Cars from Frankfurt

💥Classic Rick Steves Germany Guidebook - This brand is so awesome, explore European through the backdoor.

🚴🏻‍♀️ If bikes are your thing and you want to continue exploring Germany’s gorgeous river valleys, the Rhine River is next Door. This book to explore the Rhine by bike will help you step by step.


 

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Author profile: Morgan Fielder is a Germany-based travel writer whose work focuses on accessible adventure and food culture.