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Moselsteig Side Trail Borjer Ortsbachpädche

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  • Streuobstwiese im Baybachtal
    Streuobstwiese im Baybachtal
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m 300 200 100 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Lauschpunkt am Mosel-Radweg (Burgen) Römische Niederlassung Hütte (H) Hütte (H) Hütte (H)
The circular trail leads through forest and valley and rewards with far-reaching views of the Hunsrück and the Mosel valley.
Distance 8.7 km
3:30 h
230 m
220 m
300 m
75 m
The Moselsteig side trail Borjer Ortsbachpädche, about nine kilometers long, is a varied loop with start and finish in the Mosel village of Burgen. The magnificent distant views, the Hunsrück heights and the idyllic lower Baybach valley invite hikers to explore wide forest and meadow paths, a tight, long climb and rustic forest trails. Shelters invite to the rest.

Author’s recommendation

The shelters invite you to eat the rest you brought with you.
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Julia Gries
Update: November 04, 2022
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
Dörferblick, 300 m
Lowest point
Burgen, market place, 75 m
Best time of year

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Safety information

The trail should not be hiked in snow & ice.

Tips and hints

Mosellandtouristik GmbH

Kordelweg 1, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues; Phone: +49 (6531) / 97330



Tourist information office Sonnige Untermosel

Moselstraße 7, 56332 Alken; Phone: +49 (2605) / 8472736



Burgen, market place (76 m)
50.211978, 7.388325
50°12'43.1"N 7°23'18.0"E
32U 385007 5563442


Burgen, market place

Turn-by-turn directions

The side trail "Borjer Ortsbachpädche" starts right next to the tourist information and follows over the bridge, slowly ascending the road after through the old village center to the last house from the left. From here, a narrow path leads up steps and past vineyards. Then the path goes in serpentines always upwards through the forest. At the "Moselblick" refuge, you are rewarded with views of the Mosel valley and Bischofsstein Castle on the opposite bank of the Mosel.

Once you have left the forest, there is a final ascent to an open plateau with a magnificent view of the Hunsrück. Here the view sweeps far over the Hunsrück heights. Several villages can be seen on the horizon and are precisely marked on an information board. Shortly before the Birkenhof, the route turns sharply left into the open fields. The path continues to the Zwergenhütte, which is located at the beginning of the forest, before an imposing beech stand has to be crossed. A descent on a wide forest path leads to the Waldesruh refuge and to the local stream that gives it its name. Shortly after, you reach the hotel "Forellenzucht" with its beautifully designed and maintained fish ponds, which invites you to stop for a break.

A short passage runs along the road coming up from Burgen. Together with the trout trail, the side trail then turns left after about 100 m, across a wide meadow with many fruit trees. The path then enters the forest. For the next two kilometers, the trail follows the direction of the stream's flow on narrow riverside paths mostly directly along the water and gently downhill. Rugged rocks line the path and the Baybach is also quite wild in its lower reaches. Numerous information boards convey interesting facts about flora and fauna and provide insights into the history of the area. Small rapids and eddies indicate that it is a torrent that rises near the village of Hausbay on the Hunsrück and flows into the Mosel after 30 kilometers near Burgen.

Over a small, short bridge the rushing Baybach is crossed and the path continues on an asphalt sidewalk along the county road in the direction of Schmausemühle, then turn left and pass the cemetery to come back to the tourist information.


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Public transport

Bus line 301 (Koblenz main station - Burgen), stop Burgen Marktplatz, the stop is in immediate vicinity of the starting point.

Getting there

A 61, AS Koblenz/Waldesch or Boppard, B 327, L 207 to Alken an der Mosel, B 49 to Burgen. Burgen is located at the B 49 between Treis-Karden and Koblenz


There are many free parking spaces available on the Moseluferstraße B49.


50.211978, 7.388325
50°12'43.1"N 7°23'18.0"E
32U 385007 5563442
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Literature (only available in German):

"Seitensprünge Band 2" - 17 Premium-Rundwanderungen von Bernkastel-Kues bis Koblenz von ideemedia

Authors: Ulrike Poller, Wolfgang Todt, Publisher: ideemedia, 160 pages, Format: 11,0 x 16,4 cm, ISBN: 978-3-942779-60-9, 12,95 €

Author’s map recommendations

Leisure Map Moselsteig Trail – Map 3: Zell (Moselle) - Koblenz (Stages 15 - 24), ISBN: 978-3-89637-421-9

Leisure map Mosel "Maifeld und Untermosel" (1:25 000), ISBN: 978-3-944620-16-9

Free of charge: Flyer Hiking and Cycling Map This way; schematic overview of hiking trails in the Sunny Lower Moselle region. Information and request at www.sonnige-untermosel.de


Sturdy shoes are recommended for the tour! This is especially true for the narrow path along the Baybach.

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Sandra N
September 04, 2022 · Community
Sehr schöne abwechslungsreiche und kurzweilige Tour, super geeignet bei hohen Temperaturen.
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When did you do this route? September 04, 2022
F. Müller
October 10, 2021 · Community
Sehr schöner Rundweg, der alles zu bieten hat: Idyllisches Bachtal, Felsen, Moselstädtchen mit Einkehrmöglichkeiten, traumhafte Fernsichten. Sehr gut beschildert und mehrere Rastplätze. Wir sind ab dem Wanderparkplatz an der L205 gestartet, dann auf schmalen Pfaden am Baybach entlang nach Burgen gelaufen. Etwas störend sind die (Motorrad-)Geräusche der nahegelegenen Straße. Nach einer Pause am Moselufer, beginnt der Rückweg mit einem kurzen, heftigen Anstieg. Belohnt wird man auf der Höhe mit grandiosen Aussichten auf Mosel- und Hunsrücklandschaft!
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When did you do this route? October 10, 2021
Photo: F. Müller, Community
Photo: F. Müller, Community
Photo: F. Müller, Community
Photo: F. Müller, Community
Iris Hiller
September 25, 2021 · Community
sind den Weg rückwärts gelaufen, weil wir den ähnlich verlaufenden Forellenweg bereits kannten, schöne Runde, nett, natürlich spielte auch das Traumwetter eine große Rolle; immer wieder schöne Ausblicke, die letzten 3,5 km am Bach entlang, das hat natürlich seinen Reiz.
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When did you do this route? September 25, 2021
Photo: Iris Hiller, Community
Photo: Iris Hiller, Community
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8.7 km
3:30 h
230 m
220 m
Highest point
300 m
Lowest point
75 m
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