Hike from Bullay to Trarbach
about 10.5 mi / 17 km, walking time about 5-6 hours
This hiking route will lead you from Bullay past the Mont Royal fortress to Trarbach. The tour begins in Bullay, which can be reached very easily by train. If you leave at about 9:00 a.m., this will give you ample time to reach the boat to return even if you walk only at moderate speed. From the train station, go right toward the Moselle bridge. Once you have crossed, continue on the path which begins directly beyond it, leading up into the forest. You will reach the “Prinzenkopf” at the top, an observation tower from which you have an awe-inspiring view of the bends of the Moselle. Follow the route straight through the woods past the memorial cemetery and along the vineyard slopes, where you reach Reil. There, you will have the opportunity to rest while enjoying a glass of wine or federweisser (“young wine”) and a little snack (onion tarte). In case you should get “held up” in one of the many vintner’s taverns, no problem: a boat back to Bullay leaves at 5:45 p.m.
Now you can choose whether to just stroll further along the Moselle to Traben-Trarbach, or whether you’d like to climb another leg through the forest. Above Reil, the trail winds along the vineyards above the settlement Heisser Stein. After you have passed it you arrive in the forest again. You will cross the Burg creek as well as the Birkensteinch creek while going around the Burg mountain; then you leave the forest at Kövenig. Thereafter you will pass the ruins of the French fortification Mont Royal, built in the 17th century, as well as the holiday village of the same name. Traben is down below; you reach Trarbach by passing through Traben and crossing the Moselle bridge. The boat back to Alf leaves Trarbach at 5:00 p.m.; arrival is at 6:30 p.m.
Please note that the boat trips we suggest here are available daily until mid-October except for Mondays and Fridays.