Hike from Bullay to Beilstein
about 10-12.5 mi / 15-20 km, walking time about 4-6 hours
Set out in the morning, around 9:00 a.m., from Bullay. You can reach it easily by bus or train. With the Moselle behind your back, look up the mountain on the left side; that’s what you’ll be ascending. It’s a somewhat long but bearable ascent to “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” where you can catch your breath a bit, if needed. Then, follow the signposts to Beilstein, the “Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle.” Your path takes you past creeks and through forests, which offer a pleasant coolness during the summer months. Depending on whether you feel like it, you can either take the direct route or have a look at Senheim from above. A very interesting intermediate stop is the “Metternich Castle”, a medieval castle ruin above Beilstein.
In case you’re hungry after your long hike, there are a multitude of places in Beilstein where you can stop for a bite to eat, for example, the “Klostercafe” next to the Carmelite church, or the “Alte Stadtmauer” by the Moselle. The boat which will take you back to Bullay leaves in the afternoon at 4:00 p.m. from the yellow dock on the Moselle. You’ll be back in Bullay by 5:35 p.m. During the return trip, you can rest your feet, enjoy a glass of wine, and check out the whole long way you walked before from on the Moselle. The boat runs daily from July 1 until October 26, except for Mondays, otherwise on each Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday during the season. You can purchase tickets on site or on the boat itself.