Head to the extreme southeast of the country to the famous town of Schengen. Nestled at the foot of the “Markusberg” and the “Stromberg“, on the banks of the Moselle, this hike takes you through history.
Start from the parking under the bridge and head south. The small village, known for the Schengen Treaty signed here, was first mentioned in the year 877. Pass by the European Museum, tracing the history of the EU, and the European Monument by the riverside and reach Schengen Castle, first appearing in the XIIIth century, demolished during the XIXth century and replaced by a new manor house. Only the XIVth-century round tower reminds of the medieval origins.
Leave the village in a southern direction. Past the lockage, take the steep lane up the vineyards on your right. Relish the nice views over the Moselle valley. On the peak of the route, turn right towards the village, cross the main road and continue through the forest. Get back to the vineyards with its belvedere and return to the starting point.
AP Schengen (6,4 km)
Date: Jan 17, 2017
Duration: 1 h 20 min
Elevation: 144-224 m
Level: average (5/10)
Walking ground quality: excellent, suitable for buggies