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Kanonenbahn - adventure hike in the Zell region

  • start: Environmental station, Am Bahnhof 1, 56859 Bullay
  • destination: Environmental station, Am Bahnhof 1, 56859 Bullay
  • difficult
  • 23,89 km
  • 7 hours
  • 202 m
  • 219 m
  • 91 m
  • 80 / 100
  • 80 / 100

Impressive railway architecture embedded in the unique Moselle wine cultural landscape.

Theres much to discover on the adventure trail around the communities of Alf, Briedel, Bullay, Pünderich, Zell (Mosel) and Reil.

The fantastic panoramic view from the Marienburg and the Prinzenkopf lookout tower, one of the most striking points on the Moselle, makes the railway landscape seem like "Märklin Toyland". As early as 1818, this impressive view captivated the Crown Prince and later King Frederick William IV.

Along diverse witnesses of Prussian transport and construction technology, the 8.5 km long main axis of the themed hiking route leads from the Bullay environmental railway station over the first double bridge (1877) in Germany for vehicles and trains, over to Marienburg Castle, past the mighty railway viaduct (1880) of Pünderich, which with its 92 segmental arches and 786 m, is the longest in Germany, to Reil railway station. Ambitious hikers can continue on the opposite side of the Moselle via Pünderich, past the former railway stations in Briedel, Zell (Mosel) and Zell-Merl to the starting point in Bullay along the culture trail (circular trail approx. 23 km) and experience the evidence of the former Moselle railway.

Informative information boards explain on the one hand the original military-strategic function of this cannon railway from Berlin to Metz with East-West connections and on the other hand the economic-cultural significance for the Moselle region as well as the Moselle railway as a so-called "booze train". Interesting insights and perspectives, not only for railway freaks, as topics typical of the Moselle, such as viticulture, architecture, fauna and flora, and geology, are also considered.


General information


Main route (8.5 km)

Circular route (23 km)


We recommend sturdy shoes


Enjoy a glass of wine at the Drieschhütte, with a magnificent view of the Moselle and the wine village of Pünderich (open Good Friday until the end of June, September and October, Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and on bridge days from 11:00 to 17:00 h)

Getting there

Environment railway station, Bahnhofsplatz 1, D-56859 Bullay


Parking at the train station, Bullay

Public transit

by car or train to Bullay station (Bahnhofsplatz 1)


Hiking map Zellerland

ISBN 978-3-944620-12-1

Available from Zeller Land Tourismus GmbH, Balduinstr. 44, D-56856 Zell (Mosel), Tel. +49 6542 9622-0, info@zellerland.de, www.zellerland.de  

Additional Information

Zeller Land Tourismus GmbH
Balduinstr. 44
D-56856 Zell (Mosel),
Tel. +49 6542 9622-0


This tour is presented by: Zeller Land Tourismus GmbH

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