Gently rolling hills, stunning river bends, picturesque villages & towns - this is the beautiful Mosel valley. Add superb wine, good food, ancient culture, hilltop castles and friendly service, then you have a holiday region that should not to be missed.
Known as Moselle in English and La Moselle in French, the river meanders through low mountain ranges in Germany. The Eifel northwest of the Mosel and the Hunsrück in the southeast invite for worthwhile excursions.
There are quiet and peaceful villages to refresh your senses, or lively towns to have lots of fun. Cycling, walking, canoeing is offered for the sportive visitors. The Mosel valley has a lot in store, come and check for yourself.
Let me introduce you to marvellous places that are nestled between the river and the terraced vineyards, where some of the best Rieslings grow.
It is believed that the Romans planted the first vineyards along the Rhine and the Mosel, so producing wine has a long tradition here.
Nearly 60 % of the grapes are Riesling, followed by Elbling and Müller-Thurgau. the Mosel is famous for its fine and high-quality Riesling wines.
The steep vineyards are labour-intensive, mechanical harvesting is next to impossible. However, the terraced vineyards along the river maximise the exposure to the sun and the porous slate soil keeps the warmth and drains the rain. This makes good conditions for the Riesling grape.
The steepest vineyard is the Calmont near Bremm with 65° incline.
The fine examples of wines from the Middle Mosel are known to age gracefully for 50 to 100 years. The Mosel wine region is also known for producing a fine Eiswein, made from grapes that were picked after the first frost.
Whether you love nature, historic sites, medieval castles or picturesque towns, I am sure you will find your favourite attraction along the Mosel valley.
Not only in Trier, but in many towns along the river, remains of the ancient Roman culture can be explored.
Castles and ruins dot the hills along the Mosella, and also strategic points in the Hinterland.
There are quite a few panorama roads and trails with lookouts that offer fantastiv views over the Mosel valley.
When you drive along the Mosel valley you'll pass many cute little towns.
Because of the river meandering so much, the distance between Koblenz and Trier can vary a lot. Actually, it is roughly 96 km as the crow flies, but more than twice as much when you drive along each and every bend of the river.
Enjoy the pictures of these beautiful villages along the Mosel Valley.
The main train route from Koblenz via Bullay to Trier travels partly off the Moselle valley. There is another short connection between Bullay and Traben-Trabach
You can check the DB website for connections.
If you plan a day trip from a location within Rhineland-Palatinate or Saarland, the Rhineland-Palatinate Länderticket (valid for Saarland too) can save you money.
If you are short of time but dearly want to visit the Mosel, there is a day small group tour from Frankfurt.
Travel in a comfortable coach and enjoy the lovely scenery. Explore Bernkastel, Zell, Traben-Trabach and Cochem. Click here for more information about the tour
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