Here on the Moselle, convivial wine tastings will ensure your wine cellar never runs dry while the meandering landscape will offer up an endless stream of picture-perfect moments for your camera. The Moselle Wine Route runs for 243 km through this romantic river landscape from the pretty wine village of Perl to Deutsches Eck (German Corner) in Koblenz where the Moselle joins the Rhine.
The German Rhine is by far one of the most beautiful rivers in all of Europe. The same can also be said of its longest tributary, the Moselle. A native of France, it reaches its full strength before curving woozily towards the Rhine river. It's a feminine beauty with striking curves that once even infatuated the Ancient Romans with its splendour.
The magic of the Moselle
The meandering, wine-infused Moselle flows through here as if it cannot bare to be parted from the beautiful scenery. Strikingly named wine-growing villages, quaint taverns and countless cultural treasures of all shapes and sizes can be found here around every corner. Überall verbergen sich große und kleine Kulturschätze.
Along the course of the river
The landscape of the Middle Moselle is characterised by the hills of the Rhenish-Westphalian Slate Mountains, castles, vineyards, wine-growing villages and rich cultural diversity. The riesling grape in particular thrives amongst the steep slopes of the slate mountains, some of which lean at a breathtaking 50°. Today there are over 100 wine-growing villages, approximately 5,000 winegrowers and about 9,300 hectares of land containing around 70 different kinds of grape in this romantic river landscape, which was also used by Celts and Romans to produce wine 2,000 years ago.
Let yourself be carried along by the flow
On the Moselle Wine Route it sometimes pays to go by car rather than by bicycle or on foot. The Moselle Valley can also be explored by bus, train or boat. For example, the Moselle Valley's distinctive local wineries (Straußwirtschaften) also offer simple meals such as Schmalzbrot (bread & dripping), Speckplätzchen (bacon patties) and Zwiebelkuchen (bacon and onion flan) in addition to a selection of fine wines. Whether found in quaint cellar-vaults, picturesque country estates or wine presses, there will always be something to whet your appetite.
Triumphs of the age of chivalry
The castles of the Moselle also host medieval banquets and provide accommodation to visitors, whilst other cultural highlights such as winter festivals, the Moselle Festival Weeks (Moselfestwochen), antiquity festivals, food festivals and the "Happy Moselle" cycling festival also take place throughout the year. There are many great reasons to visit the Moselle and take a closer look.
Length: 243 km
Theme: Moselle, wine, culture
Alf: Arras Castle
Beilstein: castle ruins
Bernkastel-Kues: gabled half-timbered house
Bremm: Bremmer Calmont, the steepest vineyard in Europe
Metternich: abbey church
Cochem: cable car, Reichsburg CAstle
Koblenz: Deutsches Eck (German Corner)
Perl/Nennig: Roman villa
Piesport: Roman wine press
Traben-Trarbach: spa resort, museums
Trier: Porta Nigra gate, amphitheatre
Zeltingen-Rachtig: Machern Monastery, Moselle floodgate
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