The Moselle Slate Route takes you on a 110 km long signposted circuit that runs from Mayen through the towns of Münstermaifeld, Cochem, Kaisersesch, Monreal and Mayen, the steep vineyards of the Moselle Valley, the volcanic landscape of the Eifel region and its Volcano Park to the very peak of the Eifel mountains. Moselle Slate got its name from the route taken to transport the precious stone across the Moselle Valley.
Moselle Slate: from the depths of the earth to the rooftops of the world! Formed in the Eifel region about 400 million years ago, slate is one of the oldest natural products in Germany. The smooth, bluish grey, shimmering stone is durable, strong, robust and easy to look after, and was even prized by the Romans.
A first class material
When constructing an exceptional piece of architecture, slate is the go-to material for roofs and façades. For countless generations, builders and craftsmen have used it to create buildings of enduring value and many centuries ago, it was used to give countless buildings, and even entire cities, a distinctive appearance. Slate was the material of choice for builders who appreciated refined materials, with both builders and craftsmen using it to construct the most attractive and striking buildings they could.
The mine tells its story
Today many slate-tiled buildings are considered World Cultural Heritage. The German Slate Mine (Deutsche Schieferbergwerk) is located 16 m under Genoveva Castle in the town of Mayen in Eifel; all over the town, high-quality Moselle slate is now extracted from depths of 300 m using the very latest technology before being perfectly cleaved and shaped to continue its life on roofs or façades.
Slate named after the Moselle
The name "Moselle Slate" has been used since 1588 and comes from the route that was originally used to transport the slate along the Moselle. This has remained an active route for both passengers and trade to this very day. Many events take place along the Moselle Slate Route but a particular highlight is the German Automobile Association (ADAC) Moselle Slate Classic Car Rally (Moselschiefer-Classic), which usually attracts around 150 participants.
Length: 110 km
Theme: Moselle slate, history of the mining industry
Cochem: Reichsburg Castle
Hatzenport: historic ferry tower
Kaisersesch: Slate Mining Trail
Maifeld: Eltz Castle
Mayen: the German Slate Mine, Genoveva Castle
Monreal: castle ruins
Treis-Karden: Pyrmont Castle
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