Mosel Valley
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The beautiful rolling hills situated along the Mosel River make for one of Europe's great wine valleys.
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Alistair M
Northampton, UK207 contributions
Aug 2022
An outstanding holiday, our first river cruise and won't be our last. But it seems quite possible that we have started our river cruising experiences on a high note, not likely to be matched by most others. That is first and foremost because the scenery is so stunning. As someone who is cautious about the taster snippets you see in adverts and brochures, it was my expectation that the pictures used in adverts would represent a fraction of the holiday experience and some mundane countryside would also be part of the package. Not so on this section of the Mosel, be prepared to be taking hundreds of photos.

My rating for this holiday was tempered by a few disappointments at the hands of TUI. Poor communication prior to the holiday, or some customer indifference took a little of the shine off. We were supposed to board at Frankfurt, a 20/25 minute transfer, but we actually boarded at Boppard after a 2 hour journey and were not warned. After queueing and travelling (under current airport disruptions) already for 8 hours, that was an unwelcome surprise despite the fact that TUI knew well in advance this would happen. We can see that circumstances dictated changes and it is easy to imagine that this resulted in some creative adjustment on the fly by TUI, but we felt they could have done better. The indifference extended to not even receiving a feedback email after the holiday.

HOWEVER - Our accommodation was fine, the meals average to good, the staff onboard were fantastic (if I had a hospitality business I would have tried to recruit every one of them) and the value compared to other companies seemed very good.

Tip - be very subjective about booking guided walking tours, we found some of them were a long list of dates, names and facts rather than an engaging story. In every case the locations we moored at were small enough to do a self-guided tour/explore.
Written August 13, 2022
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Wiseolly
Llandudno, UK282 contributions
Dec 2019
Mosel valley for Christmas was a new experience and we certainly enjoyed the experience from architecture to vinyards to towns and the city of Trier. If you go by coach, train, boat or car then you will find lots of excuses to stop and even more excuse to move on to discover somewhere interesting and another gem.
Delightful area with a daily surprise. Well worth the trip.
Written January 8, 2020
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,699 contributions
May 2021
We truly fell in love with Mosel valley! The river following, beautiful, scenic drive peppered with romantic vistas and interesting, spectacular sights is unforgettable. Historic charming towns and villages.
Nice local churches.
Rich nature.
Vineyards covering the slopes of every hill - and wine, tasty local wine!
The microclimate is gentler than in neighboring provinces.
You can spend a day but really you should spend a week and explore!
Written July 25, 2021
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mogensen2018
Copenhagen Region, Denmark1,026 contributions
Jul 2020
I visited the Moselle and Bernkastel – Kues almost 40 years ago.
Not much has changed - it's still a great experience to drive along the river while the vineyards fill the mountainside - sometimes on both sides of the river.
Next time I will do it by bike.
Written July 30, 2020
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Sherpa11458
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The S.A. Pruem winery's guest house is fabulous. We had the most relaxing time and our hosts were wonderful! Highly recommend staying at this guest house if you go to the Mosel Valley, specifically Bernkastle. VERY, VERY large rooms and bathrooms and a great overall atmosphere. We would go back in a second!
Written May 16, 2004
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og84
Los Angeles, CA4,279 contributions
Jun 2014 • Business
This is a beautiful valley, extending from the Rhine River west into Luxembourg. Its not as well known as the Rhine but in many ways it is much more scenic. There are castles, picturesque small towns, Roman ruins, vineyards and the meandering river itself, all within close proximity. If you are on the whirlwind European tour of capital cities, this is probably not a place for you, rather this is a place for the more leisurely traveler who has time to spend. There are a lot of individual attractions along the river between Trier and Koblenz. Enough said, experience the river yourself, you won't regret it.
Written December 25, 2014
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Robin P
Sydney, Australia362 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
My first visit to this most beautiful part of Germany – perhaps in the world – but by no means my last. The beauty of the valley, vineyards everywhere you look and all those incredible small towns/villages dating so far back into history. This is a gem and should be the focus of a holiday – spending weeks just visiting the various towns and enjoying the sights would be my idea of the perfect vacation. I can’t rave enough. Plus how lucky was I to be introduced to this marvellous area by a lovely German couple so proud to show off their amazing part of the world.

There is the tiny town of Reil founded in 1005 with many places to stay within meters of the river bank, a lovely quiet path to walk (my landlord’s dog) along the river and contemplate nature. Driving high above the meandering river and viewing the new bridge not being actually opened until this year but will make travel to Belgium and The Netherlands a whole lo easier. The town of Trier, a must see. Then there is Bernkastel – wow! Kronberg, a 16th century village. Cochem, originally settled by the Celts and dominated by its mighty Reichsburg castle from the early 11th century. Then there is the Klotten Vineyards – picture perfect reflections in the Mosel. The Trabach Gate, various Castles high above the Valley – so much history. The amazing medieval Burg Eltz Castle in Muden is a is a must see. And then, the end, Koblenz, where the 545 km river flows into the Rhine. With the tourism focus on the Rhine and Danube Rivers, this whole area seems to be lessor known so well worth a visit to get to know, especially if one is into ancient history. But if not, there is the sheer beauty and picturesque scenery to see which I think beats the Rhine and the Danube.
Written February 6, 2019
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WorldQuester
Prescott, AZ208 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
The Mosel River drive was the most beautiful and scenic drive that we took during our 4 week road trip through Germany. The best starting point is at the wonderful town of Cochem and then take the road along the river for about 2 hours southwest toward Trier. Beautiful country, towns and wineries along the way. For an extended drive go all the way to Trier as its a beautiful and historic city to explore going back to the Romans and Constantine. We also traveled the entire length of the Deutche Alpenstrasse and the Romantic Road and enjoyed the Mosel drive the best. Tip: if you want to go all the way to Trier when you're about halfway there from Cochem switch over to autobahn because you will have seen the best part of the drive out of Cochem and this will significantly shorten your drive.
Written February 8, 2016
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Sander v
Dorpen, Germany110 contributions
Nov 2014 • Family
If ever in Germany, go and take a trip along the Mosel. Castles, romantic towns, great white wines and that magical atmosphere many look for in Europe. A bit of a fairytale surrounding. When it snows you might believe you're in Disneyworld for that matter.
I stayed in Bernkastel-Kues at the vineyard of the family S.A. Prüm, the name being common by the Mosel river. Everything is easy here. You can park in Bernkastel just alongside or partially under the bridge for 1.20 euro per I do not know how many hours. Anyway more than enough to walk around, have a good meal, drink a glass of wine, walk around the Weihnachtsmarkt and walk back to your car. At this time of year it can be crowded with mainly Dutch and German tourists, so you park on the other side of the same bridge and walk some ten minutes to the center of this small town. Many restaurants will provide you with good, honest and very affordable food. And there is a variety of choices; from Indian to typical German delicious food.
The city of Trier I will avoid from now on, because it is obviously living in the past and surviving on history. Filthy walkways, excrements on the streets, cigarettes and sticky gum, many beggars and too little to see. Yes, there is the Porta Nigra and some Roman buildings, the people are friendly, but the town itself has changed for the worse in the last two decades and the christmasmarket is small and totally uninteresting. I came, saw en fled. The Romans did better by doing the Veni, Vidi, Vici thing. I was told that most of the money the German central government provides in keeping cities and towns on an interesting level, is now being spend in the eastern part of Germany. But that does not explain why they do not clean the place up. Goodbye Trier it is for me.
So, do the Mosel Valley tour and be inspired for decades to come.
Written December 2, 2014
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David E
Traben-Trarbach, Germany255 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
The Mosel valley runs from Koblenz in the north all the way down to Luxembourg and France, so it is a big place to review as an 'attraction' based on a short visit. I spend a lot of time there and so see it a little more from the inside.
Firstly a statement of the obvious. If you are someone who only likes beach holidays, days spent lying in the sun, then this probably isn't the place for you. This is a place for people who want to be out doing things. This 2015 summer was unusually hot: a long run of days over 30 degrees and it touched 40 degrees on two days. but normally the weather averaged out is not much different to southern England but the summers tend to be hotter and the winters colder. So Spring and Autumn are about the same but less damp than UK and scenically more attractive. So it has three good seasons for holidays. In winter there are lovely snowy frosty sunny days but on the fewer rainy days you can feel as confined as you do on rainy days in UK, and some summer attractions are closed for winter.
Walking and cycling are heavily promoted to visitors so it is easy to do these things. But the range of well catered for alternatives is wider than one might expect: well prepared cycleways and walking trails deep into the countryside, bikes for grannies to high-tech mountain e-bikes; so it's worth delving around at the Tourist Office.
Sport is all around you: as well as the tourist oriented facilities, most villages and towns have sports clubs which can be used by visitors e.g. tennis clubs have courts (clay outdoor, carpet indoors) which can be hired per hour. So you need to dig a little. Golf clubs are more sparce, and some have pricey green fees, but the quality is good.
The Mosel is about wine, not beer, so the beers are ok but mainstream and undifferentiated. Wine is the opposite: locally produced served to you by the grower/winemaker in sight of the vines. They love their (mainly white) wine and will happily meet up just to drink and talk about wine.
If a German visitor went home having only eaten the food they had found on Brighton promenade they would have a distorted view of English food (and many do). So similarly we should try German styled food in a good German restaurant, it is good if sometimes a little heavy, but also seek out restaurants just because they are known to be good. As in UK their food may well have no particular national label, it's there to be judged just for its quality. Italian restaurants are plentiful on the Mosel. Generally they are very similar to each other and to those in UK. So they are a good reliable choice but offer you nothing new.
The buildings of the cities, towns and villages are mostly well preserved and maintained so are rightly a tourist attraction in their own right and give the market squares etc. an intimate timeless appeal. This is also true of the insides of many of the buildings but the dark heavy woody style gets a bit samey. When they do modern buildings they do them well.
On the Mosel there is a festival in a nearby town or village every month except in January.They are a mainstay of Mosel life, not just for tourism but also as meeting places for locals just like a big outdoor pub or meeting of the local wine appreciation society. You need to like the frequent umpa bands, or at least be able to tolerate them.
The adjacent areas above the Mosel valley, Hunsruck and Eiffel, are less dramatic, but still worth visiting for their agricultural tranquility.
Written November 28, 2015
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