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River Moselle

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Between the forested slopes of the Vosges massif and the iconic Deutsche Eck, the Moselle is, in comparison to other European waterways, a relatively small river, but one that is simply bursting with intimate charm. Meandering through the beautiful Moselle Valley, the river passes quaint towns and sleepy villages with quintessential half-timbered houses. Rolling hills crowned with the remains of feudal castles testify to its importance in the Middle Ages and in the heart of the most picturesque stretch of the valley lies Trier, a city with Roman influences. Where the serene Moselle twists and turns towards Koblenz and its confluence with the Rhine, the spectacularly vertiginous, lush terraced vineyards produce some of the world’s greatest wines.

Things to know

  • At 339 miles long the Moselle River flows through France, Luxembourg and Germany
  • The river joins the Rhine at the iconic Deutsches Eck in Koblenz
  • Vineyards were first planted along the banks of the Moselle by the Romans
  • 60% of the grapes grown on the steep, terraced vineyards are Riesling
  • Calmont is the steepest vineyard with a 65° incline.
  • Burg Landshut and Reichsburg Cochem are two of just many beautiful castles along the Moselle

Key Ports of Call

Picture of - Bernkastel

At the heart of the beautiful Middle Mosel, Bernkastel is the quintessential medieval German town. There are many quaint cafes amongst the row upon row of charming, gabled, 17th century, half-timbered houses clustered in the picturesque, medieval heart of the town. Built in 1416, Spitzhäuschen - a quaint, half-timbered house with a pointed roof, is both enchanting and the oldest building in the town. Housing a small wine bar, it is Bernkastel’s most famous landmark.
Picture of - Cochem

High above a loop in the Moselle River, the romantic Reichsburg Castle, Cochem’s crowning glory, watches over one of Germany’s most beautiful towns. Three medieval gates still mark the entrance to the Old Town whose narrow streets are lined with gabled, half-timbered houses, several storeys high and topped with Moselle slate tiles. The beautiful baroque Town Hall is in the traditional Marktplatz, which is a wonderful place for coffee or an alfresco meal.
Picture of - Trier

One of Germany’s oldest cities, home to the country’s oldest Cathedral and a former Roman metropolis, Trier boasts no less than eight Unesco World Heritage sites. Well-preserved Roman monuments are scattered across the city, which stretches across both sides of the Moselle River. The heart of the city is Hauptmarkt where an eye-catching mix of Renaissance, Baroque and Classicist architecture create a colourful cityscape in Trier’s largest market square.