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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

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