Moselle: Riesling renaissance

A tour of the Moselle region including Trier, the “second Rome“, hillside vineyards and mighty Moselle castles, the skill of the Ahr‘s innovative red wine makers, the world‘s oldest wine cooperative and Formula One.


Route: From Monschau in the Eifel region to the Nürburgring racetrack, then along the Ahr and Moselle rivers to the Saar bow

Day 1: The Eifel, Formula 1 and the Ahr valley, the home of German pinot noir
Start the tour in the climatic health resort Monschau – the gem of the Eifel region - and its half-timbered city centre, where time seems to have stood still. Continue on with high speed to the Nürburgring, the legendary Formula 1 racetrack, and its yearround leisure park “ring°werk“. Then it’s off to a tour of the Ahr Valley, a top German red wine growing district made famous by its innovative wine makers. From Altenahr one can go for a pleasant walk to the wine village of Mayschoß, the world’s oldest wine cooperative and the perfect place for a wine tasting. Moving on to Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, the red wine „capital“, one must be sure to visit the Roman villa or the Ahr Wine Forum. Make a final stop at the Maria Laach Abbey, a Benedictine abbey founded in 1093, and stay the night in one of the many wine-making villages in the area.
Nürburgring, www.nuerburgring.de 
Maria Laach Abbey, www.maria-laach.de

Day 2: Riesling at it’s best, the romantic Moselle and castles galore
Begin the day with a visit to one of the best preserved and most romantic castles in Germany - the appealing and majestic Eltz Castle. A boat trip on the Moselle with a Köln-Düsseldorfer riverboat is the perfect way to continue one’s journey. The first stop is the city of Cochem, which has been guarded for the past 1000 years by Reichsburg Castle, the largest hilltop castle on the Moselle. Continue onwards toward Traben-Trarbach and its impressive Art-Deco architecture, passing Beilstein, one of the most romantic Moselle villages, and the Bremmer Calmont, Europe’s steepest vineyard, along the way. End the day in the enchanting village Bernkastel-Kues and its labyrinthine old quarter, where the streets are lined with charming halftimbered houses. Prominent wine makers based in this area are responsible in part for the renaissance of German Riesling, a wine tasting essential! Spend the night in either Bernkastel-Kues or Traben-Trarbach.
Eltz Castle, www.burg-eltz.de
Köln-Düsseldorfer river cruises, www.k-d.de

Day 3: Moselle wine, Roman heritage and the famous Saar bow
One of the highlights on day three’s schedule is the visit to the Moselle Wine Museum and Vinothek wine cellars. The museum houses viticultural artifacts dating back 2000 years. Visitors can taste and buy around 160 different wines. Then stopover in Piesport, with its ancient wine press and then continue on to Trier, or “Roma secunda” (second Rome), as the Romans used to call it. Today, its many UNESCO World Heritage sites recall the town’s great history. After lunching in Hauptmarkt square, visit the romantic medieval city Saarburg, which features a waterfall that rushes down 20 meters amidst half-timbered houses in the city centre. Next, visit the Saarland and catch a glimpse of the impressive Saar bow. From the observation point Cloef, enjoy a fantastic view over the most beautiful panorama of the Saarland and the Saar, crowned by the restored castle ruin Montclair, dating back to 1439. In the former Benedictine Abbey in Mettlach, the success story of the family dynasty and ceramic manufacturer Villeroy & Boch is waiting to be discovered. End the day with an overnight stay in the charming city of Merzig and relish in its beautiful baroque architecture.
Tourismus Zentrale Saarland, www.visitsaarland.co.uk

Impressions

  • Monschau in the Eifel
  • Dernau in the Ahr valley
  • Vineyards in the Ahr valley
  • Nuerburgring race track
  • View through the Moselle valley
  • Eltz castle near Münstermaifeld/Moselkern
  • Bremmer Calmont vineyard
  • Typical heart-binding of Moselle vines
  • Sparkling moments from the Moselle
  • Reichsburg castle high above Cochem
  • Traben-Trarbach with its art-déco architecture
  • Kaisertherme - Roman baths - at Trier
  • Porta Nigra at Trier
  • Saar bow at the Saarland
Maar - crater lake

Eifel

The natural beauty of the countryside, with more than a hundred mineral springs, is best explored at a slower pace, either on foot or by bicycle.

View to the Ahr Valley

Ahr

The Ahr Valley is the smallest and northernmost cluster of red wine vineyards. Natural lovers especially can look forward to a landscape rich in variety.

Cycling in the Moselle Valley

Moselle

Enjoy the Moselle with picturesque wine villages, traditional taverns, steep slape slopes and antique Roman villas and wine presses.

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