Travel highlights and activities

The river links three European countries, Germany, Luxembourg and France, and flows through some of Europe's most diverse scenery which still bears the stamp of the Celts and the Romans. The Moselle is synonymous with history, nature and – of course – wine. Popular destinations here include Trier, Bernkastel-Kues, Traben-Trarbach and also the Calmont Klettersteig in the steepest vineyard in Europe.


Travel highlights

Trier
The foundations of the Roman city of “Augusta Treverorum” were laid by Emperor Augustus in around 13 BC. The 2nd century Porta Nigra is still the symbol of Trier today. Until 395 Trier was an imperial seat and the capital of the western Roman Empire. The exquisite cathedral and many impressive Roman monuments are among the city's most important sights.

Calmont Klettersteig
Wine has been successfully produced here for centuries. But the Calmont Klettersteig has more to offer: this is one of the most spectacular uphill trails in Germany. The reward for climbing right up to the cross at the top is the fabulous view and naturally a glass of Calmont Riesling.

Beilstein
The “Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle”, on one of the most stunning bends in the Moselle, between the vineyards and the river. Visitors to Beilstein are enchanted by its half-timbered buildings, narrow lanes and flights of steps. Highlights include the picturesque market square and the steps up to the Carmelite abbey with the Black Madonna.

Castles
Castles are an essential part of the Moselle experience. Medieval Cochem Castle, fairytale Eltz Castle, the castles in Alf, Roes and Kobern-Gondorf and the only moated castle on the Moselle, Von der Leyen Castle.

Activities

Walking
The Moselle is great for walkers. Discover unspoilt, rocky terrain in the footsteps of Celts, Romans and knights on the Butzbach Valley Trail. The Römersteig trail is also worth exploring, as is the cultural trail (sacred and secular heritage) and the railway trail, one of the most delightful in Germany.
A wide selection of themed and networked scenic routes awaits.

Cycling
The Moselle Cycle Route and the Maars-Moselle Cycle Route are just two of the many beautiful cycling routes in the Moselle area. The trails in the Moselle valley are mainly flat but can be combined with ascents of varying difficulty into the heart of the Hunsrück and the Eifel hills. Cycles can be hired in many places along the river. For more ambitious cyclists, there are some challenging mountain bike tours. 

Boat trips and water sports
The Moselle is perfect for a trip on a modern riverboat. Enjoy a glass of delectable Moselle wine as you glide past the steep vineyard slopes.
From Cochem to Traben-Trarbach, or from Alf to Trier.
A more energetic option is canoeing on the river: beginners can enjoy a day tour in an open single or double kayak.

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