Cycling is a great way to relax, leave your cares behind and enjoy the peace & quiet – and where better to do it than in one of the prettiest winegrowing regions in Germany, the Moselle? A network of well-maintained cycle paths takes you through the broad Upper Moselle valley, beneath the dizzyingly high slopes it shares with the Middle Moselle, and along the twists and turns of the river. Grapes used to make exquisite wines such as riesling, müller-thurgau and elbling thrive on the sun-kissed slopes in this mild, almost mediterranean climate. The numerous vintners‘ taverns along the route are the best places to sample these wonderful wines.
Additional night at Koblenz/Trier
Basic price p.p. in a double room: 60.00 Euros / 48.00 Euros
Supplement p.p. for a single room: 20.00 Euros / 30.00 Euros
The Saar river
The Saar river also runs through the Moselle wine region and has beautiful cycle paths that alternate between expanses of forest and dramatic rock landscapes. One of the destinations to look forward to is Saarburg with its old quarter, waterfall and mill museum in the centre of town.
Where history comes to life
People have settled happily in the idyllic Moselle valley since time immemorial. Indeed the towns that begin and end the tour, Trier and Koblenz, are two of the oldest in Germany. Both can look back on over 2,000 years of history, and their cultural treasures date back to Roman times, the Middle Ages and the modern era – the latter exemplified by the statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I in Koblenz. Picture-book wine villages with slate-fronted, timber-framed buildings are wonderful places to while away the hours and offer a surprising number of sights and attractions. Highlights include the Roman wine ship in Neumagen-Dhron, Roman wine presses in the Middle Moselle, the old quarter in Bernkastel-Kues and the art nouveau town of Traben-Trarbach. The Moselle valley is steeped in history with Cochem Castle and Eltz Castle just two of the many fortifications that lie in your path.
A scenic boat trip
To make your tour even more enjoyable, you can integrate a scenic boat trip on the Moselle into the one-day stages. You arrive in Koblenz at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle suitably relaxed and ready to explore its abundance of fortifications. Here, you can raise a toast to a wonderful holiday and perhaps look forward to the next one.
Flat, easily negotiable route along the banks of the Saar and Moselle. Cycle paths are signposted throughout and mostly run on both sides of the rivers.
Car park at the hotel or secure multi-storey car park / without reservation approx. € 12.00 per day
Trier Hauptbahnhof is served by InterCity trains; taxis to the hotel cost around € 10.00
Return transfer from Koblenz to Trier
Trains from Koblenz to Trier depart every hour, journey time between 1.5 and 2 hours, approx. € 30.00 per person plus bike
Day 1: Trier – Day of arrival
A visit to one of the oldest towns in Germany is one to remember. Walk in the footsteps of the Romans at the Porta Nigra gate, the amphitheatre and the Imperial Thermal Baths, then soak up the medieval character of the old quarter around St. Peter‘s Cathedral.
Day 2: Trier - Circular tour along the Saar river – approx. 45km
You first head along the broad Upper Moselle to where the river converges with the Saar near Konz. Here you will find Karthaus Abbey, one of the stops on the Rhineland section of St James‘ Pilgrimage Way. The path continues along the Saar canal to medieval Saarburg with its waterfall in the centre of town. On your way back to Trier the route follows the dramatic bows in the Saar river. The circular tour of the Saar is not included in the 7-day version of the tour.
Day 3: Trier - Trittenheim – approx. 40km
Here in the Middle Moselle, the route brings you to picturesque villages from Roman and Frankish times blessed with numerous historical buildings, old
ring walls, churches and synagogues. The Moselle then coils up into spectacular bows as its passes through the Rhenish Slate Mountains.
Day 4: Trittenheim - Zeltingen – approx. 35km
Day 4 takes you past the Roman wine ship in Neumagen-Dhron and the lovingly preserved Roman wine press in Piesport to Bernkastel-Kues. Don‘t miss the market square here with its Renaissance town hall and timber-framed houses dating from the 15th to the 17th century.
Day 5: Zeltingen - Zell – approx. 40km
Grevenburg Castle (14th century), Starkenburg Castle and fortress Mont Royal are clustered around the delightful art nouveau town of Traben-Trarbach. On the way there, you cycle through picturesque wine villages with plenty of places to stop off and enjoy a glass or two. Zell, the overnight stop, lies at the crown of one of the distinctive Moselle bows.
Day 6: Zell - Treis-Karden – approx. 50km
Marienburg Castle sits in majestic splendour above the bow in the Moselle by Zell. There are then Celtic and Roman settlements all the way to Bremm. The Calmont is the steepest vineyard in Europe with a 65-degree gradient. Cochem and its imperial castle (11th/12th century) come straight from the pages of a storybook.
Day 7: Treis-Karden - Koblenz – approx. 45km
From Moselkern, it‘s worth making the short trip to Eltz Castle (12th century), which is one of the finest castles in Germany and has never been destroyed. Also impressive is Thurant Castle (13th century) in Alken and the sleepy little wine villages on the banks of the Upper Moselle. The grand finale of the tour is Koblenz. Steeped in over 2,000 years of history, the town is blessed with a delightful old quarter and Deutsches Eck (German corner) where the Moselle meets the Rhine.
Day 8: Koblenz – Day of departure