Visitors to the Moselle have enjoyed a warm welcome, delicious regional cuisine and, of course, those renowned Riesling and Piesporter wines since Roman times.
Now it’s your turn to saddle up and follow the deeply-incised horseshoe turns of this historic river as you ride an easy 90 miles (145km) downstream from Trier – Germany’s oldest city – to pretty Cochem. Around almost every corner there’s a welcome in rustic Weinstuben (wine taverns), tempting tasting cellars and cosy restaurants where you’ll sample the Rhineland-Palatinate’s consistently delicious cuisine.
As you enjoy this magnificent adventure, we challenge you not to fall in love with the Moselle Valley’s enchanting medieval towns and villages. Or with its castles overlooking the gently flowing river from their craggy eyries. And then there are the world-famous vineyards clinging to even its steepest slopes. This couldn’t be an easier ride – what’s keeping you from discovering your magnificent Moselle?
Transfer by minibus, taxi or train to our base hotel in Trier.
After a filling breakfast we personally equip you with your bicycle and make sure it’s fitted perfectly for the forthcoming ride along the Moselle (Mosel in German). Then you’re off to explore Germany’s oldest city and its wonderful location beneath vineyard-adorned red sandstone slopes. Discover the city’s rich Roman legacy – Trier is often called the ‘Rome of the North’; will it be the Porta Nigra (Black Gate) or the amphitheatre ruins that make the greatest impression? Make sure to visit the fairy-tale Cathedral of Trier too, the impressive Baroque Palastgarten and Karl Marx’s birthplace before enjoying a well-earned Zils beer or refreshing Reisling on Simeonstrasse…
Today we ride north-east along the renowned Moselweinstrasse (Moselle Wine Road). Following the river’s deeply-incised horseshoe bends, we marvel at the steeply hilly surrounds that have fostered viniculture so productively for centuries. From morning to afternoon, we enjoy the relaxed riverside cycling that takes us through picturesque riverside villages and past romantic castle ruins.
It’s a journey that offers so many tempting opportunities for refreshment stops. Make sure to sample Zweibelkuchen (savoury onion cake), delicious river fish and local game as well as the ubiquitous Schweinshaxe (roast pork knuckle) with its tangy sauerkraut accompaniment. They’re all best enjoyed in the fresh air overlooking the majestic Moselle as it flows inexorably towards its meeting with the River Rhine. Later, invigorated and full of unforgettable impressions, we reach Piesport for a well-deserved evening’s relaxation, a bottle of the wine bearing the town’s name, and a great night’s sleep …
For wine lovers, Piesport and Bernkastel are synonymous with fantastic, world-famous wines. Today’s easy ride allows plenty of time to explore Piesport and its surrounding vineyards, which were once described as being like an ‘amphitheatre’s rows’. Then we continue along the twisting river, past the Moselloreley's near-vertical precipices and through more delightful villages as captivating vistas unfold around every bend.
Today’s destination is Bernkastel-Kues with its rich assemblage of medieval architecture, wonderful cobbled streets and alleyways that invite exploration. The town is packed with rewarding sightseeing pleasures. These range from the late-Renaissance Rathaus (town hall) and gabled, half-timbered houses on the medieval market square, to the cute Bärenbrunnen (bear fountain) and the Graacher Tor, dating from 1300. If we’re feeling suitably energetic, we might even give our appetite a pre-dinner boost with a walk or ride up to the Kueser Plateau. The views over the town and river are worth the effort if time allows. Then again, maybe we’ll just relax by the river with more wine and pretzels. Herr Ober!
The history, myriad vineyards, and the Moselle’s serpentine meandering through the Rhenish Massif continue. Today we leave Bernkastel’s medieval pleasures and pedal gently for Zell, which was founded by the Romans sometime after AD 70. It’s situated at the foot of the low Hunsrück range, another atmospheric old town to explore with highlights including the Wein- und Heimatmuseum on Balduinstrasse and a brace of churches. Remember too, Zell’s historic town wall with six-storey Bachturm (tower) and its idyllic riverside quays. Then, relaxed and happy, we’ll settle into our comfortable hotel on the town’s promenade in the heart of the old town and share the day’s experiences.
The end of our magical Moselle adventure may be drawing nearer with every mile we ride, but this historic river continues to charm as we head for pretty Cochem, surrounded by sun-drenched vineyards where tiny Eidechsen (lizards) bask between the vines.
En route, after nearly 7km, we recommend following the Alfbach stream towards 1000-year-old Burg Arras. There, with its Romantische hotel, restaurant and museum, we’re wowed by stunning views over the Moselle. Regaining our riverside ride, we pass through Bremm, the home of Bremmer Calmont. This is reputedly Europe’s steepest vineyard, where vines cling to impossibly-steep 68-degree slopes! Fortunately, our route maintains its gentle downhill gradient through what is arguably the Moselle’s prettiest stretch – the 24km Cochener Krampen with even more winding bows. As shadows grow longer, our minds brimful with unforgettable impressions, we reach Cochem, below the commanding Reichsburg Castle, settle into our riverside hotel and look forward to another relaxing evening.
Cochem rewards detailed exploration on foot or two wheels. It’s also a great base for a day’s train excursion to Koblenz. Look forward to savouring sights such as the Deutsches Eck, where Rhine and Moselle meet, the meticulously rebuilt Altstadt and idyllic riverside Kaisserin Augusta Park.
However, lovely though Koblenz is, Burg Eltz, a 10km ride from Cochem – a ‘fairy-tale in stone’ surrounded by wonderful forest – is many visitors’ favourite excursion. The castle, possibly Germany’s finest, boasts eight imposing towers, steep-pitched roofs, oriel windows and delightful red and white timber-framing. Described by German art historian Georg Dehio as ‘the epitome of a castle’, it perches on a 70m-high rock outcrop and really could be a poster-child for romantic, fairy-tale castles. Whether you explore inside (marvel at the late-Renaissance tapestries, medieval weapons and other artefacts) or enjoy a romantic stroll in the Eltz Forest, don’t be surprised if this becomes the highlight of your Moselle adventure.
Today, with the bouquet of Riesling and Piesporter and taste of those delicious onion tarts still lingering, we bid the magical Moselle a fond ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ and transfer direct from Cochem to Luxembourg or Frankfurt Airport by train or minibus.
Welcome to your Moselle cycling adventure! The quintessentially Teutonic Hotel Römischer Kaiser – that’s ‘Roman Emperor’ – offers wonderful accommodation in Trier’s historic heart, right next to the city’s fabled Porta Nigra (Black Gate).
After arriving in the Moselle Valley, or on completion of another day’s cycling, you’ll love the tastefully appointed rooms with distinctive turn-of-century style, wooden décor, elegant en-suite bathroom and the free Wi-Fi that’s so helpful for planning tomorrow’s sightseeing.
Start your day with the lavish breakfast buffet – ‘exceptional…and even sparkling wine!’ according to one reviewer – in a relaxed art nouveau environment. Then head out to discover the city’s historic streets; we’re based right on the main pedestrianised area of Trier’s Altstadt. Or venture along the lazily-flowing Moselle for a taste of the adventures ahead…
Afterwards, savour the foyer’s Parisian boulevard style on your return. Then relax with a drink or two, dine in the welcoming restaurant (they say the venison is amazing) or visit one of many other eateries near Porta Nigra Platz.
Later, while reflecting on your introduction to the Moselle, unwind in an allergy-free room, enjoy some TV and start work on your trip journal. All rooms also have reassuring safety deposit boxes, 24-hour front-desk access and, should you still feel hungry, full room service. Wilkommen in Deutschland!
As its name suggests, the Hain family’s hotel offers a huge golden droplet of welcoming hospitality on the Moselle’s bank. No wonder its idyllic location and romantic river views garner such praise.
What a well-rated hotel this is to enjoy after riding along the Moselle from Trier. Later, if you’re ready for more pre-supper exploration – and can drag yourself from the terrace’s comfy lounge sofas – Piesport’s world-famous, sun-drenched vineyards make for a lovely evening stroll.
The Goldtröpfchen may date from the seventeenth-century, but modern comforts perfectly complement the traditional wood panelling and decorative carving. You’ll find everything you need, from warmly-coloured non-smoking rooms with soft lighting to flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Can you resist the in-house sauna? We think not! It’s the perfect treat for those gently-worked cycling muscles.
Prepare to be indulged in the best Moselle tradition. If you eat in, fulfil your culinary desires in the elegant restaurant or on the shady Mediterranean-themed terrace overlooking the river. And do make sure you sample the sublime Hain Piesporter from the owner’s Weingut.
After a good sleep, awake to the gentle sounds of Piesport awakening for another day. Imagine tucking into the wonderful breakfast before hitting the road again. What better way could there be to set yourself up for another day’s adventuring? Bernkastel, here we come!
The historic Moselblümchen has welcomed travel-weary guests for over 100 years, so you’re sure of a warm reception. Character and traditional Teutonic personality are engrained in the fabric of this lovely hotel – the half-timbered building is over 700 years old – in Bernkastel’s Altstadt, not far from the riverside promenade.
Count on a memorable stay with the family that’s run your hotel since 1915. The rooms combine pleasing traditional furnishing with the modern comforts you expect after a long day in the saddle. These include free Wi-Fi, cable TV, safety deposit box and private bathroom. You even get a Bernkastel Guest Card for while you’re in town.
Feeling hungry after your ride? You’re perfectly placed to explore central Bernkastel, visit the nearby eateries or enjoy gourmet cuisine in the Moselblümchen’s restaurant. Take time to relax in cosy Bistro la Fleur too, and watch the world pass from the terrace overlooking historic Karlsbader Platz. And for more sublime relaxation, pamper yourself in the rejuvenating sauna, steam room or solarium before dinner – with a large glass of wine, of course.
Later still, after swapping Moselle impressions with fellow travellers over dinner, you’ll sleep well. And in the morning, awake to the irresistible aromas of the hearty breakfast buffet before more exploration of Bernkastel-Kues and the riverside ride to Zell.
You’ve reached Zell an der Mosel and you’re in for another treat tonight at cycle-friendly Mayer’s Weinhotel. As ever, location is everything. At ride’s end, you’ve got one of the best in town thanks to the hotel’s site on waterside Moselpromenade.
Start your day with generous Frühstück in the hotel’s breakfast room – plus panoramic cross-river views towards Kaimt and Barl’s hillside vineyards. You slept well last night; no surprise, given the airy, beautifully appointed rooms with minibar, TV, private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, safety deposit box and other expected facilities. Many have balconies and spectacular river views too – as ever on the Moselle, you can pass hours watching and photographing the ever-changing riverine scene.
When we arrive, the warm Mayer’s welcome starts with afternoon coffee and cake on the inviting sun terrace. Later, perhaps, we’ll visit the hotel’s wine cellar to sample delicious wines – including the Zeller Schwarze Katz – from the family’s local vineyards.
Then it’s time to eat, discover Zell’s café and restaurant scene, and review your day over dinner before retiring for a restorative night’s rest just yards from the Moselle. Tomorrow, with another day’s cycle-touring ahead, we’ll explore town some more before pedalling further down the winding Moselle Valley on our trusty Oro Tours bicycles.
We’re on the Moselpromenade yet again in Cochem-am-Mosel, just a short amble from the fairy-tale Reichsburg toll castle that dominates town. And, of course, from everything else Cochem offers, including its narrow streets, half-timbered medieval architecture, Hexenturm (witches’ gate) and the Cochemer Sesselbahn up to panoramic Pinner Kreuz. And, of course, myriad opportunities to sip Riesling and hoppy Bitburger while the world goes by – not least on our hotel’s ‘Am Bockbrunnen’ terrace …
As ever, river views from the Hotel Karl Müller are stunning, the welcome’s heartfelt and, if you don’t dine out, there’s a delicious dinner menu to peruse in the traditional Balduinstuben restaurant. Fresh regional ingredients and local specialities are everything here. Guten Appetit!
By the way, don’t miss tasty home-made treats from the hotel’s Eisdiele Eiszeit ice cream parlour. Or Mediterranean dishes served in the stylish Café Lounge Bar P9. The origin of the name? You’ll have to ask during your stay to find out.
Later, happy, tired, and wined-and-dined to perfection, retire to your comfortable, modern non-smoking room with satellite TV, minibar, safety deposit box, free Wi-Fi and private bathroom. Sweet dreams await as we recharge ready for the next leg of our Moselle adventure. The hotel’s generous breakfast is just hours away – but first, we sleep!
|June 24, 26||£1,125|
|July 3, 5, 12, 14, 21, 23, 30||£1,125|
|Aug 1, 8, 10, 17, 19, 26, 28||£1,125|
Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room without flights and transfers.
Triple room: £10 per third person per night.
Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses e.g. food or cots, to be paid direct to the hotelier.
Children under 12 years: £15 off per night.
Single room: £26 per night.
E-Bike: £20 per day (number of days charged will be one less than the number of nights of your tour).
Tandem: £15 per day (number of days charged will be one less than the number of nights of your tour).
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