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Moselle Wine Route
To the left and right of the Moselle – a racy little Riesling in a "rummer" glass

Family enjoying the view from a bridge over the Moselle

Visitors will discover a whole host of things to see and do in the remarkable countryside along the Moselle Wine Route with its mild climate. An excellent network of trails allows cyclists to explore other well-signposted, tranquil cycle trails in the Hunsrück and Eifel regions, in addition to the Moselle Cycle Trail. Three car-free days are held each year along the Saar, Ruwer and Moselle rivers, giving cyclists plenty of opportunity to have the run of the road. The largest cycling event, Happy Moselle, is held every year on the first Sunday after Whitsun. At 140km, this is the longest car-free street festival in Europe. The Moselle Hills Trail offers walkers the perfect terrain for some serious hikes with unforgettable views of the Moselle, while a boat trip on the Moselle is likely to appeal to people who prefer a more leisurely pace. The Moselle region can also be comfortably explored by coach or by train, and bicycles can be carried on certain services.

Wine-lovers place their orders for home-produced wine at a quaint Moselle Strausswirtschaft

There's lots on offer for wine lovers and connoisseurs: Wine and vintners' festivals along the Moselle between May and November, and the grand Wine & Gourmet Festival from April to May. Trier's Classics festival and the Moselle Festival also feature among the highlights of the cultural calendar in the summer months. The route is lined with attractions that are always well worth a stop, for young and old alike. There are castles, abbeys, Roman sites, magnificent stately homes once resided in by Electors, stylish noblemen’s palaces, baroque half-timbered buildings and Art Nouveau façades just waiting to be discovered. In addition to selling excellent home-produced wines, most of the Straußwirtschaften along the Moselle also serve a range of simple regional specialities such as Speckplätzchen (bacon patties), Schmalzbrot (bread & dripping) and Zwiebelkuchen (bacon and onion flan). Alternatively, you can dine at one of the region's quaint vaulted cellars, picturesque country estates or rustic wine taverns. Some of the castles even offer medieval banquets and accommodation. And there are many more excellent reasons for taking a closer look at this holiday route.

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Basic information

  • Length
  • Themes
    Wine, culture, Romans, Moselle landscape shaped by wine cultivation, Moselle-Saar-Ruwer winegrowing area, cycling, walking

Highlights in brief

  • Nennig
    Roman mosaic, Thorn Castle/Baumkelter

  • Neumagen-Dhron
    Oldest wine town and Roman wine ship
  • Zeltingen-Rachtig
    Machern Monastery, Eltz Castle, Ehrenburg Palace
  • Beilstein
    Abbey of the Barefoot Carmelites
  • Alf
    Arras Castle
  • Bremmer Calmont
    Europe's steepest vineyard
  • Trier
    Porta Nigra, amphitheatre
  • Cochem
    Castle, Capuchin monastery
  • Piesport
    Roman wine press
  • Koblenz
    Confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine