Winery experiences, exclusive hotels, a refined culinary scene and cultural treasures: modernity and tradition are two opposites that quite simply attract. Be inspired by our tips! And experience the Fall of the Roman Empire in an acclaimed exhibition in Trier!
Your journey back in time to the Roman era.
When the heart of the Western Roman Empire was beating in the imperial residence at Trier, the Mosel was its lifeblood.
Magnificent villas lined the banks, temples and fortresses towered on the ridges. In between: lush green vineyards. These can still be seen today.
Your journey back time indeed begins in the former imperial residence of Trier. Take your time, have a proper look around, visit the Roman UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the museums with all their cultural treasures! Then follow the Roman roads – always along the river. Or on it: The Roman wine ship from Neumagen-Dhron is sailing again and will take you part of the way...
Anyone wishing to see their enemies early needs a good view. And those wishing to display their claim to power from afar look for a prominent place – a place from which they can be seen with ease.
It’s no surprise then that the Mosel valley is lined with knight's castles...
Picturesque timber-framed houses crowd along the foot of the green banks. Times were not always as peaceful as they are today, and people sought shelter underneath the fortresses.
The Mosel is an ancient cultural land with deep religious roots.
2,000 years of Christianity have shaped its people, have determined their rhythm of life, offered hope for eternal happiness, particularly in times of privation.
Even today, this faith is still present everywhere. It meets you in wayside crosses, crossroads, chapels, churches and monasteries in addition to manifesting itself in many festivals and customs.
Faith has been a stimulus for magnificent architectural and artistic achievements since Antiquity. Some testimonies of faith are even rightly listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
So it's high time for a tour of discovery! Keen to join?
“Now, with a joyfully curious glance, you catch the first glimpse of an even more beautiful loop of the river, an even higher peak, an even more romantic ruin. Now look back to linger as long as possible with your eyes on a picturesque point at which, as the rowboat floated down and was only gently moved by the oarsmen, we glided down the river.”
Mary Shelley on a Mosel trip circa 1840 (author of “Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus”)
What is typical of the Mosel?
A typical list would have to include historic architecture and half-timbered idylls, steep vineyards with old vineyard walls, traditional wine festivals with winegrowers' parades, “Mosel flowers” and sundials. Rustic wine taverns and mysterious wine cellars are of course a part of it too – and these have an almost magical appeal...
But we'll show you even more than this. Check out the stories of our Mosel experts!
SaarburgOff to Saarburg
Our “Little Venice”! Little Venice because the picturesque old town is not only traversed by a stream, it also features a thundering waterfall. Saarburg, one of the oldest hilltop castles in Germany, towers over everything. The perfect place to stop, stroll, enjoy culture and Saar wine!
TrierOff to Trier
The UNESCO World Heritage city was once the seat of Roman emperors and is now a lively university city with many bright and creative minds. All the cultural treasures are within walking distance in the beautiful old town. On the way, you'll have plenty of opportunities to stroll, shop and stop for a bite to eat – not forgetting the nightlife!
Bernkastel-Kues & WittlichOff to Bernkastel-Kues & Wittlich
Bernkastel-Kues is famous for its renowned wineries, its half-timbered houses and its sights. The ideal place for a leisurely stroll and some fun. The ruins of Landshut Castle, once an important Roman fortress, tower over everything. Why not also take a trip to the old town of Wittlich. Two well-known artists show here important works of art.
Traben-TrarbachOff to Traben-Trarbach
Architectural art nouveau treasures are a special feature of this city. There is even a noble art nouveau hotel with first-class cuisine! There is also a oenophile "Unterwelt" and the impressive Buddha Museum. Goethe and Apollinaire were previously guests of the Baroque Villa Böcking. And there’s still more to see...
Cochem & Zell (Mosel)Off to Cochem & Zell
The two towns are known for delightful wine consumption. The magnificent Reichsburg castle watches over Cochem, and in the “Unterwelt” you can uncover a great state secret... There are completely new sensory experiences on offer in Zell: Can our eyes and ears trick our palates? Just give it a try: Light and musical wine tasting in Zell (Mosel).
KoblenzOff to Koblenz
Welcome to the Deutschen Eck! This headland is where the Mosel converges with the Rhine, and where the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley begins. The cosy old town and extensive river promenade are located alongside one another. Ideal conditions for strolling, shopping and enjoying yourself! Tip: take the cable car up to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress Cultural Centre...
Museums are always worth a visit!
The instinct to collect things is an intrinsic part of being human. And so is the joy of discovering your own history as you do so! This has led to the creation of the most wonderful museums.
Be sure to check out the UNESCO World Heritage Site-related museums and treasuries in Trier: the Rheinisches Landesmuseum (Rhineland Palatinate Archaeological Museum), Trier Cathedral Museum, the treasury of the Trier City Research Library, which has the Egbert Codex on display, and the treasury at Trier Cathedral. Plus, don't miss out on a visit to the birthplace of Karl Marx! And there's still so much more for you to discover ...