As the legend has it, the citizens of Wittlich once defended themselves against enemy attacks and locked the town gate – using a carrot as a bolt for lack of metal. A sow found this tasty, polished off the vegetables and was later grilled in revenge by the quickly conquered citizens of Wittlich. Since then, Wittlich has been known as the town of "pig burners".
Legendary, yet peaceful and fabulously beautiful, is a tour for families along the Maare-Mosel cycle path – a largely flat former railway route. Either seven kilometres to the north with a detour to Pleiner Mühle, where you can enjoy delicious pancakes on the terrace, or fifteen kilometres south to Lieser on the banks of the Mosel – this kind of trip there and back does not overtax anyone and offers real cycling fun.
It's all happening on four wheels instead of two in the 2800 square metre indoor go-cart track. It is equipped with state of the art technology, thus ensuring that a real race feeling is created. The safe go-carts are suitable for all motorsport fans over the age of ten. For children aged eight and over, there is a driving school with all the trimmings: Theory, a tour of the track, driving with an instructor and free driving... this is how the kids train their skills and learn fair play. There’s no need to be afraid of speed – driving fun is part of Mosel country.
In Wittlich, exercise-hungry children and their parents can also aim high: in “The Cave”, a small but fine bouldering hall. Those under 14 years of age climb with parental guidance; the older ones can also boulder without them, properly secured. The climbing cave is located in an industrial area, but still lets you forget about everyday life. Even without prior knowledge, you can get started here and test the limits of your own ability. The informal atmosphere is fun and encouraging... and there’s a chance to relax on the sun terrace.
Just outside Wittlich you’ll also find a paradise for all those who love organic farming just like the picture books: Demeterhof Breit. The farm shop – one of the best in Germany according to trade magazines – is itself worth a visit. While the adults are in the shop, children can check on the chickens, cows and pigs – and learn how close to nature and species-appropriate farming can be when it is done by farmers as committed as the Brandsma family. Guided tours of the farm are also possible.