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- Walk in the footsteps of medieval lords and aristocrats on a tour of stunning Eltz Castle. On this guided, full-day, small-group tour from Frankfurt, explore this “fairy tale in stone” castle, learning about eight centuries of Western architecture and culture. Visit the Treasury and Armoury room, boasting world-class artworks in gold and silver. See the Eltz Forest, a surrounding nature reserve full of rare fauna and flora, with an incredible view of the neighboring Elzbach Valley. Then relax with a dinner at a restaurant on the Rhine River.
- Discover medieval history and Art Nouveau architecture in rural Europe on this small-group Moselle Valley day trip from Frankfurt. Travel into the Moselle Valley by air-conditioned coach as your guide sheds light on the region’s 2,000-year history. Discover pretty villages nestled along the Moselle River and ancient castles overlooking terraced vineyards. Explore local towns including Cochem, Zell and Bernkastel-Kues, where timbered houses, bustling squares and medieval churches offer insight into life here during centuries passed.
- Explore the highlights along the Moselle River with full-day eBike rental. Choose a standard eBike for a leisurely tour, a sports eBike for something more lively, or a Bull for tackling rougher terrain. Whatever you pick, traverse the area with ease thanks to the electric motor. You decide on the route and itinerary. Pedal past 18th century architecture, visit a castle, stop by a quiet wine village, and more.
- Soak up the romance and history of Trier during this 2-day tour. Explore the city’s serene Moselle River, the UNESCO-listed Roman ruins dating back to the 1st century AD and sip world-famous wine. Take a private walking tour that takes you to Trierer Dom and Porta Nigra or Kaiserthermen (the Imperial Roman Baths). Learn more about the city’s landmarks, like the Karl Marx Haus. Eat a traditional German dinner with a wine tasting and spend the night in a 4-star hotel.
- Learn about the art and science of beer brewing on this 5-day self-driving tour from Trier to Koblenz and Heidelberg. The tour includes hotel stopovers, complimentary breakfast, and dinner for two in each city, plus a boat tour to the Loreley – a 433-foot high slate rock on the bank of the River Rhine – in Koblenz.
Did You Know…
Through the Moselle valley run the Moselle Wine Route and the Moselle Cycleway, which may be cycled from Metz in France via Trier to Koblenz on the River Rhine, a distance of 311 km (193 mi). Between Koblenz and Trier, large sections run on the trackbed of the old Moselle Valley Railway, far from the noise and fumes of motor vehicles. Every year on the Sunday after Pentecost, the 140 km (87 mi) of road between Schweich and Cochem is also car-free as part of Happy Moselle Day. A number of notable castles and ruins adorn the heights above the Moselle valley and many are visible on a boat trip on the Moselle. In April 2014 the Moselle Trail was opened, a path running for 365 km (227 mi) from Perl on the Upper Moselle to Koblenz. Numerous Moselle Trail “partner trails”, the so-called side branches (Seitensprünge) and “dream paths” (Traumpfade) enhance the hiking network in the Moselle Valley. The Moselle winegrowing region lies along the Moselle with a cultivated area of about 10,540 ha (26,000 acres). The largest part, currently just under 9,000 ha (22,000 acres), is on German soil in the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland; the Luxembourg part has an area of about 1,300 ha (3,200 acres) (see Wine in Luxembourg). Upstream on the Moselle the vineyards extend into France as far as Seille in the region of Côtes de Moselle with an area of 130 ha (320 acres) and to the region around Toul (Côtes de Toul) covering 110 ha (270 acres).
The Moselle flows through the Lorraine region, west of the Vosges. Further downstream, in Germany, the Moselle valley forms the division between the Eifel and Hunsrück mountain regions. The section of the Moselle from the France–Germany–Luxembourg tripoint near Schengen to its confluence with the Saar near Konz shortly before Trier is in Germany known (geographically incorrectly) as the Upper Moselle. The section from Trier to Pünderich is the Middle Moselle, the section between Pünderich and its mouth in Koblenz as the Lower Moselle or Terraced Moselle (Terrassenmosel). Characteristic of the Middle and Lower Moselle are its wide meanders cut deeply into the highlands of the Rhenish Massif, the most striking of which is the Cochemer Krampen between Bremm and Cochem. Also typical are its vineyard terraces. The three largest tributaries of the Moselle are, in order, the Meurthe, the Saar and the Sauer. From Trier downstream the Moselle separates the two Central Upland ranges of the Eifel (to the northwest) and the Hunsrück (to the southeast).