Fondest memory: For whatever reason, I remember what I ate when I worked the "Swing Shift" (3PM-11PM). Before I went in, I would quite often stop at this "Schnell-Imbiss," the Grill am Markt, and order a 1/2 chicken. I'd bring in the chicken and enjoy it throughout the evening. Sometimes, it's the simple pleasures that you remember.
I had the great fortune of having wonderful landlords: Ernst and Gisela Käss. They were so kind and tolerant, I will be forever in their debt. As a retired vintner, Herr Käss taught me an enormous amount about wine.
UPDATE: When I walked by the Käss residence in July 2010, it was shuttered and empty. The garden and greenhouse were gone from the backyard. The Kässes definitely no longer live there, and I fear it's likely they've passed away. Such lovely people--they will be missed.
Traben began to have great economic importance in the 19th century. The region was mainly agricultural and winegrowers from Trabach began to show interest in winegrowing in Traben. Even the fires of 1857 and 1897 did not stop the economic growth. The Trabachener winegrowers started a large winetrading center in Traben which gave the town a leap into wealth. Even more so than Trarbach itself. The population grew and tax income from the wine production rose as well. It is possible that the Weingesetz (Wine Act/Law) of 1892 caused this. This law said that it was allowed to add sugar to wine (resulting in higher alcohol %. The law was later reverted, it is now forbidden.). At the end of the 19th century a bridge was built between Trarbach and Traben. And thus at some point Traben-Trarbach was the 2nd largest wine trading center of Europe.
Fondest memory: Because of its wealth, Traben-Trarbach was the first in Germany to install electric street lighting.
In 1857 and 1879 there were some big fires in the old centers of Traben and Trarbach, which almost completely destroyed them. At the end of the 19th century, a flurry of rebuilding started. Especially in Traben where in 1900 a new town hall was built, a railstation building in 1904 (where the Tourist Information is now situated) and then the Post Office in 1908.
On the other side of the river in Trarbach, there was a new Gymnasium (1905, unfortunately I didn't see that), and a wellness center Kurhaus Bad Wildstein (1901-1907).
Information from "Jugendstil in Traben-Trarbach" von Ines Wagemann
Fondest memory: The rebuilding started soon after the fires and resulted in some fine Jugendstil examples around the turn of the 19th/20th century.
There is a big parking on the Mosel river, from there you have a view to the village and the Grevenburg, where you see the ruins on the top of the hill.
Fondest memory: I always like climbing up the hill to explore the castles and to enjoy the view on the valley.