It's the Tourist Office! For all information regarding sightseeing, transportation and accommodation.
What to buy: Our hotel already gave us a lot of information and brochures. At the Tourist Office I found two cookbooks with Mosel recipes. A large one for 15 euro and a smaller one for 6,50 euro. I choose the smaller one.
I always try to buy a cookbook of the region I am holidaying in. Not always easy because it has to be in English, German or French or I can't read it!
Book details: linen bound, ISBN 3881174508, 1988, published by Verlag Wolfgang Hölker GMBH Münster
What to pay: 6,50 euro for the little cookbook
ABout halfway (or so we thought) of our Jugendstil architectural walk, we stopped at this bakery to try the Quarkbällchen. They taste like donuts but much lighter. So I wheedled the recipe out of the lady who said: 500gr. cream cheese, 200 gr. flour, 4 eggs, sugar. Mix into a batter, and deepfry. Cover with icing sugar. Seem easy! I'll have to figure out the amount of sugar though. I suspect about 150-200 gr. If anyone knows better, please let me know!
What to buy: Quarkbällchen. Or bottled water and soft drinks, or cakes, fresh buns and bread...
What to pay: 0,40 euro a piece (Quarkbällchen)
Kroever Nacktarsch is a wine with a story. If you like, see Globetrott's Kroev page. He actually pointed me to it when I told him I was visiting the region. Anyhow, this wine can be bought in various wine shops in the region. The story on the label says:
Was begeistert Alte loben, Moselwein - das edle Nass -
wollt die Krover Jugend proben, tief im Keller, Fass an Fass.
Der Küfer sah's mit Bangen und wurde grob und barsch,
erhaut den kleinen Rangen den blanken, nackten Arsch.
The adults enjoy Moselwine, that noble liquid
the youngsters in Kroev tried it too, deep in the cellar, barrel after barrel.
The cellar master saw and became angry.
That resulted in a big spanking on their naked bottoms (Nacktarsch)!
What to buy: Contrary to what Globetrott says, I doubt if this is the best wine around. At a price of between 2 and 5 euro I can't believe it is! But it does make a fine souvenir though. And as I bought 6 bottles of different varieties from trocken (dry) to lieblich (sweet), I got a nice gift to go with it :-)
What to pay: Six bottles of different varieties cost me 22 euro total.
I didn't see this in shops, but our hotel sold it. On arrival guests are treated with a non-alcoholic welcome drink that involves fruit juices and this local spring water.
What to buy: At our hotel (Bellevue, see Accommodation tips), I discovered they had their own bottled water from the nearby watersprings of Bad Wildstein. To be honest, I fell for the lovely designed Jugendstil label and of course that's what you pay for. Still, it's a nice souvenir and it'll do fine as an olive oil bottle once I've drunk the water :-)
What to pay: 4,50 euro per bottle (2007).
We enjoyed our winetasting session (6 wines) and tour at the Emil Franz vinery. The owner is a 3rd generation winegrower who talks about his profession with enthusiasm. Once you arrive, you find yourself in a reasonably 'normal' house but under the house are cellars where all the wineproduction is done. He can make a maximum of 30.000 litres of wine (which means he has 3 ha of vinery).
What to buy: 6 bottles Trabener Würzgarten Hochgewächs 2006 at 5 Euro per bottle (dry, white)
6 bottles of Trabacher Kräuterhaus Hochgewächs 2006 at 5,20 Euro per bottle (semi-dry, white)
2 bottles of Trabener Würzgarten Hochgewächs 2005 at 4,90 Euro per bottle (sweet, white)
1 bottle Trabener Würzgarten Auslese 2005 at 9,50 Euro per bottle (sweet, white)
3 bottles Cuvee DSC (Dornfelder-Spätburgunder/Cabernet Sauvignon) 2006 at 5,90 Euro per bottle (dry red).
What to pay: See above.
the krypta (crypt) at the kloster machern has a very interesting wine and liquer store. they offer a large selection of mosel wine and local berry liquers.
On Thursday's there's a tiny market between the train station and Tourist office. Local produce like bread, milk, cheeses, eggs, vegetables and meat.
There are lots of places in the Mosel valley which sell antiques.I found this one on our way through the village and liked the woman who looks for clients.
There are lots of wine-grower who sell wine. Just knock on their door. Very often, there is a hint or you see a choice of some wine bottles in a kind of box.
What to buy: Wine