The most distinctive construction in town is the ornate bridge crossing the Mosel River. It should be noted that the bridge you see is a replica. The original bridge was destroyed by the Nazis at the end of World War II. My landlord told me the story of how one of the local vintners tried to ply the Wehrmacht Lieutenant in charge with plentiful wine so he would not destroy the bridge. Unfortunately, an SS Captain came along and ensured the job got done.
You'll note that you can actually enter the bridge structure on the Trarbach side. Inside, there is a cafe (the Brückenshenke), where you can get coffee, cake, and light meals with a view of the Mosel.
Overlooking Traben-Trarbach is the remnants of a castle, Schloss Grevenburg. It stood proudly for centuries until Napoleon came through and decided it was a threat to his army. As a result, he ordered the castle destroyed.
You can go up and visit the ruins if you wish. There are a number of trails and steps from Trarbach which will take you to the castle. Follow the signs to "Ruine Grevenburg." At the site, you can stroll around what's left of the structure and gaze down at the river below. There's also a beer stand nearby serving refreshing Bitburger Pils during the summer months.
The old Rathaus, and what a lovely building it was. It was covered in Ivy and once again, another interesting building with distinctive architecture.
I can't find out any info about the building, sorry!
I had just walked from one end of the Bridge to the other, and happened to notice people standing by a small, peaked roof Art Nouveau building that was part of the Bridge.
As I went to walk by, I had a look, and would you believe, this was an Ice-cream Shop, I certainly would not have guessed that!
So, if you want an Ice-cream in a cone, then look at the photo, and that is where you buy one from.
I always like having a browse in Shop window's in a different country, and here I had some quite interesting find's.
Gift line's were very different! I saw some unusual gift's that I had never seen anywhere else before, also Troll's which I didn't expect to see in Germany.
Another beautiful building I saw was the Hotel Moselschloesschen.
It's a historical estate comprising of three buildings, including the "Half-timbered house," "Villa" and "Schloesschengasse", connected to each other through a small park and a courtyard with a well.
It has been beautifully restored and now is a 4* Hotel.
The Info centre is located in the Old Train Station which is known in German as the "Alter Bahnhof." Built in 1904, it features a facade typical of the area.
It is a rather nice looking old building with a clock and a painting of a Horse. Out the front, is a sculpture of a Woman and a Grape vine with plenty of Grape's.
This is also where tour's leave from and the Bus Station is located.
The Lorettahaus was the beautiful Art Nouveau building next to the Imperial Post Office.
Built between 1906 & 1908, it was local sculpturer Bernhard Wendish who made this building so beautiful and interesting!
Located in the bottom are shop's, and above the shop window's are sculpture's of different people. The Bottom look's to be made out of stone, and the very top is a half-timbered addition.
An amazing building that I liked having a look around!
The Hotel Bellevue is an eye-catching 4* Art Nouveau Hotel located overlooking the Mosel River. It has survived two World War's!
The Hotel has decorative references to the small town’s history of wine making, something I didn't realize at the time. Use your imagination, and see if you think the Tower is in the shape of a Champagne bottle, as that is what it's meant to be!
The Bellevue, originally called Clauss-Feist, was built by Richard Feist in 1903 and designed by the famous Berlin art nouveau architect Bruno Mohring. The "Red Baron," Baron Richthofen was once a guest of the Hotel.
The Imperial Post Office was built 1906-08 after completion of the first Bridge in 1900. This building is built in a lovely style, including plenty of rich decoration, Wandma lerei-reliefs from the history and professional status of the city.
Something I didn't expect to see in a small Town in Germany, was a Buddha Museum! It seemed quite unusual, set in a town, surrounded by winerie's and vineyard's.
Well, I guess, if you can't go to Asia, then this Museum would be the next best thing.
I didn't go in, as I have seen more than enough Buddha's!
I read in my brochure that you see various Buddha images from the three major Buddhist groups of Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana and other's, plus, experience philosophy, religion and different cultures.
The exhibition area is a good size, and there is a roof garden.
I was more interested in the old Art Nouveau wine cellar "Julius Kayser" built by the Berlin architect Bruno Mohring, which is where the Museum is located in.
Tuesday to Sunday: 10 - 6PM.....Monday: Closed
Day ticket Adult ..15 EU...
Pensioner 13.50 EU...
Children 6-14 years ..7.50EU.......Children under 6 years FREE
The Grevenburg Castle was built around 1350 by Count Johann III, a son of the legendary Countess Loretta.
During the war's in the 17th and 18th centuries, the castle changed hands 13 times, finally being won over by the French and destroyed.
From where we viewed from, there didn't look to be much left of the Castle.
Evidently, you can go there, and you will find a Castle Tavern & garden in the ruin's, and I should imagine some very good view's.
On arrival at Traben-Trarbach, we needed to cross the River.
Well, it was a wow! moment when I saw the Bruckentor Gate we had to pass through to enter the Bridge and cross the River.
It was one of the nicest Gates I had seen. Completed in 1899, it is the landmark of the City, along with the Art Nouveau Bridge by Berlin architect Bruno Mohring, who won an Architecture competition on design for the new Bridge.
The Bridge was constructed, as on the north side was "Traben,' and on the south was "Trarbach." The communities of Traben and Trarbach were independent until 1904 when they become known as one!
The two Town's then had to be connected, and this is when the Bridge was built.
I went for a walk and had a good look at the Bruckentor, and found quite a few interesting sculpture's, so I hope you can have a look too!
the ruins of greuenburg castle is on a hill just above the town of traben-trarbach. it was built by johann II, the count of sponheim in 1350. the castle was destroyed by the french in 1734. there is not much left of greuenburg but it offers a nice view of traben-trarbach and the mosel.
From the city of Traben you can make a walk to the Grevenburg ruines, where you have a nice viuw over the town and river , aswell over the vineyards.
In the beginning of the Moselstrasse there is a small footpath on the left that lead towards the ruines. On the way to the ruines you will pass a War Memorial of the Pruisian war.