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    Mosel River Cruises

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 6, 2008

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    The most enjoyable way of experiencing the landscape of the Mosel valley is a river cruise. Sip a glass of wine and watch the hills, villages and vineyards passing by...

    Unlike the Rhine, there are no long-distance day cruises along the Mosel that cover the whole length of the valley from Koblenz to Trier. Instead some smaller companies run cruise boats on shorter distances, like Trier to Bernkastel-Kues, Bernkastel-Kues to Traben-Trarbach, Traben-Trarbach to Cochem, Cochem to Koblenz and back. The boats stop at more or less all the villages in between. For longer distances than these legs one has to change boats.

    Two companies are running the cruise boats in the Middle Mosel valley:
    MST Hans Michels
    Kolb - and another website of theirs

    Check carefully which boat you need and from whom you buy your tickets. Both companies have their separate ticket booths and landings at each stop, and the staff of one company does not have the slightest idea about what the other company is doing. Tickets are only valid on that particular company's boats.

    The timetables usually allow round trips with an hour or two stay at the destination before the boat sets out for the return journey.
    Serious warning: Arriving at Traben or Trarbach by boat, check if the return journey departs from the same landing - or from the opposite bank of the river! Ask to make sure.

    Cruise boat in Trarbach Boat landings in Trarbach and opposite bank Traben
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    War Memorial

    by Husker_Jeff Written Jun 28, 2008

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    On the path to Grevenburg you will come to the War Memorial. This monument is for the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71 and was erected in 1875.

    We found some local gentlemen here enjoying the weather, some wine, and conversation.

    View from the War Memorial The War Memorial Locals Enjoying Wine and Conversation Nicole at the War Memorial
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    Hike to Bernkastel-Kues Part 2

    by Husker_Jeff Written Jun 28, 2008

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    At the top of the hill, we found a small park where we rested. The sign at this intersection had arrows for many of the adjacent towns, including Bernkastel, Graach, Wolf, Zeltingen, and Longkamp. We looked for the trail to Bernkastel and continued our journey.

    The signs also let us know there was a Wine Bar along the way, and we certainly planned to stop there. The path down started next to some grazing cattle, and we quickly found ourselves deep in the woods yet again.

    After a while we came to the Eisernen Weinkarte and stopped for a couple glasses of wine. We were rather lucky because this is when the rain began. We sipped our wine and waited for the mild rainstorm to pass. From here we continued on the trail which led us through the steeply sloped vineyards.

    And then we found it: I looked up and saw the sign for Dr. H Thanisch. We noticed more of their vineyards as we continued.

    Path to Bernkastel-Kues Nicole Enjoying More Riesling Eisernen Weinkarte Thanisch vineyards A Rainy Day for the Endless Vineyards
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    Hike to Bernkastel-Kues Part 1

    by Husker_Jeff Written Jun 28, 2008

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    Before our visit, we had planned to walk from Traben-Trarbach to Bernkastel-Kues. Nicole's ancestors can be traced back to the village of Thanisch, and a single survivor of the small village (affected by the plague) hiked over the same hill towards Graach and Bernkastel-Kues.

    The path starts on the Trarbach side towards Bad-Wildstein. We looked for the sign "Berncastelerweg" and began our journey. The signs said it was about 6 km. The first part of the hike was obviously up the hill. There were plenty of place to stop and rest along the way. Follow route T6 until you reach the top of the hill, then see Part 2.

    Beginning of the trail Starting up the path View from the hiking trail An old milestone along the trail Finally, the top of the hill
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    Middle Mosel Museum

    by Husker_Jeff Updated Jun 28, 2008

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    This was a very interesting museum and we are glad we visited. The first part of the tour covers the Roman and Franconian eras, then guides you through the rooms of the house as they would have appeared hundreds of years ago. Other rooms cover the local wine industry and items from rural living in and around this area. There is also a poignant memorial to the Jews of Trarbach who were all affected by the holocaust.

    The entry fee is only 2.50 Euros, so it is well worth the visit.

    A room at the museum Another room The kitchen Piano room Bedroom
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    Grevenburg Ruin

    by Husker_Jeff Written Jun 28, 2008

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    Depending on the distance and viewing angle, you may not even notice the old ruin on the hill on the Trarbach side. Later during our trip, we cruised from Bernkastel to Traben-Trarbach, and as we approached T-T, the Grevenburg ruin was barely noticeable, blending into the hillside.

    The small amount of ruin still remaining belies the size of the castle that once stood here. For a better idea of the castle, be sure to visit the Middle Mosel Museum where they have a model of the castle.

    Now you can walk on the ruins and even have dinner at the restaurant. After we walked up the old trail, we relaxed with a glass of riesling and took in the view.

    The castle was built in the 1300s and stood until the 1700s when the French destroyed it.

    Approaching the Ruin The Restaurant / Wine Bar at the Ruin Mosel View from the Ruin, West Mosel View from the Ruin, East View from the Ruin

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    Walk to Grevenburg

    by Husker_Jeff Written Jun 28, 2008

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    We prefer to walk to the sites instead of driving, and Grevenburg has a old scenic walkway. The path leads up the hill and passes the War Memorial. You will enjoy many great views along the way to the ruin, incuding steep, sloping vineyards and great river views.

    Grevenburg Ruin viewed from Taben The Path to the Ruin Sloping Vineyards Remnants of the Castle

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    The Mosel Bridge

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 20, 2008

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    Nowadays a modern post-war bridge connects the two town halves. Only the bridge tower on the Trarbach side is left of the old bridge Bruno Möhring planned in 1898-99. The gate tower recalls medieval city gates. The two storeys above the gate host a wine tavern.

    Gate tower of the Mosel bridge
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    Art Nouveau: Kellerei Julius Kayser & Co.

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jun 20, 2008

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    The distinctive art nouveau building is facing the river in Trarbach. It serves as cellar, storage and office of a winery that produces champagne.

    The building was designed by the architect Bruno Möhring from Berlin, who also planned the Mosel bridge, and erected in 1906-1907.

    This is just one among quite a number of art nouveau/Jugendstil buildíngs in Traben-Trarbach. Anyone interested in that style will find a lot to discover here.

    Kellerei Julius Kayser & Co. Kellerei Julius Kayser & Co.
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    Art Nouveau: Villa Breuker

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 20, 2008

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    The beautiful villa on the river bank was designed by Bruno Möhring in 1905. The architect combines Jugendstil, neo-classicism and oriental elements.

    This is just one among quite a number of art nouveau/Jugendstil buildíngs in Traben-Trarbach. Anyone interested in that style will find a lot to discover here.

    Villa Breuker seen from a river boat
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    Trarbach: Mittelmoselmuseum

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 20, 2008

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    The museum of the central Mosel valley shows the history of the region, a collection of Mosel paintings and drawings and 18th century furniture. The impressive baroque building, the Haus Böcking, was erected around 1760 and designed by the architect Christian Ludwig Hautt from Zweibrücken.

    Haus B��cking - Mittelmoselmuseum
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    Trarbach: Town Centre

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 20, 2008

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    The old town of Trarbach has some romantic spots that are worth discovering. Most of the old buildings were destroyed in the fire of 1857, but some have survived.
    The "white tower" (Weißer Turm) is the only remaining tower of the town's fortification. Parts of the medieval town wall are preserved between church, cemetery and castle.

    Trarbach, old town Trarbach, Wei��er Turm and church
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    Mittelmosel museum

    by ATLC Written Sep 8, 2007

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    On the Trarbach side is the Mittelmosel Museum in a baroque villa, once owned by the merchant family Böcking. German writer Goethe, French poet Apollinaire and the Prussian king Friedrich-Wilhelm IV were once guests here.

    Nur der verdient sich Freiheit wie das Leben, der täglich sie erobern muss wrote Goethe in Faust, while he had a wild night at this villa in November 1792.

    This museum now shows art and objects from 300 years of history in 20 rooms. But it also houses a large collection of old images of Traben-Trarbach and findings of the age of the Romans and Franks. It also has quite a famous maquette of Grevenstuck that was once a castle but now a ruin. There is also information about the excavations of Mont Royal where the French held the region under control in the 17th century.

    Museum open until Nov. 1, every day 10-17 hrs. Monday closed. The link below leads to a PDF file (1.24 MB).

    Mittelmosel Museum front, facing Mosel Plaque remembering Goethe in Villa B��cking
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    Winetasting

    by ATLC Updated Sep 7, 2007

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    Winetasting is the thing to do along the river Mosel. In every town there are winetasting possibilities (Weinprobe) about every 25 metres or so. Really, that many!
    We went to Emil Franz, a winemaker (Winzer) in Traben-Trarbach. It was included in our arrangement with the hotel. This young winegrower, of 3rd generation, clearly had fun in showing us around the business and explaining everything during a tasting session of 6 wines. Read about it in the Shopping Tip.

    In any case, it's a good thing to prepare yourself a bit at home. Read about the differences between Hochgewachs, Kabinett, Spatlese, etc. And the most popular or best winehouses in the area. After the excess wine production in Europe, Germany decided to turn the problem into an assett. Wineproduction was limited to 10.000 litre per ha. That means quality wine, not quantity.

    Winegrower (Winzer) Emil Franz Sculpture of grapepicker at Tourist Office Grapevines with grapes 3 weeks before picking The end result: delicious Mosel wines
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    A walk along Jugendstil highlights

    by ATLC Updated Sep 7, 2007

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    This walk, described in a brochure takes you along 12 examples of Jugendstil architecture in Traben-Trarbach. The walk took us about 3.5 hrs. I just returned to my hotelroom at Hotel Bellevue here in Traben-Trarbach, and still have to think where to put up all the photo's and explanations.

    The brochure is free for guests of Hotel Bellevue. Otherwise you can buy it for 2.50 Euro at the Tourist Office (see address below).

    In this tip are 4 more photo's with some Jugendstil highlights. I'll elaborate more on them in next tips.

    Tourist Office Traben-Trarbach Villa Huesgen, 1904 Grave of Oskar Haussmann, 1905 Trabachener Felsenquelle, 1900 Villa Breucker, 1905
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