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.
Zell's river front has got a nice promenade walk along the bank of the Mosel with flowerbeds and benches. Relax, watch the ships, or depart for a boat tour from the jetty (May1 - October).
The palace was built in the 16th century as residence and office for the local administration, the civil servants of the Archbishop of Trier.
Nowadays the renaissance building hosts an upscale hotel.
Cafe Reinisch can be entered both from the river promenade and the main street. Their specility are different kinds of strudel - apple strudel is widely known, but they also offer varieties with plums (Pflaumenstrudel) or apricots (Marillenstrudel), served with vanilla icecream and whipped cream.
Favorite Dish: Pflaumenstrudel
Someone, probably the inhabitant of a nearby house, has built a number of little houses out of used wine corks and put them up in a flower bed along the river promenade. Here is the church of the little cork village.