Like a blue ribbon, the Mosel twists and turns its way between Trier and Koblenz along one of Germany’s most beautiful river valleys. The Mosel flows through a region that has been shaped by man for over 2,000 years, ever since it was first cultivated by the Romans.
The Eifel scores with its volcanic landscape. Hundreds of extinct volcanic cones give the southern Eifel in particular a wavy relief. You can find out more about the world of the Eifel volcanoes by visiting the volcano park with information center in Plaidt or following the 280-kilometer-long German Volcano Road.
Why are the Eifel and Mosel so popular with tourists?
Many of the mostly circular explosion craters filled with water and formed as maars, deep blue lakes, some of which are now used for swimming. Maars are also an exciting topic for children in Daun with the volcano museum and in Manderscheid with the maar museum. Hiking and cycling trails invite you to explore the Eifel National Park *, to take a leisurely stroll through historical places such as Monschau or Bad Münstereifel.
The river valley of the Moselle forms a contrast, winding in multiple loops between the Vulkaneifel and the Hunsrück. It invites you to go hiking on the Moselsteig * and tours on the 248-kilometer Moselle Cycle Path * from late spring to autumn. Castles, half-timbered idyll and vineyards characterize the sun-spoiled region. Cozy half-timbered towns such as Bernkastel-Kues, the lively Cochem, over which the Reichsburg towers, and the fairytale Eltz Castle are well worth a visit.
Trier is the oldest city in Germany. History you can touch, the glorious Moselle promenade and an amazing density of bars make it so attractive. Koblenz is where the Rhine and Moselle flow together. Attractions are the Deutsches Eck with the Kaiser Wilhelm monument, the cable car to the imposing Ehrenbreitstein rock fortress and the cozy old town with beautiful alleys and squares.
The 10 popular sights around the Eifel and Mosel
1. Felsenkirche, Idar-Oberstein
In a rock niche carved out by a spring high above Idar-Oberstein, the rock church built by Wyrich IV von Daun in 1482-84, the town’s landmark, nestles. It can only be reached through a tunnel cut into the mountain. Inside it hides a winged altar created around 1400 by an unknown artist with the emergency name Meister der Mainz Mockung.
Its three panels show a dramatically composed crucifixion as well as scenes from the Passion of Christ. Also worth seeing are a crucifix made of rock crystal, a picture of Sebastian (around 1570) with a family portrayal of Count Sebastian von Daun-Oberstein-Falkenstein and the epitaph of the knight Philipp II von Daun-Oberstein, who died in 1432, the father of Wyrich IV.
The church builder himself is supposed to embody the little penitent figure, which next to the Stumm organ from the 18th
The viewing platform, which is accessible via a staircase behind the church, offers a delightful view of the Oberstein district and the Felsenkirche.
The most striking building in the city of Andernach on the banks of the Rhine is the 56 m high round tower (15th century). Its 3m thick walls even withstood the destructiveness of the French in 1689.
From its battlements the view extends over the historical center with its splendid town houses from the 16th to 19th centuries, the Romanesque Mariendom and the towers of the well-preserved medieval city wall and the historic crane (1561) on the river.
The Geyser Center invites its visitors on a natural spectacle discovery tour.
Finds show that there was once a Roman settlement on Mount Mons Nore. The Nürburg dates back to the 11th century. A side branch of the Counts of Are has been named after it since the middle of the 12th century.
Later it was hereditary fiefdom of the Archbishop of Cologne. The extensive castle was considered one of the strongest fortresses in the Eifel. In 1690 it was destroyed by the French after a long siege. The current owner is the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
4. Traben-Trarbach, Moselkern
The wine trade flourished in Traben-Trarbach around 1900. Many winegrowers had their villas and cellars refined with the then modern art nouveau. The most striking example is the city’s landmark, the bridge gate designed by the architect Bruno Möhring. The Middle Moselle Museum shows living culture and city history.
5. Burg Eltz, Wierschem
The castle from the Middle Ages sits like a fairytale on a rock in the forest. Several buildings with several turrets and bay windows are grouped around the castle courtyard. The architecture and furnishings reflect 800 years of cultural history.
The highlights of the castle tour are the armory, the venerable knight’s hall and the kitchen from the 15th century. Wall paintings with figural representations are impressive in the Rübenach upper hall and in the dressing room.
‘Wherever there is wine, sit down,’ the Romans probably once thought. Their traces and a strong dash of wine-blissful way of life characterize the oldest city in Germany. A Celtic settlement on two highways, a river crossing and grapevines: for the Romans this was 17 BC. Chr. Top arguments to build a trading center here.
Augusta Treverorum was a linchpin in the ancient empire for almost 400 years. History you can touch and a wonderful Moselle promenade are one side of Trier. The other is the Trier cosiness and the amazing density of bars.
7. Porta Nigra, Trier
The Black Gate, Trier’s landmark, is reminiscent of its Roman roots in the midst of the modern city. The largest known gate castle of antiquity (2nd century) actually consists of light-colored sandstone. The ravages of time stained it black.
8. Dom, Trier
Three crypts (rooms under the choir), a cloister and the treasury combine to form an ensemble of architecture and art from 1750 years. The current building was in the 10th-12th centuries. Begun in the 17th century, later expanded again and again and furnished with altar, pulpit and tombs in different style periods.
Offer for children: Cathedral tours for children
9. Römerbrücke, Trier
It is the oldest bridge in the city, some pier cores date from the 2nd century. The mighty bridge arches were built in 1718.
The twin town on both banks of the Moselle is a center of Moselle tourism. Bernkastel has the most beautiful market square far and wide with a Renaissance town hall (1608) and magnificent half-timbered houses.
The humanist philosopher Nikolaus von Kues (Nicolaus Cusanus) was born in Cues in 1401 and died in 1464 as Prince-Bishop of Brixen and cardinal to the Curia. In the house where he was born on Nikolausufer, a museum now commemorates the great philosopher. The Gothic St. Nicholas Hospital and cloister, built from 1451 onwards, was donated in 1458 for poor relief. It is still a retirement and nursing home today and has a private library with manuscripts and astronomical equipment.
Landshut castle ruins from the 13th century, with a restaurant and enthroned high above the river, offer a wonderful panorama of the Mosel and vineyards.
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