The longest tributary of the Rhine rises in the Vosges, forms the border between Luxembourg and Germany for a while, and then meanders leisurely in a deeply cut valley through the wooded low mountain ranges of the Eifel and Hunsrück. The section between Bernkastel and Cochem is considered to be the most beautiful, because here one still finds what can only be sensed in the industrialized Rhine Valley: the romance of an ancient cultural landscape. Villages and towns, where time seems to have stood still, lie in the shadow of mysterious castle ruins and are surrounded by vineyards that generations of winegrowers have wrested from the steep slopes of the valley. Along the Moselle there are wonderful hiking trails (marked by an “M”), sometimes at altitude through forests or medieval villages, sometimes through vineyards or quiet side valleys. In some places the path follows the Via Ausonia, a Roman trade route.
Black cats and first-class Rieslings
The town between Trier and Koblenz is the second largest wine growing region on the Moselle. Everywhere in the town wine tasting is offered. Traditionally, (...)