3-Day Moselle Valley Itinerary

German gem: Moselle Valley

3-day Moselle Valley itinerary

Are you looking for fairy tale castles surrounded by beautiful vineyards? Ancient villages? Or into exciting outdoor activities? The Moselle Valley in Germany is the perfect place for you to go! Say what? If you’ve never heard of it, that’s actually a good thing. This calm and stunning region in Germany has lots to offer for all ages.

In this blog post, you will find our 3-day Moselle Valley itinerary including all the highlights we saw during our road trip. This itinerary includes some amazing pieces of the Moselle river (walking, hiking and driving), five beautiful typical German towns, two hilltop castles, a 360-meters long suspension bridge, and the stunning Gipfelkreuz viewpoint.

Preparation is key to a fun, hassle-free road trip so you might want to check out my road trip checklist to make sure you have an unforgettable experience!

Moselle Valley route in Germany

On the map below I have marked all town and highlights we visited during this 3-day itinerary:

  • The red pins represent the five German towns we visited
  • The orange stars are all the major highlights

Day 1: Koblenz, Geierlay Suspension Bridge and Burg Eltz 

Koblenz
Koblenz is a quiet and relaxing town and a perfect city to start your Moselle Valley adventure! We woke up early to start exploring the city center and came across several highlights.

Memorial of German Unity
The impressive 37-meter-tall Memorial of German Unity looks larger than life! Standing next to the monument, which features Emperor Wilhelm, made me feel so small.

Koblenz Moselle Valley

Deutsches Eck
Climb the Memorial of German Unity for a nice viewpoint on the  Deutsches Eck. You can find the entrance behind the statue (opposite of where I took the photo below). The Deutsches Eck marks the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine.

Koblenz Moselle Valley

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
And then I spotted a cable car! I know it’s a little corny, but I just could not help myself wanting to go for a ride. The cable car goes across the Rhine and up to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which is located in the UNESCO-protected Upper Middle Rhine Valley. We had an entire cabin to ourselves, which made the ride even more fun. During the ride we got an incredible view on the two mighty rivers and nearby towns.

Koblenz Moselle Valley

Once we were high up we visited the Festungpark Ehrenbreitstein and climbed upon the wooden viewing platform. This interesting outdoor structure is made using 4 L-shape wooden columns.

Koblenz Moselle Valley

You can either follow the L-shapes or take the stairs right at the entrance (shortcut) to get a mesmerizing view. This is the perfect viewpoint to overlook Koblenz or use the structure to create interesting photographs!

Koblenz Moselle Valley

Again, we had the entire platform to ourselves. I do think this place is more popular (or is it still a somewhat hidden gem?) during spring or summer. The attached park seems like a nice place for a picnic or event.

Spend a long weekend at this hidden German gem: Moselle Valley

After a stroll and a quick lunch in the city center we realized we already saw most of Koblenz. It was smaller than we expected and in 2-3 hours you can pretty much see all the major highlights.

Geierlay Suspension Bridge
The Geierlay Suspension Bridge is one of the most picturesque bridges in Germany, one of the highlights in the Moselle Valley. Instagram has definitely given this place a boost. That’s how I found out about this bridge too!

From the visitor center (don’t expect much out of it) it’s a 2,5 kilometer walk to get to the bridge, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes! When we visited the bridge (during fall season) it was also quite chilly, so you won’t regret bringing a warm jacket. The bridge is open 24/7 and a visit is totally free.

Geierlay bridge Moselle Valley

The Geierlay is 100 meters high and 360 meters long, located in the heart of the Hunsrück mountains. When we arrived early in the afternoon it was pretty crowded. It seems like this place is no more a well-kept treasure…I do understand why; it’s a truly unique experience to walk above the valley from Mörsdorf to Sosberg. Such gorgeous surroundings, especially during the fall season.

Geierlay bridge Moselle Valley

Please be careful while crossing the bridge if you are afraid of heights. On a windy day, like we had, the bridge was swinging a bit as well. Although the bridge is solid you might not feel as in balance as you’re used to. If you are too afraid to step on don’t worry! You can still enjoy the view either in front of the bridge or at the bottom of the valley.

Geierlay bridge Moselle Valley
We decided to walk back and forth (which takes about 5 minutes), so we could check out the view from both sides. The bridge is only 85 centimeters wide, and with people walking in both directions, it was a little hard to actually talk and enjoy the experience together. We really enjoyed our visit, but secretly I dream of having the entire bridge all to ourselves, haha!
Geierlay bridge Moselle Valley

Burg Eltz
I was beyond excited to visit the fairy tale Burg Eltz! From the parking lot, you can either walk or take the shuttle bus (which only runs from April – November when the castle is open for tours) towards this pretty chateau. The shuttle bus leaves from the parking lot next to the Antonius Chapel and will drop you off at the iconic bridge entering the castle.

However, we didn’t take the bus. We took the ‘scenic’ walking route, which is a 2-km walk. We didn’t notice anything special about this path though. I think my imagination ran wild when I saw the word ‘scenic’. I at least expected to see rose petals guiding us to the castle, haha.

Burg Eltz Germany

When we arrived at the entrance a large group just left the castle, so we got lucky. There’s something magical about this 800-year old castle, hidden in the forest, and located atop a 70 meter high rock. It’s one of the best-preserved castles of its kind. The Eltz family, who still owns it today, keeps this place in superb conditions. It also may have helped this castle was never destroyed or overtaken. A Moselle Valley must-visit if you ask me!

Burg Eltz Germany

Burg Eltz is open daily April through November 9:30 am to 5:30 pm for castle tours. If you happen to visit the castle outside of these months you can still visit the castle, but you won’t able to get in any rooms. We didn’t take a tour and even then, this place is worth a visit. Although I didn’t bring my princess dress, I did have a Cinderella moment! For the best photo of the castle from above head for the viewpoint. This is in the last u-shaped bend of the paved road which leads down to the castle.

Burg Eltz Germany

Day 2: Cochem and Bremm

Cochem must be the most beautiful city I saw during our Moselle Valley road trip! There a lots of gorgeous old streets, typical German homes, and there is a romantic castle place up on a hill.

Reichsburg Cochem
The medieval Reichsburg Cochem catches your eye immediately and the location, on top of a hill, makes it look extra fascinating from a distance. To me it felt like this castle had eyes and guards its town to make sure nothing destroys the peace you’ll find here.

Cochem Moselle Valley

The original castle was built in the 12th century, but much of it was destroyed by the French in 1688. Most of what you see now was built in a romantic neo-Renaissance style when Berlin banker Louis Fréderic Jacques Ravené restored the property. Luckily, you can still find remnants of the Medieval building in the ring wall, tower, and at the great hall (Rittersaal).

Cochem Moselle Valley
The Reichsburg is absolutely stunning and in great outward condition. If you are interested you can learn more about the rooms, beautiful objects and the vivid historical changes via a guided tour. Again we skipped the tour, because wandering between the castle walls made the visit worthwhile to us already.
Cochem Moselle Valley

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Cochem Moselle Valley

After the mesmerizing view we got overlooking the castles walls we were eager to see more of Cochem!

Cochem Moselle Valley

The town square looks stunning with its traditional German half-timbered houses. Little seems to have changed for centuries.

Cochem Moselle Valley

Cochem has many pretty buildings, quaint cottages and black & tan guild houses. Bring some cute outfits along, because I’m sure you’ll spot a place that’s perfect for an Insta snap. This charming town looks picturesque on almost every corner.

Cochem Moselle Valley

Bremm
In the afternoon it was time for some serious action when we arrived at Bremm! Make sure to bring your hiking shoes (I wore regular boots, but I would strongly recommend proper hiking boots) and enough water and food to discover the most breathtaking viewpoint of the Moselle Valley. There are various routes available and this is the hike we decided on to get to the ‘Gipfelkreuz‘ viewpoint.

German gem: Moselle Valley

During this 1,5-hour hike to the top we picnicked and stopped several times to take in the beautiful scenery. Please choose your hike wisely and consider your condition. We are not professional hikers and the route we took was quite tough (steep and bumpy). If you’re afraid of heights this route is maybe not for you!

German gem: Moselle Valley

When we reached the Gipfelkreuz we were happy to find out there’s a small bar which sells drinks and snacks that you can enjoy on their terrace (with an astonishing view). Also, nice to know: restrooms are available (and they are clean!).

We sipped on our drinks while staring at the Moselle from about 300 meters high. I would consider this hike as the highlight of our Moselle Valley trip. What an awesome reward after an intense hike!

German gem: Moselle Valley

After that exciting adventure we drove off to Brauneberg, where we ate the best schnitzels of our life at Gasthof Zur Klosterschenke. Friendly staff, heavenly food, a cozy German interior and an extensive menu. Even when you’re not into schnitzels they have a lot of other tasty options. Also vegetarian.

Day 3: Brauneberg, Bernkastel-Kues and Traben-Trarbach

Brauneberg
Brauneberg is a small town with not much to see. In the morning went for a short stroll along the Moselle river and we took some photos of the pretty vineyards! Other than that, I wouldn’t stick around for too long.

German gem: Moselle Valley

Then we walked into the city center of Brauneberg which we saw within one hour. Some homes were decorated with Halloween pumpkins. However, the photo below is taken at a restaurant. I hope they didn’t mind me borrowing their photogenic pumpkins!

German gem: Moselle Valley

Bernkastel-Kues
The twin medieval towns of Bernkastel and Kues, split by the Moselle, form the heart of the beautiful Middle Moselle. When we arrived, it was pretty quiet, and it made us feel like we had the entire town to ourselves. The first thing is I noticed were all the pretty colored houses surrounded by green top hills.

German gem: Moselle Valley

The Marktplatz is the town center of Bernkastel. The row of adorable, half-timbered houses, dating back to the 17th century, reminded me of gingerbread houses!

German gem: Moselle Valley

You can find numerous quaint shops and cafés in this square. The Marktplatz is a great place to kick start your morning!

Moselle Valley Germany 3 day itinerary

In the district Kues, which we found a little less exciting, you can find many wineries and taverns. We are not huge wine fans, but if you are then you probably will have a wonderful time trying out the different Riesling wines.

German gem: Moselle Valley

Traben-Trarbach
After a simple lunch we drove to Traben-Trarbach. Once upon a time this town had the second largest wine trading center in Europe after Bordeaux. That’s why you will spot large wine cellars and magnificent big art nouveau villas.

Moselle Valley Germany 3 day itinerary

Make sure you don’t miss the Brückentor (Bridge Gate), Villa Huesgen, Breucker Villa, and Hotel Bellevue. It felt like time stood still…

Moselle Valley Germany 3 day itinerary

The photo above is available on Etsy as a printable (a piece of artwork that you can download and print!). All my printables come in a package consisting of 4 sizes (A2, A3, A4, and A5). You can download this item directly on Etsy and print it (at home, online or at your local copy shop).

Of course, I had to take photos (#sorrynotsorry) of all this prettiness! Oh, and wine lovers can indulge themselves in many local wine tastings. We tried Riesling several times during our trip and it tastes great!

Moselle Valley Germany 3 day itinerary

And wine lovers can indulge themselves in many local wine tastings. We tried Riesling several times during our trip and it tastes great!

Moselle Valley Germany 3 day itinerary

The photo above is available on Etsy as a printable (a piece of artwork that you can download and print!). All my printables come in a package consisting of 4 sizes (A2, A3, A4, and A5). You can download this item directly on Etsy and print it (at home, online or at your local copy shop).

I think the Moselle region in Germany is a great destination if you need a break from your busy life, enjoy visiting cute traditional towns, ancient castles, looking for excitement, or when you are big nature lover.

Moselle Valley Germany 3 day itinerary

Finding your way to any of the German towns mentioned is easy (and Germans sure love their maps). Also lots of local speak a few words (or more) of English and all seem friendly. Go check out this hidden gem before others will!

The photo above is available on Etsy as a printable (a piece of artwork that you can download and print!). All my printables come in a package consisting of 4 sizes (A2, A3, A4, and A5). You can download this item directly on Etsy and print it (at home, online or at your local copy shop).

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Psssst, curious to see more of the stunning Moselle Valley? 

Check out my Instagram Moselle Valley story for more videos of this lush region, behind-the-scene clips of our hikes, and more!

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