Get to know all the Moselle Valley highlights
Are you looking for fairy tale castles surrounded by beautiful vineyards? Cute ancient medieval villages? Are are you into exciting outdoor activities? Then the Moselle Valley is the perfect place for you! Say what? If you’ve never heard of it, that’s actually a good thing. These calm and stunning region has lots to offer for all ages. In this blog post you will find the major highlights we saw during our 4-day road trip.
This itinerary enables you to see awesome pieces of the Moselle river (walking, hiking and driving), six beautiful old towns, two hilltop castles, the stunning ‘Moselle Bend’, and a 360-meters long suspension bridge! The region got wealthy because of all the vineyards and the ability to produce LOTS of wine. This area is part of Germany’s top wine producing regions. Enjoy a glass of Riesling!
Preparation is the 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!
Day 1: Antwerp – Koblenz
We took the afternoon off from work and after lunch we drove to our first destination: Koblenz. We made a quick stop at a viewpoint in Dernau to stretch our legs. The landscape already looked so promising! Lots of green hills and far stretched vineyards surrounded this peaceful looking town.
From there we drove to our first accommodation where we arrived later that evening. Our apartment turned out to be located at the top floor of someone’s house. It felt a little intimate, but the owners were very friendly and not at all intrusive. After unpacking we ate an okay Jägerschnitzel at La Posta. We soon ended up in a food coma (oops). Portions aren’t small at this place!
Day 2: Koblenz – Mörsdorf (Geierlay bridge) – Wierschem (Burg Eltz) – Cochem
Early in the morning we arrived at the city center of Koblenz and walked towards the impressive 37-meter-tall monument of Emperor Wilhelm I. Man, this monument looked way taller in real life then I thought! Usually it’s the other way around, lol.
When we took the stairs, we discovered you can even get higher once you climb your way up to the foot of the statue. One of my favorite viewpoints was looking at the Deutsches Eck. This iconic headland marks the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine.
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. Doesn’t the horse statue look small to you as well?
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.
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!
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.
Mörsdorf (Geierlay bridge)
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. It was time to hit the road and drive to the Geierlay suspension bridge. This is one of the most picturesque bridges in Germany. 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.
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.
Wierschem (Burg Eltz)
After that exciting adventure, we drove towards 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.
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!
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.
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.
Day 3: Cochem – Bremm – Brauneberg
Accommodation: Haus Christiane
The next day we woke up in Cochem and found out a lovely breakfast was waiting for us downstairs! The friendly owner Christiane prepares everything herself. It was absolutely delicious. This accommodation was the best of our trip!
Later that day we checked out another spectacular castle: the Reichsburg. This medieval beauty 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.
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. BUT you can still find remnants of the Medieval building in the ring wall, tower, and at the great hall (Rittersaal).
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After the mesmerizing view we got overlooking the castles walls we were eager to see more of Cochem!
The town square looks stunning with its traditional German half-timbered houses. Little seems to have changed for centuries.
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.
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.
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 skills and the length of the route. You may want to take photos or stop along the way; you definitely don’t want to be hiking this route when it’s getting dark. And if you’re afraid of heights this narrow and steep route is maybe not for you. However, we are no professional hikers and perhaps it’s all a piece of cake to you. Just be smart and prepared.
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 4: Brauneberg – Bernkastel-Kues – Traben-Trarbach – Antwerp
Accommodation: Pension und Weingut Moselblick
The next morning we woke up in our pension. It looks pretty outdated but it was clean and ok-ish for one night. We had chosen this accommodation because of the roof terrace overlooking the gorgeous vineyards! Unfortunately, it was too chilly and breakfast was served inside.
We had already explored Brauneberg the night before and there wasn’t a lot to see (what we already expected). So after breakfast we packed our stuff and made our way to check out 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.
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. Make sure you don’t miss the Brückentor (Bridge Gate), Villa Huesgen, Breucker Villa, and Hotel Bellevue. It felt like time stood still…
This town was the last one on our list and that means our four-day road trip had came to an end! I think the Moselle region is a great destination if you need a break from your busy life, are a fan of visiting cute traditional towns, ancient castles or when you are big nature lover. What I’m actually trying to say is that this region is suitable for anyone at any age during any time of the year!
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!