Tag: Mosel Valley

The Cathedral in Trier is the oldest church in Germany. The history, and Cathedral itself, is impressive. It started as a Roman palace built by Constantine. In 330 the palace was leveled and replaced by a Christian church. It was the largest in Antiquity. According to the city’s web site, it was “four times as big as the present-day church and covering the area of…

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The #1 reason for visiting Trier: The Roman ruins. As the capital of the Roman province of Gallia Belgic and the Western Roman Empire, Trier experienced great prosperity in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. This was when the Porta Nigra, the Roman baths (there are three) and amphitheater were constructed. Trier is the best (and only) place to see Roman ruins north of the Alps….

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Trier is Germany’s oldest city, founded in 16 BC. But archaeological evidence shows there was a settlement here 7,000 years ago (in the New Stone Age). To say Trier has a rich history is a bit of an understatement. Read more about it here. Trier is an ancient Roman capital, the birthplace of Saint Ambrose, home of Constantine and Karl Marx, and the oldest seat…

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I like to think that Rick Steves knows his stuff, but WOW. How did this not make the “Germany” guidebook? Sorry Rick, you totally missed the mark on this one. Bernkastel is far better than Beilstein, Cochem and (presumably) Zell—the villages featured in the Mosel Valley section of your book. (Granted we didn’t visit Zell. But then it didn’t exactly get a glowing write-up in…

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Reichsburg Cochem, aka Cochem Castle, sits high above the village of Cochem. We visited during our week in Mosel. The original castle at Cochem was believed to to build around the year 1000. It, along with most of the city of Cochem, was destroyed by the French in the 1600s. The castle remained in ruins until 1868 when it was purchased by the wealthy Ravené…

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Cochem is the biggest village in the Mosel Valley. To me, it’s also the least charming. Sure there are plenty of places to shop, eat and sample that great Mosel wine, but Cochem felt, I don’t know, used and tired. Maybe it was the gray, rainy weather. Maybe because it was the last place we visited. It certainly didn’t rival the bright-shininess and enchantment of…

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Beilstein is all that you expect Germany to be, minus the lederhosen. It’s postcard Mosel—half-timbered houses, narrow cobblestone streets, wine shops and outdoor cafes nestled beneath rolling vineyards and hill-top castle ruins. We spent the afternoon in Beilstein after visiting Burg Eltz. It’s a cute little town, with emphasis on LITTLE. It’s tiny. Personally, I prefer Bernkastle (it’s just as picturesque and considerably larger), but…

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Burg Eltz is the impressive combined residence of three families—the Rübenach, Rodendorf and Kempenich families. A sort of medieval duplex, if you will, in Münstermaifeld, Germany, not far from the Mosel River. We took a side trip here on our week stay in Mosel. Part of Burg Eltz dates from 1157, but the three houses that form the main body of castle were completed between…

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We spent a week in the Mosel Valley at the end of May. This was someplace I’d wanted to visit since we moved to Germany three years ago. I’d only seen it from the autobahn. I’d later learn what I was looking at was actually the Rhine Valley. The Mosel and Rhine are two separate rivers (they converge at Koblenz), but from the autobahn they’re…

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