The sparkling waters of the Mosel are the perfect background for cycling tours through Germanyâ€™sÂ most abundant wine growing region. You donâ€™t need to be a wine lover to enjoy this European vacation. On theÂ contrary: it is also the perfect environment for family adventure vacations. Whyâ€™s that? The gentle riversideÂ bike paths are flat, easy & safe. Flat because the path stays down in the valley. Easy because all youÂ need to do is follow the path along the river as you pass one village after the next. Safe because theÂ paths keep you separated from motorized vehicles.Â Should you want to test your legs and stamina: the river will always be flanked on each side by steepÂ vineyard covered hills and all you need to do is simply leave the river in search for more challengingÂ rides.
The most beautiful stretch of river can be found between the towns of Trier and Koblenz. Make sureÂ you cycle from Trier to Koblenz, and not the other way around. The reasons are two-fold: youâ€™ll beÂ going down the river, and it is likely that the prevailing winds will be in your back. What more canÂ you ask for?
Trier is situated near the Luxembourg border, it is the oldest city in Germany (founded in 16 BC byÂ the Roman Emperor Augustus), and became the official Roman capital of the western territories,Â which included Gaul (France), Spain, Germania and Britain. Be sure to visit the Roman remains inÂ town, most notably the Porta Nigra (the old town gate), the Kaiserthermen (Imperial baths) and theÂ amphitheater which could seat 20,000 spectators. Thereâ€™s plenty of other things to see in town (theÂ old town center, the Romanesque cathedral, the Rhineland Museum with its Roman antiquities, theÂ Karl Marx House/Museum where the socialist theoretician was born). My recommendation therefore
is: spend a day in Trier before you head out on your bike.
Four days of leisurely cycling will lead you from one wine village to another, along ruined castles andÂ some castles that are still in perfect shape. Burg Eltz as well as the castle in Cochem are highlights notÂ to be missed.
Bernkastel-Kues, Zell, Piesport, Trittenheim, KrÃ¶v are some of the names which will sound familiarÂ to those who occasionally (or often!) drink German wines. The wine from each village has its ownÂ character. The Mosel region used to specialize primarily in sweet wines (SpÃ¤tlese, Auslese), butÂ in recent years the wine growers have adapted their vinification methods to also allow for theÂ production of dry wines. This region makes for excellent wine tasting tours and the predominant grape is the Riesling. Whose wonderful fruitiness makes itÂ a very pleasant and easy companion for your cycling tour.
Once you reach the town of Koblenz at the confluence of the Mosel and the Rhine rivers, you willÂ have reached your destination. From here, speedy trains can take you anywhere in Germany. To find out more information on Germany bike tours visit our Mosel Valley trip page