There are also traces of the Romans to be found everywhere on this stretch of the tour; the Neumagen Wine Ship, Roman wine cellars and numerous vineyards are perfect for short breaks.
The Moselle Cycle Route loops and winds from Mehring to the wine-making village of Piesport on this fourth leg, always along the right bank of the Moselle. You will come across one of the most beautiful and well-known sections of the route between Leiwen and Trittenheim, before reaching Neumagen-Dhron, Germany’s oldest wine-making town and where the Neumagen Wine Ship was discovered. This grave carving, made for a Roman wine merchant, can be viewed in front of the Peterskapelle (St. Peter's Chapel) and a floating replica is anchored in a specially built harbour. Located just before Piesport, the faithfully restored wine cellars bear witness to the central importance the town had in terms of Roman wine production. The largest Roman wine cellar ever discovered north of the Alps is worth taking a short break for, before sampling the taste of the famous “Piesporter Goldtröpfen” wine in one of the hospital wineries there.
A trip on the Neumagen Wine ship offers the opportunity to see the Moselle from a completely different perspective.
Starting point: Mehring A 1, junctions Mehring, Longuich or Schweich, then via the B 53
Destination: Piesport via the B 53
Mehring: Parking along the Moselstraße parallel to the B 53 or at the Peter Schröder Platz.
Piesport: free parking within the town
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Bikeline cycle tour planner "Mosel-Radweg: Von Metz an den Rhein" (published by Esterbauer)
Free brochure: “Meine Radreise”. An overview of all cycle paths in the Moselle region is included in this brochure. Descriptions of the 10 sections of the Moselle Cycle Route from Perl to Koblenz are also provided as well as descriptions of other enjoyable cycle routes. As well as this, the brochure contains important information and tips for your holiday and for planning your cycle route. (Available from Mosellandtouristik GmbH, www.visitmosel.de, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 0049 (0) 6531/97330)
Author’s map recommendations
www.radwanderland.de (responsible for the infrastructure and route descriptions in the Rhineland Palatinate section)
A smartphone to access the audio tour "Lauschpunkte am Mosel-Radweg": Get to know the Moselle region via a series of listening stop-off points. 40 listening stations between Perl and Koblenz encourage you to take a closer look and guide you to surprising discoveries along the way. The “Lauschtour” audio tour app can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Remember to take your cycle tour book and your camera.