On this part of the journey, between two of the most famous cities on the Moselle, the route leads through lots of small, typical Moselle villages.
Leaving the medieval town of Bernkastel-Kues with its romantic lanes and impressive half-timbered houses behind, the Moselle Cycle Route runs along the right river bank with the first stop being Zeltingen-Rachtig. Amidst the vineyards, before entering the village, is the sundial from 1620 that lends its name to the vineyard "Zeltinger Sonnenuhr”. A detour through the centre of the village with its old estates and half-timbered houses is worthwhile. Opposite Rachtig lies the former Cistercian monastery of Machern, the grounds of which now include a museum, a wine store and a brewery. The cycle route continues right of the Moselle through the wine- producing villages of Erden, Lösnich, Kindel and Wolf before reaching today’s end destination. Traben-Trarbach, the famous Art Nouveau town, which was the second largest wine trading centre in Europe after Bordeaux around 1900, has a lot to offer. High above the town is the castle ruin of Grevenburg, which offers a number of architectural Art Nouveau and Belle Epoque masterpieces to be amazed by. The Museums-Zeile, a row of museums, offers cultural and historical insights (including the Mittelmosel Museum and the Buddha Museum). A guided tour through the mystical semi-darkness of the Traben-Trarbach underground vaults promises an exciting journey of discovery.
Stop for a break at one of the many wine taverns located within the wine-making villages!
Destination: Traben-Trarbach, B 53 between Bernkastel-Kues and Zell
Bernkastel-Kues: a large car park on the banks of the Moselle (parts of this are pay and display)
Traben-Trarbach: Parking on both sides of the Moselle (partly play and display)
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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, email@example.com, 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.