Alongside the Moselle you will come across Roman tombs and mansions too. You will see the oldest stone house as well as the oldest half-timbered house in Germany. "Time seems to stand still, while gazing at the architecture of old farmhouses, wineries, half-timbered houses and carefully restored carvings and paintings". This is what the information brochure of Zeltingen-Rachtig says for example. The vineyards rise higher and higher, until you would even need alpine equipment to climb them. Reams of wineries invite you to stay and relax for a while. Finally, you will reach Koblenz and the German Corner (“Deutsches Eck”), the place where Rhine and Moselle join. You are going to experience a truly memorable journey.
In the evening you will arrive in the IBIS hotel of Saarbrücken, where you will be fitted with your bike if rented and all necessary equipment for the tour.
1st Day 47 km - 30 miles
From Saarbrücken to Merzig
You will leave as early as possible. You will be spoilt for choice: Either you go for a city tour or - if you are interested in technical devices - you cycle along the Saar river to the World Heritage Site “Völklinger Hütte”. Each tour is interesting and will take about 2 hours time.
You can have lunch in the old fortified town of Saarlouis; of course there will be time to go for a walk in the pedestrian precinct and in the picturesque old town. Then you will pass the weir “Rehlingen” and get to Merzig, the capital of the cider production in Saarland. There you will have time enough for strolling along the town before dinner too.
2nd Day 51 km - 32 miles
From Merzig to Trier
Today you will cycle round the Saar loop. If you like, you can make a trip to Montclair castle where you will have a magnificent view of the Saar River. You will meet again at the Villeroy & Boch museum for exquisite china. Mettlach is worth a visit too.
In the afternoon you will enjoy the famous waterfall in the beautiful town of Saarburg, while having tee or coffee. In Saarburg you can choose a mountainous route to the temple district of Tawern or you cycle along the river valley to Konz, where you will have dinner at a pretty hotel.
3d Day Off
You can use the day to visit the open-air museum “Roscheider Hof”; there you will find originally restored and furnished houses of the Hunsrück area, dating back to the 16.-18. century. You can also visit the city of Trier and take a tour with the “Römer-Express”.
4th Day 49 km - 31 miles
From Trier to Mehring
In the morning you will see Germany’s oldest stone house in Pfalzel; the foundation walls date back to roman times. Afterwards you can make a trip to the remains of Ramstein castle, where you can have lunch.
In Longuich-Kirsch you will see an ancient roman Villa Urbana. Finally you will arrive in Mehring, where you can use a sauna and have a wine tasting in the evening.
5th Day 55 km – 34 miles
From Mehring to Zeltingen-Rachtig
Today you will pass the weir “Detzem” and cycle along the winding river to Neumangen-Drohn, the oldest wine village in Germany. There you can have a look at roman excavations too. You will use a car free road, watching the vineyards rise higher and higher, to get to Piesport via the sleepy little village of Ferres; there you can visit a roman wine press. You will have lunch at a restaurant with a beautiful view of the Moselle river.
In the afternoon you can visit the interesting little town of Bernkastel-Kues, characterized by its half-timbered houses. Enjoy the afternoon while going for a walk through narrow alleys with beautiful cafes. You will pass the lovely village of Graach and finally reach the baroque village of Zeltingen-Rachtig, where you will stay overnight.
6th Day 50 km - 31 miles
From Zeltingen-Rachtig to Bremm
Soon you will reach Kröv, one of the most famous wine villages in Germany (“Kröver Nacktarsch”). There you can choose again between two routes: either you take the more exhausting route across the vineyards, including beautiful views of the Moselle loop or you take the easy road along the valley. You will meet again in Traben-Trarbach to go for a walk through this pretty art nouveau village.
In the afternoon you will pass the beautiful village of Enkirch and the idyllic village of Pünderich with its old ferry house; finally you will reach the village of Zell, which is known for its famous vineyard “Zeller Schwarze Katz”. After lunch you can visit the Alf castle, where you will have an extraordinary view of the surrounding landscape. At the end of the day you will get to Bremm, a lovely wine village with narrow alleys. The “Calmont-Klettersteig” is a pass over Europe’s highest vineyard and you shouldn’t be afraid of heights. But don’t worry – you don’t have to climb up.
7th Day 40 km - 25 miles
From Bremm to Treis-Karden
You will pass through Ediger-Eller with its many well preserved houses dating back to the 16.-18. century. The next village you will see is Beilstein, which was already used as set for five films. If you like you can visit roman tombs in the near vineyard beforehand.
In the afternoon you will see the village of Cochem and the Reichsburg castle; there you will have enough time for a walk through the village or the castle. You will stay the night at a deluxe hotel in Treis-Karden.
8th Day 50 km – 31 miles
From Treis-Karden to Koblenz
You will climb the hill by foot to visit castle Eltz. It is known as the most beautiful castle at the Moselle River and truly looks like the set for a fairy tale. The guided tour lasts about one hour and you will marvel at the original furnishings and the treasury.
Before reaching Koblenz, you can go for a tour through the historic towns of Kobern-Gorndorf, where you will find Germany’s oldest half-timbered house, and Winningen. At the German Corner (“Deutsches Eck”)in Koblenz, you will see the joining of the Moselle and the Rhine.
9th Day Departure
After breakfast you can arrive by train the Frankfurt-Hahn, Frankfurt or Cologne airports within a short time
- 7 cycling days, 9 nights, 342 km - 214 miles
- Self led tours can be started in the evening (arrival) of every Mon,Wed,Thu,Sun
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