Winding its way ...
The Moselle Bike Trail
Spend your bicycle vacation in the most famous wine growing region of Germany along one of the most beautiful rivers. Admire the "Kaiserthermen" (Emperor‘s hot springs) and the Porta Nigra - historical buildings of first rank in the Roman city of Trier. By bike you reach famous towns like Bernkastel Kues, Traben Tarbach, Cochem, Neumagen Dhron (the oldest German wine town) and Enkirch, a jewel of the regional medieval "Fachwerk" (Tudor style) architecture. Visit Castle Eltz and enjoy romantic stretches on your ride. In the evening you find pleasure in regional delicacies brought to you by select restaurants. And don‘t fail to taste the art of the local winegrowers!
1. day Arrival in Trier
Individual arrival to Trier. There is plenty to see, you should travel early.
There You should take your time for the visit of the historical centre, the Kaiserthermen (imperial thermal baths) and the Porta Nigra.
Arrival possible by German railway. If you arrive by car there a parking site.
The rental bikes will be at the hotel, if booked.
2. day Trier - Trittenheim 40 km
You leave Germans oldest town and cycle along the Moselle, where the old ferry tower of Schweich is located. Marvel at the small wine-growing village Mehring with the famous Villa Rustica, a ruin, that was in Roman times a magnificent country house. In the afternoon you reach Trittenheim. Today we recommend a tasting with cellar visitation and vintager snack (please book in advance).
3. day Trittenheim - Zeltingen 36 km
After a few kilometers you reach Neumagen-Dhron, the oldest wine-growing town in Germany. Admire the relief of the old Roman ship, before you continue your bike ride over the winding cycle path. You can enjoy lunch on the market square of Bernkastel-Kues. You will be amazed by the colorful workmanship and the many small streets. Your day's destination of today's cycling stage of the famous and traditional Moselle wine town Zeltingen-Rachtig is now reached quickly. With around 171 hectares of vineyards and the world-famous vineyards of Zeltinger Himmelreich, Schlossberg, Sonnenuhr and Deutschherrenberg, the town belongs to the large and well-known wine-growing communities on the Mittelmosel.
4. day Zeltingen - Zell 35 km
You cycle through the wine growing area Kröver Nacktarsch to Traben-Trarbach. Compelte your programme of today with a boat tour on the Moselle. After a break in Enkirch, the role model of framework architecture, you reach Zell.
5. day Zell - Treis-Karden 47 km
Today you cycle via Beilstein, the Rothenburg on the Moselle to Cochem. Leave the bike path and visit the picturesque center and the old Reichsburg (11th century). This is really worth it! Take the time to visit the castle, because the last 12 km of your bike ride to the hotel in Treis-Karden are easy to get around.
6. day Treis Karden - Koblenz 42 km
In the morning, lures a detour (4 km) to the medieval Eltz Castle, one of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Germany. Wonderfull, romantically situated and embedded in an original nature, it acts like a fairytale castle, inviting and majestic at the same time. Take part in an informal castle tour, discover the treasure chamber and enjoy the magnificent view. Afterwards you cycle back to the Moselle cycle path. This proudly presents you once again typical Moselle wine regions such as Kobern-Gondorf and Winningen. In Koblenz at the Deutsches Eck the Moselle flows into the Rhine and so you spend the last evening of your bike trip on the Mosel and the Rhine.
7. day Koblenz Departure
After breakfast your nice cycle holiday ends in Koblenz.
We recommend our transfer service to Trier (Departure 9 a.m., duration about 2 hrs. - prebooking is necessary).
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels
Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels
For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.
Prices are per person.
Hotels category B: in Trier 5km outside city centre, otherwise centrally located
Hotels category A: centrally located
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about your Moselle Classic Tour
Below please find more information about your bike trip. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.
Arrival by train
From Koblenz Trier is easily accessible by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels in Trier. Current schedule information and price information can be found at
Parking facilities at the hotel
Our partner hotels in Trier always provide parking possibilities. Sometimes even free of charge, for the entire duration of your bike trip. There are always plenty of parking spots available, pre-reservation is not always necessary. Detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Condition of cycle paths
The quality of the bike tail is very good. There are practical no unpaved or poorly developed path. The route runs almost exclusively on paved roads and is very well signposted. The volume of traffic varies, but between Trier and Cochem there is almost always a seperate bike trail on the right or left shore side, off the main road. Only during your last day you have to cycle a section on a wide bicycle lane next to the main road. Detailed information about which shore side is best to cycle on, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Available rental bikes
If you choose to rent a velocipede-rental bike for the tour, we take it to your first hotel and bring pick it up at your destination. You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 21-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height and for all gentlemen from 165 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.
Transfer back to the starting point of the journey
Daily at 9am there is the possibility to transfer back to Trier with a small bus (with bike trailer). Arrival at 11am. The driver comes to pick you up at your hotel and has much room for you, your luggage and where required your own bicycle. The bus takes you back to your first hotel, thus ensuring a perfect return service without transfer and the hassle of hauling luggage.
Train and bus in the Moselle Valley
In the Moselle Valley runs not always a train. After Trier the train is leaving the Moselle Valley and the nearest station is not before Bullay. After only a few kilometres, the railway disappears in the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Tunnel and only reappears in Cochem. From Cochem the train runs completely in the Moselle Valley to Koblenz.
In the period from 1.5. - 31.10. a bus operates daily between Trier and Bullay with a max. capacity of 22 bicycles.
Boat trips on the river Moselle
From April to October there are many passenger ships on the Moselle. Boat docks are available in almost all places on both directions. Often tours are offered. Information about the exact departure times you find at the bulletin boards of the shipping companies.
A regular ferry traffic exists between Trier and Treis Karden.
7 day hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
Additional nights during the cycling trip
We will be happy to book additional nights during your cycling trip. The booking of additional nights is possible in every regular accommodation place.
The addtional night rates are as follows:
Hotel category A
EUR 60, - per person / per night in a double room
EUR 88, - per person / per night in a single room
Hotel category B
EUR 52, - per person / per night in a double room
EUR 72, - per person / per night in a single room
Guided city walking tour Trier
Welcome to the oldest city in Germany! This romantic and historic city with its imposing buildings from the Roman era has a lot to offer! Marvel Trier with a worthwhile tour. German guided visits by foot are available every day at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm. Duration approx. 2 hours. English guided visits by foot are available daily at 1.00 p.m. Duration approx. 1hour and 15 minutes.
Porta Nigra Trier
For the newly arrived guest, the Porta Nigra is the best place to begin a tour of Trier. The gate dates back to a time (about A.D. 180) when the Romans often erected public buildings of huge stone blocks (here, the biggest weigh up to six metric tons).
Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier
Marvel at archaeological finds at world level! The Rheinische Landesmuseum Trier is one of the most important archaeological museums in Germany.
Contact: Weimarer Allee 1, 54290 Trier, Phone 0651 / 97740
Going to the baths was an important part of Roman life: Over 1600 years ago, the Romans built one of the grandest and most impressive baths in the world: the Imperial Baths. Today you can visit this gigantic bathing facility: go back in time to the Roman era, descend into the subterranean labyrinth and get a feel for history!
Beyond the medieval city wall lies the Roman Amphitheater. Cruel games with animal and gladiator combats were conducted here popular public entertainment.
Villa Rustika Mehring
Take a break in Mehring, at the Roman villa. Villa rustika is a country house or estate in the Roman Empire. With its corner towers and the colonnaded hall, the villa reflects the Roman residential culture of the 3rd century. The villa is open all year and freely accessible.
Immerse yourself in the thrilling atmosphere of an old town that is full of history and culture. Savour the celebrated Moselle wines in a tasting session or on a tour through the famous steeply terraced vineyards of the Middle Moselle. Bernkastel-Kues is absolutely perfect for hiking or cycling, while no Moselle experience is complete without taking a boat trip on the river!
Wine museum Bernkastel-Kues
The mild microclimate and the heat-storing shale soils are an ideal terrain for the Rieslingtraube, which is developed here in a wealth of individual nuances. The Mosel Wine Museum contains the tools of the winemakers from two centuries. The work of the winemakers will be presented during the year as well as the whole environment of the wine culture. On the upper floor there is a festival hall for wine-growing events, decorated by a collection of glasses and bottles of several centuries.
When you enter, the 16th century half-timbered house, you will feel a different time and a different world. The small Enkirch Heimatmuseum with its many finds and exhibits not only provides a great impression of the historical past of the old Weindorf ANCHIRIACUM-ANKARACHA-ENKRICHA, as it was formerly called, but also about the daily life and work of the inhabitants of the old Moseldorf in the past .
The small and well-known wine village Bremm lies on one of the most beautiful Moselle loops in the heart of the Calmont region. The landscape has a unique character due to the steep slopes with a good 65 degree slope and a height of almost 400m. Der Bremmer Calmont is the steepest vineyard in Europe. Besides the picturesque and award-winning Moselle villages Neef and Ediger Eller counts to the Calmont region. Stroll through the streets with numerous historical monuments and half-timbered houses, enjoy excellent wines and excellent gastronomy.
Narrow streets and corners as well as the castle ruin Metternich make the winegrower place one of the most beautiful and romantic places along the Moselle. Visit the picturesque center and the castle Metternich above the charming village. It's really worth it!
The contours of the neo-gothic building rise more than about 330 ft above the river Moselle on an outstanding hill. The silhouette of the towering hill seems to continue in the building which is topped by the slate roof of the massive keep. As for its structure, Cochem Castle belongs to the category of castles protected by height that had to be protected all around. Romanesque fragments found in the well indicate a reinforcement of the castle around 1056.
You are cordially invited to Eltz Castle and Eltz Forest - welcome! We have been here for more than 850 years and are doing everything within our means to preserve our ancestral home. Experience the Middle Ages and nature in its purest form! We are proud of our fairy tale in stone and take pleasure in sharing it with you!
Deutsches Eck Koblenz
The establishment of the Teutonic Order at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle in 1216 gave this historic site its name, the “Deutsches Eck” (“German Corner”). Koblenz also owes its name to the meeting point of the Rhine and the Moselle - from “Castellum apud Confluentes”, Latin for “fort at the confluence”, which over time became the current name of Koblenz.
Fortress Ehrenbreitstein Koblenz
At 118 metres above the Rhine, the fortress has the most fantastic views over Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the second largest preserved fortress in Europe, was constructed in its present form between 1817 and 1828. Its origin dates back to the year 1000. Today the fortress is home to the Landesmuseum Koblenz with its diverse exhibitions (e.g. the technical history and archaeology of the country, fortress history with over 20 exciting stations, multimedia presentations and much more), and is also home to the Ehrenmal des Heeres army monument and the Koblenz youth hostel.
Shipping on the Moselle
The Moselle travels a total of 520 kilometers from its source at the Col de Bussang in the Vosges to its mouth at the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz - the airline between the source and the mouth is only 278 kilometers - overcoming a gradient of 676 meters. As a true European river, it flows through France for a distance of 278 kilometers, then forms a natural border between Luxembourg and Germany over 36 kilometers to flow into the Rhine after 206 kilometers in Rhineland-Palatinate. The Mosel can be navigated from Thionville in Lorraine to 392 kilometers, but 15 barrages with locks are necessary to compensate for the difference in altitude. The "White Fleet" in the Moselle region offers very special experiences: behind each bend, there is a new view of steep vineyards, romantic villages and historic sights. From the tour over extensive day trips to the romantic evening ride with music ranges the range of steamers and excursion boats.