The Moselle Bike Trail in 9 days
Bicycling the loops of the Moselle in your own pace.
The Moselle’s valley seems to be entwined by grapevines; let it take you on a very special trip! On short daily stages, you will follow the wide loops of the river, enjoying your time on the saddle as well as the many worthwhile breaks. Discover Treves and its 2000 years of history, taste the light and fruity wines of the Moselle and walk around the narrow streets of the picturesque villages. You will have enough time for it all!
1. day Arriving in Trier
You should plan in enough time to visit the historical centre of the town, the emperor’s thermae and the Porta Nigra (It is possible to arrive by train/ parking facilities at the hotel/ rental bike at the hotel).
2. day Trier - Mehring 23 km
The Moselle bike trail takes you to Mehring, where the Villa Rustika waits for your visit.
3. day Mehring - Piesport 24 km
The next stage on your bike trip is Trittenheim. Here, you will have the chance to follow a nature trail on the steps of a winegrower, informing you about local grape varieties and the special approach to wine-growing practiced here.
4. day Piesport - Zeltingen 25 km
Before reaching today’s destination, it is now time for a pleasurable break on the market place of Bernkastel-Kues.
5. day Zeltingen - Bullay 40 km
The vineyards of the „Kröver Nacktarsch“ guide your way to Traben-Trarbach. Complete today’s experience with a boat trip on the Moselle. After a break in Enkirch, often designated the treasure chest of the Moselle region’s half-timbered architecture, you will reach Zell with the ZELLER SCHWARZE KATZ and then finally arrive in Bullay.
6. day Bullay - Cochem 31 km
Via Beilstein, the „Rothenburg an der Mosel“, you will reach Cochem. The picturesque centre and the ancient imperial castle from the 11th century can be visited here.
7. day Cochem - Kobern Gondorf 32 km
After a visit of the medieval castle of Eltz, you will continue in a relaxed pace through the Moselle valley to Koben Gondorf.
8. day Kobern Gondorf - Koblenz 19 km
The last kilometres take you back through the Moselle valley to the „Deutsches Eck“ in Koblenz, where the Moselle flows into the Rhine. Enjoy the magnificent view over the wide valley of the Rhine.
9. day Departing from Koblenz
After breakfast, your bike trip along the Moselle comes to en end. We wish you a pleasant journey back home.
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-Bike-Trip
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 Koblenz. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
Our partner hotels in Koblenz always provide parking possibilities. Sometimes even free, for the entire duration of your bike trip. There are always plenty of parking spots available, no pre-reservation is 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. From Koblenz you follow the Rhine cycle track, from Sinzig you follow the Ahrtal cycle track, in the Hocheifel you cycle through local bike trails, from Gerolstein you follow the Kylltal bike trail and from Trier to Koblenz the Moselle bike path.
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 9pm 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 there 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 trip 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
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).
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.
Neumagen-Dhron means fine wines, typical food and roman culture. Neumagen-Dhron calls itself the “oldest Wine town of Germany” because the roman wineboat has been found here. Around the town you will find a lot of roman history.
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!
Zeller Schwarze Katz
With a cultivated area of about 400 ha and approximately four million vines cell is one of the largest wine-growing communities on the Mosel. The dominant grape variety is the Riesling, but also numerous other grape varieties are cultivated, such as Müller-Thurgau, Bacchus, Kerner and many more.
The Calmont Region
Welcome to one of the most beautiful holiday regions of Germany, dominated by the steepest vineyard of Europe, the Calmont. Here, the three picturesque villages Bremm, Ediger-Eller and Neef offer you the best balance between adventure and relaxing.
Encased between what is reminiscent of creek ridges, which slope down from the Hunsrück-Heights to the Moselle, lays our romantically wild, beautiful small town of Beilstein. The town’s ancient quarter and remains of the town-wall erected in1310, which formally encircled the whole of Beilstein, along with its numerous historical buildings, provides us with an insight into a town as of the middle-ages.
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.
Fortress Ehrenbreitstein Koblenz
The Electoral Palace in Koblenz is one of the most important palatial buildings in the French early Classicism style in south-western Germany, and is one of the last residential palaces that was built in Germany shortly before the French revolution.
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.
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.