From winery to winery.
On particular Moselle travel you will get to know the wide world of Moselle wines. Riesling, the noblest and most famous white wine grape in the world, the small ber-ries ripen very late, are among the oldest grape varieties in the world. But not only Riesling is grown on the Moselle. Get to know all the wine variety and get first hand information directly from the winery. There are many occasions: on the road on your bike and in the evening at the Vineyard. You stay in Trier Ruwer in the 'Weinhotel' and in Neumagen-Dhron, Burg/Reil and Pomerania on wineries with modern rooms. Your hosts are all wine specialists and will gladly show you their cellar and production. Of course you can get a full picture of the skills of a wine-grower and this trip even includes 3 wine samples. So, enjoy Moselle hospitality, good wines and a very well signposted flat bike path.
1. day Arrival Trier/ Ruwertal
Arrive early in the idyllic Ruwertal at the gates to Trier. You will stay in the middle of the vineyards in a beautiful hotel with its own vineyards.
2. day Trier/ Ruwer - Neumagen-Dhron/ Piesport 39/ 44 km
Accompanied by vines, you roll through the Ruwer valley 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. Stroll through Mehring's lovingly crafted so-called Moselle streets and don't be afraid to open the doors of vine-ranked wineries. In the afternoon you reach Neumagen-Dhron, the oldest wine village in Germany or Piesport, a nice little wine village with its nice cafes, wineries and wine taverns. Convince yourself of the good quality of Piesporter gold pottery.
3. day Neumagen-Dhron/ Piesport - Burg/ Reil 53 km
Today discover Bernkastel-Kues, stroll through the beautiful market square, past the proud half-timbered houses and edu-cate yourself in the famous wine museum. Get information about wine cultivation on steep slopes, on the different varieties of all the work in the vineyard and in the cellar, wine storage, and of course the wine culture. After this worthwhile break you continue to cycle right on the banks of the Moselle to Zeltingen along the world-renowned vineyards Zeltinger Himmelreich, Schlossberg, Sonnenuhr and Deutschherrenberg. You will then cycle through the vineyards Kröver Nacktarsch to your winery in Burg or Reil close to Traben-Trarbach.
4. day Burg/ Reil - Pommern km 52
In the morning, you roll through the vineyards to Zeller Schwarze Katz. Marvel at the in Germany still unique bridge that connects Bullay with Alf. It crosses as steel struc-ture the Mosel at double-level, above is the rail and down is the road. Discover the romantic village of Beilstein with its nickname "Rothenburg an der Mosel", stroll through the picturesque center of Cochem, visit the old imperial castle from the 11th Century or visit the 'Rieslingstub'n'. Take place between historic winery equipment or sit outside when the weather allows in vineyards courtyard with its shady roof of vine leaves. The delicately fruity Riesling from the famous Schiefer-Steillagen around Co-chem transformed here into a fruity, mineral wine and offers delicious easy-drinking pleasure. With these impressions, you can quickly reach the charming wine village of Pommern and your vineyard where you can stay the night.
5. day Pommern - Koblenz 40 km
Today an detour lures (4 kilometers) to the medieval Burg Eltz, one of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Germany. Wonderfully romantic and nestled in un-spoiled nature, it looks like a true fairy-tale castle, inviting and majestic at the same time. Take part in an informative tour of the castle. Then you will cycle back to the Moselle bike path and roll down to the historic wine town Kobern Gondorf. Visit here a terraced vineyard, because they have almost exclusively steep slopes. These are usually very rocky and therefore for the most part only buildable on more or less small terraces. On these steep slopes mainly grow Riesling and Pinot Noir grapes. Get first hand information from the winery on its work and its products. Afterwards, enjoy the last few kilometers cycling along the river. Take a short trip through the wine village Winningen, which is one of the most beautiful villages in Germany and look forward to a great end to the day in the city of Koblenz on the German Corner.
6. day Koblenz departure
After breakfast your varied cycling holiday ends. From Koblenz you have very good train connections in all directions. For those who want to return to Trier, we recom-mend our quick return transfer service that will bring you with luggage and private bikes back to the start hotel in Koblenz.
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.
- 5 nights accommodation with breakfast (1 x Wine Hotel in Mertesdorf, 3 x Wineries, 1 x City Hotel in Koblenz)
- Rooms always with shower and WC
- Luggage transport from Trier-Ruwertal to Koblenz
- Cellar tour and wine tasting in Neumagen-Dhron, Burg/ Reil and Pommern
- Cycling map with Route
- Detailed route descriptions
- Tips for travel preparation
- Tourist information on the sights along the way
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about your Moselle Winery 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 Koblenz. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the start hotel
Our partner hotel in Trier Ruwertal provides a free parking space for the whole tour. You will receive detailed information on the parking spaces with your travel documents 2 weeks before arrival.
We will book 1 wine hotel, 1 city hotel and 3 guest houses of wineries.
The accomodation in Mertesdorf and Koblenz are equivalent to national 3***-4**** standard, in the other town they are equivalent to a 2**-3*** standard.
Condition of the bike 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 separate 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 origin of the journey
Daily at 9am there is the possibility to transfer back to Trier with a small bus (with bike trailer). Arrival at 11.00am. 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 trip on the Moselle River
From April to October there are many passenger ships on the Mosel. 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 Tage 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
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.
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.
Beilstein - das 'Rothenburg an der Mosel'
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.
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.
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.