Moselle: winery tour
From winery to winery.
On this special 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 berries ripen very late, are among the oldest grape varieties in the world. But not only Riesling is grown at 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. In Trier Ruwer you stay in a winery hotel and in Neumagen-Dhron, Reil/Burg and Pomerania on wineries with modern rooms. Your hosts are all wine specialists and will gladly show you their 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 of Trier. You will stay in the middle of the vineyards in a beautiful hotel with its own vineyards. Arrival is possible by train or car (parking at the hotel). The rental bikes wait for you at your first hotel.
2. day Trier/Ruwer - Neumagen-Dhron/Piesport 39/44 km
Accompanied by vineyards, you roll through the Ruwer valley along the Moselle, where the old ferry tower of Schweich is located. 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 nice cafes, wineries and wine taverns. Convince yourself of the good quality of Piesporter gold pottery.
3. day Neumagen-Dhron/Piesport - Burg/Reil 48/52 km
Today discover Bernkastel-Kues, stroll through the beautiful market square, past the proud half-timbered houses and educate yourself in the famous wine museum. 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/Treis-Karden 57/59 km
In the morning, you roll through the vineyards to Zeller Schwarze Katz. Marvel at the unique bridge that connects Bullay with Alf. It crosses as steel structure 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'. Seat yourself 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 Cochem 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 family-run guesthouse where you stay the night. The wine tasting takes place at a nearby winery.
5. day Pommern/Treis-Karden - Koblenz 48/43km
Today an excursion lures (4 kilometers) to the medieval Burg Eltz, one of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Germany. Wonderfully romantic and nestled in unspoiled nature, it looks like a true fairytale 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 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 Riesling and Pinot Noir grapes grow. 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 recommend our quick return transfer service that will bring you back to the start hotel in Koblenz with your luggage and private bikes.
prices & services
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.
Prices are per person.
08.04. – 14.04.2023
14.10. – 21.10.2023
15.04. – 05.05.2023
30.09. – 13.10.2023
10.06. – 30.06.2023
16.09. – 29.09.2023
06.05. – 09.06.2023
01.07. – 15.09.2023
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- 5 nights accommodation with breakfast (1 x Wine Hotel in Mertesdorf, 3 x Wineries or guest houses, 1 x City Hotel in Koblenz)
- Rooms always with shower and WC
- Luggage transport from Trier-Ruwertal to Koblenz
- Wine tasting partly including a cellar tour in Neumagen-Dhron, Reil/Burg 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.
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. More 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 Velociped-rental bike for the tour, we take it to your first hotel and bring pick it up at your destination. You can choose between ladie´s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 27-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 9:00am 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 space 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.
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.
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.
Boat schedule information Moselle
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:
EUR 79, - per person / per night in a double room
EUR 119, - per person / per night in a single room
Extra costs which are not included in the travel price
A possibly resulting tourist tax is not part of the travel price and therefore it has to be paid locally in the Hotel.
7 days 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.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
Corona travel information:
Before booking your trip, please inform yourself about the measures in place to contain the Corona pandemic.
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Corona virus and holiday planning
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
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 - "Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle"
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 in 1310, 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.
Beilstein - "Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle
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.