Mosel Valley

Regional Overview

The Archbishop’s Domain

The Prince-Archbishops of Trier, Electors of the Imperial Throne, dominated the Mosel Valley. Their legacy is debt owed to the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, who founded the city of Trier and gifted it to the church. Ecclesiastical rule preserved many of the ancient ruins as symbols of power, and their lands remain today full of mysteries waiting for you to discover them.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • The Baroque Architecture of the Reconstruction in Trier, Bernkastel, Malberg Palace, Bürresheim Castle and Prüm Monastery
  • The Medieval Splendor of Trier, Eltz Castle, and Maria Laach Monastery
  • The sweeping historic landscape of the Mosel as it carves its way to the Rhine

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Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel My suggested travel destinations with the top three destinations highlighted.

What is the Mosel Valley?

A land of ruined castles, dark forests, and hidden glades, the Mosel Valley is a mysterious corner of Germany. Famous primarily for the Castle of Eltz, the City of Trier, and the Mosel Vineyards, few tourists venture far from the beaten path. A more adventurous itinerary would take you to the North, where the fields of the Southern Eifel abound with palaces and charming villages. To the South lie the forests of the Hunsrück and the ruins of castles and monasteries from long forgotten wars. Everywhere you go, however, you will find traces of the Archbishop’s rule.

Regional Overview

Top Three Destinations in the Mosel Valley

Top Three Destinations in the Mosel Valley

The sweeping visas and ancient castles of the Mosel Valley are among the most iconic images of Germany. I suspect that the top destinations will not come as a surprise to many, as their pictures adorn books and google searches for Germany. This short list help you decide what places are worth visiting on the Mosel.
Traditional Foods of the Mosel Valley

Traditional Foods of the Mosel Valley

Its not entirely fair to say that Moselland cuisine is simply a poorer version of the Rhineland’s, rather its a poor-man’s collection of recipes from a variety of neighboring regions.
How to Travel on the Mosel

How to Travel on the Mosel

Known for its sweeping vistas, dramatic castles and superior Riesling wine, the entire length of the Mosel Valley is full of things to see and do. However, getting to these places can pose a serious challenge, since the railway is quite limited.
Exploring the Mosel Valley

Exploring the Mosel Valley

A land of ruined castles, dark forests and hidden glades, the Mosel Valley is a mysterious corner of Germany. Go beyond the river valley itself, and the forests of the Hunsrück and Eifel conceal a wealth of beauty and mystery waiting to be uncovered.

Thematic Tours of the Region

The Best Castles of the Mosel

The Best Castles of the Mosel

The castles of the Mosel and Eifel have a different charm than the those of the more famous Middle Rhine valley. Untouched either as ruins or frozen in time, the Mosel has the most interesting castles in Germany. Here I describe the ones I feel most worthy of a visit.
The Reconstruction

The Reconstruction

With his lands devastated by the War of Palatine Succession, the Archbishop invested the massive power and wealth of the Schönborn family into the reconstruction. This guide you through the Baroque symbols of absolutist and ecclesiastical power.
The Mosel Romanesque

The Mosel Romanesque

The Mosel Romanesque isn’t really a style in the sense that Rhenish Romanesque is. If anything the Mosel is characterized by both the embrace and the rejection of the Romanesque, reflecting its connection with other cities in Europe. This guide takes you on a short, if not somewhat eclectic, journey to the most interesting landmarks of this style.
The Elector of Trier

The Elector of Trier

Follow in the footsteps of the Elector at the height of his power. The tour starts in the fortress city of Koblenz and follows an old trade route to the ancient gates of Trier. The valley is dotted with castles and church spires built by the Elector as a show of power.

Cities of the Mosel Valley

My Subjective Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 8
  • Transportation: 5
  • Volume/Capacity: 5
  • Infrastructure: 8
  • Interactivity: 4

5.7 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Context: 3
  • Monuments: 6
  • Quality: 8

5 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Abstraction: 5
  • Tradition: 5

Navigation

Upper-Rhine

The legacy of the Empire in stone can be seen in the villages of the Alsace and in the soaring cathedrals of the Palatinate.

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