The Moselle River originates in the Vosges Mountains in northeastern France and flows northwards through Luxembourg and western Germany, where it eventually joins the Rhine River at Koblenz. The river spans approximately 545 km's (339 miles).
While it is possible to cruise significant portions of the Moselle, most river cruises do not cover its entire length. They often focus on the most scenic and historically rich sections, particularly the German stretch between Trier and Koblenz.
Near the German town of Bremm, the river takes a dramatic U-turn, known as the Moselle Loop. This is one of the most photographed spots along the river and offers a breathtaking panorama that's a highlight for many travellers.
The Moselle Valley is renowned for its Riesling wines. The steep, sun-drenched slopes along the river create ideal conditions for vineyards. Many cruises offer wine-tasting excursions, allowing you to sample some of the world's finest Rieslings directly from the source.
The German city of Trier, located along the Moselle, is often called "The Second Rome" due to its well-preserved Roman architecture, including the Porta Nigra, a gate dating back to 180 AD. This makes Trier a must-visit for history enthusiasts.
The Moselle is adorned with medieval castles and ruins, such as Burg Eltz and Reichsburg Cochem. These landmarks add a fairytale quality to the landscape and are popular stops for historical and photographic excursions.
Nestled in a fairytale location, Cochem provides countless photo opportunities. Hike to the 12th century Reichsburg Castle for impressive views, or leisurely browse the pastel shopfronts along the banks of the Moselle.
One of Germany's oldest cities, Trier is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore the Porta Nigra gate, ruins of the Imperial Baths, St Peter's Fountain and Germany's oldest Gothic church - Liebfrauenkirche.
Renowned for its UNESCO-listed fortifications, Luxembourg City is also home to the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, the final resting place of 5,000 American Soldiers from the WWII Battle of the Bulge.
Wine-making thrives throughout the Moselle Valley with its rolling green hillsides. Why not sample the produce yourself with a local Wine Tasting during your visit to the picturesque town of Remich, the "Pearl of the Moselle".
Exuding romantic charm, take a stroll down scenic streets in Bernkastel and savor fine Rieslings from local vineyards. Explore the medieval marketplace, visit Graach Gate – history museum turned landmark - or cycle beside the Moselle.
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