Last Spring in Germany was quite damp and we found ourselves donning our rain gear and braving the dreariness often. After Trier, Andrew drove our rental through downpours and thick cotton candy fog over to the quietly meandering Mosel River in Rheinland Pfalz. A hot spot for German outdoor enthusiasts, this area bustled with signs of a busy summer to come. Most of the Germans opted for the more scenic and heart healthy way to see the area: by pedaling along the banks of the river on their trusty bikes. I personally think they were trying to earn their schnitzel and beer, so maybe next time we’ll grab our Fahrräder and hit the trail as well.
Our lodging was in the guest house of a local winery, which turned out to be a good choice for the area. The hills along either side of the river’s banks are laden with rows of grape vines, ripe for picking in the fall, that are labored to make some of the world’s finest Riesling.
The first stop we made in the area should definitely be on your list, if ever you visit the Mosel. We toured the Burg Eltz, the one of only medieval castles on the Mosel to never have been destroyed. Interestingly enough, the same families still privately own the castle. If you play your cards right, you could still marry the son or daughter of a German earl!
In between the rain showers, we hiked along the ridge of one of the hills along the banks of Mosel and checked out a few of the picturesque towns that dot the river’s banks. We also ate delicious schnitzel and made sure to indulge in Kaffeestunde at least once or twice: a generous slice of cake made with seasonal fruit and a steaming cup of coffee around 2 or 3 in the afternoon.