Moselle valley

by Heike May. 14, 2019 425 views

Both, the Rhine- and the Moselle Valley are beautiful regions in Germany, I'm not sure why I prefer the Moselle Valley, but in my opinion it's a bit more romantic and pituresque. But it can be also 'head-thing'. Like in some other languages, in German and in French grammatical genders are used for rivers (and for all substantives). As far as I know, in English there is no difference, you always use 'THE', but we say : 'DIE Mosel(ge)/LA Moselle(fr) - so it's a girl ♀️ or 'DER Rhein(ge)/LE rhin(fr) - so it's a boy ♂️. That might affect my objectivity, because if the Moselle is female, it MUST be more romantic than the Rhine, or?! 😁

Well, the last few month were quite tough and I desperately needed some days to slow down, but wasn't in the mood to travel several hours, that's why the decision to spend a few days in the Moselle valley, was easy to make. It's only 160km (100 miles) away from my home and it's a very nice ride through the Hunsrück (low mountain range.)

One of several famous Moselle loops, this one is at Beilstein.

One of several famous Moselle loops, this one is at Beilstein.

Beilstein, view from castle ruin Metternich. A good example for: The smallest villages have the largest churches...

Beilstein, view from castle ruin Metternich. A good example for: The smallest villages have the largest churches...

Moselle in b&w

Moselle in b&w

River cruise ship at Beilstein with view to the castle ruin Metternich.

River cruise ship at Beilstein with view to the castle ruin Metternich.

The source of the Moselle is in Bussang (Vosges)/France, and it flows 544 km (338mi) through France, Luxemburg and Germany, where it discharges into the river Rhine at Koblenz. The German part between Trier and Cochem is known for its many bends, what can be seen very well on the map below.

No I didn't ride with the bicycle, partly we had really lousy weather, I prefer to watch others becoming wet. :)

No I didn't ride with the bicycle, partly we had really lousy weather, I prefer to watch others becoming wet. :)

The Moselle is the oldest wine-region in Germany and the largest with vines on steep slopes. Celts and Romans first cultivated wine 2000 years ago in this region. Terraced hillsides and precipitous slopes, which face either south or south-west, create beneficial microclimates for wine grapes. The superb rieslings grown in these conditions, rank among the finest white wines in the world with their wonderful mineral notes. Some vineyards and their wines boast wonderful bizarre names: Bernkasteler Badstube (bathroom), Wehlener Sonnenuhr (sundial), Kröver Nacktarsch (naked butt), Graacher Himmelreich (kingdom of heaven) and Piesporter Goldtröpfchen (drops of gold).

'What can we do with this free space over there?' 'Oh it might be extraordinary - but why not cultivate it with some wine?'  'Excellent idea!' :-)

'What can we do with this free space over there?' 'Oh it might be extraordinary - but why not cultivate it with some wine?' 'Excellent idea!' :-)

Vineyards at Bernkastel-Kues

Vineyards at Bernkastel-Kues

Nearly every little village along the river offer wine-tastings. One of the reasons, why so many people use the bicycle instead of the car for excursions, I suppose. :) If you meet a group of blissful grinning cyclists, you can be sure they:
a) come from a wine-tasting AND :
b) are right on their way to the next one.
You can have the wine send home, means you don't have to transport it on your bicycle. There are over 500 named vineyard sites in the Moselle Valley, imagine, how many wine-tastings you could make... :)

Additional to vineyards, you find lots of cobbled towns and storybook castles and ruins along the Moselle. One of the most beautiful castles in Germany is Burg (Castle) Eltz. It's not directly at the riverside, it's located in the heart of the Elzbach valley, not far away from the Moselle (10 minutes by car). From the parking area a shuttle bus is going to the castle, or you can walk an easy and nice 15-minutes-trail through the forrest.

Castle Eltz

Castle Eltz

Between 1965 to 1992, an engraving of Eltz Castle was used on the German 500 Deutsche Mark note. I'm really a 'castle-lover', but I never realized this, because I can`t remember ever having a 500 DM note in my wallet.

Between 1965 to 1992, an engraving of Eltz Castle was used on the German 500 Deutsche Mark note. I'm really a 'castle-lover', but I never realized this, because I can`t remember ever having a 500 DM note in my wallet.

Burg Eltz is an authentic medieval castle. It was built in the 12th century and it has been owned by the Family Eltz for over 800 years - now in the 33 generation. Worth mentioning is, the castle was never destroyed during all this centuries. It is said, that the owners always had a good connection to the French royal house during the Franco-German conflicts, what contributed to the fact that the castle was spared. (It pays to be always nice to your neighbours!) 😀

Castle yard details

Castle yard details

Castle yard with lens flare. I really like lens flares . it's always a bit like catching a ghost ;)

Castle yard with lens flare. I really like lens flares . it's always a bit like catching a ghost ;)

Castle yard looking up

Castle yard looking up

I was lucky enough to meet the Earl of Eltz in his professional business suit. :)

I was lucky enough to meet the Earl of Eltz in his professional business suit. :)

Meanwhile they are quite rare, but sometimes you can spot dragons in this region. Here is a baby dragon, waiting to be fed by his parents. Surely you know, that they are under 'dragon-protection' worldwide now.... :-)

Meanwhile they are quite rare, but sometimes you can spot dragons in this region. Here is a baby dragon, waiting to be fed by his parents. Surely you know, that they are under 'dragon-protection' worldwide now.... :-)

View over the bridge to/from the castle

View over the bridge to/from the castle

Back to the Moselle valley. For me, it will be always a mystery, why some villages are tourist magnets while others remain in a state of slumber. Bernkastel-Kues is such a tourist-magnet at the Moselle. It would be really a lovely little town - without all the tourists and souvenir shops. 😁 Hehehe, I know, that's ignorant and that I am nothing else but a tourist - but sometimes I try to imagine, how it would have been to visit a popular village or city maybe 150 years ago... - absolutely different, and less crowded, I suppose. However, Bernkastel-Kues is worth a visit if you like cobblestone and half-timbered houses.

Marketplace

Marketplace

Oldfashioned Mailbox :)

Oldfashioned Mailbox :)

Spitzhäuschen. Built around 1416. It's today a wine tavern.

Spitzhäuschen. Built around 1416. It's today a wine tavern.

The voyeur

The voyeur

Half-timbered houses at the Bärenbrunnen. (Bear wells) The bear is the heraldic animal of the city Bernkastel-Kues.

Half-timbered houses at the Bärenbrunnen. (Bear wells) The bear is the heraldic animal of the city Bernkastel-Kues.

I have not the slightest idea why these uglinesses are associated with Germany! We Germans usually DO NOT drink from those ugly jugs!!! ...And I was shocked, when I saw the prices...

I have not the slightest idea why these uglinesses are associated with Germany! We Germans usually DO NOT drink from those ugly jugs!!! ...And I was shocked, when I saw the prices...

High-water-levels over the years

High-water-levels over the years

Above photo seems to be a bit boring, but I was very impressed, when I saw it. At the wall of this house the extreme high-water-levels of the Moselle are shown. Look at the second floor, where the high level on the 28th feb 1784 is marked. ('Mit Eisgang' means 'with ice conditions') what means that ice floes past the 2nd- floor-window. Btw, the Moselle riverside is around 300 meters away from this house. 1783 and 1784 must have been catastrophic years with extreme weather conditions and numberous of extreme natural events. See here, if you like to know more about it.

When the weather is nice, you can enjoy beautiful sunsets at the Moselle (I'm sure also beautiful sunrises, but I didn't check that, I'm not an early bird.) During sunset, lots of people make an evening walk, or a little tour with their bicycles. Or you enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony and make a little 'grapevine-shooting', like me.

The fat white spot is the setting sun. (300mm lens)

The fat white spot is the setting sun. (300mm lens)

Or you spend the evening with the Egyptian geeze family... 🙂

There were 8 little 'fluffy's', but one of them was always out of my focus.

There were 8 little 'fluffy's', but one of them was always out of my focus.

Mum and dad always kept an eye on me.

Mum and dad always kept an eye on me.

Dinnertime

Dinnertime

Time to send the little ones into their beds....

Time to send the little ones into their beds....

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Ho Kim 4 days, 2 hours ago

I love all the beautiful pictures as well as kind comments. I feel like watching a tourist's documentary film. Rhein looks like regarded as the father while Moselle is as mother. It gives hard time for foreigners to learn German which is female and which is male but it will be interesting to learn why they became so. 
Years ago there was very famous Riesling brand in Korea, Moselle. I didn't understand why it was named so but now I know. Thank you for your kind explanation. A picture of vineyard, #7 looks like that of Andrea Gursky. You did a good job to express the vastness of the vineyard from it. I love all the pictures in this post but I confess the best pick of mine will be #3
By the way, I'm really curious what the taste and smell of Bernkasteler Badstube  will be like. grinning 
Oh, the macro shot of #25 is awesome. If I can stay and stroll around in that town for a week or so, it will be great. I'm dreaming of it. smile

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Heike Replied to Ho Kim 23 hours ago

Thanks so much Ho! I know, German is not a language which is easy to learn for foreigners. But I think, it's the same with Korean! I can't even read the writing. smile The Bernkasteler Badstub is ok, but I must say in my opinion, that Mosel wines which have more unremarkable names, taste often better than that with funny names. But the taste of wine is, in my eyes, always a matter of personal taste.

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Marsha 5 days ago

Lovely presentation...much for the eye to enjoy from the landscapes to the more detailed close ups!

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Heike Replied to Marsha 1 day ago

Thank you Marsha! I'm happy you enjoyed it !

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Olga Helys 5 days, 1 hour ago

#1 #30 so beautifu!
GREAT JOB
One of my favorite places in the world

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Heike Replied to Olga Helys 1 day ago

Thanks so much Olga. It's really beautiful there, it's one of this regions,  I can go again and again.

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Andi Saw 5 days, 16 hours ago

This set is G O R G E O U S blue heart

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Heike Replied to Andi Saw 1 day ago

Thank you Andi ! Glad you like like it!

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Dannii L 6 days, 6 hours ago

You have transported me there via your stunning photos. I can see why you love it here.
Thank you for sharing

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Heike Replied to Dannii L 6 days, 1 hour ago

Thank you for passing by, Dannii!! Glad you enjoyed the little photo journey! smile

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Pete 6 days, 7 hours ago

Stunning photos showing why you like this valley

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Heike Replied to Pete 6 days, 1 hour ago

Thank you very much, Pete! Glad you like them!

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Bethany Plonski 6 days, 8 hours ago

So many beauties in this set! Now I need to pour myself a nice glass of Riesling and come back for another look. smile I love the different light effects with the grape leaves, but all of these are so well done, especially the castle and the shots of the streets. Marvelous!

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Heike Replied to Bethany Plonski 6 days, 1 hour ago

Prost, Bethany! smile I was surprised by myself, when I saw the photos with the grape leaves. Especially that ones I made with the 300mm. That was really a challenge, because the balcony wasn't that large. Thanks a lot for your like and the fav's !!

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Greg Blaney 6 days, 9 hours ago

Outstanding set of photos, Heike. Your eye for capturing these places is incredible. I really like numbers 8, 9, 15 and 25. Number 25 is so beautiful and the exposure on the leaves is perfect. Not an easy capture to make, so well done! You live in such a beautiful country, with the castles, narrow streets and ancient buildings. I'm so envious of where you live and also envious of your photographic skills.

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Heike Replied to Greg Blaney 6 days, 2 hours ago

Thanks so much Greg! Germany has some beautiful regions, but honestly, I would prefer to live in such a country like Canada.smileYou have all this unbelievable beautiful nature and this sensational wildlife. I really would like to visit Canada, the only thing what prevents me is the long flight. I'm not afraid to fly, but I hate to sit several boring hours in a narrow airplane or hang around on airports waiting for security check, waiting for bording, waiting for transfers...It's time, that  'beaming' becomes reality...smile

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Camellia 6 days, 12 hours ago

Stunning! Stunning! Stunning! Photographs are exceptional. One of the beauties of photo blog is the ability to enlarge the photos and some of your photos, actually most of your enlarged photos gave me the feel of being there, for example #18 walking up the cobblestone street was awe inspiring and then the steins in #21, just perfect!
Love the series and your narrative was perfect. I had missed your presence and your beautiful captures, but obviously from reading your narrative here, life took over. Hope you are back and full force, really enjoy your tours and your beautiful photos.

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Camellia Replied to Camellia 6 days, 12 hours ago

I came back because #1 just totally grabs me. I don't know where you were when you captured that one, but it is AWESOME! Fantastic shot!!

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Heike Replied to Camellia 6 days, 2 hours ago

Thank you so much Camellia. You are always so motivating!! And I learned a new word. I didn't know that this ugly things in #21 are called 'Steins'. smile
#1 I made from the top of the tower of ruin Metternich. (You can see the ruin in #4.) I also made some photos from another loop, where I was standing on a hill, but unfortunately the weather wasn't very good that day, so I decided to post the one from the sunny day.

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Piotr Matura 6 days, 15 hours ago

I'm equally impressed by the interesting story and superb photos. I will wait for more post like this in the future smile

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Heike Replied to Piotr Matura 6 days, 2 hours ago

Thank you Piotr. Glad you liked it.  (Now I'm under pressure with my future posts...)smileThanks again!

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Russell Smith 6 days, 18 hours ago

Quite a sweet series of images :)

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Heike Replied to Russell Smith 6 days, 2 hours ago

Thank you, Russell! Glad you like them!

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Pete Fitzgetald 6 days, 19 hours ago

what awesome photos and what a beautiful place

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Heike Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 6 days, 2 hours ago

Thanks Pete! It is really a beautiful region!

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Pete Fitzgetald 6 days, 19 hours ago

#9wow what a beautiful shot

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Heike Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 6 days, 2 hours ago

smile Lovely, isn't it ?Thanks !

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Björn Roose 6 days, 19 hours ago

I was thinking: "So Heike visited Bernkastel-Kues and did not shoot the water level thingy ?"And then came your last photo of the village, #22 smile Last time I was in the Mosel valley it was between Christmas 1999 and New Year 2000, and it still looks as beautiful as then. Nice series of photos !

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Heike Replied to Björn Roose 6 days, 2 hours ago

Thank you Björn! Hehe...water-level-thingy...smile I noticed more than one house in Bernkastel-Kues with Water-level signs, but I didn't noticed the 1784 level on the others ones. That made me really curious and I startet to research. Belgium must have been also very affected by this millennium flood.

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Björn Roose Replied to Heike 5 days, 19 hours ago

Actually not. For two reasons: back then there was no such thing as belgium (Flanders was at that moment part of - let's see, it changed quite often ...- Spain) and the Rhine stays well out of the neighbourhood smile

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 6 days, 20 hours ago

Danke für die tolle Moseltour! Es sind dir sehr viele, sehr eindrucksvolle Fotos gelungen. Ich bin kaum aus dem "zu den Favoriten hinzufügen" rausgekommen!
#7 wäre ideal für ein 5000er-Puzzle, wenn man jemand so richtig den Nerv ziehen möchte!

Es ist bei mir schon wieder eine halbe Ewigkeit her. Beim ersten Durchgang war ich noch in der Schule und hatte so eine kleine Kamera mit Diafilm. Beim zweiten Durchgang hatte ich meine erste Digitalkamera und genau 14 Tage lang Erfahrung gesammelt (rumgeknipst ...). Deshalb waren die diese kleinen SD-Karten bereits randvoll mit den Frankreichfotos. Wir werden wohl eine gezielte Tour machen müssen, weil es sich fotografisch einfach lohnt.

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Heike Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 6 days, 2 hours ago

Danke Sigrid. Ich bin sicher, gerade für Dich mit Deinem archäologischen Hintergrund ist diese Region super interessant. Überall wo gebuddelt wird, finden sie Reste aus der Römerzeit (nicht nur in Trier). Es wurden auch ein paar tolle römische Anlagen rekonstuiert. Über eine plane ich einen weiteren Post, weiß aber noch nicht, wann ich dazu komme. Ich will unbedingt mal im Herbst an die Mosel, das stelle ich mir sensationell vor, all diese Farben von den Weinbergen. Ich kann Dir eine Tour also nur empfehlen!

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Antonio Gil 6 days, 21 hours ago

What a beautiful place so well captured by your incredible pictures.

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Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 6 days, 2 hours ago

Thank you Antonio. It's really beautiful over there. I always said, when I retire, I move to the Moselle-region. But it's still too early to make such future-plans... smile

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Antonio Gil Replied to Heike 6 days, 2 hours ago

But it is always good to have dreams isn't it?

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Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 6 days, 1 hour ago

Definitely! And dreams can easily be changed. So I still can change my mind from Moselle to New Zealand to Alaska to..to..to.... smile

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Antonio Gil Replied to Heike 6 days, 1 hour ago

to... Portugal? smile

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Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 6 days ago

Suregrinning You have excellent wine and seafood! yum

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Francesc 6 days, 23 hours ago

Wonderful set!!!

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Heike Replied to Francesc 6 days, 2 hours ago

Thank you so much Francesc! grinning

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Berckmans Peter 6 days, 23 hours ago

Lovely series, We visit Germany a few times a year. Mostly around the Rhein or the Ahr.

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Heike Replied to Berckmans Peter 6 days, 2 hours ago

Thank you Peter. I have to admit, I have never been at the Ahr until today, although it's also not so far away from the Frankfurt region. But I still have a visit of the Maria Laach Abbey on my bucket list, where I want to see especially the library. But the library-tours they offer, are always fully booked. But if I ever get their, I want to connect it with a visit at the Ahr.

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