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The Moselle & Rhine Valleys

The Moselle and Rhine Valleys are among Germany’s most beautiful areas, with rolling hills, steep river valleys, stunning scenery and quaint villages and towns. Serving as a contrast to the hustle of German cities, or the roar of the autobahn, the Moselle & Rhine Valley regions are gorgeous and laid-back areas with wineries, castles and the ancient Roman city of Trier, home to 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Rhine & Moselle Valleys

Why visit Moselle & Rhine Valleys?

The Moselle River passes through France, Germany and Luxembourg and is surrounded by some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in Europe. The area around the river was first cultivated by the Romans almost 2000 years ago and has been the centre of historic cities and towns ever since Roman times.

The Rhine passes through Germany, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands, set in wonderful and dramatic valleys throughout.
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Getting there

Hop across the North Sea from Newcastle to IJmuiden and you can get to the Moselle & Rhine Valleys in about 2 hours.
 
Alternatively, if you live in the south of England, then you can get there from our ports in Calais or Dunkirk in just over 3 hours.


 

 

What to see in the Moselle & Rhine Valleys

Moselle ValleysTrier is an ancient city in the German area of the Moselle Valley, established under the rule of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus in 16 BC. The city is famous for its Roman heritage and an almost-Gallic charm, at odds with most other German cities. Trier is home to 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Porta Nigra, the ancient gateway to the city, and the medieval main market square, which dates back to 958 AD.

Whether or not Trier is Germany’s oldest city, as has been claimed, is up for debate, but one thing for sure is that it is certainly one of its most fascinating, with history to discover on every street corner.

The Rhineland is home to – among other cities – Frankfurt, which is one of Germany’s most popular tourist destinations.

Germany’s Moselle Valley region is one of the best-kept secrets of European wine culture, tragically ignored by all but connoisseurs, and is home to some fantastic varieties of grape such as Riesling, Bacchus and Müller-Thurgau. Wines from the region tend to be light, with a crisp, fruity taste.

Frankfurt is the biggest city in the Rhineland, and one of Germany’s most cosmopolitan and laid-back areas, with a lively café culture and plenty to discover all year round. Check out our Frankfurt travel guide for more information

Take a tour of one of the wineries in either to Moselle or Rhine Valleys and sample the delightful local wines, as well as combining them with local produce such as fish, poultry and meats, with so many brilliant wines to choose from, you may want to leave your car behind for the day!

Hire a bike from Radstation at the region’s main railway station, Hauptbahnhof, and discover the wonderful cycle trails in the area in the best possible way.  There are also opportunities for hiking, kayaking, sailing, fishing and more, all in the stunning setting of one of Europe’s most beautiful areas.

Where to stay in the Moselle and Rhine Valleys

The Moselle & Rhine Valleys have plenty of excellent places for you to stay, depending on the type of holiday you want. Whether you want to camp out in the great outdoors, stay in a budget B&B or a luxury hotel, you can find something at our accommodation partner booking.com.​​

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