Entry No. 51: Mosel Valley, Germany
Boy, do I miss getting a call from my BFF asking if I feel like taking the afternoon off and heading to the Mosel to soak up some spring sunshine and wine … those were the days! For three glorious years, we lived among the foothills of the Mosel Valley near the western border of Germany and this playground was an easy 15-20 minute drive from our home. It may sound silly but because these medieval towns made up our greater neighborhood, I’d hardly ever remember to take my camera and I don’t have a ton of photos of these beautiful towns we’d frequent on weekends and lazy weekday afternoons but I’ll share what I have and tell you my ‘insider tips’ if you’re planning a trip to this romantic corner of the world for your honeymoon …
Here I am in Piesport, one of our favorite towns nestled along the Mosel, après a little wine tasting. (#tbt to top knots and being tipsy!)
Another favorite weekend spot of ours was Bernkastel-Kues which is famous for its beautiful Christmas market as well as the rolling vineyards, cobblestone streets and castle-turned-restaurant overlooking the town. Bernkastel always made me feel like I was stepping back in time.
Cochem was a bit further of a drive so we didn’t visit this town as much but you definitely don’t want to miss it! This photo (above) was clearly taken in the fall/winter but you can still see how enchanting the ride into the town is … the dreamy castle perched on a hill will be sure to have you feeling like you’re in a fairy tale in no time.
Burg Eltz (above – try to ignore the scaffolding) is tucked away in a nearby forest and is probably the coolest castle I’ve ever visited. It just feels magical. Read more about this beauty in my top tips at the bottom of this post.
I took the rest of these photos in Bernkastel (as we visited this town the most).
Top Tips for the Mosel Valley:
Piesport. This town is a delight for the senses and houses one of our favorite wineries – Weingut Bollig-Lehnert. It’s owned by the sweetest British lady and her German husband. Their Riesling and Eiswein are the best I’ve ever had. The spreads that came along with a wine tasting were my favorites, as well – I remember smoked salmon with fig jam and brie. Yum! Last I heard, they were also running a B&B but that may have changed since we lived there. Definitely try to squeeze this town and winery into your itinerary.
Cochem. I adore this castle to bits! Maybe it’s because this was the first “real” castle I ever visited – I was 8 years old the first time I climbed the hill to this beauty! It’s a dreamy setting and a fun little hike up the hill. If you have the time, I definitely recommend this castle and the sweet medieval town that is below.
Burg Eltz. Rick Steves has said that Burg Eltz is his favorite European castle and I can certainly see why. This gem has avoided wars and has remained perfectly in tact for 800 years. As I understand, it still remains in the Eltz family. The castle is open for tours and the furnishings are historically accurate. I actually enjoyed this castle more than Neuschwanstein!
Bernkastel-Kues. You may want to hop on a river cruise at this town which will let you see the landscape from a new perspective. Also, this town is famous for its amazing Christmas Market which I previously wrote about. There are also frequent festivals held here and in the surrounding Mosel towns to celebrate ancient summer holidays and the fall harvest – you’ll get to see wine princesses, oompah bands, lederhosen and lots and lots of wine! Have fun and prost!
Photography by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.