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Mike Wiederich

Trip Captain

Bike along the Mosel River (or boat or bus)


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22, 25 May, 2020
Memorial Day Weekend

TRIP COST
1/2Double:  275€   (295€ including 2 wine testing parties)
Single:  345€
Triple: 255€
Quad: 235€
Children < 12*: 175€

*Rates – in room with two adults

Trip Captains: Mike Wiederich / Maritza Taylor
Emails:mikewiederich@gmail.com or patchskiclub.bookingdirector@gmail.com

  • Cycling the vineyards and picturesque villages of the Moselle valley

  • Ride as little or as much as you want over 3 days

  • Groups will split according to riding abilities/preferences

  • Daily distance: 25-65 km

  • Route profile: flat terrain, suitable for people between 18 and 81

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Trip includes:bike

  • Bus transportation with daily bicycle and luggage transport

  • Hotel accommodations for 3 nights with 3 breakfasts & 2 dinners

  • Route descriptions & maps

  • Snacks and drinks on the bus

  • Bike Trailer for up to 40 bikes

  • Vineyard visits and  wine tastings

    *There is a 10€ fee for each Wine Testings

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About the trip:

The Mosel is one of Germany’s most scenic and bike-friendly river valleys. If you’ve never biked the Mosel valley it is a must-do trip suitable for the speed racer to the very casual rider – and if you don’t want to ride—come anyway. You can ride our bus from place to place or enjoy the river ferries. The Moselle cycle route follows the course of the river, offering not only beautiful panoramas but is also almost climb-free.

We will follow the Mosel Cycle Route starting in Trier, where the Saar flows into the Mosel. The route then follows the course of the Mosel downriver towards Koblenz, through remarkable vineyard scenery with many cultural treasures to explore. We will cycle on the most beautiful routes along the Mosel from Trier to Koblenz – 185 km

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About the area:

The Mosel River Valley is adorned with medieval castles, historic cities, sunny vineyards, steep hillsides, picturesque wine villages and romantic wineries. The landscape is exhilarating; the Mosel winds its way in magnificent loops, with picture-book villages strung out along its banks. Trier is Germany’s oldest town and a great place to explore Roman history. Bernkastel-Kues, Traben-Trarbach, Cochem and Beilstein provide delightful medieval backdrops, and the castles and ruins towering above the towns and vineyards offer fantastic panoramic views. The excellent wines of the regions are available for tasting from wine growers, in vineyards, wine cellars or at one of the many local wine festivals.

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Day 1 – Friday  

Travel Stuttgart/Wiesbaden to Bernkastel-Kues. Small snacks and drinks served on bus.  Arrive at Hotel Moselpark, at Bernkastel-Kues around 19:30 hrs where we will be having our first dinner.

Day 2 – Saturday – Trier to Bernkastel-Kues

Bus will take us to Trier – site of Germany’s most famous Roman Ruins. Many will choose to bike downriver to Bernkastel-Kues —or just spend most of the day visiting the city. The bikers, after a short sightseeing, will start the bike tour along the Mosel. We leave Porta Negra and the oldest city in Germany behind us and cycle along the Moselradweg towards Bernkastel-Kues. Crossing the old, worth seeing ferry tower and the green vineyards, we reach Mehring (25 km) where you can visit the reconstructed walls and foundations of Villa Rustica, which was a manor in the Roman Empire.  We continue biking to Trittenheim, where a nature trail educates on the local variety of grape and the process of vine-growing. Just 5 km after Trittenheim, we reach Neumagen-Dhron (45 Km), Germany’s oldest winery – we will stop here to taste some of that wine!  You may pass the remaining afternoon with a visit to the ruin of the Landshut Castle, a walk around the picturesque old town, a visit to the Mosel-Vinothek & Wine Museum, or a hunt for “Doctor wine.” The Bernkasteler Doctor is a vineyard, directly above the historical center of Bernkastel-Kues. It is considered to be one of the most famous and once most expensive vineyard sites in the world. pickuppoint-bcOut hotel in Bernkastel is up the hill so we will have the bus wait for us near the river at a large parking lot show on the map:

Saturday and Sunday is Bernkastel open cellars days, so we recommend you get early to town, put your bikes on the trailer and go an enjoy a winery.

We wil have the bus drive up the hill to the hotel arounf 18:00 hrs. The hotel will provide dinner at 19:30 hrs. Overnight in Bernkastel-Kues.

Note: It is also possible to take bicycles on the passenger ships, so it is possible to combine cycle and boat trips. A very popular tour is the ride by bicycle over the Moselradweg to Bernkastel-Kues (from Mehring to Bernkastel approx. 46 km) and a restful return to the investor in Mehring.

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Day 3- Sunday – Bernkastel-Kues to Zell

Day two we’ll continue to WINE and wind our way downriver to one of several pickup points you can choose from including the “twin-towns” of Traben-Trarbach and Zell.  We cycle through the wine region of Bernkastel, stopping in Zeltingen with beautiful, listed buildings in the Moselle Baroque and then we reach Traben-Trarbach via Kröv with the famous Kröver Nacktarsch wine trail. Then we continue to Zell.

The ride to Zell is 40 km. Those wishing to ride less may ride about 30 km to Traben-Trarbach  where the bus the bus will be waiting for people who are done biking. We’ll spend our third night in Zell. Cycling distance approx. 40 km

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Day 4 – Monday – Memorial Day – Zell to Cochem and  Eltz Castle

On the third day we cycle relaxed through the towns of Alf, Bremm and Cochem before stopping at Moselkern. Here you have the choice to visit Burg Eltz. If you want to take a brake from your bike, you can ride the bus from Zell to Burg Eltz.  From there, the bus will return to Cochem around 13:00 hrs. The non-riders will have the opportunity to spend the afternoon wondering around Cochem. We will all meet again at 16:30hrs when the bus will depart Cochem at 16:30hrs to take us back home. Cycling distance approx. 55 km

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To Join the Trip Online:

Download a Trip Application (Top Right Corner) fill it up, sign it and email a copy to:patchskiclub.bookingdirector@gmail.com

To make a Payment by Bank Transfer to the PSC Community Bank Account use the following:

Patch Ski Club
IBAN DE33501109000015502341
BIC MNBIDEF1XXX
Details: Mosel & Last Name, First Name

Tentative Bus stops/pickups:

Stop B Trien Neumagen-Dhron 47 21
End Neumagen-Dhron Bernkastel Kues 70 23
Day2
Start Bernkastel Kues
 Stop A Bernkastel Kues Traben Trabach 91 21
End Traben Trabach Zell 110 19
Day 3
Start Zell
Stop A Zell Moselkern (Burg Eltz) 150 45
End Moselkern (Burg Eltz) Cochem 171 21
Total  km 171
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Mosel Route

║ main route, │alternate route
Right bank Left bank Trier km Village
0 Trier
6 Pfalzel
7 Ruwer
13 Ehrang
19 Schweich
21 Longuich
26 Mehring
Thornich
37 Klusserath
 42 Trittenheim
47 Neumagen Dhron
51 Piesport
58 Wintrich
62 Brauneberg
70 Bernkastel Kues
76 Zeltingen Rachtig
Kindel-Kinheim
84 Krov
91 Traben Trabach
96 Enkirch
100 Burg
110 Zell
115 Bullay
115 Alf
120 Bremm
124 Ediger Eller
Senheim Senhals
136 Bruttig Fankel
144 Cochem
Klotten (ferry)
154 Treis Karden
161 Moselkern (Burg Eltz)
166 Hatzenport
171 Kattenes
177 Kobern Gondorf
184 Winningen
195 Koblenz

Hotels:

Mosel Park. 4-star resort hotel

www.moselpark.de
includes dinner & breakfast
Fri & Sat night

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HOTEL MAYERS
IN ZELL MOSELLE

Hotel-Weinhaus Mayer | Balduinstr. 5-7 | 56856 Zell/Mosel

http://www.hotel-weinhaus-mayer.de/

    

Things to do in Bernkastel-Kues:

  • Wine tasting at a local vintner’s
  • Guided walk through the vineyards
  • Wine tasting stroll (taste more than 100 different wines) in the Bernkastel-Kues Vinothek
  • Visit the Moselland vintners’ cooperative, including visit to the cellar, wine and sparkling wine tasting and film presentation
  • Birthplace of Nicholas of Cusa (Tuesday through Sunday)
  • Ride on the Burg Landshut Express and visit the ruin of Landshut castle
  • Panorama train through the town (May to October)
  • Roundtrip boat excursion on the Moselle
  • Guided tour of Bernkastel-Kues

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Things to do along the Moselle:

  • Kessler sparkling wine production in Wintrich
  • Wild game and leisure park in Klotten / Cochem
  • Rope courses in Mont Royal near Traben-Trarbach
  • Canoeing on the Moselle
  • Reichsburg Castle in Cochem, with guided castle tour
  • Covered wagon ride through the vineyards or along the Moselle
  • City tour of Trier or Luxemburg
  • Visit to the doll/toy/icons museum at Machern Convent
  • Visit to Ehrenbreitstein fortress in Coblenz
  • Bremmer Calmont – steepest vineyard in Europe – fixed rope route, paragliding, and much more
  • Moselle Hiking Trail – nominated for Germany’s 2016 most attractive hiking trail
  • Day excursions with Feuerer Touristik travel company, start in Bernkastel-Kues

Where to Taste:

At the Vinothek, the wine shop of the traditional Weingut Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler, Monika Schmidt graciously explains the quality wines produced from Bernkastel’s steep slopes. It’s open to visitors without reservations from May to October. Despite its striking Renaissance facade, Weingüter Mönchhof in Ürzig contains a modern, walk-in vinotheque, open evenings. In good weather, this former monastery winery offers tastings in a Mediterreanean-style inner courtyard with lush shrubbery. At Weingut Manfred Bohn, the Winzerexpress (the tongue-in-cheek name for the not-very-speedy tractor-drawn wagon) takes visitors on a tour of vineyards and forests. It can be followed by a wine tasting, a culinary-wine tasting or a grill evening (steak, fried potatoes and salad), with wine and beer (“if you must“). Reservations are required for each activity.

boatOptional – Exploring the picturesque Moselle valley by Boat

A trip on the river, cruising past vineyards and romantic villages, is an essential part of any Moselle holiday. From May to October, visitors can choose between one-hour round trips or longer cruises to Traben-Trarbach, Zell, Cochem or Trier.

One-hour round trips
One-hour round trips are available everyday, from May to October. These usually start at 10 am, with the last trip leaving at 5 pm. The boat leaves from the riverbank in Bernkastel every 30 minutes and heads up river towards Brauneberg. To the far end of this old winegrowing village, the boat turns round and sails back to the old town of Bernkastel.

Moselle town tour from Bernkastel-Kues to Traben-Trarbach
The trip starts at 10 am and takes visitors up river to the dual town of Traben-Trarbach. On the way, the boat passes typical Moselle villages such as Zeltingen-Rachtig or Kröv and passes through a lock, arriving at the famous art nouveau town in just under two hours. The last return trip to Bernkastel-Kues leaves at 5 pm, giving visitors plenty of time to enjoy a relaxed stroll around the town. Boats travel back and forth between the two Moselle towns up to four times a day.

Trier, Zell, Cochem and Koblenz
Regular boat trips run during the tourist season to the oldest city in Germany, to the home of the famous “black cat” or to the town crowned by the Reichsburg castle. From Cochem, you can take a boat to Koblenz.

The following excursions are available from Mehring to Bernkastel-Kues on May 27, 2017:
Day excursion Trier – Bernkastel – Trier Departure: 10:05 a.m. in Mehring Arrival: 01:15 p.m. in Bernkastel-Kues

Bike transport

Train and Bike

Information about departures and prices  are available on the internet (in English) from the German national rail service: DB Bahn or tel. 0800-1507090 (free from a German phone). The trains of the DB Regio in Rhineland-Palatinate and in Saarland offer free bicycle transport Monday to Friday from 9am and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at all times, providing space is available. But you must buy a regional (Nahverkehr) one-way bicycle ticket for travel before 9am Monday to Friday. There is a cyclists’ hotline on 01805 151415 that currently costs 0.14/min.

Taxi and Bike

Karl Schuster has a taxi with bicycle trailer: Mosel-Taxi Karl Schuster, tel. +49 6507 802313.

Bus and Bike Mosel

Regio-Radler (a scheduled bus service with a bike trailer) operates daily from 1st April to 1st November between Trier and Bullay along the Moselle. For timetables, information and reservations see Regio-Radler.

Ferry

There are passenger ferries sailing up and down the Mosel during the summer months and the same companies offer evening trips with food, drink and music, which can be fun after a good day’s exercise. Nearly all the boats offer soft drinks, beer and wine and will carry a reasonable number of bikes. All the tourist information offices carry information as do the docks, but understanding the timetables can require a bit of study.You can find the same information at Mosel-Schiffs-Touristik, K-D and Gebr. Kolb.

Castles and Cloisters to visit

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To Join the Trip Online:

Download a Trip Application (Top Right Corner) fill it up, sign it and email a copy to:patchskiclub.bookingdirector@gmail.com

To make a Payment by Bank Transfer to the PSC Community Bank Account use the following:

Patch Ski Club
IBAN DE33501109000015502341
BIC MNBIDEF1XXX
Details: Mosel & Last Name, First Name