The Mosel winds its way through a picturesque landscape in countless loops. On both sides of the bank, impressive rock terraces rise steeply and alternate between equally steep, green vineyards, which are among the steepest in the country. From time to time, a fairytale castle on one of the hills crowns the picturesque panorama, whereas at other times, one of the idyllic villages serves as the mountain's summit. In the middle of this dreamlike scenario, a cycle path follows the river and leads countless gravel paths and singletracks through the wooded vineyards around.
The combination of all this results in a varied route along the Moselle, which is perfect for cross or gravel bikes. In four stages, we lead you through the beautiful landscape of the Terrassenmosel from Trier to Koblenz. Here, you can combine the individual routes in the way that suits you best. Take it easy and enjoy a four-day adventure over a long weekend. Or combine individual stages and master the route in three or even two days. With many stations and countless accommodations along the route, you can enjoy maximum planning flexibility as you go. Each stage in this Collection ends at a campsite (except the final stage, of course), allowing you to experience an exciting bikepacking adventure with a cool camping flair.
Although the individual stages are not particularly long, this impression is somewhat misleading. The terrain is very hilly and is very steep in parts. Therefore, as you glide along beautiful gravel paths and trails, expect to hit some pretty lofty elevation. So, take it easy, plan your meal stops in the cozy wine villages and enjoy the beautiful nature as you go.
Our Gravel adventure along the Moselle begins quite relaxed. It starts in the Roman city of Trier and it is worthwhile to take some time here. Maybe you'll make a little tour of the beautiful old town, where the Romans left unmistakable traces. If you roll through the Porta Nigra, you are already on the route that leads you to the Moselle, which you follow for a while over the Moselle Cycle Path to warm up. But do not be fooled: it does not stay that easy and easy all day long.Shortly after the bridge over the Moselle near Pfalzel you leave the bike path and thus the completely flat route. Now it gets hilly. Up to over 400 meters, it goes out today. However, you can hardly climb more beautiful. Because the higher you come, the more magnificent is the view of the vineyards and the Mosel valley. We are sure that you will take a break a few times just to enjoy the great scenery with your mouth open.After each climb follows a descent, which usually ends in one of the cozy villages that line up like a string of pearls along the Moselle. So there are plenty of ways to stop, enjoy a cup of coffee and replenish your energy stores. It's a good idea to take a look at these opportunities from time to time, as the brevity of the stage belies the fact that the tour is still demanding. The climbs have it all in, you also enjoy a high gravel and trail share. This provides a lot of driving fun, but also reduces the average speed.The last departure of today's stage spits you right at the Moselle Bridge, over which you drive over to Trittenheim. There are a few places to stay and the campsite "Im Grünen", which is located directly on the Moselle. The nearest train station with direct connection to Trier or Koblenz is in Hetzerath, about 15 kilometers away.
Stage two of our Moselcross could not start more idyllic. Let's start again with a short warmup along the Moselle. After five flat kilometers it will be extremely hilly. Almost 1,800 vertical meters spread over almost 70 kilometers are waiting for you today. That is feasible, but quite a small challenge.After you have crossed Germany's oldest wine town Neumagen with its idyllic lanes and numerous wine bars, you change for the first time the Mosel side. Hardly on the other bank, it goes up steeply. At 435 meters you have reached the highest point of the stage. Above is the Minheimer hut, a simple refuge, which is still a nice place for a little break. Take a deep breath, once enjoy the view and then it's back down in the direction of the Moselle.Behind Monzel you drive above a vineyard and can enjoy the wonderful view of the Moselle, before it goes steeply downhill and you cross the Moselle over a bridge to Mülheim on the Mosel. Now the other side is off - here are some particularly demanding climbs waiting for you, but also very nice reward prospects. If you have worked your way up to the lookout point of Maria Zill, you will see what we mean. The view into the Mosel valley is breathtakingly beautiful and the subsequent descent will make you forget all the effort.In the vineyard Zeltingen-Rachting you can strengthen yourself again, before you change back to the river side and tackle the last part of the tour. The climbs are now not so long, but alternate short, crisp up and down permanently. You drive here on varied singletrack, which sometimes can be a bit more technical. Right of you are the steep vineyards and you always have great views of the Moselle.The tour ends in the idyllic village of Bullay, with its winding streets, old half-timbered houses and cozy wine taverns makes a great milestone. To get here you have to cross the Moselle by ferry. Note the travel times of the quaint little ferry, which carries only pedestrians and cyclists. Bullay offers some accommodation and has a campsite, which is located directly on the banks of the Moselle - idyllic does not work. Here you can not only build your tent, but alternatively rent a "camping barrel", if you like it a bit more comfortable. Although Bullay is so small, there is a modern train station with excellent connections to Trier or Koblenz.
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Every stage trip has a queen stage - on our Moselcross today. This has several reasons. On the one hand in the very classic sense: with 1,620 vertical meters over some 65 kilometers, this stage is the most demanding on the way from Trier to Koblenz. Apart from that, you can expect royal views, culinary highlights at its best and one of the most famous German castles.The third stage starts without warmup directly into a remarkable increase, which has in the meantime up to 20 percent slope and will make you here and there really work up a sweat. For that you will be rewarded rich enough. Here you have a breathtaking view over the Mosel valley and at the summit cross Calmont you can even reward yourself with small snacks and drinks from the cozy summit hut.In the further course you lose the Mosel a bit out of sight. Because the route leaves a few of the Mosel loops on the right and cuts off over the mountain. But in Cochem you have the river-view again. There is also a nice opportunity for a little break here. In a historic mustard mill, you can see how mustard was made in 1810 and, of course, there are a few ways to taste this mustard in a small village.Now demanding climbs alternate with flat passages on the bike path along the Moselle. Interval training, so to speak - but in its most beautiful form! The crowning glory is the small detour to Burg Eltz, which is one of the most famous and best preserved castles in Germany. Now there is a crisp climb waiting for you, before you reach the stage destination Hatzenport. The cozy place is entirely dedicated to viticulture. Here you will find enough accommodation, the place has a train connection to Trier and Koblenz and camping friends come on the "Camping Island Sonnenwerth" at their expense.
The last stage of our Moselcross is once again really enjoyable. It is a bit shorter than the others and not quite as hilly. The last few kilometers you drive along the Moselle in Koblenz.But first, the tour starts in the usual manner: From the bank of the Moselle, you first climb the first mountain and enjoy the great view from above. Passing the Thurant Castle, you climb up to the Dickeberg, where you reach the highest point of the stage at around 380 meters.Now the journey along the Moselle slowly comes to an end. In Winningen you can once again enjoy the idyll and the charm of a cozy wine village. Maybe you come to a farewell in one of the small restaurants, strengthen yourself again and treat yourself to a delicious Riesling from the vineyard next door?Another small hill, then it gets a bit more urban. Because you reach the goal of the stage trip, Koblenz. Along the Moselle you roll comfortably to the "Deutsche Eck", where the river, which you have followed in recent days, flows into the Rhine. Here you can marvel a little at the unifying masses of water and watch the bustle of the tourists before it goes back home. The train station of Koblenz is not far away - from there you can easily come back to Trier or the next big train station to Cologne.