Three hours drive from home, and we're in the middle of the Mosel Valley. The place where we stayed was the over-touristy town of Cochem. Our hotel, though, was located 2 kms from the centre. We went for a short trip and our plan was to cycle two days but we also wanted to do some wine-tastings and eat Kaffee und Kuchen. Germans are excellent in Kaffee und Kuchen! We did cycle ... 60 kms each day, in various directions along the meandering Mosel river. Beautiful area for cycling.
htmb, Yes, we always rode on dedicated bike lanes next to the river, most of the time far away from the main road. It's a 311 km long cycling path, called 'Mosel Radweg' that starts in Metz/France. The stretch in Germany is 197 km long and goes from Trier to Koblenz.
mossie, The Kaffee und Kuchen were excellent but I do prefer the Flammkuchen ... and the wines!
How beautiful! Those sweeping vineyard views, charming buildings, and cobblestone lanes look straight out of a postcard. Was the cycling very difficult? Those rolling green hills are gorgeous but they must have been a challenge on a bike.
The Kaffee und Kuchen looks tasty, but I think I would have preferred the wines as well. I love German Rieslings. Although I'd probably fall off my bike after a wine flight.
It's amazing how consistent the Moselle is, because the French and Luxembourg portions look almost exactly the same. I have often seen the tourist boats leaving from Remich in Luxembourg, just a kilometre from the tiny village of Schengen.
The Moselle wines of Luxembourg are also excellent and probably better for one's health since they are only 10° in alcoholic content compared to 12-13° in the wines from farther south.
The Rieslings we brought home are only 8.5° and 9°, the reds (Dornfelder) 12° ... still a lot less than some Portuguese that are waiting to be consumed (14.5°). Right now I'm drinking a rosé (Feinherbe Rotling) of 10.5°.