Reil at the Mosel

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River Mosel
River Mosel

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A visit to Germany's oldest city should be on the program first. The Porta Nigra at the entrance to the inner city is the widely visible landmark of the old Roman town, but there's lots more.

Trier is home to an excellently preserved amphitheater, for example, in which the visitor can look behind the scenes and stroll along the former lion's cages and gladiator's quarters. Close-by are the emperor's and Barbara spas, located in park-like surroundings testifying to the architectural skill of the ancient Romans.

Not to forget are the many churches shaping the skyline of Trier - and 2012 is another year in which the renowned pilgrim's journey to the "Heiliger Rock" (Holy Coat of Trier) is taking place.

Boat Tour on the Mosel

After all that ancient and cultural, how about a Mosel boat tour? Take one of the excursion steamboats the next day and go on a day trip along the pretty Mosel banks.

How about going to Beilstein? This village is well-known for its excellently-preserved old town which luckily escaped destruction in the many floodings. Or actually, it might not be known under its name, but has been seen a lot as it was used as location for many movies that needed a historical background, including even an English TV series the story of which takes place on the Rhine in the 19th century, but was simply shot here on the Mosel.

Open-Air Museum Kommern

Enough recovery; let's head right into Eifel and Mosel history through a visit to Open-Air Museum Kommern near Mechernich (Mechernich vacation rentals | Mechernich travel guide). Some 80 hectares hold more than 60 different, historical buildings such as farmsteads, mills, churches, bakeries, and much more. These architectural monuments are embedded in a museum landscape full of fields, kitchen gardens and fruit tree-meadows.

A focus of the museum is the program of showing living history. Actors enact the roles of farmer's women, postmen or craftsmen and thus tell visitors of their former way of working.

The return to Reil (Reil vacation rentals | Reil travel guide) an der Mosel should not go without a detour to Bad Münstereifel (Bad Münstereifel vacation rentals | Bad Münstereifel travel guide). This small spa town enchants with its excellently preferred half-timbered architecture; "real" people live here, in an ambience that would be worthy of an open-air museum.

Air Tours above the Mosel

Traben Trabach is home to the German-American Sailplane Club, but small motor planes also start from the small airfield on the Mont Royal.

The impressive round trip flights give a great view of the Mosel's meandering between the mountains of the Hunsrück and the Eifel. Other towns between Koblenz (Koblenz vacation rentals | Koblenz travel guide) and Trier also offer round-trip flights. Two hints: don't forget that it can be cold in the small planes even when the weather is good - and don't forget your camera!

Moselland - Wine Country

Reil an der Mosel is now a part of the incorporated township Kröv (Kröv vacation rentals | Kröv travel guide), but thanks to its wine, it is quite literally a place on many a person's lips. That said, one of its wine-growing areas elicits particularly many smirks: the Kröver Nacktarsch, which translates to the nude ass (and not in the British sense) of Kröv. It's not only Reil an der Mosel and Kröv where wine is grown, though, but just about all along the Mosel river's banks. Thanks to the steep slopes, slate soil and traditional care given to the vineyards, the wine still has a good reputation. So, how about a visit to a vine cellar? Many of the vintners welcome visitors and gladly show them around. Of course, a wine tasting has to crown such a visit… and as a traveler from a far-away country, you are not obliged to buy - how would you bring a case of wine back on a plane?

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Gaby Leeser

This travel guide has been written by Gaby Leeser.

Ich bin studierte Volkskundlerin und gelernte Fernsehreporterin , reise sehr gerne beruflich und privat durch Deutschland und verbringe meinen Urlaub seit Jahren nur in Ferienhäusern oder Ferienwohnungen.

Beruflich habe ich sowohl für das ZDF und den SWR gearbeitet, aber auch für verschiedene private TV Sender - daneben habe ich mich immer mehr auf Recherchen zu den unterschiedlichsten Themen spezialisiert.

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