Mosel Guide


Mosel overview

The River Moselle rises at Busang in the southern Vosges mountains and rolls down through France, becomes part of the border between Luxembourg and Germany and then passes through Germany to its confluence with the Rhine at Koblenz.  We recommend cycling the stretch of the Mosel (as it is called in Germany) from Trier to Koblenz for a holiday as this coincides with good local transport,  accommodation and scenery.  We describe the tour going west to east (downhill).  There is a lot of information on the web and from tourist offices but this guide aims to offer everything an English speaker would need to organise a great holiday.  
 

 
The river wiggles between almost vertical cliffs of vineyards to the north and more open hills to the south.  The path is mainly traffic-free and for many stretches there is a choice of which side of the river to follow.  Both the main and alternative routes are shown in simple form in the table below.  It is about 185km (115 miles) from Trier to Koblenz, making this a gentle 5-7 day trip.
 

 Planning

We know that planning is part of the fun, this is what we used for this holiday.


Whether you are a regular cyclist or have never taken a cycling holiday before, the Mosel Valley is a good choice.  It is well provided with cycle paths, pleasant places to visit and spend the night, bicycle hire and repair shops, a railway and bus routes.  Some stretches can even be travelled by boat, with or without your bikes.
 
Not sure if a bike trip along the Mosel is for you?  Have a look at a what a typical day would be like.

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Estimated costs

If you book a Mosel bike tour through a travel agent or tour operator you will pay anything from about €480 to $3,000 depending on exactly what you are getting.  At the top end of the scale, the prices seem to include a hefty mark-up.  Our estimate of the cost of a reasonably comfortable holiday (ie staying in medium to high quality hotels, and drinking and eating well) and assuming you rent a bike, based on a tour of 6 nights and 7 days for two people sharing a room is:

 Item Calculation  Cost in Euros 
 Bike hire    €10/day per bike for 7 days  140
 Hotels  €65/night for 6 nights  390
 Food and drink  €50 per person per day, for 7 days  700
 Public transport  say €5/day per person on average  70
 Extras  say €50 per person  100
      

 

 

 

 

   

making €1,400 in total, or €700 per person.

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Web translation

A lot of the smaller tourist web sites are written in German only.  This should be no barrier to you using or them as Google offers a number of translation solutions.  Our preferred option is the Google toolbar which can be downloaded, as the quality of translation is reasonable and in most cases the web page will appear in English as you read down it.  This means it is always up to date and integrated with the website.  We generally refer to this valley as "Mosel" when German and "Moselle" when French and we don't mention Mosele.
 
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