Cruising Europe’s Moselle River
Medieval castles, wineries, quaint villages, and verdant sloping banks – Europe’s Moselle River provides river cruise passengers with a wealth of beauty and experiences. Flowing through France, Luxembourg and Germany, this 545-kilometre-long waterway is a tributary of the majestic Rhine River. With so much to offer, it’s not surprising that the Moselle River is a popular destination for European river cruises. Below, we’ve shone a spotlight on some of the Moselle’s most exciting destinations and the cruise lines that will transport you along this magical river.
Originally a Roman colony known as the ‘second Rome’, the German city of Trier is home to surviving artefacts of Roman civilisation. In this UNESCO World Heritage city, passengers can disembark and immerse themselves in the fascinating history and architecture, including bridges, fortified walls, amphitheatres and storehouses, on a guided tour. The Porta Nigra, a large fortified gate, is a particularly noteworthy example of 2nd-century Roman architecture.
The picturesque town of Cochem is a regular stop on Moselle River cruises, and when passengers get a glimpse of the awe-inspiring Reichsburg Castle, they’ll realise why. Located high above the town, the castle strikes an impressive figure in the skyline with its pointed turrets. From here, visitors can also enjoy spectacular views of the Moselle Valley.
Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, and over 2,000 years old, Koblenz is a medieval German city well worth visiting. An abundance of laneways, open squares, historic sites, beer gardens, wine taverns, and friendly locals will ensure any traveller will leave only with happy memories.
This charming town is located in the heart of the Moselle Region. Visitors can fall in love with the medieval marketplace, which is surrounded by gabled timber-frame buildings, enjoy a delicious trip to a local winery, or simply stroll the streets and mingle with locals as they discover the relaxed way of life that can be found here.
Many river cruise operators provide itineraries that explore the Moselle River, the Rhine River, or both. Cruise lines that sail along the Moselle include Avalon Waterways, Scenic Tours, Uniworld, Tauck and Viking River Cruises.
Best Time to Visit
A river cruise along the Moselle has plenty to offer throughout the year. Between May and September, when temperatures are higher, the river’s towns come alive with wine festivals and summer celebrations. In October, the temperatures are more bearable, the landscapes are still just as beautiful, and the destinations are less busy post-tourist season. Come December, the temperatures may be icy cold, but the towns along the river will give you a warm welcome and overwhelm you with Christmas festivity.
Have you discovered the magic and beauty of the Moselle River? Often overlooked in favour of the Rhine River, there’s so much to see and do in this stunning part of Europe. Chat to one of our experienced cruise consultants today on 1300 954 661 for more information on Moselle River cruise itineraries.
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