Moselle River Cruise Highlights

Moselle River cruise offers the most scenic and romantic sights that can be found in Europe. Known in French as Moselle, in Luxembourgish as Musel, and in German as Mosel, it is a river that flows through France,  Luxembourg and Germany. Its name derives from the Latin word Mosella, which means the "Little Muse." The source of the Moselle River is at the western slope of the Ballon d'Alsace in the Vosges mountains. It continues to flow through the Lorraine region and further downstream, in Germany, the Moselle valley forms the division between the Eifel and Hunsrück mountain regions. The length from the Moselle River's source to its mouth is approximately 545 kilometers, or 341 miles.

Cruises on the Moselle River can last from 8 to 15 days, depending on the cruise line and ports of call. No matter what cruise you choose, you will certainly take in the romantic sights of Germany, Luxembourg and France. Towns along the Moselle River include Épinal, Toul, Pont-à-Mousson, Metz and Thionville in France; Schengen, Remich, Grevenmacher and Wasserbillig in Luxembourg;  Trier, Bernkastel-Kues, Cochem and Koblenz in Germany. Three destinations in Germany worth seeing are Bernkastel-Kues, Zell and Cochem.

Bernkastel-Kues 

Located in the heart of the Moselle Valley wine area, Bernkastel-Kues is a popular tourist attraction in the southwestern state of Rheinland-Pfalz. It is a scenic town that is over 700 years old with an "old town" pedestrian zone full of authentic medieval homes made from exposed timber. The climate is usually pleasant, having mild, almost Mediterranean temperatures. Bernkastel-Kues is also known as the "International Town of Vines and Wine" and the Riesling grapes grown in vineyards produce a famous local wine worth trying. The massive fortresses and castles, such as the Landshut Castle are places to see.

Zell

The peaceful village of Zell with its fascinating countryside and the wooded Hunsrück Mountains is in one of Germany's most beautiful and diverse wine and tourist regions. It is a municipality in the district Cochem-Zell of Rhineland-Palatinate with remains of old walls. St Peter's Church built in 1792, and a Schloss of the Electors of Trier from 1542. Zell is one of the largest wine-producing communities in Germany and is famous for its 'Zeller Schwarze Katz,' a white Riesling wine. With its many modern stores, it conveniently provides general shopping needs for residents in the nearby villages and towns.

Cochem

Cochem is a 2,000 year old town full of folk tales and wine traditions that are still very much alive today. The 1,000 year old Cochem castle is Cochem's most famous attraction. It is a late-Gothic castle perched upon a hilltop 100 meters above the Moselle River. There is also the historical mustard mill built around 1810. The last of its kind in Europe, complete with a tour that demonstrates how mustard is made. Other places to visit are the well maintained Old Quarter with its market square, the baroque town hall, St. Martin's Church and the former Capuchin monastery which has been preserved and renovated into a modern arts center.

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