A September 2000 trip
to Moselkern by Irene
Quote: Deciding to stop at Moselkern, situated on Germany's highway 49 about 18 miles southwest of Koblenz and one of the numerous medival villages splashed on the banks of the Mosel River, we were going to do an overnighter and ended up spending four days and nights in this town climbing it's way up the hovering hills along the river.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 29, 2001
Centre of Cologne
We boarded our boat at 1:00 P.M. headed up river to Treis-Karden and Cochem with blue skies and tempertures in the high 70's. After slogging upstream for half an hour we enter the locks on the left to be lifted to the highest part of the river. As our vessel eased forward into what looked like an enormous concrete box with a ladder of numbers painted in white on the walls, a class of children sent a chorus of OOOOHs and AAAAAHHHHs as the water suddenly boiled all around the boat from an unseen source. We should all be children for at least an 1 hour and half cruise. Slowly the boat rose as the water bubbled and lifted us to the upper level. Having reached the top of the massive gates, they opened and we moved quietly into the smooth river. Opposite us the river it self splashed down several falls to rush on its way to Koblenz.
After a short stop at Treis-Karden we arrived in Cochem, the home of the Reichburg Castle. We took a walking tour of the village, enjoyed refreshment and returned to plop ourselves on the outdoor 2nd level deck for the return trip at 4:00 P.M. An inspiring view of the Mosel, with fairly tale castles, middle aged half-timberd cottages sprinkled on the grape covered hills was enhanced by the added comfort of not having to drive and a slower pace that is a sure cure for rubbernecking. Our ship chugged smoothly down stream and reversed the process of the locks as water gushed out of the concrete box and our height fell. Safely lowered we glided past curve after curve of ashen cliffs breaking into the endless September sky. Leaves on the wine vines were slightly beginning to show color and blended delicately with village roofs and towering church spires. What weather!! What scenery!!!
Do not forget your camera!!!!
River cruise ships like ours have an enclosed salon below with food and bar service and all the facilities. Lots of space outside fore and aft with numerous chairs, benches and tables. Price 7.50 per person Round Trip
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2001
Cruising the Mosel River
Burg Eltz is impressive with numerous turrets, towers and an immense arched rock bridge closing the gap between the mountain side and the castle perch. I expected to see horses, knights with armour and ladies in distress. A large inner and outer coutyard hold two pleasant resturaunts and a tourist shop. Entrance and tour of the inner castle with its medival furnishings and valuable paintings is 8DM, children 5.50DM. From the outer courtyard you can walk almost all the way round the base of the castle and from several points view the stream that flows by in the trees. Hearty types can take a well marked hiking trail from Moselkern that brings you right to the base of the castle where the cold stream trickles by the rock stairs to the entrance. Open April- November 9:30-5:30. Most of the tours are in German, but special arrangements can be made for English tours.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2001
18 miles southwest of Koblenz
+49 (2672) 9 50 500