The Moselle River runs through kilometres of mountain vineyards and past quaint villages and ancient castles. The region around the town of Cochem is one of the most beautiful in all of Germany. From here you can take a canoe through this awe-inspiring backdrop, go climbing and taste the local wine.
With some 5,000 inhabitants, the town of Cochem on the Moselle is not what you would call a metropolis. But it does have charm. Along the central Moselle promenade, you’ll find a number of inviting bars, cafés and wine taverns where you can enjoy a view of the river. Less than an hour away from Koblenz, this little town is one of the most beautiful places on the Moselle, Germany’s oldest wine region. Over 4,000 winemakers are located along the Moselle where they tend more than 55 million vines. Of course, the culinary highlight here is wine. The most famous grape variety is Riesling, known throughout the world for its top quality. And the scenery is simply breath-taking with countless vineyards stretching down the mountainsides.
There’s more to do in and around Cochem than enjoy the scenery – you can also get active yourself. The surrounding area is especially suited for one- or two-day excursions.
Take the train to Ediger-Eller, situated about 15 kilometres from Cochem. The most exciting way to explore the region is to take a canoe ride from Ediger-Eller. Rent a canoe from a . After receiving instructions from the staff, you can head out into the Moselle on your own. After you paddle past the river island Taubengrün, we recommend going ashore in Beilstein.
This romantic village, also known as the “Sleeping Beauty of the Mosel” is registered as a historic landmark. Here you’ll find any number of cafés where you can take a break from all that canoeing. After you’ve rested, it’s time to get back on board and head to Ernst, the final stop on your canoe tour, and return your canoe. There are many wine taverns in Ernst where you can take winery tours and participate in a wine-tasting for around ten euros per person.
If you’re not a wine drinker, you can simply hop on bus 711 or ride a bike five kilometres back to Cochem. The canoe rental place also rents out bikes at a relatively low price.
Perched 100 metres above the river is the medieval castle Reichsburg. It’s an absolute highlight with its magnificent view of the Moselle and the surrounding vineyards! Tours of the castle are offered every day until 5 pm. The Reichsburg Shuttle Bus 781 will take you to the castle and back to Cochem. Inquire on site.
In the evening, you have a chance to discover the historic centre of town and its old marketplace. The narrow, winding alleyways possess a charming holiday flair. You can also have dinner in one of the many restaurants along the Moselle and enjoy the end of an eventful day in a relaxing atmosphere.
If you’re not interested in taking a long canoe ride or would like to stay more than a day, there are many other things to do and see in the region. You’ll find a good overview of activities and sites on the Moselle tourist information website.
An insider’s tip: the – a hiking route between Eller and Bremm. Take good hiking shoes and leave your fear of heights behind, because this free climbing tour will take you through the steepest vineyards in Europe – an unforgettable experience where you can test your mettle as a mountain climber. Along narrow paths, up ropes and vertical ladders, the route ascends 200 to 300 metres above the Moselle. The view over large expanses of the Moselle River valley is simply spectacular and there are many rest areas where you can take a breather. After reaching Bremm, you can hike back to Eller via the Calmont Höhenweg. The 6-km round trip takes three to four hours to complete.