Visiting the Mosel Valley

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  1. Rob and Val

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    We are hoping to visit here in late Spring. First of all, excuse our ignorance, is it the Mosel Valley or the Moselle Valley? We've seen both written but which is it? And, when speaking, on which part of the word is the emphasis, is it Mosel or Mosel?

    Is there a list of stellplatzs (aires) between Trier and Koblenz? And do you have any favourites that would not be too crowded in Mid-June?

    Which are the must-see villages to stop at?

    Which is the best place to begin a river cruise?

    Is there anywhere in the valley that we can rent bikes? And, if so, can we rent electric bikes?

    Should we go Trier to Koblenz or Koblenz to Trier, or doesn't it make any difference?

    We have a guide book but first-hand experience from seasoned travellers would be most welcome.
     
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    This is what we did after advise from others and it seemed to work.
    Straight to Trier and there is a good aire there. Visit town, nice walk from aire and by the roman gateway is the tourist office. There you can get a map of the river in English..
    Just follow that.. From memory stellplatz are marked in the tourist map and there are many of them.
    Get in early afternoon as they can get busy..
    Bike hire, sure they are there but not something we looked at..
    River cruise cant help...

    We loved it and will certainly go again.. Did not make Koblenz as campsite there was shut so we can back down the river...
     
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    Different spelling according to country. It flows through France as well. Cochem is a place I love. Riverside pay and display parking during the day and free at night. Get there early though as it is popular.
    I got all the stellplzt throught the bordatlas app that you can buy 3 euros for a month
    Dick
     
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    Camperstop Europe is a good one too (all in English) :)
     
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    We are planning on going in September so will also keep an eye on this thread, sorry can't be of any help

    Andy
     
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    Forgot to add that there is a stellplazt in an ordinary carpark listed in Koblenz that is on the bank of the Rhine. Entrance and exit are through railway archs onto and off a dual carraige way. Trouble is entrance is signed 3.4mtrs and exit 3.4mtres!!!! We are 3.35 with sat dish. Had to drive up track ring the railway at a level crossing and they remotely lifted the barrier. Beaware, you can't go out of the entrance as it is a slip road off the dual carriageway
     
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    We stayed on a little marina site at St Goar with ehu a few years ago, then biked to koblenz followed the Rhine, nice and flat bike ride
     
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    I have done the area 3 times now and hope to do it again.

    Not sure it makes and difference on starting at the top or bottom, I have done both and they both work the same.
    I had a bike with me, I did not notice any hire shops but there could be.
    Not sure on Tier I did try but it looked a difficult place to park up and not that interesting to me.
    Schwebsange in Luxembourg was quite a nice start if going from the bottom and I thought Saarburg was a must. It's not on the Mosel but on the Saar just before it feeds into the Mosel.
    There a quite a few nice villages to stop at on the way and distances are quite short so plenty of time to look around. When I met Mickydrip they went on the river taxi from Trittenheim to Berncastle. The boat stopped a few metres from the stellplatz we were on. It stops close to quite a few.

    For a bit more of my story and photos of my last 2 trips see the showcase items below.


    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/showcase/germany-france-june-2014.74/

    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/showcase/germany-france-september-2014.76/
     
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    We've done it by motorbike, we've done it by MH.

    There is only one essential piece of advice, Do It.

    Trier to Koblenz then turn right to Sankt Goar is logical.

    Stop everywhere but Cocham, Koblenz, Boppard, Sankt Goar are essentials. The site at Sankt Goar right on the bank of the Rhein is our favourite. The Rhein is a working river valley, so a bit noisy.

    https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?ll=50.144302,7.722284&spn=0.002932,0.005461&t=h&z=18
     
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    We went along the Mosel last September, weather was great, vines were burgeoned with grapes (tasted quite sweet too, not felt as guilty since scrumping apples as a kid :)) Didn't book any sites and managed to park up on sites and stellplazes no problem. Couldn't find a parking spot anywhere in Cochem but it was just after lunch when we arrived. Saw a bike hire spot in Zell but didn't enquire as we had ours with us and some of the local busses had trailers on the back for carrying bikes. The cycle paths along the river and through the vineyards were brill. We stayed on an Aire in Trier but some friends we met parked over the road next to Maccy D's for free.
     
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    There is a Stellplatz outside of the fence of the Knaus camping area Koblenz Here we are on the corner and best space no. 10
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    The site is on the right there
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    Better boat trips on Rhine. We stayed at Braubach Stellplatz and got the paddle steamer Gothe to Rüdesheim am Rhein through the Rhine George, great day out.
     
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    Many thanks to all you lovely people who gave replies and some really great advice - all of it very useful. Love the photos on this thread and in the blogs/galleries.

    Has anyone been to visit the (Burg)Eltz Castle at Münstermaifeld, please? Is it possible to view it from the Mosel River i.e. on a boat trip? If so, where would you board the boat? Any info or advice gratefully received.

    Burg Eltz Castle.jpeg
     
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    If you read up on all these German castles they all seem to be recent rebuilds by very rich Germans, most being destroyed in local disputes over the centuries.
     
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    Thanks for that info, @hilldweller. Eltz castle is mediaeval and, as far as I know, has never been destroyed and rebuilt.. Apparently, it is still owned by relatives of the family that lived there in the 12th century. It's like a fairy-tale castle and has really captured our imagination.
     
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    Another vote for the camperstops book, but campercontact app is very good as well as it put the co-ordinates straight into your sat Nav if you have them both on the same device.

    Trier is nice but a couple of mile walk in from the aire, the Cathedral is a must see for me (inside not out).
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    Bernkastel is nice as well, you can overnight right under the bridge in the town but you need to go to the tourist info and get a ticket for the windscreen.
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    Enjoy
     
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    I think there is only one that deserves that accolade - Neuschwanstein. It's just unbelievable.
     
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