The Mosel River courses through the peaceful countryside of Germany, Luxembourg and France. Sailings of the Mosel -- or the Moselle, as it's known in France -- are often combined with cruises of the Rhine River. The route is lined by some of Europe's most enchanting cities, as well as grand castles, lush vineyards and picture-perfect medieval villages. A Moselle River cruise is a great way to explore the stunning countryside, charming towns, and historic cities of Germany, Luxembourg, and France.
Here are some of the top destinations and attractions that you might see on a Moselle River cruise:
Trier: Trier is a historic city in Germany that is known for its stunning Roman ruins, including the Porta Nigra gate (the fortified gate that survives from the original Roman settlement), the Amphitheater, and the Imperial Baths. Other highlights of a visit to Trier might include the Trier Cathedral, the Karl Marx House museum, and the picturesque town center. Trier, Germany's oldest city founded in 16 B.C., has a rich Roman past. There are a number of additional Gothic and Renaissance monuments here, too.
Zell: Ttravel to Zell to learn about the famed Riesling wines that are produced there. Highlights of a visit to Zell may include a visit to the local vineyards, and wine tastings.
Bernkastel-Kues: Bernkastel-Kues is a charming town in Germany which has a picturesque market square encircled by half-timbered homes; the city also boasts 500 years of winemaking history. Highlights of a visit to Bernkastel-Kues might include a tour of the historic town center, a visit to the local vineyards, and a wine tasting.
Cochem: Cochem is a picturesque town in Germany that is known for its medieval castle, the Reichsburg Cochem, which overlooks the town and the river. Other highlights of a visit to Cochem might include a tour of the historic town center, the St. Martin's Church, and the local wineries.
Luxembourg City: Luxembourg City is the capital city of Luxembourg and a popular destination on Moselle River cruises. Highlights of a visit to Luxembourg City might include the stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Bock Casemates fortress, and the Grand Ducal Palace.
Metz: Metz is a historic city in France that is known for its stunning Gothic architecture, including the stunning Metz Cathedral and the Porte des Allemands gate. Other highlights of a visit to Metz might include the Centre Pompidou-Metz museum, the Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains Basilica, and the picturesque town center.
Nancy: Nancy is a historic city in France that is known for its stunning Art Nouveau architecture, including the stunning École de Nancy Museum and the Villa Majorelle. Other highlights of a visit to Nancy might include the Place Stanislas, the Saint-Epvre Basilica, and the picturesque town center.
These are just a few of the many destinations and attractions that you might see on a Moselle River cruise. Whether you're interested in history, culture, or natural beauty, the Moselle River offers a diverse range of experiences and sights to explore.
On a cruise, all the day-to-day travel details are handled for you by experienced tour directors who accompany you during the entire sailing. At each stop, sightseeing guides show you the sights and share stories of the local history and culture. Sailings are easy to budget, too, as so much is included in your price, including river-view accommodations, onboard meals and activities ashore.
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