Mosel River Wine Region Sights and Attractions between Koblenz and Trier
One German road trip we highly recommend taking is through the Mosel River Valley between Koblenz and Trier. We suggest starting your journey in the town of Winningen, about 15 miles SW of Koblenz. To get there, drive towards Koblenz along A61/E31 and take exit number 38 to Winningen. Once there, make your way to the river road (B416); turn right onto B416 in the direction of Kobern. Once you’re on the river road, follow it alongside the Mosel in the direction of Trier, stopping along the way to enjoy a few of the villages, vineyards and historic ruins.
Here are a few highlights along the way (from Winningen to Trier):
Niederburg– the ruins of a 12th century castle, overlooking Kobern.
Schloss von der Leyen – formerly Schloß Gondorf, this castle was the ancestral home of the noble House of Leyen and the only moated castle along the Mosel. Approaching the municipality of Kobern-Gondorf along B416, you’ll drive through the castle tower.
View of Valley
Burg Thurant – this massive fortification sits high on a hilltop near the town of Alken. Built in the late 12th century, the castle was later divided in two with one part belonging to Cologne and one part belonging to Trier. The castle is open to visitors for guided tours.
Bischofstein – a 12th century castle believed to be on the site of previous fortifications from the 5th and 6th centuries. Located on the opposite bank from the town of Burgen, Bischofstein is now the Bischofstein Castle
Burg Eltz – owned by the same family for centuries, this fairytale castle in the Eltz (Elzbach) River valley, near the communities of Müden and Moselkern, is a high point to your Mosel Wine Region tour. A definite must-see!
Burg Treis – the hilltop ruins of an Imperial castle, founded by the Knights of Trihis, located near the municipality of Treis-Karden.
Coraldelstein – ruins of a 10th century castle; privately owned.
Cochem – one of the larger of the riverside communities, identified by its multi-turreted hilltop castle.
Reichsburg Cochem – a multi-turreted castle overlooking the city of Cochem; open to the public for tours and special events.
Beilstein – possibly the quaintest of the Mosel valley villages, it’s officially known as the ‘“Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle’. Definitely worth a stop!
Burg Metternich – ruins of a medieval fortification above the village of Beilstein.
Kloster Stuben – the skeletal ruins of a 12th century Augustinian Monastery. Appearing to be located on an island in the river, the cloister is actually located on the mainland in a hairpin turn of the river in the municipality of Bremm.
Zell – our favorite base in the Mosel region; a great place to unwind after a day of driving and sightseeing.
Marienburg – castle and former monastery dating to at least the 12th century, now owned by the Diocese of Trier and used as a youth educational center. Located across the river from Zell.
Grevenburg – 14th century castle in the city of Traben-Trarbach; left in ruins following bombardment by French troops in the 18th century.
Landshut – ruins of a castle dating from at least the 10th century and destroyed by fire in the 17th century; the tower ruins remain a symbol of the town of Bernkastel-Kues.
Roman Ruins – scattered across the hillsides are the remains of ancient Roman settlements. Villa Rustica in Mehring is one such site worth seeing.
Adult Admission (Burg Thurant) = 3.50€
Adult Admission (Burg Eltz) = 9.00€
Adult Admission (Reichsburg Cochem) = 5.00€
Adult Admission (Burg Metternich) = 2.50€
Adult Admission (Villa Rustica) = FREE
For more detailed information about the castles of the Mosel, consider purchasing a copy of the informative book titled ‘The Castles of the Moselle Between Coblenz and Trier’. Available for 3.50€ at the Tourist Information Office (TI) in Zell.