Getting there & around
The most scenic part of the Moselle Valley runs 195km northeast from Trier to Koblenz; it’s most practical to begin your MoselleValley trip from either of these two.
It is not possible to travel the banks of the Moselle River via rail. Local and fast trains run every hour between Trier and Koblenz, but the only riverside stretch of this line is between Cochem and Koblenz (however it’s a scenic dandy). Apart from this run – and the scenic Moselweinbahn line taking tourists between Bullay and Traben-Trarbach – travellers must use buses, ferries, bicycles or cars to travel between most of the upper Moselle towns.
Moselbahn (0651-147 750; www.moselbahn.de) runs eight buses on weekdays (fewer at weekends) between Trier and Bullay (three hours each way), a very scenic route following the river’s winding course and passing through numerous quaint villages. Buses leave from outside the train stations in Trier and Bullay.
A great way to explore the Moselle in the high season is by boat. Between May and early October, Köln-Düsseldorfer (KD) Line (0221-208 8318; www.k-d.com) ferries sail daily between Koblenz and Cochem (€22.40 one way, 4¾ hours). Various smaller ferry companies also operate on the Moselle from some of the towns. Eurail and German Rail passes are valid for all normal KD Line services, and travel on your birthday is free.
The Moselle is a popular area among cyclists, and for much of the river’s course there’s a separate ‘Moselroute’ bike track. Most towns have a rental shop or two, ask at the tourist offices. Many of the Moselbahn buses also carry bikes.