Elegant Traben-Trarbach makes an excellent base for exploring the valley by bike or car. A major centre of the wine trade a century ago, the town’s winemakers still welcome visitors for tastings and sales.
Traben, on the Moselle’s left bank, is the commercial hub. It lost its medieval appearance to three major fires but was well compensated with beautiful Jugendstil villas, many of them designed by Berlin architect Bruno Möhring, whose works also include the ornate 1898 bridge gate, Brückentor, across the river in Trarbach. The two towns united in 1904.
Both banks of the Moselle have grassy riverfront promenades that are perfect for strolling.