Moselle Valley

The Grevenburg castle, built in the mid-1300s, sits high in the craggy hills above Trarbach, with incredible valley views. Because of its strategic importance, it changed hands 13 times, was besieged six times, and destroyed seven times – no wonder that two walls are all that remain. It's reached via a steep 500m-long footpath, the Sponheimer Weg, that begins a block north of the bridge (there's no access by car). Its cafe serves wine, beer and Flammkuchen (regional pizza).

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Nearby Moselle Valley attractions

1. Mittelmosel-Museum

0.23 MILES

A 1755 baroque villa proud of having hosted Johann Wolfgang von Goethe for a few hours in 1792 is now home to Traben-Trarbach's local history museum…

2. Buddha Museum

0.37 MILES

A magnificent 1906 Jugendstil former winery, designed by Bruno Möhring, is the unlikely home of the Buddha Museum, which has a beautifully presented…

3. Mont Royal

1.91 MILES

Above Traben are the remains of the vast Mont Royal fortress, constructed between 1687 and 1698 and designed by Vauban for Louis XIV as a base from which…

4. Marktplatz

2.81 MILES

Bernkastel’s pretty Marktplatz, a block inland from the bridge, is enclosed by a romantic ensemble of half-timbered houses with beautifully decorated…

5. Pfarrkirche St Michael

2.82 MILES

Facing the bridge, this partly 14th-century-Gothic church has an ornate interior and some colourful stained glass. The tower was originally part of the…

6. St-Nikolaus-Hospital

2.91 MILES

Most of Kues’ sights, including the Mosel-Weinmuseum and Mosel Vinothek, are conveniently grouped near the bridge in the late-Gothic St-Nikolaus-Hospital,…

7. Mosel-Weinmuseum

2.91 MILES

Part of the St-Nikolaus-Hospital complex, this small museum has interactive screens (best appreciated by German speakers) and features such as an Aromabar…

8. Burg Landshut

3.08 MILES

A rewarding way to get your heart pumping is heading from the Marktplatz up to this ruined 13th-century castle, framed by vineyards and forests on a bluff…