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1. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

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Hello! I am considering to spend one weekend in the Rhine and Moselle Valleys in August. I know nothing of the area, but as I will be in UK and I want to try something new it seems a good idea to go to Germany in a coach tour. I just want to make sure it is agood idea and have a nice holiday. Is it worth a weekend in the Rhine and Moselle Valleys? Is it an expensive region? How is the weather in August? Does anyone know the The Landhaus Krähennest (Lof) 3 Star Hotel? Is it any good? Are the cities of Boppard, Rüdesheim and Cochem worth a visit? How are they? How about the wine festivals that happen in the area? Are they really good? Which one is the best to been seen, the one in Cochem or Rüdesheim? Does anyone know the city of Löf? Any websites suggestions?
I hope I did not ask too many questions. I am really curious to learn about the region. Any ideas, tips, suggestions or recommendations?
Thanks! Danke!

2. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

A german friend showed me some of it, february last year. I'm not capable to remember any of the villages names besides Koblenz. It's where the Rhein and the Mosel meet eachother.

Expensive...well, I don't know. What's your concept of expensive? I wouldn't say Germany is a VERY expensive country, it's more expensive that Spain, and a lot cheaper than the U.K ? I guess.

The Rhein valley is a very nice region and I think that you'll enjoy your stay.

3. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

Thank you for posting a reply. It seems this region is not very popular among travellers. It has been hard to find information and advice. Any suggestion is welcome.

4. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

I never visited Rüdesheim (maybe passed it, but never left a lasting impression), but Boppard and Cochem are worth a visit. There is also a small town called Zell, that is worth a visit (it's on the Mosel)

Löf doesn't ring a bell. Seems like a very little town. (judging on the website of Krähenest it looks like it is very much loved by older people).

Personaly I wouldn't drink the wine from that area (much too sweet.) The festivals are like a lot of drinking, and eating (and live music)

I don't know if visiting with a group-tour is the best way to see it. (I don't like the limitations) You could consider getting to Koblenz, and taking a cruise on the Mosel or Rhein, that makes stops to see the towns. You can also take a train, and make a couple of stops between Koblenz and Trier.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 21, 2007, at 3:38 AM by Herr Bert ]

5. Posted by tev79 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hi Audrey,

if you are interested in history, you shouldn't miss Trier. In particluar the roman buildings and the cathedral are of interest. This summer it will be crowed due to the Constanin Year, but you will find a lot of events in consequence.

On the Mosel, Bernkastel-Kues is perhaps the nicest place to vistit. It has a very nice small old town and is the home of some of the most outstanding wineries, due to the step wine fields that are located around Bernkastel-Kues - you'll find mainly Riesling, but sweet as well as dry.

Other nice places are Zell, Traben-Trabach and Cochem.

At the Mosel, taking a train won't lead you to all the places of interest since the connection from Koblenz to Trier doesn't follow the river everywhere. Also public transport takes much time, at least in the upper Mosel part. You can either rent a bike to follow the Mosel or rent a car, which is more flexible if you don't want to go back.

At the Rhine I think taking a train is easier. Rüdesheim is stereotypical and a bit crowded in the summer time, but there are many other lovely places like the castles between Koblenz and Bingen, and the villages like Oberwesel, Bacharach and Boppard.

Every weekend in August you will find a festival in some village nearby.

Have a nice trip.

Hans

6. Posted by IronEar (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi Audry,

i totally agree with Hans. Trier is really worth a trip. If the coach tour follows the rivers, it would be nice trip for a single weekend. But be warned as Hans said, Rüdesheim is crowed! The weather should be ok (we also know how the summer looks:)) website suggestions:
http://www.mosel-reisefuehrer.de/moselhighengl/moselhighlightsengl.html

If you take a stop in Zell you should also visit the Marienburg. You can take a beautiful look form this place on a big loop of the Moselle.
At the rhine you should visit: http://www.schloss-johannisberg.de/.
Maybe you can take a look at the Loreley (http://www.tal-der-loreley.de/index.en.php)

Have a nice trip.

Tobias

7. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

Thank you for the tips. When you say crowed, do you mean crowed as the carnival in Notting Hill? I mean really very crowed and hard to move through the streets. Or is it just a bit more full of turists? Is the region very expensive? Are there many options of restaurants and places to eat?

8. Posted by IronEar (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi,

Rüdesheim especially the famous Drosselgasse could be very stuffed with people. A picture tells more than thousand words
http://www.ruedesheim.de/images/presse/drosselgasse.jpg
Sometimes Bernkastel is also quite brimmed.
The pricelevel is lower than in GB. But it depends, at Schloss Johannisberg restaurant you pay a lot more.
Restaurant options
Boothaus in Geisenheim
http://www.bootshaus-geisenheim.de/main.html
Geisenheim is the neighbour village from Rüdesheim. The Boothaus is nice place to stay, cheap and homely.
In Martinsthal you can find the winery Diefenhardt.
http://www.diefenhardt.ak-netzwerk.de/index-ausschank.htm

At the moselle i have to ask.

CU
Tobias

9. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

Danke!

10. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

I thought it was a good idea to show you the tour programme so you can have a better idea what I am talking about and can advise me better. Thanks! :)

ITIERARY:

Day 1 – We travel to Löf for a three-night stay.

Day 2 – Rhine Valley (included). We begin our drive through the beautiful Rhine Valley with a visit to the town of Boppard, where you can enjoy the splendid Rhine Promenade. We continue to Rüdesheim, home of the vibrant Drosselgasse, lined with restaurants, bars and shops and the famous Siegfried’s mechanical music cabinet. The Rhine is a delight as it meanders its way through its vine-clad gorge, busy with brightly coloured cruisers and barges. Add to this, some of Germany’s finest medieval castles on the hillsides and the legend of the Loreley, and you have a day to truly remember. For a different view of the river, why not take a cruise (optional) through the narrowest point of the Rhine gorge, past ancient castles, picturesque villages and vine-clad slopes. We see the Cat and Mouse castles and also the Loreley Rock, home to one of the most well- known legends of Germany. B,D

Day 3 – Moselle Valley (included). The Moselle River is the longest and most well-known tributary river of the Rhine. It presents a unique and more serene picture as the river gently meanders between the hills of the Hunsrucks and the Eifels. We drive to the charming wine town of Cochem, dominated by the ancient and mighty Reichsburg Castle, perched atop its hillside overlooking the town. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the town, maybe take a sightseeing tour by street train or, relax with a glass of the locally-produced white wine in one of the many typical wine pubs in the centre. B,D

Day 4 – Journey to Calais then return home. B

Meals Included: B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

ACCOMMODATION
You’ll stay for three nights at the 3-star standard Landhaus Krahennest in Löf on the hillsides of the Moselle Valley. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, but no lift. All bedrooms have T.V. and telephone. Some of the rooms are located in an annexe building approximately 30 metres from the hotel.

When demand is high, other hotels of a similar standard in the Rhine or Moselle Valley may be used.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:
Travel by executive coach
3 nights' accommodation with continental breakfast
2 evening meals
2 excursions: Rhine Valley; Moselle Valley