Mosel river with Riesling tastes

Remember our super car adventure and our road trip to Germany. After a long and a fun day at Koblenz and tiny towns of Rhein, we decided to drive next day, further West from the shores of river Mosel. Mosel river meets, Rhein in the very center of the city of Koblenz. And both rivers provide scenic route to drive especially in late August and early September, when every little town organizes a local festival. Colorful people, tasty junk food on street, music and riesling wines. What on earth would a traveler ask for?

It was a nice but cloudy Sunday morning when we started our drive from our hotel in Unkel. We did not have any specific plan, except to drive by Mosel river and stop wherever we find interesting, until we reach to Trier. Our first stop was Alken, a very cute town by the river. But the main reason to stop was the “Apfelstrudel” sign on the main road. Well, as you may guess it was a perfect excuse to stop. I already loved Apfelstrudel but it was our son’s first time ever taste of it, and guess what! He is now a fan of it too.

Grapes everywhere

Grapes everywhere

Grapes everywhere

Grapes everywhere

After a very tasty Apfelstrudel, with cream and ice cream on top, and a nice coffee escorting it, we found some little shops and little streets to walk around. Then we drove further to find new towns on the way.

We passed again very nice little towns, but when we reached to Cochem, there was a huge crowd, music and nice smells. This is it, we said and parked our car to enjoy the music. Every little “Piazza” of the town was settled like a film set, colorful flags all around, a stage for the band to play and street food kiosks everywhere, with Riesling wine kiosk in the middle, surrounded by long wooden banks and tables. My choice was various garlic breads and “the boys'” choice were hot dogs with different kind of sausages, again with some Riesling wines.

 

Little towns of Mosel river

Little towns of Mosel river

After a few hours we left our hearts in Cochem and went back to our car, as our target was today to reach to Trier. Trier is a big city, which is as every big city, not so fancy to visit on Sundays. The streets were rather empty, except some crazy tourists like us and the shops were closed. So just like many tourists do we went to the Pont Negro (A huge stone building, mainly black, used as the main entrance of the city in the past) and took the touristic train to explore the city faster. (Since we travel with our son, it is always easy to take these trains, instead of forcing him to walk.) Than we stopped at Hauptmarkt, which is the main Piazza of the town, with some interesting shops (like the oldest Pharmacy) and sounds of Sunday church bells. After eating some snacks in a wine house, at about 6.00 pm, we started to drive back to Unkel.

On the way back, our navigation took us directly somewhere close to Unkel, but on the wrong side of the river!! With a little panic of what we will do, we found out that, we were headed to the ferry to cross the river. Thank god, it was not a rocket science to take the ferry. The tickets were sold on the ferry itself, and it was very often. So it was just the right time to have a fine dinner at our hotel, when we finally reached to Unkel.

Next: We will drive to North: Holland, but not Amsterdam

The shores of Mosel and Rhein rivers in Germany

Fine grapes

Fine grapes

The next two days of our North Rhein/Germany roadtrip of 2011 were full of visiting the small towns of the river with Koblenz and Trier. The area is one of the most romantic parts of Germany, famous with riesling wineyards, the little and picturesque towns of Rhein and Mosel rivers. Being a close neighbor of France, it is a French-like part of the country I can say.

On Saturday morning, we started our day by driving directly to Koblenz, about 50 km from our hotel in Unkel. Koblenz is a very strategic city, with “Deutches Eck”, the point where river Mosel meets river Rhein. After a little tour with our supercar, we found a nice parking place for our car and did a long walk in the “altstadt”, the old town part of the city. “Saturday” was everywhere, with a nice sunshine and lots of tourists around the city was lively. By midday, our son was already very very tires of walking around, so we decided to find a boattour on the river, which took us some time to find the right one that fitted for us (short enough, not to get bored and long enough to rest our feet). We took the boat of Markensburg company, which was about 2 hours return tour. Good thing was, it was possible to hop-on-hop-off on some towns that the boat stops, maybe to have lunch somewhere or enjoy some riesling wine. Bad thing on the other hand was, the towns that the boat stopped were not looking as if there would be a good restaurant in them, so we decided to stay on board and return to Koblenz.

When we got back, it was already 3:00 pm and we all were very hungry. Searching for a nice place to have lunch, we found a nice table at an Italian restaurant and settled down. After waiting a few minutes, we are told that the restaurant will be closed in a few minutes and reopen in the evening. What a pity, so we stood up, collected all our items, tried to find another restaurant, but it was not so easy, as we understood, all good restaurants were closed in the afternoons. After another hour of walking, we finally found a Cafe and could eat something.

Another attraction in Koblenz is the cable car, going over the river to high up more than 100 meters, to visit the Landesmuseum. Another bad news of the day was that, a ticket per person was €20, to use all day. So we decided that it was not a good deal to buy the tickets late in the afternoon.

What we decided to do instead is to take our super car and drive further south of river Rhein. We passed trough very nice towns one by one and we arrived to Braubach, where many tents of food and drink were surrounding long white tables to relax. While travelling, there is a very common rule; if there is a long queue, there must be something nice to eat there. We proved this once more, and waited in front of the tent with the longest queue.

Good smells

Good smells

And here it was fried curling potatoes with various flavors.

Yummy

Yummy

We ended the day with these tasties and returned to our hotel.

Do you remember game:

Me: What do your remember of Koblenz?

Our son: Where was that?

Me: In Germany, where we went to Rhein and Mosel rivers and little towns.

Our son: ???

Result: Lovely place to go but not so worth to remember for a 9-year-old.

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