Things to do when you’re camping in the Mosel Valley
Bernkastel-Kues Twin villages on either side of the Mosel. Bernkastel, on the north bank of the river, is a colourful village with a pretty Marktplatz lined with halftimbered buildings with carved façades.
For a wonderful view of the river visit the ruins of the 13th century Landshut Castle on a promontory above the town. During the summer a return boat service runs daily to Trier. A bridge crosses the river to Kues where you can visit the St Nicklaus hospital founded by Nikolaus Cusanus, the 15th century philosopher. There are regular wine tastings and amongst the Gothic buildings you will find the Mosel-Weinmuseum.
Cochem An attractive medieval town overlooked by a huge castle, the Reichsburg of Cochem. Originally built in the 11th century, it was almost completely destroyed by Louis XIV in 1689 and restored during the 19th century. 10km southeast of Cochem is Beilstein, an unspoilt medieval wine town with some beautiful half-timbered houses and the ruins of Metternich Castle.
Mettlach An important centre for the ceramics industry. The unusual presentation Keravision and the Museum of Villeroy and Boch (the well known local ceramics firm) now occupy the former monastery buildings. The museum shows the history of ceramics using displays of the firm’s products. Mettlach is situated in a large loop in the Saar, known as the Saarschleife.
Neumagen The town lies over the Roman settlement of Noviomagus. An important part of the excavation of the Roman settlement is a sculpture of a wine-laden ship, and a smiling sailor. The original can be seen in the Landesmuseum in Trier however there is a copy on display here, in the main square.
Luxembourg City The capital of the Grand-Duchy is spectacularly situated on the banks of the Pétrusse and Alzette rivers. In the centre of the town you will find the Place d’Armes, a tree-lined square with restaurants and open-air cafés, and the Grand Rue, a pedestrianised shopping street. Luxembourg City is full of museums and varied attractions, which make it a worthwhile day trip, there are a few festivals held in the city including the ‘Schueberfouer’ funfair at the end of the summer.
With so much to do on a camping holiday in the Mosel Valley, you'll be sure to enjoy an activity packed outdoor holiday!