The Moselle River Valley is Germany’s wine country, where Riesling is grown, and home to the famous Burg Eltz castle. The drive along the river is one of the most scenic in Europe, passing through vineyards and historic towns.
Even if you’re indifferent to Riesling, it’s very good here. Wine shops serve small pours for just a few euros. You can even take your glass outside and sit by the river.
Cochem is the most popular town, but also the most touristy, so we simply drove through and admired it from the car. Many other towns along the river are just as picturesque yet much calmer. Our favorites were Boppard and Bernkastel-Kues.
We recommend budgeting at least 4 days and about $60 per person per day for a rental car and accommodations. We stayed in an Airbnb in Horbruch surrounded by idyllic farmland.
Overall, we thought the trip was an exceptional value.
Our Route from North to South