Traben-Trarbach

Traben and Trarbach on both sides of the Mosel.

Traben-Trarbach is one of the most charming wine towns along the Mosel river, in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany. It has some castle ruins and fine Jugendstil architecture to admire, but this is mostly a place to kick back and enjoy life. Stroll along the lovely river side boulevard and take in the lush hill side vineyards on both river banks. Then sit down on one of the outdoor terraces to try some of the fine local wines produced here, and just forget time...

Now officially united, Traben and Trarbach are originally two villages, situated on opposite sides of the river. A large bridge connects the two parts. Note that Wolf, now also a part of the city, is in practice rather a village of its own. Located in the next river curb, it's almost an hour's walk from Trarbach centre. More quiet, Wolf has plenty of good places to stay and eat and -especially if you have transport of your own- makes a fine base from where to explore the Moselle Valley.

Get in

The Frankfurt-Hahn airport is a 20 minute ride by car, and has a bus connection to Bullay. Ryanair has a good number of international flights here, and Wizzair and SunExpress have a few others. For non-discount air connections, Frankfurt Airport is your best bet. Additional options (although further off) include Metz-Nancy-Lorraine Airport (IATA: ETZ) and Cologne.

If you're travelling by train, Traben-Trarbach is a stop on the Moselwein-Bahn and a 20 minute trip from Bullay. From there, faster IC or RB trains will take you further to e.g. Koblenz (1 hour).

Coming by car, take the A1 coming from the directons of Trier or Koblenz. Take exit 125 Wittlich Mitte. From there, you can just follow the signs. Alternatively, take the more scenic B53 route along the Mosel river.

The hills in this area can be rather steep to ride, but when you follow the river valley, biking is a good option even if you're not super fit. There's an indicated Mosel Bike route, called "Mosel-Radweg".

Get around

The dual town can easily be explored on foot. To get to the hill top ruins, or just to the hills above town to admire the view, it's quite a walk up though. The same goes if you want to head to Wolf. A bike or car can come in handy for that.

See

The Brückentor at the Trarbach side
Traben, on the other side of the bridge

Both the Traben and Trarbach sides of town have a pleasant and typical old flair to it, with timbered houses and many Belle Epoque details all around. Although the origins of both places go back to the Middle Ages, mass fires destroyed most heritage from those days. In 1857, the last city fire left 1400 of all 1700 inhabitants of Trarbach without a roof over their heads. As the town (officially united since 1904) grew into a major wine trading city - at the turn of the century it was second in the world, after Bordeaux- it was splendidly rebuilt after the latest fashion. Many of the buildings were designed by the famous German architect Bruno Möhring, one of the most prominent Jugendstil architects in the country.

Do

Buy

Even for those who are not typically wine enthusiasts, it will be difficult to leave Traben-Trarbach without a bottle or two. And why not; it's the obvious souvenir and if you don't plan on drinking it yourself, your friends will likely be grateful if you serve them your own import wine.

Eat

Restaurants are scattered all over town, with options varying from 5 course gourmet cuisine to traditional and filling schnitzel and fried potatoes for around €12.

Drink

Obviously, if you come here, you just have to try the local wines. There are truly excellent examples and so many different kinds, that there's a favourite for everyone. Some of the river bank vineyards have the names of the "Weingut" (wine house) it belongs to indicated in huge white letters. In town, you can try sample of order bottles at really every tiny restaurant or café, of which there are plenty.

Several of the Wine houses also have distilleries, producing brandy and sweet liquors.

Sleep

A prime tourist destination for over a century, Traben-Trarbach has a broad scale of lodging options, varying from top end hotels to lovely but cheap camping sites. There are many bed&breakfast style "Gästezimmer" available, which are often good options. Even in high season you might encounter signs stating "Zimmer Frei" (Room free), but booking ahead is advised.

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