The Hochmoselübergang

The Hochmoselübergang (also known as the Hochmoselbrücke) is really taking shape now. You will have seen it if you have driven along the river between Trarben Trarbach and Bernkastel Kues, otherwise you may have read about it on the news.

The project has been one of the most controversial civil engineering projects in Germany to date. Some see it as a gigantic eyesore. Others believe it will have a detrimental impact on the environment. Many argue that alternative, more environmentally friendly and less damaging routes were available. Continue reading “The Hochmoselübergang”

Ostrich Farm & Carmelite Church

I bet few of you realise that there is actually an ostrich farm in the countryside near Bengel, which is on the road from Alf to Wittlich.

Owned by the juggler and comedian Christoph Engels, “Straußenfarm Zur Klostermühle” is set amongst historic mill and farm buildings surrounded by meadows. There is a very pleasant cafe and beer garden overlooking those meadows so you can have a cup of coffee and a slice of cake or an ostrich bratwurst whilst the kids let off steam outside.

Of course, the highlight of the place is the ostriches which are bred on site. When we visited, we saw plenty of all sizes and trust me, some of them are HUGE! Just don’t tell the children that they end up on the dinner table though. On that subject, the meat and a few other products are available to buy on-site.


The farm is open until the end of September on weekends only from 1 pm. Ostrich tours (unfortunately I am not sure if they are available in English) are available from 2pm or by appointment. The cafe is closed on 4th and 11th of August due to special events. There is a Mill Festival taking place on 9th September 2018.

Sadly the website is only available in German, but is available here if you want to take a look anyway.

Whilst you are there, on the opposite side of the road to the farm in Springiersbach is a stunning baroque Carmelite church attached to a monastery. This is definitely worth a visit as it has an incredibly ornate interior akin to the baroque churches in Bavaria and other parts of Europe.

There are regular concerts and other events held here, details of which (in German) can be found here. If you are interested in the history of the church and monastery, there is a potted version of it here.

Ketchup and Mayonnaise

One thing which always seems to shock people when they come to Germany is having to pay for ketchup and mayonnaise to go with their fries. I know it sounds like a simple thing, but it rankles so many.

How many of you have had a meal at a well-known burger chain and sat down only to find that no condiments on the tray? I bet you then had a gut-wrenching feeling as you are asked to pay for every sachet when you return to the counter to get some ketchup to go with your fries? Worse still, you purchased the meal from a drive-through and ended up eating dry fries?

I have lived in several countries over the years, but Germany has been the only one that does this. To me, it is a huge culture shock. For heaven’s sake, even in Lebanon you can help yourself to ketchup or barbecue sauce from pump action dispensers! And it is not only the fast food chains that are charging for a dollop of ketchup or a splodge of mayo – I have even had to pay extra in some of the more upmarket places.

So, if you like a lot of sauce with your fries, be prepared to pay a bit extra to actually get it.

English-speaking Medical Specialists

As discussed in my previous post titled “Finding English-Speaking Doctors, Dentists and Opticians”, one of the most daunting things about living abroad is finding help for medical problems.

I know from personal experience that locating English-speaking medical practitioners is not easy in Germany. Of course, they do exist, but they rarely advertise their language abilities making finding them rather difficult. In this article, I try to give you some guidance on how to find what you are looking for. Continue reading “English-speaking Medical Specialists”

Knight’s Meal at Reichsburg, Cochem

The impressive Reichsburg medieval fortress in Cochem has several activities over the year, one of the most popular being the Knight’s Meal.

As the name suggests, you are served medieval style food by people in costume from the period, and the entertainment also harks from that era. Of course, meat features on the menu, but vegetarians are not forgotten as a meatless version of the meal is available.

The event takes place several times a month and most are in German with English translation sheets provided. They do hold a limited number in English, the next being on Saturday 1st September 2018 and one on Friday 21st September 2018.

The meal lasts around four hours and costs €49 for adults and €24.50 for children aged 6 to 17 years. Be prepared to share a table with others – not only is that very medieval, but it is also common in parts of Germany and does make for a very social experience.

Reservation is essential as the event sells out quickly. Full details including a menu, availability chart and booking form are available here.


Adrenalin Rush at the Nürburgring

As much as I love the peace and tranquillity offered in most parts of the valley, there are times I fancy doing something crazy. Of course, the river offers plenty of scope for thrill junkies from water skiing to being dragged behind a boat at high speed on an inflatable sausage. Sadly, those things have limited appeal to people like me who were not blessed with water wings from an early age. Continue reading “Adrenalin Rush at the Nürburgring”

Scenic Train Journey

The railway from Trier to Koblenz follows the river for large stretches of its length making for a very scenic journey. However, as you will see in this video, there are some stretches which will make even the strongest of us flinch with fear as the train ekes its way through some very tight spots!

German Property Searches

In response to a growing number of messages I am receiving asking about how to go about finding properties in the area, I can recommend the following web search engines:

Unfortunately, they are in German but it is easy enough to find your way around them using a dictionary, or for those who really cannot be bothered, by running them through an online translator such as the one available on Google Chrome.

I am working on doing a full article which will include common terminology and other bits of advice on finding property. I will publish that as soon as I can.

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