The Humble Source of the Mosel

Have you ever considered what the source of our mighty Mosel river looks like or indeed where it is? Well, believe it or not, the picture above is that very source and it springs from the ground at Ballon d’Alsace in the Vosges Mountains of France where it is called the Moselle.

It is incredible to believe that the river grows so dramatically as it wriggles 545 kilometres through the French, Luxembourgish and German landscape on its way to its final destination, the Rhine in Koblenz.

Of course, the river picks several tributaries along the way as well as draining surrounding lands, all of which contribute to the heavy floods which can hit the region in winter. These floods have become a way of life for the people living close to the banks who have learned to live on the upper floors of their homes, relegating the ground floor areas to utility rooms in order to avoid excessive flood damage.

(Picture generously shared by Didier Misson Of Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium and Wikimedia Commons)

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