5th Medieval Days in Trier

Be transported to the days of chivalrous knights and damsels in distress at the Medieval Days which takes place on 28th and 29th July 2018.

The area around the Kurfürstliches Palais will come alive with all things Medieval from jugglers, traditional music and dancing, fire eaters, knight’s games to traditional craftsmen selling their wares and much more. Of course, food and drink will be available from various cook shops and taverns.

The fun starts from 11:30 am on the Saturday and ends at 11 pm. On Sunday, the hours are 11:30 am through to 6 pm. Entry costs €8 for adults and €6 for kids under the age of 16, students and pensioners. Family tickets cost €16 which covers two adults and all children up to the age of 16. Children under 1.20m in height admitted free.

The brochure for the event (sadly only in German) is available by clicking here.

Zeller Lange Tafel (Zell Long Table)

On Saturday 20th July from 11am, the 2018 Zell Long Table (”Zeller Lange Tafel”) kicks off.

As the name suggests, a 400 metre long table runs the entire length of Balduinstraße (which is the main shopping street of the town) at which local cafes, bars, restaurants and even shops serve up various food specialities and of course copious amounts of local wine.

A host of events take place throughout the day. Of course, most will be in German, but the people are friendly and the atmosphere is great. The programme is as follows:

11am – Official opening.

12am – Tour for children followed by spaghetti making and painting competition. Meeting point is the Schwartze Katz fountain. Ends at around 2pm.

5pm & 7pm – Performances of the play ”Zeller Schwarze Katz” by the laymen of the town hall. The play (in German but still entertaining) tells the story of how the town’s wine was named.

10pm – Lantern walk and cellar tour of the Zeller Kelterhaus. Meeting point at the Schwartze Katz fountain.

There will also be live and disco music.

Canoeing and Kayaking on the Mosel

If you fancy seeing the river from a different angle, why not try canoeing or kayaking?

Recently we packed my son and his cousin off on a “tour” run by Mosel Kanu Tours. With stations at Ernst and at Ediger-Eller, they offer several options for getting you afloat. You can either rent a vessel and make your own arrangements to get it back to the starting point. Or, you can opt to do a “tour” which includes transporting you and all your kit back at a pre-determined time. It’s not a tour in the real sense though, and you are not accompanied by an instructor or tour guide – you make your own way downstream and at your own pace so you can make up your own itinerary as you go along.


The company provides buoyancy aids and floating waterproof containers to store your keys, phone, sun cream, etc. Liability insurance is also included in the price. A choice of boats is available – kayaks, Canadian canoes and those stand up board things that seem to be the rage now. The kayaks can accommodate one or two paddlers and the canoes three and four.

For more information on Mosel Kanu Tours, click here. Oh, they also do bicycle hire, and you can combine that with boating for the ultimate experience.

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”

5th Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge at Ediger Eller

Whether are into sports challenges or just like beefy firemen, this event is for you. It is the Fifth Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge / 8th Firefighter Combat Challenge European Championship which takes place in Ediger Eller between 29th of June to the 1st of July 2018.

More info can be found on the website here although unfortunately, you will need to run it through Google translate as it is in German.

Medieval Days in Bernkastel-Kues

Be transported to the days of chivalrous knights and damsels in distress at a Medieval Spectacle which takes place on 9th and 10th June 2018.

The banks of the river in Kues will come alive with all things Medieval from jugglers, traditional music and dancing, fire eaters, Knight’s games to traditional craftsmen selling their wares and much more. Of course, food and drink will be available from various cook shops and taverns.

The fun starts at 11:30 am on Saturday and ends at 11 pm. On Sunday, the hours are 11:30 am through to 6 pm. Tickets cost €8 for adults and €6 for kids under the age of 16, students and pensioners. Family tickets cost €16 which covers two adults and all children up to the age of 16. Children under 1.20m in height admitted free.

The brochure for the event (sadly only in German) is available by clicking the following link:

https://www.mittelaltertage.com/mittelaltertage-zu-bernkastel-cues/

Adventure Forest Climbing Park

My son has loved climbing ever since he was little. Even now at the age of 18, he cannot resist those climbing walls you see around. So, imagine his (and my) delight when we discovered a superb climbing park located in a woodland above Traben Trarbach.

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Claiming to be one of the largest of its kind in Europe, Adventure Forest sits amongst the ruins of an ancient fortress, Mont Royal. The park has many activities to keep everyone busy for hours, including fourteen trails with over two hundred climbing elements, a thrilling canopy trail with zip-lines, as well as team building areas. There is a games course for non-climbers and younger visitors, plus snacks and beverages are offered on a roof terrace. Continue reading “Adventure Forest Climbing Park”

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