For those of you with property in the immediate vicinity of the river, flooding is always going to be in the back of your mind particularly with the current rainfalls being experienced across Europe. However, don’t despair too much as there are two very useful websites where you can monitor river levels from anywhere in the world allowing you to better decide when to either phone a neighbour and ask them nicely to clear out your ground floor or to make sure your insurance covers flood risk.
The first site is “Mosel Webcams“. As the name suggests, from there you can get real time video images streamed to your computer or smartphone from selected locations in several of the larger towns along the Mosel. The cameras are on all 24/7 and after the storms we have recently experienced the footage can be quite dramatic.
The website was started by two couples – Harald and Bernadette Mohr and Rüdiger and Heidi Mitscher – originally just to show off their home town of Traben-Trarbach, but the idea proved so popular that they added eleven more cameras in other locations and I am jolly grateful they did. Please do make use of the site and click on their sponsors from time to time so that they can continue to provide this excellent service. The site is in German only but is very easy to use even if you don’t speak the language.
The other website I find really useful if a little scary at times is the official “Hochwassermeldedienst” or “Flood Reporting Service” which covers all the major rivers and tributaries in the state of Rhineland Palatinate. Although it is also in German, much of it is pictorial and self-explanatory. For example, clicking on “Mosel” then “Karte” (which means maps) takes you to a simple map showing the monitoring points on the river, each identified by a coloured point representing the current river level status with green being less than the 2 year high water level (or in laymans terms, flood that occurs about once every 2 years in the statistical average) all the way up to purple which is the highest level i.e. greater than the fifty year flood level. It all depends where your property is located which colour is the one you need to watch out for. My house was last caught by the hundred year flood back in 1993, so I only need to start panicking when the alert hits purple.
Clicking on “Hochwasserfrühwarnung” or “High water early warning” reveals a simple map of the region similarly colour coded – green means all is okay, purple means inflate that dinghy and batten down the hatches. Although the map shows no place names, hovering your mouse over each section of the map will identify the municipality and you can click on those to get a bit more detail.
This site also offers graphs showing the current level of the main rivers (“Hauptpegel) as well as the tributaries (“Nebenpegel”) for each of the main rivers in the state.
There are more facts and figures as well as webcams – unfortunately all in German – on the project webpage which can be found by clicking here.
The Moselle region is one of Germany’s picturesque areas in the southwestern corner of this diverse country. Named and defined by its life-giving river: The Moselle. From Koblenz to Trier the river twists and turns about 200 kilometres. Its hillsides are perfect for mountain biking with amazing views and healthy exercise.
The European Travel Team has roamed the area on our own 2-wheelers and offer the last of our 3 recommendations for different cycle trips:
Strenuous climbs, steep descents, narrow paths and generous vistas. In the Moselle region, you have a network of trails with several thousand meters of altitude in a varied landscape that reward with fascinating panoramic views. Ideal for bikers who want a sporting holiday amongst vineyards and woods.
Nothing gives an appetite like a few hours of slowly climbing the steep…
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Racing teams from around the world will be competing over the weekend in various races, plus of course there will be practice sessions taking place also. You will be amazed at the speeds these boats reach and how agile they are as they skim across the surface of the water.
The event is free for spectators and the programme is available on the event Facebook page which can be found here.
Fancy a trip to Germany, but can’t quite decide which area is right for you? We’ve asked the team in our German office for their highlights of both regions to help you decide.
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