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 in the heavy rainfalls that seem to lash Europe in winter. Continue reading “Mosel Flood Alerts”
I know we are more than halfway through 2018 already, but for those of you still wondering, here is a list of the public holidays for Rhineland Palatinate (or Rheinland Pfalz as it is in German) over the remainder of the year: Continue reading “German Public Holidays”
If you are heading to Trier, you may be interested to know there are several regular markets for you to enjoy. Continue reading “Markets in Trier”
Burg Eltz is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful castles in Germany, if not worldwide. When you first see it nestled in its secluded valley, you immediately understand why.
There has been a castle on the site for over 850 years. Originally constructed to protect the Mosel-Maifeld-Eifel trade route, it incorporates remains of earlier Celtic and Roman fortifications.
Remarkably, the castle has remained in the ownership of the original family. Unlike many other castles from the period, it was never destroyed or abandoned. More recently, a programme of conservation and repair has been in place to preserve it for years to come.
In keeping with the stunning exterior, the castle also boasts splendid interiors. Colourful wall paintings and intricate carvings complement the antiques and artworks collected by the castle owners over the centuries.
The castle sits in the ancient Eltz Forest, a large section of which is now a nature reserve. There are excellent trails for hiking, horse riding and cycling. Visitors must adhere to these to protect the rare species of plants and animals that are present in the forest.
The castle is open daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm until 1 November 2018. Full details including entrance fees, directions, history, etc. are available at https://burg-eltz.de/en/
For something a little different head over to Traben Trarbach on 9th and 10th June because the 37th international “Motorbootrennen” (powerboat race) is taking place.
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 website (sadly only in German so you will need to use Google Translate) which can be found here. On there is a map showing the location of the event and parking arrangements, plus the programme.
People often ask me what typical regional cuisine is in the Mosel valley, but it is a very hard question to answer. What does seem to pop up regularly on menus in the eateries along the river is the “Winzerteller” which literally translates to “Vintner’s plate”. It’s not unique to the region, as I know such things are popular in other states such as Bavaria (where it is called “Brotzeit”), but it is the perfect accompaniment to the local Riesling wine.
As you can see, it is basically just a wooden platter with a selection of meats, cheese or both. The meats usually include cured ham and sliced sausage – often homemade – such as black pudding (“Blutwurst”) and liver sausage “Leberwurst”).
The platter in the picture is from a restaurant in Zell (I will publish the name when I remember it!) and includes cured ham and sausage made from local wild boar (“Wildschwein”). It is one of my favourite meals.
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.