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.

Trading German Beer for English Tea & Bacon

I suspect many of you who drive to Germany for holidays or whatever are guilty of this. My best mate and his three sons came to visit from England and they brought over several month’s supply Tetley tea bags, English bacon and Cheddar cheese.

As you can see, rather than taking the truck back empty they took advantage of the cheap booze here. No Riesling made it onto the truck – we polished the whole lot off at the weekend…

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.

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”

Burg Eltz – A Hidden Jewel

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/

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/

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