Germany » Mosel River | Germany
The famous river for the vineyards and charming villages alongside
Mosel River | Germany: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Length of waterway:||242 km|
|Number of locks:||12|
|Lock dimensions:||110.00 x 11.40|
|Max. depth:||2.50||Max. headroom:||4.00|
|Degree of difficulty:||Demanding|
|Requirements:||Boating license essential|
|Character of waterway:||no rating|
|Profile of waterway:||Main waterway|
Waterway has access to:Canal de la Marne au Rhin | French Canals
Canal des Vosges | Canals of France
Rhine River | Germany
Saar River | Germany
The Mosel being a waterway for big vessels or, from River Rhine to the Vosges
The source of the Mosel lies a few kilometers north of Mulhouse in the Vosges. At Epinal it meets a branch of the Canal des Vosges. Then it accompanies the Canal des Vosges until Richardmenil, where it flows into the now navigable Mosel. As from PK 213 the river lies entirely within German territories. Another 213 km later it flows into the Rhine at Koblenz.
River Mosel is famous for the beautiful vine growing villages and their wine yards. After Koblenz, on the Rhine actually, Trier is the most interesting town. This very old town was established by the Treverer already 1300 B.C. and received its town charter 16 B.C. from the Romans. 70 AD the Romans built a bridge here (most likely the first one) over the Mosel and 30 years later the amphitheatre for 25’000 spectators.
Even though there is heavy commercial navigation on the lower Mosel, it is still very much liked by leisure skippers. Be it on transit to the south of France or to the Saar. For many of them however, this very beautiful, convivial valley is the goal. As on all the bigger waters of Germany, you have to have a license for navigating here. For this reason there are no boat hirers at the moment. There are ambitions to open the stretch between the estuary of the Saar and the border to France for house boating so that the Sauerkrauttour can be done without a license.
See more under Saar and Kohlekanal.
Places on River Mosel
Koblenz / Winningen / Brodenbach - Burgen / Treis-Karden / Cochem / Senheim / Merl / Traben-Trarbach / Bernkastel-Kues / Marina Neumagen / Schweich / Pölich / Trier / Konz
Along the river are first of all Riesling, Müller Thurgau and Blauburgunder wines offered. But of course dozens of specialties can be tasted in the different wine growing estates. Cooking is also affected by the wines of this region, being a fish dish, as for example pike-perch on a grape sauce or meat, like the famous Ratsherrentopf à la Moser or something especially delicious as an Amuse Geule by Peter Kopowski at “Burg Thurant” at Alken…