The most beautiful sights on the Moselle (for photo lovers)

The Moselle
The Moselle

The Moselle is one of the most romantic rivers in Germany. The famous and traditional wine culture is cultivated here. Between vineyards, traditional wine-growing villages, romantic towns and a well-constructed cycle path, you can enjoy yourself to the fullest here. In combination with the many palaces, castles and the wild valley, a photo tour along the Moselle is one of the most beautiful in Germany. We would like to present to you our favourite and most beautiful photo spots on the Moselle (including some of the most wellknown sites).

Photo locations on the Moselle – the most beautiful places of interest

Cochem and Reichsburg Cochem

Castle Cochem at night
1 Castle Cochem at night
2 Cochem, Reichsburg Cochem and the Moselle from the elevated point of view

The Reichsburg Cochem (= Cochem Castle) is impressively situated on a cone hill above the town of Cochem, the Moselle and the surrounding mountains. Good photo locations are on the bridge over the Moselle directly in Cochem or at the hiking car park at the road B259.

The castle as well as the castle garden are a true treasure trove for great photo opportunities. Cochem, itself, is probably the main tourist hotspot on the Moselle. However, other locations too have many beautiful little houses and alleys, which offer a lot of history as well as great picture opportunities.

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Castle Eltz

3 Burg Eltz at night and a touch of the Milky Way (yes, next time we better plan ;))
3 Burg Eltz at night and a touch of the Milky Way (yes, next time we better plan ;))

The top spot for photography on the Moselle. Every single Instagram user felt the need to take a picture of the Eltz Castle for this majestic castle is one of the main tourist attractions in Germany. Hardly any other castle is as well preserved as Burg Eltz. It lies in a picturesque side valley of the Moselle and is beautifully shaped.

Mountain Moments Tip: If you go early in the morning or late in the evening to the castle, the tourist masses and the hoard of photographers will have disappeared. Burg Eltz is particularly beautiful in autumn when it is foggy.

We recommend taking the one hour hike from the Münden car park.

Moselle Loop

The Moselle loop at Bremm
4 The Moselle loop at Bremm. Tip: Take a wide angle lens with you (and make sure not to forget to take it with you on the hike, like we did ;))

The Moselle was never straightened due to its deep valley cuts and therefore, winds in many, many loops from its origin to the Rhine.

The Mosel loop near Bremm is a particularly narrow loop and, therefore, particularly suitable from a photographic point of view. The most beautiful photo spots are at the point at Calmont and the high-altitude hiking trail and via ferrata above Bremm.

From Bremm, take the L106 in the direction of Beuren/Westen and finally follow the signs to the Calmont hiking car park and you will see yourself through after an easy 1km walk. Alternatively, you can hike about 1 hour from Bremm through picturesque wine terraces.

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Winegrowing villages (Winzerdörfer)

Wildly romantic winegrowing villages along the Moselle
5 Wildly romantic winegrowing villages along the Moselle – Tip: Hike the Moselle Trail for particularly beautiful views.

Along the Moselle, especially between Piesport and Cochem, one romantic winegrowing village follows the next. Countless old wineries, wine cellars, taverns and half-timbered houses can be discovered. A cycle tour of several days along the Moselle gives you enough time and leisure to discover these breathtaking pearls, photographically.

The local winegrowers are particularly popular and recommendable. It is not without reason that the Moselle wine is known and appreciated all over the world – the steep, barren vineyards shape the vines and make them particularly tasty.

Many winegrowers offer wine tastings and direct sales in their cellars. The best thing to do is to plan your wine tasting(s) for dinner, plan a taxi ride or book a hotel nearby ;).

Steep vineyards

6 Steep vineyards in lush summer green
6 Steep vineyards in lush summer green – here at Piesport.

Everywhere along the Moselle, the Moselle wine is cultivated. The cultivation also reaches into the steepest and most barren rocky soils. In the summer the slopes shine in rich green, in the autumn, shortly before the grape harvest, the red-yellow vines dip the slopes into a colorful sea of color.

Mountain Moments Tip: Capture the autumn colors just before or during the grape harvest. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a mystical high-fog atmosphere early in the morning.

Castles and palaces – photography along the Moselle river

Bernkastel with Castle
7 Bernkastel with Castle

In addition to the famous Eltz Castle, many other castles and palaces are waiting to be discovered. We don’t have a “the best” list of castles in this list of sights on the Moselle; there are simply too many beautiful locations to list here individually. And we don’t want to take away the spirit of discovery, either!

Here you may view Bernkastel-Kues; Traben-Trarbach, the longest suspension bridge in Germany; and much more. If, by chance, no castle is visible, don’t despair, the next Mosel loop will surely bring a new photo jewel.

Our tip is an excursion by bike or train along the Moselle and to rest where you like it most. With bike and train you can stay spontaneously and can discover the region with leisure and you don’t have to rush along your travel list.

Trier and the Porta Nigra

Porta Nigra in Trier
8 Porta Nigra in Trier

The wmost western starting point of the German Mosel tour is the city of Trier. The main attraction is the Porta Nigra, a stately Roman city gate and landmark of the city.

Nowadays the massive city gate loses itself, somewhat, in the cityscape and the mass tourism. If you fade this out and put yourself back in the time of the Romans, you can nevertheless feel the force with a powerful radiance.

For photographers, the “Porta” is a challenge: crowds of people, a modern cityscape close by and the black color challenge the landscape photographer.

Are you on your way to the Mosel to take pictures? What are your favourite photo locations on the Mosel? Comment below, share the joy of photography :)

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