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1,000 Year Old Wine-Village

Reil is a thousand year old wine village located on the Moselle River. In Reil you find yourself on the Central Moselle where the Romans 2,000 years ago went into raptures, where the famous Riesling wine grows on steep slopes, and where very hospitable people live. Reil is a historic Moselle wine village with a lively history and at least 1,000 year old wine growing tradition (with approximately 120 ha wine growing area, mostly situated on steep slopes). The most famous vineyard is the ‘Reiler vom heissen Stein’. This is where the legend of the count palatinate arose who could exchange his soul which he promised to the devil against wine from Reil. Reil offers a variety of possibilities to create your holiday individually. Here you still find an intact landscape and sound climate.

1. Location of Reil in Germany

The village of Reil is located in the Moselle-Saar holiday region, approximately 27 km to the northwest of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (see map on bottom of page).

The Moselle-Saar is one of the nine holiday regions of Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate. Of the Rhine's tributaries, the Moselle is considered the loveliest. Idyllic wine villages perched on steep, vine-clad slopes, and romantic little towns with a medieval feel, such as Cochem and Bernkastel-Kues, lend the Moselle valley its unique character. Trier, over 2,000 years old, is the oldest town in Germany and its stone relics dating back to Roman times have now been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Come and discover for yourself the jovial hospitality of local Moselle people — and don't forget to treat yourself to a delicious glass of that famous local Riesling. ... read more about the Moselle-Saar holiday region

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2. Historic Timber-Frame Houses

Reil is a small village typical of the Moselle with narrow streets, old half-timbered houses, original wine cellars all reminding of high wine culture which is more than a thousand years old. From early spring to late autumn the river promenade with its colourful flowers invites you to stroll along, to use it as a playground for your children, to watch the ships or just to enjoy yourself.

As you walk through the narrow lanes of this romantic wine-village, you feel that Reil is a village for looking round, living in and falling in love with. Here, you meet up with the present and the past at the same time, and as the saying goes, you’re ‘right in the midst of things’ in a village surrounded by woods, water and steep vineyards. Numerous historical buildings witness the rich past. During the past few years the owners have made great efforts to refurbish the lovely, old, stylish half-timbered houses. The view from the opposite bank of the Moselle River offers the guest a unique picture of this wine-village. The Moselle promenade, prettily decked out with flowers, the well-kept hotels, inns and guest houses, holiday apartments, cafés, wine-bars and last but not least the hospitality of the ‘Reiler’ (people of Reil) guarantee that your holiday in the one thousand-year-old village of Reil will be one to remember.

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3. Wine Holidays, Straußwirtschaften & Wine Tasting

For generations, cultivating vine has influenced the people of the Moselle and their culture, particularly in the thousand-year-old village of Reil. Wine is cultivated all around. Vines stand on the steep slopes to the right and left of the meandering course of the Moselle River. The majority of the grapes grown are the noble Riesling grapes, the queen of all grapes, favoured by the climate and the good-quality slate soil. Experience together with the whole family or with friends a ‘holiday at a wine-grower’s’, the perfume of the wine blossom in the spring, and the grape-harvest in the autumn amidst a golden-yellow countryside. Enlarge on your ‘knowledge of wine’ along the wine-trail or by participating in expertly led wine-tastings in rustic cellars. Taste the wines from the well-known vineyards of Reil, ‘Reiler vom heißen Stein’, ‘Goldlay’, ‘Falklay’, ‘Mullay-Hofberg’ and ‘Sorentberg’. Discover your own favourite wine at a wine-grower’s, in restaurants and inns whilst enjoying good food, celebrate in a happy crowd at the annual festivals such as ‘Open day at the wine cellars’ (weekend of Ascension Day), during the ‘Wine Fair’ (first weekend in July), at the ‘Wine and Home Festival’ (second weekend in August) or at the ‘Wine and Street Festival’ (first weekend in September).

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4. Leisure Activities

Enjoy a beautiful vacation. Reil and its surrounding area offer a lot of activities. Well signposted hiking and cycle routes welcome you. You will be rewarded by beautiful views into the broad Moselle Valley. Take advantage of the cycle bus, train and pleasure boats to explore the picturesque landscape. Reil also offers a special highlight for motor sport fans. Many significant riders of world-renown meet at the annual ‘Moto-Cross Race’ on the ‘Reiler Heißen Stein’.

You may walk along a path where you are taught a lot about wine and its production or a path following the historic railway. There is a long list of other activities offered to guests like the opportunity of Nordic Walking, cycling on special tracks along the Moselle, fishing, canoeing, boat trips up or down the Moselle, swimming and relaxing in pools nearby. In Reil people of all ages may find their entertainment. Moreover Reil is an excellent starting point for discovering the sights in the surrounding area worth seeing like e.g. Trier with its famous Roman buildings or Koblenz where the Moselle meets the Rhine. The train, buses and boats have their stations in Reil.

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5. Events Finder

There is always something happening — whether it is art, music, wine festivals or a host of other activities. The Events Finder gives you an overview about what is on, where and when. Here you can search for events and festivals in the region.

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6. Hotel & Holiday Flat Finder

Here you have direct access to the online accommodation reservation service of the Tourist Board of Rhineland-Palatinate. No other hotel reservation system on the Internet offers you such a broad and comprehensive list of accommodation in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate regions. You can list accommodation, search accommodation, contact accommodation establishments and make online reservations.

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7. How to get there from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport

7.1 By Rental Car

Google Maps: Route from (A) Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to (B) Reil
(27 km distance / 31 minutes driving time) » get directions

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7.2 By Rail and Bus Services

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has no direct railway or bus connection to Reil. However, the buses from the airport will take you to railway stations where you can connect with Deutsche Bahn trains or local transport links.

Weblink: Deutsche Bahn — show integrated Rail and Bus Services from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to Reil

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Reil Tourist-Information
Hutgasse 16
56861 Reil

Tel.: +49 (0) 65 42 - 2 10 36
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