The Roman Wine Route in Germany
The ‘Römische Weinstraße’ (Roman Wine Route), with its 19 charming wine villages, is located on the central stretch of the Moselle River, between Schweich (nearby Trier) and Leiwen. The two-thousand-year-old city of Trier, the cultural city of Luxembourg and the densely forested central mountain regions of the Eifel and Hunsrück are only a few of the numerous fascinating destinations in the region. Along the ‘Römische Weinstraße’ (Roman Wine Route) you will discover the enchanting Moselle Valley, one of Europe's most beautiful river landscapes. An excursion to the picturesque wine villages with their romantic fortresses and castles, as well as the many remnants of Roman architecture along the route, should most certainly be included on your itinerary.
The ‘Römische Weinstraße’ (Roman Wine Route) is located in the Moselle-Saar holiday region, approximately 61 km to the southwest 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
If you think about the Moselle River, immediately the name of the oldest city in Germany enters your mind too. Trier was founded 2,000 years ago by the Romans as Augusta Treverorum (the city of emperor Augustus). There is no doubt that Romans settled already in Germany at that time. They defended the Roman empire against the barbarians. And they brought their culture and eating habits with them. Wine was an integral part of the Roman culture and that is why they started to cultivate wine at the Moselle River. From Trier the wine was distributed to several military posts. Because the Moselle River was not always a reliable waterway, the Romans started to built roads to secure the transport of goods all year round. Parallel to the Moselle River the Romans built a system of roads that lead to ‘Colonia Agrippina’ (Cologne) and ‘Moguntia’ (Mainz). That was the beginning of the Roman Wine Route.
Testimony of the rich Roman past can be found in Trier (the oldest city of Germany) and all around the ‘Römische Weinstraße’ (Roman Wine Route). The ancient Roman Wine Route was marked by milestones, each approximately 2 km apart from each other. Today you can still see one of them at Detzem. The towns name is related to the milestone, which was called ‘ad decimum lapidem’ (the 10th milestone). Many important archaeological findings are located around the Roman Wine Route and Trier (the Roman imperial city north of the alps). The ‘Roman Villa Urbana’ is one of those. It was the agriculture and wine-growing estate of a Roman official in the 2nd century AC. The villa is located near the town Longuich.
Another important monument you will find near the town Mehring. Archaeologists found here the ‘Roman Villa Rustica’. The architectural style of the villa is typical. Very well preserved are some of the mosaics floors and mural paintings. The Romans were master architects. In Pölch you will find an extraordinary example of their engineering. A water supply pipeline with a length of several kilometres. A tunnel cut through slate collected water and passed it on to a Roman Villa in the valley. Today, part of the old pipeline system is visible and can be visited.
Today, following the Roman Wine Route from Trier along the Moselle River, you will come through the 19 holiday resorts of the ‘Römische Weinstraße’ (Roman Wine Route). It is here, that a third of the Moselle wine is produced. Some of the famous Moselle Riesling winegrowing estates are located here. The wineries invite you to stop for a wine-tasting or to buy wine from the winegrower. Or enjoy one of the many wine festivals between May and September. For families, the ‘Römische Weinstraße’ (Roman Wine Route) has much to offer. Whatever your hobbies, along the Roman Wine Route you will find the right activity for you. An extensive network of cycle paths, two open-air swimming pools, water skiing, water sports, marinas, tennis, golf, skydiving, hot-air balloon rides, horseback riding, rambling and much more. There is also a broad offer of cultural activities.
2,000 years ago the Romans introduced viticulture to the Moselle. It has influenced the countryside, art, culture, architecture and people up to the present day. Testimony to this extremely varied history can be found everywhere along the tourism route of the ‘Römische Weinstraße’ (Roman Wine Route). The art of winemaking was perfected throughout the centuries. ‘In vino veritas’ Winemaking is an art. Everything has to be right, from the grape to the barrel. An arduous path lies between the two. The regions winegrowers have been toiling for generations to ensure the wine finally tastes as it should. The sun completes the task. This is hardly surprising; the winegrower have followed the tradition established by the Romans, who were cultivating the vine in the area 2,000 years ago.
The people of the ‘Römische Weinstraße’ are keeping with traditional customs. Retaining traditions and holding on to what can only be defined as good taste embodies the soul of the Moselle people. Festivals have been celebrated for generations and are still informally and convivially celebrated today. The Riesling, the noblest and most widely appreciated grape variety worldwide, is predominantly cultivated on the ‘Roman Wine Route’.
The holiday and wine region ‘Römische Weinstraße’ (Roman Wine Route) has much to offer. You can spend a most relaxing and varied holiday here at any time of the year. A host of historical attractions on the Roman Wine Route and interesting places of excursion are awaiting you.
- Roman Villa Urbana (Longuich)
- Built in the 2nd century AC, the villa is testimony of the roman settlements in the region. With a size of 110 m x 28 m and its high standard of furnishings, it can be concluded that it was a palatial villa owned by a wealthy family. Part of the the original roman bath is preserved.
- Roman Villa Rustica (Mehring)
- The manor of a roman estate from the 2nd century AC. With 34 rooms it is one of the largest roman manors in the region. Parts of the beautiful floor mosaics and mural paintings are preserved.
- Roman Water-Supply Pipeline (Pölich)
- The water pipeline belonged to a roman villa and its baths. The pipeline was cut through slate in the 2nd century AC. Three of its access shafts are still visible. Over 50 m of the original pipeline has been recovered.
- Roman Milestone (Detzem)
- This preserved roman milestone is a testimony of the historic roman route. Located at the village Detzem.
- Five-Lake-View (Detzem)
- A delightful view can be enjoyed from the Hunsrück hills at the famous five-lake-view. The river repeatedly winds into the picture and divides the broad panorama into vineyards, pretty wine villages and forests.
- Ferry Tower (Schweich)
- This mighty ferry tower (3 floors high) from the end of the 18th century was in use until 1906.
- Molitorsmühle (Schweich)
- An old mill from the 19th century. Today it is a cultural monument and home to a museum. The mill is still fully functional. On four levels, you will experience how the mechanics of the mill work and how flour was produced in the 19th century.
- Cultural Centre Niederprümer Hof (Schweich)
- Home of an exhibition about the author Stefan Andres and Father Johannes Maria Haw.
- Synagogue (Schweich)
- This synagogue was built in the 18th century by the Jewish community in Schweich.
- Stefan Andres Fountain (Schweich)
- Dedicated to the poet Stefan Andres, known for his novel ‘the boy in the well’ that plays in Schweich. The fountain is a monument for Stefan Andres, a famous resident of Schweich.
- Slate Mine (Fell)
- An old slate mine from the turn of the century. Inside the mine, exhibits show the dangerous work conditions that mine workers were exposed to 70 m below ground. You will experience how slate was mined.
- Klüsserath Castle (Klüsserath)
- Built in 1338. Only the housing complex is still preserved today. In former times the castle was surrounded by a moat.
- Longuich Castle (Longuich)
- Built in 1360, the castle was residence of Ritter Platt von Longuich. In 1790 the castle was converted to its present appearance. In 1980 the castle was restored and converted to a restaurant.
- Baroque Palace Bekond (Bekond)
- It is an impressive manor showing the architectural style of rural palaces in the 18th century. Today the castle provides the stage for baroque and classical chamber music concerts.
- Föhren Castle (Föhren)
- Built in the 14th century. The castles architecture and its park are unique. Since 1438 it is the seat of the count of Kesselstatt. The castle is in private ownership. On the premises of the castle you will find a shop that sells local culinary specialities.
Discover the enchanting Moselle Valley, one of Europe's most beautiful river landscapes. An excursion to picturesque wine villages with their romantic fortresses and castles, as well as the many remnants of Roman architecture, makes the Moselle one of the loveliest tributaries of the Rhine river.
In the Moselle Valley you find excellent conditions for Mountain biking or an exciting boat tour on the river. And much more! Water-ski in the morning and inline skating in the afternoon? Get a bird’s eye view of the land and the people from an aeroplane or a hot air balloon or exploit the optimal thermals of the Moselle Valley for paragliding? Walking and golfing. Bike or horseback riding. Beach volleyball or fishing? The range of leisure activities along the ‘Roman Wine Route’ is enormous. Whether it be adventures, nature expeditions, great games on land and water or quite simply an exciting rain programme, here everyone gets their money’s worth.
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.
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.
- Hotel Finder — Römische Weinstraße (Roman Wine Route)
- Holiday Flat Finder — Römische Weinstraße (Roman Wine Route)
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has no direct railway or bus connection to Schweich on the ‘Römische Weinstraße’ (Roman Wine Route). However, the buses from the airport will take you to railway stations where you can connect with Deutsche Bahn trains or local transport links.