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City of ‘Art Nouveau’ and ‘Belle Époque’

Traben-Trarbach is a famous meeting point on the Moselle River, where holidays full of flair and charm await you. The towns central location in the Moselle River Valley — one of the most picturesque regions of Germany — and its abundance of architectural treasures of the ‘Art Nouveau’ and ‘Belle Époque’ make the townscape of Traben-Trarbach especially attractive. Visitors enjoy a fascinating landscape, diverse leisure activities and a wide variety of events offered by local establishments. The warm sincerity of the ‘Moselaner’ (local people), their love of tradition and their sparkling Moselle wines make every guest feel at home. Traben-Trarbach and the villages in its environs — Kautenbach, Wolf, Bad Wildstein, Enkirch, Burg, Starkenburg, Irmenach/Beuren and Lötzbeuren — all offer opportunities for a fun-filled and rewarding vacation experience.

1. Location of Traben-Trarbach in Germany

The town of Traben-Trarbach is located in the Moselle-Saar holiday region, approximately 20 km to the west 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 Wine Centre of the Moselle

Traben-Trarbach is a historic wine centre situated in a paradise-like forest and vineyard landscape on both banks of the Moselle River. The town invites you to enjoy the sheer inexhaustible range of holiday activities available to its guests. Experience the joys of nature while hiking in the Moselle hills, and savour the panoramic views which open to you. Take a relaxing river boat excursion on the Moselle with ‘the White Fleet’. Embark upon an adventurous expedition through the Moselle River Valley, by bicycle or by car. Shop in the romantic streets, chat in a sidewalk café, browse in an art gallery, or watch the swans. The townscape of Traben-Trarbach is a treasure chest of architectural ‘Art Nouveau’ and ‘Belle Époque’ masterpieces. A refreshing walk along the expansive riverside promenade, past architectural treasures of the ‘Jugendstil’ and ‘Belle Epoque’, while lingering under broad shade trees and scenting fragrant blossoms, is one of the unforgettable experiences the town has to offer.

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3. Points of Interest

Brückentor (Bridge Gate)
The ‘Brückentor’, which is the symbol of the city of Traben-Trarbach, together with the iron arched Moselle bridge (blown up in 1945) was the first building order received by the Berlin Jugendstil architect Bruno Mörhing in Traben-Trarbach. A wine tavern is now housed in the interior of the Brücktentor
Grevenburg Castle
The Grevenburg Castle was built around 1350 by Count Johann III, a son of the legendary Countess Loretta, and was the ancestral seat of the counts of Sponheim until 1437. During the turmoil of the wars in the 17th and 18th centuries, the castle changed hands 13 times. In 1734, it was taken and destroyed by the French. You will find a cozy castle tavern and castle garden in the ruins, which provide an excellent view of the Moselle River and Traben-Trarbach.
Mont Royal Fortress Ruins
Starting in 1687, the French ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV engaged his brilliant architect and master builder Vauban to build a huge fortress on the peninsular mountain high above Traben. The fortress provided space for 12,000 soldiers and 3,000 horses. However, only eleven years later, the French destroyed the fortress themselves in 1698 after the Peace of Rijswijck. Only during the last century were archaeological excavations conducted on Mont Royal. Today, only a few remnants of the once mighty walls, casemates and cellar vaults are still preserved. The plans of the fortress and archeological findings it from are on display in the ‘Mittelmosel Museum’. During the season, guided tours through the fortress ruins are routinely conducted. Special, individual tours are available for groups.
City Towers
Only two of the original seven towers of the city fortification have survived until today. In addition to the formerly half-open defense tower, the ‘Old City Tower’, which was restored at considerable expense, also serves today as an observation tower. From its viewing platform, you have a wonderful view across the rooftops of Traben-Trarbach. The new carillon, which was installed on the city tower on the occasion of the City Anniversary in 2004, is a special attraction. The Tower now houses a collection of historical cast iron chimney, fireplace and oven plates on loan from the ‘Mittelmosel Museum’, which is only 50 meters away.
Carillion of the City Tower
The carillon was installed on the occasion of the ‘100th Anniversary of the City of Traben-Trarbach’. The carillon bells were cast by the Bachert Family from Karlsruhe, which also cast the world famous bells of the Frauenkirche in Dresden. The carillon in Traben-Trarbach consists of 24 bronze bells. The largest bell weighs 27.5 kg and the smallest bell 7.6 kg. The total carillon weight equals 372.6 kg. Carillon Playing Times: 12:00 noon, 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. Carillon concerts are performed on special occasions and during the Mosel Festival Weeks.
House of Icons
The ‘House of Icons’ in the centre of Traben-Trarbach, together with the old city tower and its newly restored carillon bells, provides a special attraction. It is an excursion into a religious and cultural world which can otherwise seem foreign to us. The life work of the exiled Russian iconographer Alexej Saweljew is the central exhibition of the House of Icons.
Mittelmosel Museum
Goethe, the Prussian King Friedrich-Wilhelm IV and the French poet Apollinaire were once guests in the imposing Baroque villa of the Trarbach merchant family Böcking, which now houses one of the museum treasures of the Mosel region. This splendid patrician house was built around 1755 in the Baroque style of Trier. Today, it provides a good example of the lifestyle of a wealthy patrician family of the 18th and 19th centuries and exhibits a unique collection of furnishings not to be found in other museums in the Rhineland-Palatinate. The more than 20 exhibition rooms contain an extensive collection about the history of the city of Traben-Trarbach.
Jugendstil Hotel Bellevue
The hotel, which was built in Jugendstil architecture by Bruno Möhring in 1903, has an interior which has remained unchanged. Of particular interest is the bay in the shape of a sparkling wine bottle. The yearly high water marks on the facade are a reminder of past flood catastrophes.
Alter Bahnhof (Old Train Station)
The former train station building (erected in 1904) features a facade with historical, Moselle typical, timber frame reminiscences, and today serves as the ‘House of Guests.’ The new bus station is located in front of it.

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4. Belle Époque & Art Nouveau

At the turn of the century, Traben-Trarbach was the second largest wine trading city in Europe after Bordeaux. Thanks to its close ties to Prussia and its status as a Protestant enclave on the otherwise Catholic Moselle River, the City was ideally positioned to conduct profitable wine trading business. Initially, wines were exported to neighboring European countries and overseas. The enormous prosperity and wealth generated by wine trading formed the basis for widespread new building construction in the patrician style. The communities of Traben and Trarbach, which remained independent until 1904, were then consolidated into a single administrative unit by official decree, which meant that a bridge had to be built to unite the two cities. No less than the Berlin star architect Prof. Bruno Möhring won the national architectural competition, which was held for the design of the new bridge. Up to that time, he had been working as an independent architect in the ‘Gutehoffnungshütte’ steelworks in Oberhausen.

In Traben-Trarbach Bruno Möhring learned to love the Mosel landscape and became acquainted with the leading Mosel wine dealers. New orders soon followed and many unique buildings were designed by him which are still in excellent condition today.

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5. Spa Bad Wildstein & Moseltherme

The spa at Bad Wildstein has become a well-known secret as a unique centre for pleasant and active relaxation. Even celebrities come from far and wide for health care as applied according to the ancient healing methods of the Maharishi Ayur-Veda. The Ayurveda Centre is a self-sufficient world, a quiet oasis which also serves as a first-class hotel for its guests and offers around-the-clock rest and relaxation for body and soul. Individually planned health care programs promote regeneration and internal and external beauty.

The ‘Moseltherme’ thermal baths are a haven of light, warmth and therapeutic thermal spring water where you can forget your everyday cares as you swim and indulge in health and fitness treatments. A spacious sauna area with views of the lovely vineyards of the Moselle region and an in-house therapy and wellness centre are housed in a building of special architectural interest.

Conventional treatments such as physiotherapy, mud treatments in combination with yoga and aromatherapy are available, or even a hot stone massage, which relieves stress using warm, oiled stones. The Moselle Valley can easily be explored by bike from the charming little spa and wine-making town of Traben-Trarbach and a stroll through the hills along the Moselle River, taking in Grevenburg Castle above the town, will reward you with breathtaking vistas.

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6. Realm of Moselle Wines

Moselle wines are famed throughout the world and form an essential part of the holiday experience in Traben-Trarbach. The local wines are literally predestined to add a warm and friendly touch to every day of your vacation happiness and well-being. The landscape surrounding Traben-Trarbach and the neighbouring villages is a joy for the heart of every wine connoisseur. It is comparable to a gigantic vineyard, providing stunning panoramic views from vertical slate rock vineyards looking down on the banks of the Moselle River. Highly recommended for wine orientation is the ‘Riesling Route’, a specially designed educational and display-highlighted walking trail in Traben-Trarbach.

Restaurants, wine cellars and bistros are meeting places for culinary and Lucullan delights, catering to all tastes. Whether the palate delights in full-course gourmet menus accompanied by soft music and candlelight or whether it prefers country-style home cooking accompanied by a glass of refreshing Riesling wine at a local winegrower's banquet, there is something for everyone. The cooks know their handiwork. To enjoy these delights and much, much more, Traben-Trarbach offers accommodations ranging from family-run hotels to four-star superior hotels with additional amenities. Indeed, many winegrowers also offer comfortable lodging, from single rooms to larger apartments. Select the accommodation which suits your vacation requirements and enjoy a relaxing Moselle holiday.

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7. Charming Wine Villages

The unforgettable Moselle vineyard landscape of Traben-Trarbach, which appears to be a mighty amphitheater, is unique, and the breath-taking, steep slate vineyards boost the pulse rate of every wine connoisseur. If you would like to learn more or even everything about the typical Moselle wines, you can take a trip along the ‘Riesling Route’ in Traben-Trarbach and its district of Wolf. Or explore the charming wine villages surrounding Traben-Trarbach such as:

At the turn of the century, Traben-Trarbach was the second largest wine trading city in Europe after Bordeaux. Wines of the Moselle River Valley enjoy an exceptional reputation worldwide and provide the visitor with a new refreshment experience during the holidays. The landscape of the vineyards at Traben-Trarbach is comparable to a gigantic amphitheatre, with stunning — sometimes nearly vertical — vineyards looking down on the banks of the Moselle. Especially the ‘Riesling Route’ in Traben-Trarbach is highly recommended for orientation. Here you will find many opportunities for a wine tasting.
Some of the finest wines are produced on steep bank opposite the village of Wolf — near remains of a Roman wine cellar and close by the large sundial; a typical object in the Moselle vineyards. Fine wine is also harvested on the graceful slopes running down from monastery ruins found just above the village. Even the cellars of the local church in Wolf are used for wine storage.
Enkirch is a village in the Moselle heartland with an amiable, cheerful, and hospitable character. The village can proudly point to one of the most romantic collections of half-timbered houses on the Moselle, eloquent representatives of house-building styles which are particular to the Moselle area. The visitor will find these houses wherever he may go in Enkirch. Wine produced in Enkirch is stored in stone cellars beneath the village, where it matures in old, often carved, oak casks, watched over by experienced keepers of wine cellars. The visitor should be sure to visit local inns and private establishments for a tasting.
Burg is ideal for a vacation or a weekend-trip. In Burg the visitor will find a typical wine village surrounded by vineyards in the mild and stress-free climate of the Moselle region. Situated exactly at 50° North latitude, the grapes on the vine in Burg are virtually bathed in sunshine. Inns and local wine establishments serving refreshing Moselle wine are waiting to be discovered in the sleepy narrow streets of the village, where symbols of the rooster can be seen everywhere. The ‘Gockel’ is the best known of the ‘Burger Hahnenschrittchen’ vineyards.
Perched more than 250 metres above the Moselle River, Starkenburg invites you to stay and spend your holidays in a village with ‘sky-high’ panoramic scenery. Ever day the great view down into the Moselle River Valley brings new impressions, whether the visitor focuses on the course of the ships on the river, on the broad expanse of vineyards which extends into the distance, or on the forests of the Hunsrück rising from the banks of the Moselle. Heaven and the sun are a good bit closer in Starkenburg than down below on the Moselle. Strolling through the village, the visitor can make many new discoveries passing by the many gardens and shady orchards.

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8. River Boat Excursion on the Moselle

Take a relaxing river boat excursion on the Moselle River with ‘the White Fleet’. Travelling on the Moselle is always bound to be a very special experience. On the stretch of the Moselle between Koblenz and Trier, you will pass one attraction after another. Picturesque wine-growing villages with historical centres full of old half-timbered buildings. There are a number of individual tours to choose from. And when the sun goes down and the lights go on along the riverbanks, the pace starts to slow. You can enjoy delicious food and fine wine on board, while discovering a new and wonderful side of the river. There are several companies offering pleasure cruises on the region's rivers — the perfect way to unwind and have fun!

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9. Leisure Activities

Embark upon an adventurous expedition through the Moselle River Valley, by bicycle or by car. Shop in the romantic streets, chat in a sidewalk café, browse in an art gallery, or watch the swans. Visitors enjoy a fascinating landscape, diverse leisure activities and a wide variety of events offered by local establishments.

The Mosel Valley and the heights above Traben-Trarbach are an ideal hiking area during the entire year. Excellently marked hiking trails take you to destinations in the river valley and to the forest and vineyard-crested heights of the Hunsrück and the Eifel on both sides of the Mosel. The signposted hiking trail network covers approx. 250 hiking kilometers.

If you like to explore the Moselle by bicycle, the ‘Moselradweg’ (Moselle bike path) from the wellspring of the Mosel via Luxembourg to its entry in the Rhine at Coblenz is a great experience and discovery tour covering hundreds of kilometers — with usually flat terrain and away from the road.

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10. Events Finder

Culture in every form is held in high esteem in Traben-Trarbach, and the calendar of annual events fulfils nearly every wish. The Moselle Wine Festival presents cultural and culinary delights from all over Europe. Theatre at the ‘Cellar Cabaret’, the singing of chansons at the ‘Night Café’ and classical music concerts at the ‘Moselle Classical Music Festival‘ (Mosel Musikfestival) are but a sample of local attractions, which also include historic sights.

Here you can search for events and festivals in the region.

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11. 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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11. How to get there from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport

11.1 By Rental Car

Google Maps: Route from (A) Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to (B) Traben-Trarbach
(20 km distance / 22 minutes driving time) » get directions

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11.2 By Rail and Bus Services

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has no direct railway or bus connection to Traben-Trarbach. 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 Traben-Trarbach

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Tourist Office Address

Traben-Trarbach Tourist-Information
Am Bahnhof 5
56841 Traben-Trarbach

Tel.: +49 (0) 65 41 - 83 98 - 0
Fax: +49 (0) 65 41 - 83 98 - 39