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Eltz Castle and Pyrmont Castle

The wine and holiday region of Treis-Karden is situated between Cochem and Koblenz on the Moselle River. Its landscape stretches across three different holiday areas (the Eifel, the Hunsrück and the Moselle) with a variety of scenery just waiting to be discovered. Treis-Karden and its 17 communities offer many outdoor activities for it's visitors. A stroll through the vineyards, a day at picture book castles of Burg Eltz and Burg Pyrmont, a river cruise along the scenic river banks of the Moselle, or a hike in the highlands of the Hunsrück and the Eifel.

1. Location of Treis-Karden in Germany

The town of Treis-Karden is located in the Moselle-Saar holiday region, approximately 49 km to the north 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. Points of Interest

This region looks back to an interesting history. Its unique sights and stone relics from the 8th century arise great interest among all.

Stiftskirche St. CastorSt. Castor
The prominent towers of today's St. Castor parish (formerly a monastery) dominate the view of the city. The church is one of the most historically important places of worship on the Moselle River. Also called the ‘Moseldom’ by the locals, it is one of Moselle art history's most important sacral constructions, featuring Romantic, Gothic and Baroque stylistic elements. Behind the church there is the monastery's museum, which is open to the public from May until October.
The exhibition pieces document 2,000 years of local history, with findings originating from the Celtic, Roman and Franconian eras. There are additionally artistic treasures from the former collegiate St. Castor monastery. Another primary focus is the Treverian-Roman culture. Guided tours through the monastery area, the St. Castor church and the Stiftsmuseum are possible all year round. And upon request, a small concert on the famous Stumm organ can also be booked.
Martberg Temple SiteMartberg Temple Site
At the Martberg temple site, the vibrant history of the Moselle region, from the Celts to the Romans, becomes visible in a process of amalgamation. The Martberg is an important component of the Moselle area's cultural landscape.
Heimatmuseum MörsdorfHeimatmuseum Mörsdorf
This small museum displays agricultural, handicraft and household devices and appliances and farming equipment from over two centuries.
Schwanenkirche in RoesSchwanenkirche in Roes
The local gentry of Pirmont and Erenberg and the pastor of Forst built this three-nave, Late Gothic hall church in 1460. The keystones in its reticulated vaulting display the coats of arms of the Eifel's noblemen participating in the construction and the coat of arms of the Arch Bishop and Elector Johann II of Baden.

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3. Picture Book Castles

By walking through the area of Treis-Karden you experience an excellent combination of history and nature. Here you find the castle Eltz and Pyrmont. The famous castle Eltz with it's romantic towers, roofs and bays reminds many visitors of the castle from the tale ‘sleeping beauty’. The castle is located between steep cliffs of slate mountains and the Elz brook. Just a few steps away you will find the castle Pyrmont, located just next to a scenic waterfall. This old castle was the first documented to exist in 1225, is now an additional attraction for visitors.

Burg EltzBurg Eltz
This is one of the finest and best-preserved castles in Germany. A tour of the castle takes visitors back through 8 hundred years of European cultural history. Regardless of which path one takes to reach ‘Burg Eltz’, its romantic dreamy quality and picturesque location still manage to impress. Like a vision from a forgotten time, it rises suddenly in almost fairytale-like isolation before the eyes of the visitor. A tour through the interior of Eltz Castle is an unforgettable excursion into the lifestyle of former epochs.
Burg PyrmontBurg Pyrmont
Built in the late 12th century, this hilltop castle with its imposing great hall and striking circular keep is today considered the jewel of the Moselle-Saar region. You will experience the atmosphere of the Middle Ages at Pyrmont Castle. Service personnel in historical attire, folkloric song, jousting tournaments and Middle Ages revelry make ‘Burg Pyrmont’ a genuine experience that takes the visitor on a journey back in time to the era of noble knights and knaves and princes and princesses. Video clips in four languages allow the visitor to discover all the important facts before setting off to wander through the castle alone. Castle tour guides in four languages are also available.

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4. Moselle Wine & Food

Moselle Wine & FoodYou are always welcome to try the famous wine as the winegrowers guide you through their wine cellars. Traditionally, celebrations are held every year to enjoy the famous Moselle wine with music and dance. Welcoming hospitability and regional specialities will make your holiday an unforgettable experience. Be it traditional or modern fare, a snack of a sophisticated and exquisite meal with many courses, the gastronomy offers hospitability to savour.

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5. Leisure Activities

Leisure ActivitiesAside from sight-seeing, Treis-Karden offers many outdoor activities for it's visitors. Swimming, Minigolf, tennis, fishing, walking, bicycling or a boat tour on the Moselle river. Many miles of special paths offer you the possibility to walk through vineyards, forests and valleys. Additionally, wonderful old castles and villages with houses built in the Franconian style entrance to the romantic atmosphere.

5.1 Hunsrück-Mosel-Radweg (Cycle Route)

Hunsrück-Mosel-RadwegThe holiday region of Treis-Karden — situated between Cochem and Koblenz — stretches from the Eifel region via the Moselle Valley to the hills of the Hunsrück. There are three different holiday areas with a variety of scenery just waiting to be discovered on a cycle tour. The cycle path through the Lützbach valley provides a fascinating link route from the Moselle to the Hunsrück and the popular Schinderhannes-Untermosel-Radweg cycle path. Just a few miles inland from the Moselle, the cycle route passes by the scree slopes created by the slate-mining industry and along the course of an idyllic stream. It then passes through the villages Lütz, Lieg, Lahr and Zilshausen to the hills of the Hunsrück. Your route takes you past fields of yellow rapeseed, wild flowers and butterflies. The information boards in Lütz and Lieg tell you about the tremendous variety of rare flora and fauna to be found in the region. From Kastellaun, the ‘Schinderhannes-Untermosel-Radweg‘ cycle path follows the line of the former Hunsrück railway, an enjoyable ride for young and old alike over a total length of 38 kilometres between Emmelshausen and Simmern. The cycle path from the Moselle to Kastellaun is on little-used roads and farm tracks. The stretch between Lütz - Lieg and Neumühle - Kastellaun has a gradient of approximately 7%. Information on inclusive packages for cyclists is available from the tourist office in Treis-Karden.

5.2 Boxwood Walking Trail

Boxwood Walking TrailOn the steep hillsides of the Middle- and Lower-Moselle, you can find — due to the mild climate — the most northerly presence of free nature common Boxwood in Europe. The wild boxwood grows here between Karden and Müden on an area encompassing more than 300 hectares. On warm day a Mediterranean scent can be smelled while strolling around through the vineyards. The Boxwood Walking Trail connects the village of Karden with that of Müden. Information boards at the beginning (in Karden: at the end of the Burg Eltz road and in Müden at the Early Frankish Graveyard) show the course of the trail. There are four information boards along the route explaining the common boxwood, the flora and fauna, St. Castor and the terraced scenery of the Moselle River. Because the walking trail partly runs along narrow vineyard trails/rocky trails, it is advised to bring strong shoes, like boots, and to be in good walking condition. A map and a brochure on the Boxwood Walking Trail is available from the tourist office in Treis-Karden.

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6. 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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7. 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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8. How to get there from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport

8.1 By Rental Car

Google Maps: Route from (A) Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to (B) Treis-Karden
(49 km distance / 49 minutes driving time) » get directions

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8.2 By Rail and Bus Services

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has no direct railway connection. However, the buses from the airport will take you to the railway stations in Koblenz, Trier, Mainz, Frankfurt Main Airport, Frankfurt Main City, Kirn, Idar-Oberstein and Saarbrücken 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 Treis-Karden

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Tourist Office Address

Treis-Karden Tourist-Information
St. Castor-Str. 87
Im Bahnhof
56253 Treis-Karden

Tel.: +49 (0) 26 72 - 91 57 700
Fax: +49 (0) 26 72 - 91 57 696