Moselle River Trail
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Cycline Moselle River Trail - From Metz to the Rhine(304 km)
The vineyard-lined Moselle River valley provides a uniquely inviting setting for a particularly enjoyable bicycle tour. Trace some 300 kilometers of the river’s meandering bends and curves while learning about its rich and varied history. Test whether the light and fruity Moselle wines live up to their reputation, and stroll (or roll) through the ancient narrow lanes and splendid avenues of the river's charming villages and historic cities.
This bicycle touring atlas includes detailed maps of the countryside and of many cities and towns, precise route descriptions, information about historic and cultural sites as well as background information and a comprehensive list of overnight accommodations. The one thing this atlas cannot provide is fine cycling weather, but we hope you encounter nothing but sunshine and gentle tailwinds.
About the cycling route
The Moselle cycling route from Metz to Koblenz covers 304 kilometers, not including possible detours and excursions away from the main route.
Road surface and traffic
The quality of the route is especially excellent in Germany, where virtually the entire route is paved. The first stage of the cycle route, between Metz and Thionville in France, has not yet been completed, but even here there are only a few short sections along gravel roads. A finished cycling path follows the Moselle for almost the entire distance between Thionville and Perl.
Traffic volume along the Moselle is varied. Between Metz and Thionville the route includes several short stretches along busy roads. For most of the distance from Thionville to Cochem, cycle trails separate from motorized traffic are available on one or the other side of the river. The stretch between Cochem and Kobern is less ideal: The route follows a designated bicycle lane painted directly adjacent on the main road. Beyond Kobern, the route returns to cycling paths and quiet side streets for the final stretch into Koblenz.
Signs mark the bicycle route from Thionville to Koblenz. The detours and excursions described in this guide do not always have roadside signs.
Biking in Germany
The popularity of bicycle tourism and mountain biking in Germany has grown significantly in the last ten to fifteen years. Recognizing this trend, German tourism agencies have helped support the creation of many bicycle trails, networks and long-distance routes. These follow separate designated bikeways or quiet minor and secondary roads. Only rarely do marked bicycle routes make use of busy roads. Most cities also feature extensive networks of bicycle trails and routes that help make bicycle riding safe and pleasant. In general, riding a bicycle in Germany is relatively safe - partly because there are many well-designed bikeways and routes, partly because motorized traffic is accustomed to sharing the roads with an ever-growing number of bicyclists.