Cycling the beautiful Mosel River

 

Germany

Thurant Castle

Submitted by mag on Thu, 06/20/2019 - 10:20

Our last day on the Mosel we rode upriver to visit Thurant Castle.   On the way we stopped to check out the lavender fields and bee hotels.  As you can see, they are not too paranoid about separateing trains from cyclists... Freight and passenger trains streak through every 10 minutes and no one pays much attention.  Rail lines make perfect trail corridors but US trains refuse to give right of way.  There are a few "rail with trail" arrangements in the US and there has never been an accident, but they remain immovable. 

The Beautiful Mosel

Submitted by mag on Wed, 06/19/2019 - 04:25

We made it to the Sunny Mosel River - land of sunshine, vineyards, and flowers.  A castle on every hilltop and a wine terrace on every river curve.   We are on the Unter (lower) Mosel this time.  In 2013 we rode most of the Mosel up and back as far as Bernkastle-Kues. in 2016  we had the vehicle so based on the Upper Mosel around Trier.  This time we found a delightful apartment in the village of Kobern-Gondorf.  It's a bit quirky (lousy checkin and internet and some other issues) but very comfortable once we finally got settled with a full kitchen, living room, with huge windows, & lar

Gluckstadt... lucky town - and Bremerhaven U-Boat

Submitted by mag on Tue, 07/24/2018 - 02:01

From Denmark we headed back via Gluckstadt, a charming German town on the Elbe where there is a ferry. It was a long and winding drive but it's the only Elbe crossing north of Hamburg and it avoids the nightmare snarl and permanent stau (backup) of the Hamburg freeway construction.  Our Gasthaus Kleiner Muck (it's not the most melodious language is it?) was right on the square and we had a lovely dinner at the Ratskeller. 

Lubeck II - more photos of this historic and photogenic city

Submitted by mag on Mon, 07/16/2018 - 02:09

Once inside the main city gate (the Holsten Tor) there is much to explore around Lubeck - with plenty of bike trails and parks surrounding it.  The fascinating Schiffergesellschaft (seamans guild) is both a museum and restaurant. We planned to have a late lunch there but found a more enticing spot on the river.  Lubeck is a small roundish island with the remains of the defensive walls and battlements still much in evidence - in addition to  the iconic Holsten Tor on the west, the north Bergtor (Castle Gate) is still prominent.  

Lubeck! The original Common Market

Submitted by mag on Thu, 07/12/2018 - 15:28

Did you know there was a Common Market in Europe that lasted 600 years starting in the 1100s?  Neither did we! But we are learning all about the Hanseatic League here in Luebeck (sorry this keyboard has no umlaut) - the seat of the League controlling both the Baltic and North Seas all the way from Russia to London.   We had an idylic day exploring Luebeck.