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The Mosel

I’ve always been partial to the Mosel; it’s sweeping 180-degree-plus bends, the spectacularly steep, neat vineyards, and, when compared with the Rhine, fewer tourists. I suggest driving from Trier to Koblenz, or vice versa. Burg Eltz—a photo of which should be in the dictionary alongside the word ‘castle’—is a must see in the forest 10 kilometers from Hazenport. By far the most interesting town is Trier and its many Roman ruins, including an amphitheatre that held 20,000 spectators, and some of the Roman Empire’s most extensive baths. Other towns of interest along the river are Neumagen-Dhron, Berncastel-Kues, Marienburg, Beilstein and Cochem, watched over by its impressive castle.

Hotel Petrisberg

Entering its lovely grounds high above the city, your first Petrisberg impression is of an upscale, resort hotel. However, not only are you about to experience one of the warmest welcomes in all “Gemütlichkeit-land,” but one of its great bargains as well.

Guestrooms here are simple and clean, but many have panoramic city views and the Pantenburg brothers’ hospitality is legendary. Many readers return year after year.

Hotel Petrisberg Sickingenstr. 11, D-54296, Trier, tel. +49/0651/464-0, fax 46450, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Doubles from €90.