Saar-Moselle Bike Trail
From the Roman city of Trier to Koblenz in the Rhine valley
The bike trails along the Saar and Moselle rivers are almost always level, directly next to the banks of the Saar and Moselle and are high quality paved or gravelled cycle paths away from roads.
Day 1: Arrival in Saarbrücken
|As we stroll through Saarbrücken we can feel the French flair.
The changing country affiliation of the region has left its traces everywhere, including in the cuisine.
For the Saarlanders it is natural to eat snails, shrimps or paté and Kir and Pastis as an aperitif are very welcome. The confectioners with their sweet creations make this a real paradise for gourmands.
At the heart of Saarbrücken is the St. Johanner market with its pubs, bistros and restaurants. Here people meet or stroll through the picturesque streets around the market square. Between the old baroque houses there are fine boutiques and classy antique shops as well as the impressive church Ludwigskirche. So let's meet in Saarbrücken – and it’s worth arriving early! Your tour guide and bikes are waiting for you at the hotel.
In the afternoon we meet a local guide and enjoy an English guided walking tour (2 hours)
Day 2: Saarbrücken - Mettlach
approx. 59 km cycling
Today we cycle along the Saar bike trail through a former coal mining region to Völklingen. Here we just have to take a break - the Völklinger Hütte, one of thirty-three UNESCO world cultural heritage sites in Germany, gives us an impressive look into the world of 20th Century iron and steel production.
A visit to the Völklinger Hütte is like an adventure; a guided tour (1.5 hrs) will take us deep into the dark corridors of the Möllerhalle and then high up to the observation deck at the furnace.
Afterwards, we continue along the Saar bike trail through the beautiful Merzig countryside to the impressive Saar Loop in Mettlach where we swap the wheels for walking shoes and take a 30-minute walk up to the "Cloef" viewpoint. The view of the Saar Loop from here is simply breathtaking!
Day 3: Mettlach - Trier
approx. 42 km cycling
Today is a comfortable cycle along the Saar bike trail through forests to Saarburg whose castle sits majestically above its winding streets.
A coffee break in the lovely town centre will get you ready for the next stage, as we cycle to Trier via Konz, guided by the traces of the Romans.
In Trier we will once again be guided by a local guide through the historic city centre and learn about the Imperial Baths and the Porta Nigra (2 hr walk).
Day 4: Trier - Piesport
approx. 46 km cycling
This day is a real classic, complete with Roman history and present day wine culture. First, we follow the Moselle bike trail to Mehring where the Villa Rustica awaits our visit.
The reconstructed building and foundation walls have now reopened for public viewing.
Next, we have a comfortable ride to Trittenheim, where a wine trail informs us about the winegrowers’ calender, native grape varieties and grape breeding.
Shortly before reaching today's destination we come to Neumagen-Dhron, the oldest wine village in Germany. Where better to stop for some wine tasting!
Day 5: Piesport - Traben-Trarbach
approx. 40 km cycling
Today’s highlights are the two famous Moselle towns of Bernkastel-Kues and Traben-Trarbach as well as the "Kröver Nacktarsch" wine-growing region. We’ll visit the colourful, picturebook marketplace in Bernkastel-Kues and enjoy a scenic boat trip at Traben-Trarbach.
Day 6: Traben-Trarbach - Cochem
approx. 56 km cycling
Today we visit Enkirch, a jewel of the Moselle’s typical half-timbered architecture, and Zell, the wine village renown for the "Zeller Black Cat".
We’ll take a rewarding break in Beilstein, which proudly carries the nickname "Rothenburg-on-Moselle", and then continue on to Cochem with its picturesque town centre and 11th century imperial Cochem Castle.
Day 7: Cochem – Koblenz
approx. 49 km cycling
Today we take a detour to the medieval castle “Burg Eltz” before the Moselle bike trail leads us through such interesting wine villages as Koben Gondorf and Winningen.
Finally we come to the German Corner (Deutsches Eck) where we enjoy the wide open view of the beautiful Rhine Valley and look forward to a nice evening in Koblenz.
Day 8: Departure from Koblenz
Our fantastic bike trip comes to an end today in the heart of Koblenz. It’s hard to say goodbye to the beautiful Saar and Moselle bike trails we’ve enjoyed so much.
Those who want to return to Saarbrücken, can book our minibus return transfer via Trier, including luggage and own bike. Departure is always at 9am, arriving in Saarbrücken about 1.30pm. Those who want to continue cycling along the Rhine can extend their trip to Cologne or Mainz. Or you could join us on our Rhine and Romans tour – in this case you will need an additional night in Koblenz.
We are happy to help arrange your arrival and departure or book additional services for you (such as additional nights).