After our tour of Bruch in 1984, I took my parents on a tour of the Mosel River in my “safety orange” Audi K70 – here my parents pause for a picture at a scenic overlook along the way.
We started this day out in Trier, Germany, which is over 2000 years old – and the oldest city in Germany.
We stopped at a good vantage point, and I took this photo of the town of Zell (Mosel) across the Mosel River – which is about one third of the way from Traben-Trarbach to Cochem on the east side of the Mosel River.
Zell (Mosel) is a stop for the Mosel tour boats on their way up and down the Mosel River.
This path leading up into a Mosel River vineyard, made for an inviting photo; showing the care and effort that the vineyard owners put into their vineyards.
Mosel River vineyards climb up the steep slopes on both sides of the river valley, and go on for miles and miles between Trier and Koblenz, Germany.
This is another town along the Mosel River, surrounded by vineyards that climb up the steep banks of the Mosel as it winds its way in a serpentine fashion from Trier to Koblenz, Germany.
The highway along the Mosel River weaves in and out of the river valley; sometimes along the river banks and other times on the high ground just beyond the river valley.
A picture from a bridge spanning the Mosel River, shows how the river snakes its way in a serpentine fashion – carving a deep river valley along the way.
Our final destination for the day is Cochem Castle in the town of Cochem, which was originally constructed in the 11th Century and rebuilt starting around 1868.
Cochem Castle sits on a hill 100 meters above the Mosel River, and today is a main stop for tourists aboard the Mosel River tour boats.
To get to Cochem Castle, a narrow cobblestone street turns into a winding pathway behind the castle that is a steep climb – but well worth the effort.
Cochem Castle makes an impressive sight in the sunshine, as it dominates the hilltop that it was built on.
My parents pose for a picture from Cochem Castle with the Mosel River valley behind them.
It’s my turn to pose for a picture from Cochem Castle back in 1984 – almost 26 years ago; some of the pictures in this set are showing their age…and I suppose I am too these days!
This statue stands watch over the Mosel River traffic below, as a silent reminder of a different time and place, so many years ago.
This picture from atop Cochem Castle looks down on two Mosel River tour boats, docked in the sunshine at the town of Cond across the river from Cochem.
This view from Cochem Castle looking down on the Mosel River below shows a river barge traveling up the river with what looks like a full load of coal destined for Trier, with the town of Cond on the far river bank.