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Instagram storybook: The Mosel Bike Path

Here’s a collection of my favorite Instagram photos and videos with stories, sights, and helpful pointers from my self-guided, solo tour along the Mosel Bike Path in 2015. Enjoy!
– Natalie, BikeTours.com vice president


TIP: Luxembourg City airport is the nearest airport to the start point of this tour (in Trier, less than an hour away by train). I highly recommend flying in at least a day before your tour starts so you can enjoy an overnight in this gorgeous city.

TIP: Apples and oranges are great to snag off the hotel breakfast buffet to have in your pannier for snacks during the day. (Strawberries? Not so much.)


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TIP: Keep your eyes peeled for the little plywood structures you’ll see occasionally along the path – they’re not lemonade stands! Leave your bike alongside the others lined up in the grass and let the pourer know if you prefer to try a riesling that’s more trocken (dry) or süss (sweet).

TIP: Do. Not. Miss. Beilstein. Carve out some time the day it falls along your route so you can walk up to the castle and enjoy the sweeping view over the river valley. And if you arrive to a big river cruise boat docked with the village swarmed with cruisers, hang back for a short while and the boat will be bound for the next brief stop. You’ll have back a quiet village with plenty of cobblestone alleys to roam in peace.

(Mosel bike tour report continued) One of my favorite parts about the Mosel bike path? The flexibility to take a break from pedaling with bike-friendly alternative transport. A day’s ride can be shortened by hopping on a train, ferry, or bike-bus along most segments between Trier and Koblenz. When the weather turned foul one afternoon, I rolled onto a ferry, propped my bike in a designated area, and enjoyed a leisurely river cruise from the covered deck with a glass of the region’s finest riesling. Another day I made a 2-village hop by train after getting a late start. Experiencing the Mosel Valley from a variety of paces and perspectives was great! (See my blog post on the how-to’s of hopping trains and ferries in the region – link to tour info in profile.) #moselbikepath #whyibiketour #mosel #moselle #travelgermany #travel #germany #biketour #2wheels1world #worldbybike #adventuretravel #solotravel #travelgram #staffonthepath #ferry #ferryride #europerail #trainride #germanflag

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TIP: Ferry ticket kiosks will be situated right on the river docks, alongside the bike path. Check the posted timetables and be sure to purchase a ticket for yourself AND your bike. See my blog post here on “How to shorten the riding on the Mosel Bike Path” for a guide to hopping a ferry, train, or bus with your bike.

#MoselBikePath #TripReport from VP Natalie: I had to condense the tour program to fewer days than normal due to my schedule, which has meant some longer-than-usual days of riding for me. Today’s slated 75km was far more than I was interested in riding, so I hopped a ferry to cut about 20k out of the middle. That was also a great way to see the landscape from a different vantage point. Here’s me about to board (ferry behind me). Enjoyed representing the @velovixens today with our fun jersey – as a member personally and for BikeTours.com being a sponsor of our hometown #Chattanooga women’s cycling and sports club and race team. #2wheels1world #biketour #explore #nataliebikestheglobe #staffonthepath #biketoursdirect #velovixens

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(Mosel bike tour report continued) Lunch view from a riverside picnic table. Having snagged a sandwich at the previous village’s bakery that morning and picked a juicy pear along the way, I was all set to enjoy some off-bike relaxation by mid-day. A woman in her 60’s — also alone — pedaled up and asked if she could join me. We fumbled through bits of German and English to find a little meaning and more smiles. She was so tickled at a young American woman doing a bike trip in Europe by herself, departing with a pat on my leg and insistence that I drop by her favorite restaurant in my overnight destination — the schnitzel isn’t to be missed! (Link to tour info and stories in profile) #moselbikepath #whyibiketour #mosel #moselle #travelgermany #travel #germany #biketour #2wheels1world #vineyards #germanwine #worldbybike #adventuretravel #solotravel #travelgram #staffonthepath

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(Mosel bike tour report continued) The bike path and the local wineries are equally well marked throughout the Mosel Valley. You’re never far from a sign keeping you on track for the cycling route, or luring you off route to the nearest tasting room. Sample the region’s crisp, flowery whites in family-run operations, or take advantage of stalls erected conveniently ON the bike path to serve refreshments to passing cyclists. Like a lemonade stand….but for wine. #whyibiketour (Link to tour info in profile.) #riesling #germanriesling #moselbikepath #winetasting #tastingroom #winery #winerytour #wineglass #whitewine #mosel #moselle #travelgermany #travel #germany #biketour #2wheels1world #worldbybike #adventuretravel #solotravel #travelgram #staffonthepath #vineyard #sign

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(Mosel bike tour report continued) It takes a global #bikevillage…. This little gal’s parents run a winery restaurant in the charming, castle-topped village of Beilstein, where she greets patrons and pretends to take orders while scribbling pictures on a server’s notepad. “Why do you speak funny?” she asked me (in German, of course). She’s referring to my heavy American accent on the bit of German I could exchange with her – she’s not used to foreigners in her village who can speak her language. She found it hilariously silly that a lady would fly on a plane across the ocean to ride a bike to her little town. We were fast friends, drawing puppies together on her server’s pad. #whyibiketour #newfriends #moselbikepath #whyibiketour #mosel #moselle #travelgermany #travel #germany #biketour #2wheels1world #worldbybike #adventuretravel #solotravel #travelgram #kidssaythedarndestthings #biketour

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(Mosel bike tour report continued) Pro tip: Go in the spring. The weather’s delightful and it’s not yet crowded with tourists. But more importantly, it’s when many villages along the river have their “spring wine days” celebrations. Even the wineries not usually open to the public fling wide their cellar doors, host live music and dancing, and and serve plenty of their finest crisp whites. It’s entirely possible you’ll stumble upon a traditional band entertaining a square full of locals at picnic tables enjoying the festivities and spring weather. #whyibiketour #festival #moselbikepath #whyibiketour #mosel #moselle #travelgermany #travel #germany #biketour #2wheels1world #worldbybike #adventuretravel #solotravel #travelgram #biketour #staffonthepath #winetasting #tastingroom #winery #whitewine #oompah #villagelife

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(Mosel bike tour report continued) Final destination: Koblenz! The “Deutsches Eck” (German Corner) is a fitting last stop on the Mosel Bike Path – you’ve reached the end of the Mosel where it meets the Rhine. Check out the confluence behind me here, where the brown and green waters mix in a squiggly line. Be sure to take the nearby cable car over the river to Fortress Ehrenbreitstein. The gardens and grounds offer a panorama of the city and rivers and a tranquil place for a stroll (or ride, if you buy the extra cable car ticket to take your bike along!). #whyibiketour #moselbikepath #whyibiketour #mosel #moselle #travelgermany #travel #germany #biketour #2wheels1world #worldbybike #adventuretravel #solotravel #travelgram #biketour #rhineriver #koblenz #germancorner #deutscheseck #river #ehrenbreitstein #laststop

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