What to do in Traben-Trarbach?
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It was love at first sight with the Moselle region in Germany the first time we visited. After all, here you have peaceful nature, the most beautiful view points in Germany and excellent wines. We were therefore very happy to have the opportunity to explore, for us a new town in the Moselle, Traben-Trarbach. Discover with us this beautiful city in the Moselle region.
1 City tour of the wine cellars
The Moselle, and consequently Traben-Trarbach, and wine have been linked for centuries. So you can book a guided tour in this city where you get to see not only the city itself but also the old wine cellars and underground passages that were once used to store or transport wine. A very interesting tour of about two hours packed with stories about the city and traditionally concluded with a delicious Riesling wine tasting. You can book this city tour at the tourist information point in Traben-Trarbach.
2 Hiking in nature
The nature and viewpoints in Traben-Trarbach, as in all of this region, are highly recommended. Here you can choose to walk among the vineyards or hike in the woods. Those who want to do a short hike we recommend the “T 9 short walk” which is about 5km long. Those already up for a challenge can then take on the “T 1 – Three mountains round trip” hike that is about 8 km long. For the real sports enthusiasts, there is also the challenging “T 2 – Wild romantic three valleys tour” which is no less than 15 km long through a very steep landscape.
3 Cycling through the vineyards
For those who do not like hiking, biking is a good alternative. Although we do recommend the use of electric bikes as it is fairly steep here. In Traben-Trarbach there are several points where you can rent them, often even the hotel or B&B where you are staying. Although there are several routes through this region, the route through the vineyards is especially recommended. The use of a GPS or map is recommended as the routes here are not always well marked.
4 Mosel Therme
Those in need of relaxation after hiking or biking can visit the Mosel Therme which is about 5 minutes from the center of Traben-Trarbach. These terms have an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a wellness area with several saunas and a Turkish bath. Please note that the spa area is completely nude. In addition, this spa is also somewhat outdated, but after a long day in nature, this spa has everything you need to relax for a while.
5 Buddha Museum
A very special place that you will not immediately expect in Traben-Trarbach is the Buddha Museum where you can find a huge collection of hundreds of Buddha statues spread over 4000 m². Very impressive but also special at this location. In our opinion, this museum is especially, or only, recommended when the weather is bad. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Monday. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, this museum’s website is not working.
6 Wine Tasting
You can’t leave Traben-Trarbach without drinking wine. A perfect place to do this is the new and still relatively unknown “Die Mosel Vinothek” where you can find all the wines of this region. Besides the wines and the wide knowledge of the sommelier, the interior makes this place a future hotspot where you will have to make reservations to have a seat. Those who like to enjoy a wine from the farmer himself can go to “The Weingut Günter Comes” in nearby Wolf. This charming family has been making quality wine together on a small scale for several years, and it is infectious to see the passion in these people.
7 Hiking with llamas and alpacas
Our absolute highlight in Traben-Trarbach was undoubtedly the hike with llamas and alpacas. We are always careful when animals are combined with tourism and are absolutely against animal suffering, but that is certainly not the case here. The owner has so much love for his animals and the animals visibly enjoy their walk as well. Moreover, only occasional walks take place so the animals certainly do not become exhausted. You also get an introduction in advance on how to interact with the animals before going on the walk. A tour costs 25 euros per person and must be booked in advance. More information can be found on the website.
8 Boat trips on the Moselle
The surroundings and vineyards of Traben-Trarbach are perhaps most beautiful from the Mosel itself. You can cruise up or down the Mosel River and enjoy the various views. A frequently chosen route is this one from Traben – Trarbach to Bernkastel – Kues and back. The first boat trip leaves at 10 a.m. and the last boat at 5 p.m. In peak season, these hours may vary. You can find all available departure times and prices on the website.
9 Delicious food
Traben-Trarbach and its neighboring towns have some excellent restaurants where you can really unwind after a long day. Our favorite restaurant is without a doubt the Bellevue Hotel restaurant. Named in the 2018 Michelin Guide, this restaurant takes you back to the Belle Epoque of the 18th century. You won’t find a more romantic place than this in Traben-Trabach, in our opinion. Reservations for dinner are recommended. Some good alternatives where you can also eat well are Karolingerhof in Kröv and Landhaus am Ufer where you can find grandmother’s cuisine.
The Grevenburg Castle (built in 1350) destroyed by the French in 1734 offers you one of the most beautiful panoramic views of this city on the Moselle. The ruin is completely free to visit and has a small parking lot at the top of the castle. Thus, those with poor mobility do not have to step all the way up the path. Those who do venture out on this challenging hike can have a drink in the small café at the top during the peak season.
11 Unique Christmas market
Unfortunately, we haven’t visited Traben-Trarbach during winter yet, but everyone we talked to told us to definitely come back for the Christmas market in this town. This is when the old wine cellars are transformed into cozy Christmas markets. A bit like the Christmas market in Valkenburg but in wine cellars. A unique Christmas market that we definitely want to visit once. Until today this Christmas market is free but in the future they would like to charge 2 to 4 euros. Seems very reasonable.
Visiting Traben Trarbach
Traben-Trarbach is very accessible and the ideal place to explore the Mosel region thanks to several hotels, RV parks and B&Bs. The easiest way to reach the city is by car, although train and bus are also options. To see all the sights in Traben-Trarbach and its surroundings, a full week seems more than enough to us.