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The second part of the route along Mosel Valley continues from Zell to Trier. The route goes through Traben-Trarbach, this pretty city has plenty of history and a turn-of-the-century art-nouveau look. It is also famous for its many old half-timbered buildings and handsome aristocratic homes. The route continues to Bernkastel-Kues, one of the Middle-Mosel’s biggest towns. The town sprawls to both sides of the river and is split into five sections. Spend your time in old town, Bernkastel, where a Medieval marketplace with 17th century timber-frame houses is a charming centerpiece. See the 14th century Graacher Tor, the town’s last remaining gate that now houses a museum, and the Spitzhauschen, a precariously narrow 14th century building with a local cheese and meat cafe inside.
After Bernkasteö-Kues, next place worth visiting is picturesque Trittenheim. This tiny town is located on a tight bend in the river and was originally a Frankish settlement – first mention of the town was in 893 AD. Like the rest of the towns you’ll see, this one’s surrounded by vineyards growing grapes for the regions famous Rieslings, along with other types of wine. Explore town on foot.
The route ends in Trier, one of Germany’s oldest cities (founded in or before 16 BC) and the host of the country’s greatest collection of Roman architecture and ruins. Take some time to orient yourself in the city’s central Hauptmarkt square, the collection of Medieval and Renaissance buildings surrounding a 16th century fountain. Then make your way around Trier’s laundry list of Roman ruins: the famous Porta Nigra gate shown in the cache photo, the ruins at the thermal Barbara Baths and the Trier Imperial Baths, the Constantine Basilica (built in the fourth century for Constantine himself), the Trier Cathedral from with its holy tunic that was said to once belong to Jesus, an amphitheatre and the second century AD bridge across the river.
Enjoy the sceneries and stop as many times as possible. You can ride this route in either direction.
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