We had excellent days traveling in Switzerland. If you want to know more about Grindelwald, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, Top of Europe, etc please read my previous post.
From Grindelwald (Switzerland) we drove to Beilstein, Germany where we arrived on September, 6th, 2011.
We stayed at a lovely hotel by the Moselle River. After a deep research over the Internet we made the right decision regarding “where to stay along the Moselle River” as Beilstein is undoubtedly the best place to stay!
We searched for the hotel on Tripadvisor and Haus Lipmann was the one with the best reviews. We made our reservation as a “last minute” because in reality we had already booked another hotel located in a town nearby, but when we got there we didn’t like the place and also the owner, so we went to a parking lot and I used my mobile to search for accommodations.
That’s why I recommend you always have a mobile phone with you when you travel!
Our arrival at Haus Lipmann was easy (thanks to our Garmin GPS).
Beilstein is a very small town and no cars are allowed. The cars stay parked along the road that goes along the Moselle. To go to Haus Lipmann all you have to do is cross the street as the hotel overlooks the Moselle River!
Our room was super-hyper clean (this is a constant with German and Swiss hotels) and as soon as we dropped our luggage inside the room we went to Haus Lipmann Restaurant to drink wine and celebrate our arrival!
Drinking Riesling wine from the Moselle Region while staying by the Moselle.
Can something be better than this?
Breakfast at Haus Lipmann is a feast to the eyes and to the soul! They have everything from sparkling cold Champagne to salmon. They also offer different options of breads, cakes and cheeses.
I can only compare their breakfast to the K+K Hotel in London, because we simply love breakfast there! Anyway, K+K George Hotel is a 4 stars hotel in London and cost at least 4 times more than Haus Lipmann. So…. it was an excellent surprise to find such delicious breakfast at a 3 Stars Hotel by the Mosel!
Medieval streets at Beilstein
The main square at Beilstein. This is a LOVELY small village!
Do not miss while visiting the Moselle region:
The most important attraction in Beilstein is the Beilstein Castle. Beilstein once rivaled Cochem as the most powerful town on this part of the Mosel. We were rewarded with a postcard view from the top of the hill. My dear husband was brave enough to hike to the top of its surviving tower.
On our way up to visit the ruins of Burg Metternich (Beilsten Castle)
The tower of the castle can be visited. I didn’t go all the way up, but my husband went to the top. I took these pictures of him while he was there:
While my husband was at the top of the tower he took this picture of me, staying at the bottom.
The hike to go all the way to the Castle is very pleasant and easy. The views of Mosel’s vineyards are simply… gorgeous!
From the Castle we went to walk along the vineyards. We had to be cautious as it is pretty steep there!
We enjoyed biking along peaceful trails where only pedestrian and bikers were allowed.
The name of this trail is “Bike Route along the Moselle”. Of course the German name is much more complicated than that….
It is amazing to ride a bicycle on a safe trail watching the landscape and the gorgeous vineyards along the route!
Mosel Wein Strasse – Moselle River Road – Estrada ao longo do Moselle
Whatever the language, the scenery is the same: Gorgeous!
We went biking for many miles before crossing to the other side of the river (Senheim).
There are several boats transporting all sorts of merchandise along the Mosel. It is quite interesting to watch them slowly cruising the calm waters of the Moselle.
After biking during a long time we stopped at a nice restaurant where we had a bottle of wine and many kinds of German hams. The waitress (as well as the owner I guess) didn’t speak one single word of English and… as we don’t speak German…. it was kind of “complicated” … haha… We had to point to other’s people plates in order to show the food we wanted to eat! It was very funny!
This part of Germany is famous for their wonderful Rieslings! We had wine every single day while we were there!
After one bottle of good wine and some appetizers… it was time to continue biking along the Mosel!
Manicured trails and roads. We love Germany!
As mentioned before, we started our day biking along the Mosel. After many miles we crossed a bridge and cycled along the opposite margin. To return to “our side” of the river we took a boat. This boat stays in front of Beilstein and it crosses the river many times during the day. I can’t remember the exact price we paid, but I guess it cost around € 3.00 per person, bike included. Some people use this to cross with a car as well, because it takes less than driving all way till the next bridge and coming back again. It was pretty cool to cross the Mosel this way, and we had beautiful views of the town where we were staying!
Crossing the Mosel by boat just in front of Beilstein. We carried our bikes while we were crossing the Mosel by boat.
After such a lovely day biking along the Mosel, we had a delicious dinner at Haus Lipmann.
On the next day we went to visit Bernkastel-Kues.
On our way to Bernkastel-Kues
Bernkastel-Kues is much bigger than Beilstein and has a lot of commerce, ancient houses and interesting buildings. We preferred Beilstein, for staying, and once more we were very happy with our choice!
After all day sightseeing we returned to our hotel where we had a delicious meal. We had dinner at the hotel every night, not only because the food was delicious but because they had a special price for guests that were staying there. So… it was very convenient for us!
On the next day (Sept 9th 2011) we went to visit Cochem.
Cochem is big and was totally packed with tourists!!! There is nothing “special” there… in fact the other towns along the Mosel are much more scenic, cosy and attractive than Cochem.
I have already read this on the Internet but… sometimes we read things and want to try just to make sure it is really “so good” or “so bad” . I am not saying it was “bad” … but I don’t see many sense in walking on streets that are packed with tourists, so, you can’t take a picture of a facade because there will be always someone passing by….
I am really glad our accommodation was not located at Cochem!
On September 10th, we went to visit Kobenz. We have been here before with our children but this was “ages ago” and it was during winter… So it was time to return!
In the future I plan to look to our past pictures and add them here, in order to compare. It will be funny to watch our younger faces side by side with these new ones.
Koblenz is a beautiful city with clean and pleasant streets
Wow…. it was TOUGH to find a parking spot in Koblenz! The city was holding a flower festival, or something like that, and there were hundreds of tourists there! It was super-super crowded!
This is Koblenz ’s main attraction: The place where the waters of Mosel River and Rhine River meet. Looks like we are on a ship, but we are not. This is the square where you can see the waters of both rivers. It is called Deutsches Eck, or the “corner of Germany.”
We had lunch in Koblenz, with our bikes parked by our side. It is a cool idea to travel with our bikes because we can get to know a place in much less time them walking everywhere!
Before leaving Koblenz we saw a jet-ski competition on the waters of the Rhine. Although it was summer… I bet the water was really cold there!
When we returned to “our” town (Beilstein) there were a lot of tourists there! Many bands where playing music on the streets and the Germans usually get really excited with music and beer!
It was Saturday night and people were singing and dancing along the square! Very funny to watch!
Someone must have been drinking too much because while we were having dinner we heard an ambulance and went to check on it (as everybody else did). A guy probably was too drunk that went on an alcoholic coma.
Although the streets are very narrow and no cars are allowed, the ambulance went all way through just to rescue the guy. After that, the music went lower and we could finish our dinner with more peace of mind to our ears! 🙂
This is one (of the many) desserts we ate on our last dinner there!
On Sunday, September, 11th, 2011 we left our lovely hotel in Beilstein and drove to Brussels. Our new destinationI: Brugges!
Read the next post and you will be going to Brugges with us!
If you want to see more pictures of the Mosel Region, please visit our gallery on Flickr clicking here