5 Night Cruise sailing from Cologne roundtrip aboard A-Rosa Silva.
The Moselle has really worked its magic on the landscape here. In primeval times the river found the most beautiful route through the Rhenish Massif, a route full of graceful curves. It then made the hillsides and forests so fertile that it feels like you’re gliding through Tolkien’s legendary Shire. Lush vineyards between cliffs and picturesque villages benefit from a perfect climate. Sunny and mild, it provides ideal conditions for the region’s 2,000-year-old wine tradition. This tradition created a Riesling that is now found in the world’s top restaurants. And in the blossoming villages that seem to belong to another era, the people are equally sunny and cheerful. Everyone takes their time, with the result that visitors also get a wonderful sense of life slowing down a little.
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Cologne, the old Cathedral city, is also one of the most important traffic hubs and commercial centres in Germany, with world famous trade fairs and a busy shipping traffic. Cologne developed out of a Roman colony and looks back on a history of more than 2000 years. In the Middle Ages it was one of the leading towns in Germany. The Second World War destroyed most of the inner city; these parts were rebuilt in a modern style. The landmark and emblem of the city is the Cathedral, a masterpiece of High Gothic architecture and one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Other tourist attractions are the town hall, the Malakoff Tower, the St Martin Church and the old abbey.
Cochem, located on the beautiful and picturesque Mosel is regarded as one of the most romantic places in Germany. The town is dominated by its mighty castle, construction of which is supposed to have begun as early as the 11th century. Cochem was granted a municipal charter in 1332 and is now known for its beautiful half-timbered houses and its charming town centre.
The twin town of Bernkastel-Kues is located at a wide bend in the Mosel. Kues and Bernkastel have been united since 1905 and joined with a bridge. The area has been settled for a very long time; a village from the Early Stone Age was discovered in Kues, the oldest known settlement along the Mosel. The city’s tourist attractions include the beautiful market square with the town hall, the St Michael fountain, the half-timbered houses from the 16th and 17th centuries and the parish church of St Michael.
Legend has it that Trier existed 1,300 years before Rome. In any case, the present town on the Mosel and at the intersection of several key military roads was a rich and powerful centre even shortly after it was founded by Emperor Augustus in 16 BC. Trier is known for its famous landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Porta Nigra.
Koblenz is not just where history meets modernity, but also where the Rhine meets the Mosel: at the “Deutsches Eck” (“German Corner”) the two rivers join each other in front of the equestrian statue of Emperor William I.
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