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Joining the Rhine at Koblenz, the Moselle flows northwest from France along the Luxembourg border to Germany. The areas surrounding the Moselle are famous for its numerous vineyards, as well as having its own share of castles and fortresses which combine with the Rhine to form the popular romantic experience that many cruises give. 


As a tributary to the Rhine, the 341 mile (545km) long Moselle enjoys visits from travellers who look to extending or re-experiencing a Rhine cruise, with an added sense of romance and beauty. Along the 160 miles that is navigable for river cruise ships, travellers will see a mix of German castles and fortresses as well as vineyards and villages from the border of France and Luxembourg. 

Navigable Moselle

The Moselle becomes broad enough for river cruise ships to navigate at the old Roman city of Trier, where the smaller rivers Saar and Ruwer join the Moselle. Lining the winding path of the river are the vineyards which produce the famous Moselle wines. Nestled between these are a number of tranquil villages, including Bernkastel, Zell, and Cochem, and a number of paths and cycleways that lead along the river banks. 

Weather & When to go

The Moselle is cruised throughout the year from March to October. Temperatures are between 10°C (50°F) to 19°C (66°F) on spring and autumn days. In summer, the temperature rises to 20°C (68°F) to 25°C (77°F) and falls to 12°C (54°F) at night. 

Where will my cruise start?

Moselle cruises start from Trier and end at either Cologne or Amsterdam, with a pre or post stay in Paris.

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