48 Hours in: The Mosel
Based not too far out from Frankfurt's low cost airport (Frankfurt Hahn) is a beautiful winding river called the Mosel. Dotted along this are small towns, crumbling castles and vineyards lacing the hillsides. My trip was planned soley for the purchase of a Canyon bike (a present granted to me by my new wife – don't I have the best wife ever?!). Originally I had planned to head over for the weekend to Koblenz where Canyon Bikes were based however upon researching i found the whole region to be full of beautiful German countryside.
The concept of direct selling of bikes may be a little daunting, however with the ability to fly over (£36 return from London Stansted via Ryanair) it didn’t make it a difficult task. The Canyon facility is great with all models on display, measurements taken of your torso/legs and then the respective models are brought out for you to test ride. You can definitely make half a day out of it which is what i did. I guess i was like a kid in a candy shop. I ended up making the purchase of the Canyon Aeroad (for it to be delivered 4 weeks later)
The rest of that day I made my way around the small town of Koblenz venturing to the German Corner (Deutsches Eck) which is where the Mosel joins the Rhine down to the palace and then back up through the old town. I would say predominantly you will find the average age of tourists being in their mid 60s however no matter the age it's a great place to take a slow walk, take in the sites and enjoy a schnitzel.
Since Sabz (my better half) was not with me at the time, I chose the cheapest, cleanest accommodation I could find, which ended up being slightly out of town in Urbar and a quaint little restaurant/hotel called "Hotel Adria Stuben". It was clean and had all the necessities (my rate even included breakfast!).
The Medieval Towns
The next day I would make my way back to Frankfurt Hahn airport, but not before following the Mosel south stopping off at various towns along the way: Kobern-Gondo, Alken, Cochem, Ernst, Bremm and ended in Zell (hey nearly A – Z!!!). It was such a nice day! My favourite ended up being Cochem. A small town overseen by the Reichsburg Cochem. But this was the most touristy of the lost as well
In Bremm i was able to hike in amongst the vineyards providing the European version of the horseshoe canyon as in the states!
BONUS TIP: There is a free viewing platform next to Marienburg (near the town of Zell). It takes you up a good 6 floors to overlook the Mosel. Did i mention it was free?