Germany’s National Holiday “Tag der Deutschen Einheit” is celebrated on 3rd October and commemorates the reunification of Germany in 1990. Thanks to this, I had a long weekend off from work and was able to tick off one more destination from my wish list of places to visit in Germany. I’ve been wanting to visit some towns in the Moselle Valley wine-growing region for a long time.
The Moselle river runs 195km through Germany, from Trier to Koblenz. Last month I visited Bernkastel-Kues and Traben-Trarbach (50 and 74 km downriver from Trier).
The Old Town of Bernkastel-Kues
Despite being in Bernkastel on a rather wet day, I really enjoyed the half-timbered houses decorated with flowers in the old town and I loved looking up to the green rows of vines on the hillsides and to Burg Landshut castle on the hilltop.
The vineyards in Bernkastel-Kues are among the oldest in Germany. They are famous for fine Riesling wines. In October you have the opportunity of finding lots of “Federweisser” young wine throughout Germany, especially in wine regions. Most restaurants in Berkastel-Kues and Traben-Trarbach sold the classical combo, a glass of Federweisser with a slice of Zwiebelkuchen (savoury onion cake).
The town of Traben-Trarbach is also nested among vineyards. To me it was less picturesque than Bernkastel-Kues, but it has some nice Art Nouveau villas and many hiking trails. From the Moselle riverbank on the Traben side you have a wonderful view up to the ruins of the Grevenburg medieval castle built in 1350.
What about the ice cream?!
While visiting one of the top wine regions in France last Summer, I really hoped to find some wine sorbet or at least some pomace-based sorbet/ice cream. But my wish was not fulfilled! I was therefore all the more happy to come across ice cream shops in the Moselle Valley that make grape and wine ice cream flavours! 🙂
1- Marcello’s Eiseck, Robert Schumanstr. 67, D-Kröv
Marcello’s Eiseck is a family-run ice cream café in Kröv, 6.5 km away from Traben-Trarbach. It had good online ratings, so we stopped there on our way from Bernkastel-Kues to Traben-Trarbach. They make their ice cream with natural fresh ingredients from the region, without using chemical additives.
Two flavours in particular caught my eye: mosella (grape) and Weinbergpfirsisch (Saturn peach). Some of these peaches grow in vineyard areas of the Moselle valley. Both flavours were good, but I liked the saturn peach ice cream best. It had a wonderful intense peach flavour!
Marcello’s Eiseck website: www.marcellos-eiseck.de
2 – Pâtisserie und Eiscafé Blume & Kalkreuth, Aacherstr. 1, D-56841 Traben-Trarbach
This patisserie and ice cream shop is beautifully located directly on the Moselle river bank in Traben-Trabach. I had not intended to eat more ice cream that day, but the weather was good and their ice cream counter was attractive!
Beside flavours such as passionfruit, vanilla, banana, mango, etc., they had a selection of three different wine ice creams: white wine, red wine and Federweisser ice cream (the young wine I mentioned higher up). I was happy to try a scoop of red wine and Federweisser ice cream! They were cool to try but they will not become all-time favourites of mine! I tried various other flavours of my friends which were very good: tonka bean, mango, …
Inside their shop they had many pretty-looking pâtisseries. I am only realising now that Blume & Kalkreuth patisserie and ice cream shop is very recent: they opened in August 2017! Make sure to take a look if you’re around Traben-Trarbach!
Bernkastel-Kues Tourist Centre website: www.bernkastel.de
Traben-Trarbach Tourist Information website: www.traben-trarbach.de
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