Geburtstagwanderung/Birthday Hike

Karden along the Moselle River
Karden along the Moselle River
Burg Eltz trail marker
Burg Eltz trail marker

What better way to spend a birthday than a hike through the Moselle Valley, a visit to a famous castle, and drinking local wines. For James’s birthday this month, we drove about an hour and fifteen minutes northwest and along many narrow twists and turns to the sleepy Moselle town of Karden. From here we hiked for about two hours, starting with a continuously steep climb up a rocky hill before finally catching a break with a long stretch of flat grassy farmland at the top. Eventually we entered a sun-dappled forest and came out with a view of Burg Eltz, seated on top of a small hill in a surrounding bowl of greenery. After a lunch of beer and bockwurst on the terrace, we toured the medieval castle along with a swarm of other visitors. Burg Eltz has belonged to the same family since the middle ages.

First view of Burg Eltz

First view of Burg Eltz

Entering Burg Eltz
Entering Burg Eltz

Once we had hiked back to the car, we drove about fifteen minutes along the Moselle River to the town of Cochem. We rode the Sesselbahn (chairlift) to the top of a high rocky ledge where we had a fantastic view of Reichsburg Cochem, the first castle we visited when we moved to Germany. From here we hiked the steep trail down to the main area of town, where we stopped in to Weingut Rademacher for a wine tasting. The hilly vineyard is just behind this winery, which serves as a restaurant and hotel. Next we went on to Alte Guttschänke where we had goulash soup, Riesling cheese, and more wine at a long wooden table with other guests in the cellar.

The Cochemer Sesselbahn
The Cochemer Sesselbahn
Reichsburg Cochem view from the top of the hill
Reichsburg Cochem view from the top of the hill

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!

Weingut Rademacher
Weingut Rademacher
Downtown Cochem
Downtown Cochem
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