Traban Trarbach

View of the Moselle River in Traban Trabach, Germany
View of the Moselle River in Traban Trabach, Germany

Affectionately known as the ‘Jewel of the Central Moselle’, Traben-Trarbach was once a busy wine trading port, a town of great wealth at the turn of the last century. Today visitors can still uncover the large underground wine cellars and outstanding art nouveau villas on guided tours, sample the local wine or stay in one of the magnificent houses.

Take time to explore the vine-bordered amphitheatre, woods and vineyards of this picturesque town nestled on the Moselle, before discovering a wealth of attractive buildings and architectural treasures.

Discover the ruins of Grevenburg Castle, which house a cosy tavern and castle garden, and offers stunning views of the Moselle River; or explore the Mont Royal Fortress Ruins, where a few remnants of the cellar vaults and casemates are still preserved. The plans of the fortress and archaeological findings are on display in the Middle Moselle Museum, along with examples of the history of Traben-Trarbach and a unique collection of furnishings from a house belonging to wealthy families in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Elsewhere in the city, there are many fine examples of ‘Belle Époque’ architecture, such as the City House and the Old Train Station. Don’t miss the Villa Huesgen, located on the Traven Mosel shore, or the Bridge Gate on the Mosel bridge in Trarbach. The mix of Art Deco, baroque, neo-classical and Moselle typical buildings sit comfortably with each other, making for a not-to-be-missed stop on your Brabant river cruise.