Traben-Trarbach

In July Traben-Trarbach presents itself at its very best – in summer our Moselle town is in a passionate mood for pleasure.

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An "Excursion into the Underground of Traben-Trarbach" takes place every a month on the last Friday. As Traben-Trarbach was once considered to be, together with Bordeaux, the largest wine trading city in Europe, extensive sections of the city feature corresponding underground vaults, some of them multistoried and up to 120 meters long, a highlight of these dimensions not to be found in any other Mosel community. During this "unique city tour", you will learn about many interesting aspects of wine and the wine making process.

Wine is to blame again! Around the 1900s Riesling was an exclusive and expensive wine and provided great wealth for the wine merchants. The export of this noble wine all over the world made Traben-Trarbach the second largest wine trading town of Europe, after Bordeaux. Cosmopolitan merchants invested their considerable wealth in magnificent buildings and had a number of fascinating Art Nouveau houses built along the banks of the river each with rivalling splendour. This unique composition of Art Nouveau houses makes Traben-Trarbach an architectural jewel and still creates an impressive river promenade panorama unique to the Moselle region. Today and as in former times, the town and the wine are inseparable and signs and traces of this long tradition are still visible. The Traben-Trarbach Riesling route created as a wine experience trail actually leads through the centre of town. Whether in the Middle Moselle museum in the decorative Baroque villa Böcking, in cosy wineries or in huge cellars – wine is the essential centre of Traben-Trarbach. Take an exciting walk along the banks of the Moselle and see the impressive Art Nouveau buildings.

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The Middle Moselle museum lies in the heart of this Art Nouveau town and is a true treasure among the museums of the Moselle region. The museum in located in the elegant Baroque villa of the former Trarbach merchant family Böcking. It shows valuable furniture and art objects from three centuries and presents uniquely the lifestyle of the wealthy middle-class of the 18th and 19th centuries. Experience this yourself.

In a cosy wine village on the river bank in Trarbach the vintners of Traben-Trarbach present their noble wines at the Moselle wine festival “Europe à la Carte”. Combined with delicious culinary delicacies on offer at the various catering stands in the wine village, our fruity spritzy Moselle wine creates a convincing experience which you should savour.  Great live music and an exceptional display of fireworks are as much a part of the wine festival as is the fun fair for both young and old. Just a few weeks later on St. Jacob’s Day there is the tradition wine festival of the guild of wine barrel draymen. Visitors and local residents stream into Traben on the other side of the river. Part of the tradition is to haul the guild tree of the town wine draymen through the town and to set it up on the festival grounds. The guild cuisine offers premium Moselle wines and hearty food and you can stroll along the river bank under the shade of the walnut trees and enjoy the St. Jacob market. The highlight of the festival is the annual proclamation and coronation of the new town wine queen who then represents Traben-Trarbach and its wine for a year.

Events

Easter: Easter programme and Easter market; Ascension Day weekend: Open wine cellars; Sunday after Whitsun: Happy Mosel – Sunday with no cars allowed; 2nd weekend in July: Moselle Wine Festival with grand fireworks display; last weekend in July: St. Jacob’s Day – Guild Wine Festival of the Wine Draymen and coronation of the wine queen; 2nd weekend in September: Merry Wine Market; Mid-September: Culture Week in Museum; 3rd weekend in September: Street Wine Festival in Wolf; last weekend in September: Young Wine Festival in the old Town Tower; 1st weekend in October: Autumn Market Square Festival.

Package Deal – Moselle Short Break

3 nights including breakfast in accommodation with shower/WC; welcome drink, 2 x evening meal, guided tour of town (Saturdays: April to October), wine tasting, visit to museum (April to October), boat trip from Traben-Trarbach to Kröv and back (May to October), guided walk to Grevenburg ruins including castle supper, 5 hrs entrance to bathing fun in the “Moseltherme” indoor swimming pool.
Price per person in double room:
From 165 € ; Single room supplement on request
www.traben-trarbach.de

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Tourist-Information Traben-Trarbach
Am Bahnhof 5, D-56841 Traben-Trarbach
Telefon +49(0)6541-83980
info@traben-trarbach.de, www.traben-trarbach.de

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