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Enchanting Christmas in Trier and Cologne

If you are searching for a romantic Christmas Market break, the cities along the Rhine and Moselle valleys can offer you that opportunity. Local vineyards and cinnamon create the calm and cozy atmosphere at the traditional Christmas markets. The beautiful towns in the region can captivate each visitor with their rich history, labyrinthine old quarters and amazing cathedrals. But during the holidays they are even prettier… The historical buildings are illuminated by thousands upon thousands of fairy lights and the mood all over the streets is positive and enchanting.

The Christmas markets in Trier and Cologne are particularly one of the most famous and are quite large.

Christmas market in Trier

Trier, which is Germany’s oldest city, hosts a charming Christmas Market on the Hauptmarkt Square, with a cathedral providing an impressive background. There is also a large Christmas tree in the middle and a little train that can take you between some of the markets.

For more information visit the official website of Trier

Christmas market in Cologne

Cologne is known by its famous Cathedral and is Germany’s fourth largest city. As Christmas approaches there are plenty of things to do, with attractions throughout Cologne, including many Christmas Concerts, Nativity Scenes and a huge temporary ice rink on the Heumarkt. Also in Cologne you can find one of the largest Christmas trees in the Rhineland, fascinating and spectacular.

For more information visit the official website of the market in Cologne

Visit a Christmas market either in Trier or Cologne is a great opportunity to buy an unique Christmas gift and get into the Christmas spirit at the same time. Small wooden huts, lots of handcrafted gifts, wine and festive treats are just a small part of all the possibilities and things to do during a Christmas market adventure. Everything you can expect from the best of German Christmas markets is situated in Trier and Cologne. Even for the children, there is plenty to keep them amused like a puppet theater, a Santa Claus’ grotto, toy stands and much more.

Christmas markets are open from November to the end of December (about 22nd, 23rd ). They have an interesting program and many possibilities to entertain each visitor. You can feel both the taste of Christmas and the enchanting atmosphere of Germany, along the Rhine and Moselle valleys. Finding an amazing and original present, having fun with some of the activities or trying delicious Christmas food, like bratwurst sausages, potato pancakes, sweets, hot tea and mulled wine…

These are the various opportunities offered by the Christmas markets, which can be experienced in the best way only in Trier and Cologne.

Plan your river cruise in Germany with 10 simple tips

River cruises are an incredible experience!
They have become very famous mostly because each cruise can offer you both a comfortable travel by water and the chance to see more cities, villages and places for less than a couple of hours. Of course like all other trips and especially when they are along the river, there are some advises and tips which can help you to create a well- organized and relaxing journey.

Enjoy and sail!

  1. The length of a standard river cruise is about a week. There are some opportunities for 10 days up to two weeks but for more exotic destinations.
  2. There is an essential thing which each person should check before a river cruise vacation- the weather during different seasons. Germany’s summers are warm and sunny, often extending well into October. Winters are relatively mild, apart from the mountainous regions. Layers are your best option while travelling in Germany. Rain gear is recommended to be always with passengers!
  3. Here are some small and useful packing things that are important for a river cruise: Comfortable walking shoes, some dressier shoes, umbrella, jacket/warm sweater/sweatshirt, sunglasses, sun hat or visor, toiletries (including medical remedies), warm coat, gloves and water-resistant footwear (as needed for cooler months).
  4. A typical river cruiser has four decks, including an upper sun-deck. There are also two to three decks below it, containing a series of staterooms on each side of the ship. Staterooms often have a queen-size bed that can be separated into two single beds, a TV, storage space, and a small, though often modern bathroom with shower and usually no tub.
  5. On the ship you can always find indoor and outdoor dining places. Also there is another opportunity: the easy-breezy alternative to the main dining room, with a pasta station, soup, and light-bites like club sandwiches, cucumber salad, fresh fruits and vegetables, rolls, coffee and dessert, and many other delicious things.
  6. It is important to know that your time in each port is brief, but you’re instantly immersed. The fees for daily excursions most of the times are included in the price for the cruise. Between local entertainment that is brought on-board nightly, cultural/historical lectures by the program director, regional dishes prepared by the chef, and informative guides, you get an excellent feel for the places you’re visiting. There are special schedules and plans which can present to each person an information at what time is an exact event or tour.
  7. Entertainment on a riverboat is not the same as on a large cruise ship- there is no spa centre or a casino. During the day the passengers are either on an excursion or on their way to the next destination. The scenery is so close on the riverbank and it is amusing to sit and observe an ancient castle ruins on a hill or river front villages. Guests on river cruises tend to be a well-travelled bunch with lots of stories to tell as they communicate between each other all the time. So new friendships are formed.
  8. Usually service and staff on a riverboat provide a lot of extra opportunities. Laundry is included in the price, so each person can use it. Also the Wireless Internet is available on the ship at no charge. Most ships offer a library where reading materials, different games and puzzles may be used by everyone. A few ships have other services, such as a hair salon or massage. The information and extra services depends on the riverboat and the cruise.
  9. It is useful if you have some Euro to use the local currency for shops, restaurants and for tips. If you have money only in your credit card probably you will get the worst exchange rate at a currency exchange shop and you will pay a commission.
  10. Cruises are competitively priced, and you should expect to pay from $200 per person per day to $500 per person per day. It depends on the ship, how long will be the trip and the level of accommodations.

Hope we have been useful for your next river cruise adventure in Germany!

Rhine-Mosel information for tourists

Hello folks,

Rhine Mosel is a River area in Western Germany. Though there are not to many resources about this beautiful landscape on the web I thought I could be useful to start with a blog about this two popular tourist destinations.

River Rhine (in German: Rhein) and river Mosel (also written:  Moselle) have a long history of tourism. OK, maybe the Roman empire did not invade this area for such purposes: However, at the time of the Romanticism in the early 19.th century,  more and more British “invaded” the area, but in a friendly way. Mosel and Rhine stood for nature, wine, castles, mistery and so on. Very popular in these days, and still today!

So what can you expect here? First of all let me say, that I am always interested in content from friendly people who have something to tell the world about Rhine and Mosel. Just leave a comment, or if you are very enthusiastic, ask me about posting you article on this website. If you have pictures: great – the more the better.

Well, I think that is enough for my opening words. So I am looking forward to see you from time to time on Rhine-Mosel.com.