This guidebook provides 14 stages of route description to cycling along the Moselle river, a route that offers stunning scenery, plentiful accommodation and places to eat and drink, and straightforward cycling throughout. A well-waymarked, generally downhill 512km route, it is mostly off-road and on well-surfaced cycle tracks (mainly asphalt) with virtually no gradients, and the majority is along the riverbank or on canal towpaths. From its source in the Vosges Mountains of eastern France, the Moselle flows through the French region of Lorraine and crosses into Luxembourg then into the German Rheinland region before it reaches its confluence with the Rhine at the west German city of Koblenz.
Suitable for both veteran long-distance cyclists and for newcomers to cycle touring who wish to start with an easy-to-follow journey, the route can be completed in a week by fit cyclists, cycling two stages per day. Two weeks allow for alternative stages and optional excursions through the Saar and Rhine gorges and to visit the Boucles de Moselle and the city of Luxembourg, and give enough time for sightseeing and a leisurely riding pace.
Mike Wells has been a keen cyclist for over 20 years. Starting with UK routes, he soon moved on to long-distance routes in the rest of Europe and beyond, including a circumnavigation of Iceland and a ride across Cuba. This is Mike's third Cicerone guide.
Map key Overview map Introduction Background The route Natural environment Preparation Getting there and back Navigation Accommodation Food and drink Amenities and services What to take Safety and emergencies About this guide Stage 1 Col de Bussang to Remiremont Stage 2 Remiremont to epinal Stage 3 epinal to Charmes Stage 4 Charmes to Nancy Stage 4A Charmes to Toul Stage 5 Nancy to Pont-a-Mousson Stage 5A Toul to Pont-a-Mousson Stage 6 Pont-a-Mousson to Metz Stage 7 Metz to Thionville Stage 8 Thionville to Remich Stage 9 Remich to Trier Stage 9A Remich to Trier via Luxembourg City Excursion 1 Konz to Merzig: the Saar Valley Stage 10 Trier to Leiwen Stage 11 Leiwen to Bernkastel-Kues Stage 12 Bernkastel-Kues to Zell Stage 13 Zell to Cochem Stage 14 Cochem to Koblenz Excursion 2 Koblenz to St Goar: the Rhine Gorge Appendix A Route summary table Appendix B Language glossary Appendix C Useful contacts Appendix D Principal tourist offices Appendix E Youth hostels