Happy Mosel: Bicycling the Mosel River

This year the festival will be held on 30 May. For details and maps see the website below. It’s in German, but with a bit of hit and miss, you can find everything you need.

Courtesy of the American Spouses of Brunssum Travel Information Guide

We experienced this day and it was a lot of fun. A couple of tips for kids bring water and snacks and sunscreen. If you have a young child that is not use to riding consider getting the attachment for your bike so you can tow them behind when they get tired. Our kids’ ages 9,8,7 did fine on their own bikes. Our 4 year old, though, it would have been nice to have the attachment. The food and festivities were a lot of fun. You can also consider roller-blading or walking if you don’t have bikes.
More information: http://www.happy-mosel.com/

“Each year, the Mosel River Valley enjoys a late spring festival to celebrate the beginning of the new crop of grapes and the fine weather. On one Sunday in June, from mid-morning until early evening, a one hundred mile stretch of road from Cochem to Trier is closed to vehicle traffic, and restricted to cyclists and pedestrians.

This is known as the “Happy Mosel“, and is a wonderful way to enjoy the Mosel Valley. Essentially, the ‘Happy Mosel‘ is a day of town-hopping up and down the Mosel. Spread apart every three to six kilometers is a little (or big) town at a river bend, surrounded breathtakingly by tall cliffs with vineyards. The shot above of Ediger is just an example.

Each town has booths set up in its marketplace where one can sample the local wines for only a € apiece. The sample glasses (only .1 liter) are souvenir items, bearing the winery’s name and location. If one paces oneself, one can readily collect a stack of such glasses over the course of the full day. Of course, there is far more than just wine available. Bratwurst stands are everywhere, as are backerei and konditorei, coffee tents, and other eateries. Some towns have a local specialty that is offered very cheap (such as sautéed mushrooms with a garlic dill cream sauce — mmmmmmm!)

Also available are bike service stations in case you run into trouble and road side medics. This is an extremely well-organized event, which makes it that much more enjoyable! Because of the long distance, even with several thousand participants, the roads are not overly crowded. My group found that we could easily go at our own pace. Whole families were participating — from kids to senior citizens. It is one of the most enjoyable events around, and if you are in southwest Germany next June, give it a try!”

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