In France, you can now follow the Moselle on cycling trails from Thionville all the way to Metz. However, up to the source in the Vosges, one mainly has to use roads, as only some sections have cycle lanes.
At Schweich, just a few miles downriver, the Moselle coils up into spectacular bows as it passes through the Rhenish Slate Mountains. The mineral-rich soil on the steep terraced slopes is key to the world-class wines that are produced here. A host of attractions are waiting to be discovered in the pretty little towns and wine villages that you cycle through. The famous Roman wine ship in Neumagen-Dhron, for example, or the Roman wine presses of the Middle Moselle. Other highlights include Bernkastel-Kues, a medieval town where the hugely popular Bernkasteler Doctor wine is made, Traben-Trarbach with its art nouveau architecture and Kröv renowned for its distinctive half-timbered houses. The vineyards that produce the acclaimed Zeller Schwarze Katz wines then usher in a procession of Moselle castles: Marienburg and Burg Arras in the Zeller Land region, Burg Metternich and Cochem Castle in the Cochem holiday region, Burg Eltz perched on one of the Maifeld hills, Burg Pyrmont near Treis-Karden, Ehrenburg Castle and Burg Thurant on the Lower Mosel near Kobern-Gondorf. All are worth a visit, but you might have to leave your bike and lace up those walking boots for some of them. We also recommend that you visit Europe's steepest vineyard slope in Bremm. The Moselle Cycle Route ends at Deutsches Eck (German corner) in Koblenz where the Moselle and Rhine converge.
One of the most famous cycling events in Germany is called "Happy Mosel". And this summer adventure provides happiness indeed, taking place every first Sunday after Pentecost. The national roads along the Moselle turn into a gigantic festival with plenty of open space for cycling or in-line skating. The route sections change annually: Schweich - Reil (81 km; every even numbered year) and Pünderich – Winningen (85 km; every uneven numbered year) are closed to motorized traffic from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Everyone finds their own pace here: in a speedy way with a racing bike or in a cozy, family-friendly way, with a buggy on a Dutch bike. Live music performances for every taste, Moselle-regional delicacies, fun and games for children and competent roadside assistance make stops in the towns and villages along the route the cycling highlight of the year. The event also attracts non-cyclists to the route who are able to enjoy the cheery atmosphere and the experiences on offer around the biking.