Date: 11th September 2022
Travelled: 0 kms still on the Moselle
Visited: Wehlen and Zeltingen-Rachtig
Stayed: Stellplatz Moselle, €15, N49.93800, E07.04840
Budget: 109 days @ €103 per day
It started raining during drinks last night and continued until after nod. So it is a wet and misty morning on the Moselle. The forecast has the cloud clearing and a sunny afternoon, so we’ve decided on staying another day..
After coffee we get our day started with a walk around Wehlen. It’s less than 500m from our stellplatz to Wehlen’s bridge. There are some lovely old homes along the rivers edge, most are now small hotels or B&Bs.
From the bridge we turn up town although up village would be more accurate. There is no market or set of shops in Wehlen, just the odd business being run from a small shop front that’s part of a house.
We do find the Pfarrkirche St Agatha which is open so we sneak a look.
We walk up through the cemetery opposite the church, it provides a wonderful view across the village to the vineyards on the hillside beyond the Moselle.
The plaque next to the door highlights the pretzel embossed on the lintel above the door indicating the circa 1720 house was owned by the baker. Pretzels have obviously been around for a while.
After another coffee and relaxing watching the riverboats pass us by, we scooter off over the bridge and 3 kms down the Moselle to Zeltingen-Rachtig for some more exploring.
The Moselle is the focal point of Zeltingen-Rachtig. The cycle paths line either side of the Moselle here and it’s obviously a popular lunch or ice cream stopping point. There are bikes locked up everywhere and the riverfront cafes are all full.
We walk the river front for the full length of the village before walk up into the centrum.
It’s much quieter away from the river which makes for a pleasant walk. We eventually make the highest point in Zeltingen-Rachtig and it’s church. We have a 10 minute break on a park bench looking up at the cemetery (another one) and the vineyards that surround the village.
Door of the day…
We wander back down though the village thinking about lunch. We spotted a Thai restaurant on the river front earlier and decide something different would be good.
So it’s a long lunch of very good Thai, accompanied by couple of Bitburger lagers and local trocken rieslings.
We ride back to the Hymer and relax until the music of an ice cream van breaks the peace. There’s a line up so it must be good, so we went the double scoops and another day on the Moselle slides by.
Michael + Pam