Today we travelled once again along the river valley our intention was to visit Cochem a place we had stopped and enjoyed on a trip to the Black Forest over 15 years ago.
We were driving along the river when we sudden saw a rather picturesque village on the other side of the river. We noticed there was a small car and passenger ferry so we decided to take it across the river to the lovely village of Beilstein. The crossing was only a few minutes but we could now say we had been on the Mosel River (Heather cannot do boats as she can get sick very quickly.
Beilstein was a real treasure we discovered called the “Sleeping Beauty of the Mosel”. It had a maze of beautiful half timbered houses which seem to tumble down the hill. Climbing up we discovered the huge Hallenkirche and the former Carmelite convent built on a rock cone above the town. We the climbed further and discovered the ruins of the old castle called the Reichsfeste with great views down on the surrounding area. A little gem.
We had thorough enjoyed our wander around Beilstein and finally headed a few kilometres along the river to Cochem. When we had visited Cochem over 15 plus years ago it had been busy but charming town dominated by the Reichsburg high on the hill. We had stopped at a small hotel not far from the bridge and on the river. The hotel still looked good but the town had become a tourist trap and was heaving with people. Sometimes returning to old haunts can be disappointing other times even better than you remembered. This was the former. Never mind. We had a look round before heading back to base.