The Moselle is a small intimate river that is navigable for River Cruise ships for 160 miles through southwestern Germany past castles, fortresses, terraced vineyards and villages from the French border near Trier to its meeting point with the Rhine at Koblenz. In total, it flows for 341 miles (545 km) across northeastern France before leaving France to form the frontier between Germany and Luxembourg for a short distance and then entering Germany.
At Trier, the river opens out into a broad plain, making Trier an ideal site for a Roman city. It is here that the Moselle is joined by two smaller rivers, the Saar and the Ruwer. It then starts its serpentine run to the Rhine River at Koblenz. The vineyards from which the famous Moselle wines are produced are in this part of the valley and there are about 70 villages to explore including Bernkastel-Kues, Zell and Cochem. There are riverside paths and cycleways on both banks in this beautiful stretch of the river.