Traben-Trarbach is one of the most charming wine towns along the Mosel River, in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany. In addition to its vineyards, it is famous for its castle ruins and fine Jugendstil architecture.
Traben and Trarbach were originally two villages on opposite sides of the Mosel River connected by a bridge. In 1904, the cities merged to become Traben-Trarbach. In 1969, the city annexed Wolf, a village 4.5km north of downtown Traben-Trarbach, also located on a bend in the Mosel River.
Mosel Flugplatz is a tiny airstrip on Mont Royal that serves small private planes.
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (IATA: HHN) is 20km east of Traben-Trarbach. Ryanair and Wizzair operate passenger service to/from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. From the airport, a bus to Bullay operates every 2 hours and trains run regularly from Bullay to Traben-Trarbach.
Frankfurt Airport (IATA: FRA) is 130km east of Traben-Trarbach. Trains connect the airport to Traben-Trarbach. Buses (€16, 90 minutes) operate from Frankfurt Airport to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, which is 20km east of Traben-Trarbach.
Cologne/Bonn Airport (IATA: CGN) is 165km north of Traben-Trarbach.
Metz-Nancy-Lorraine Airport (IATA: ETZ) is 191km southwest of Traben-Trarbach and has a few seasonal flights.
Traben-Trarbach is a stop on the Moselwein-Bahn train and a 20 minute ride from Bullay. From there, faster IC or RB trains will take you further to Koblenz (1 hour).
There's an indicated Mosel Bike route, called "Mosel-Radweg" which runs along the river valley; however, the hills in this area can be rather steep to ride.
The city bridge, gate, and castle wall (which is now a restaurant). On the top of the hill, on the old castle wall, is a great view of the city.
There is a lot of great hiking in this area. Also this is a major city in the wine producing area of Germany, with several microbreweries of wine.
This is wine country. Some of the river bank vineyards have the names of the "Weingut" (wine house) it belongs to indicated in huge white letters. In town, you can try samples at really every tiny restaurant or café, of which there are plenty. Look for signs indicating Weinprobe or Weinverkauf or anything of the kind. Prices differ, but you'll typically get about 6 samples for under €10. Several of the wine houses also have distilleries, producing brandy and sweet liquors.
Traben-Trarbach has a broad scale of lodging options, from top end hotels to lovely cheap camping sites. There are also many bed & breakfast style "Gästezimmer" available. Booking in advance is advised; otherwise, look for signs that say "Zimmer Frei" (Room free).