Welcome to the double city
The compound name of the historical art nouveau town already indicates: once there were two parts. Traben, situated in a broad strip on the left bank, and Trarbach on the right riverbank of the Moselle merged in 1904. Traben-Trarbach is a state-recognized climatic spa situated between Trier and Koblenz, 10 km from Frankfurt-Hahn airport.
Traben-Trarbach – City of cultural and architectural Highlights
This place also holds a lot of architectural treasures, and the great variety of art nouveau style elements represents an important cultural impact. At the source of the building boom at the time was the city’s growing prosperity owing to the wine-trade. Many of the unique art deco buildings were designed by Berlin star architect Prof. Bruno Möhring and are still in excellent condition.
Things to see
The town’s landmark, the Bridge Gate of Traben-Trarbach, had been designed by Bruno Möhring in 1899. Since the 1960ies, the impressive Bridge Gate with mainly art nouveau features includes an art gallery with rotating exhibitions, and it always had a restaurant. From Bridge Gate, a walking path uphill leads to the Grevenburg castle ruins, the original seat of the counts of Sponheim. Only a few ruins are left, but a large part of the foundation remained intact.
When French “Sun King” Louis XIV asked his brilliant master builder Seigneur de Vauban to build a fortress on the peninsular mountain above Traben, Mont Royal Fortress was the result. But the tremendously expensive 17th century fortress was demolished only eleven years later. Adepts of architectural history can find more detailed information in the Mittelmosel-Museum. The museum exposes permanently original plans and archaeological finds of local and regional history.
Things to do
Gliding comfortably along the Moselle River on a cruise boat is a very relaxing way to do sightseeing. Starting in Traben-Trarbach, you may go to Bernkastel-Kues, Cochem, or Koblenz. Sporty people may prefer to paddle down the river in a rental canoe. Riding a bike, skating or hiking along the river are also popular activities in and around Traben-Trarbach. You will find a lot of perfectly suitable routes indicated – just ask for maps in the tourist office. Golfers do not have to go far to practice their favorite sport, either. At least once you should attend a wine tasting. Traben-Trarbach is a wine place, and there are many local winegrowers offering very nice and tasty wines.
Discover the Underground Wine Vaults
Traben-Trarbach has a long history as one of the most important wine trading centers, and the city has abundant underground vaults, “Vinotropolis”, dating partly from as early as the 16th century. Some of them are almost 120 meters long, in parts even presenting different levels. Every last Friday of the month, exciting tours of the vaults are being organized – in great demand, which makes it advisable to reserve ahead with the Traben-Trarbach tourist office.
Looking for the perfect gift? A very special event is the annual underground Christmas market, from the 25th of November until the 3rd of January. In a matchless truly magical ambiance craftspeople and exhibitors from the Moselle, Eifel, and Hunsrück region present top quality decoration articles, accessories, creative jewelry, culinary delights, regional wine, and antiques. A varied supporting program of music, tradition, and culture helps create a unique atmosphere and perfect pre-Christmas mood.