Geierlay suspension bridge
Because it was a Belgian holiday on Monday the 15th of August, we decided to go to Germany for 3 days, and more specifically to Cochem in the Mosel Region. On our way to Cochem, we first went to Morsdorf to see the Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay that connects Morsdorf with Sosberg. With a length of 360m, it is the longest suspension bridge of Germany. After eating a sausage, we walked about 1.5km to the bridge.
Then we were on our way to Cochem where we stayed at the Moselland Hotel im Enderttal Zum Onkel Willi for 2 nights. This hotel is located a little bit outside of the city center of Cochem. The rooms are small but clean and breakfast was served every day with a good variety of choices.
Because driving makes you hungry and it was hot, we decided to go for an icecream. You can get the best icecream in Cochem at Bortolot Eiscafe. Here you can not only get scoops of icecream but also a big variety of ice cream sundae. As always, it is hard to choose which icecream you want but in the end I decided to take the Schwarzwald icecream and my boyfriend the chocolate spaghetti icecream. Both were delicious but a lot.
After exploring the small town a little bit, we went back to the hotel to have dinner at their restaurant. We both took the turkey schnitzel with almond crust with rice and broccoli. Although the portions were not big, it tasted very good.
Hiking Apolloweg to Valwigerberg
After breakfast we were on our way to do a hike of approximately 20 km following the Apolloweg to Valwigerberg and back to Cochem. In the beginning we walked through the vineyards on the sides of the Mosel with a nice view of the castle of Cochem. At Valwigerberg we had a little stop to have a drink at a cafe after which we walked through the woods back to Valwigerberg and then back to Cochem. There was a lot of variation and we were able to take some very nice photos.
After about 7 hours of hiking, we arrived back in the hotel and went to have diner in the town of Cochem at Zom Stuffje, a little restaurant that is a bit hidden not far from the town square. We had some very good and generous amount of wine with schnitzel and some redfish in almond butter sauce. The portions were generous and very tasty.
We had some room for dessert, but because we wanted apple strudel, we went to Emily’s Wein Cafe at the town square. That was one of the best apple strudel I had, with a lot of apple and cinnamon and a generous amount of warm vanilla sauce.
On the last day, we planned to hike the Calmont Klettersteig starting in Bremm. The first part was steep but at the first point with the iron cables, we both decided we weren’t very comfortable doing it (we were just scared :p ) and we turned around and went back down the trail.
On the way down we got the chance for a very nice view on the Mosel.
Afterwards, we had lunch in one of the hotel/restaurants in Bremm, namely Hutter Hotel. Again we had apple strudel, and this one was not as good as the one from yesterday, not so much apples and a very tiny amount of vanilla sauce.
Because we still had some time left before we were going to drive home, we decided to visit Eltz castle. We just went to the castle, took some pictures and had a drink, and went back to the car.
Then it was time to drive back for 3 hours. It was a lovely weekend in Germany, and a perfect region for a more active vacation (hiking or biking). Although the perfect town to start exploring, Cochem is very touristic and there is not much to see.
Some more pictures of Cochem