BASE IN ZELL-MOSEL AND RIDE, RIDE, RIDE!
Base yourself in a pretty riverside 'home-away-from-home' apartment in a vibrant historic town in the heart of Europe - with complimentary bikes for guests staying one week or more. We have clunky, touring and light cross-country bikes - as well as panniers, helmets and tools/tubes/pumps you can carry.
Explore the Mosel Valley scenery, vineyards and winemaker cellars, great food, hiking and biking trails. Enjoy convenience to rail - and a multitude of regional sights. Zell is a short train ride SW to Trier or NE to Koblenz on the Rhine. Luxembourg, Koln, Mainz and Frankfurt about 2 hours - and 4 hours to Paris (Paris one way fares from 29 Euro).
The local station is Bullay DB, 6km from Zell by bike/bus/taxi.
Nearby Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is a key Ryanair hub with low cost flights across the continent.
'My Europe Base' is also us - we've owned this lovely Zell-Mosel house since 2009.
MOSEL BIKE PATH
FROM 4 DAYS D.I.Y.
There's no need to pack bags and shift hotels day after day! Stay right near Zell's town centre in your bright self-contained apartment in our pretty river-side house and choose which days and sections you ride, connecting easily by rail, bus and ferries - which means you get to cruise the river as well!
Zell is midway on the famous Mosel Radweg (Bike Path) running 200km from Trier to Koblenz.
This plan suits 4 days of easy riding.
Keep in mind there are many, many winemaker cellars and cafes to delay you!
Day 1: Trier-Bernkastel 60km (combine with rail Zell-Trier and bus or cruise Bernkastel-Zell)
Day 2: Bernkastel-Zell 40km (combine with cruise one-way)
Day 3: Zell-Cochem 40km (combine with rail, bus or cruise one-way)
Day 4: Cochem-Koblenz 60km (combine with rail Zell-Koblenz and rail, bus or cruise Cochem-Zell)
We suggest at least a week to have time for other rides and activities, rest days - and flexibility to pick where and when you ride.
"My week in Zell was wonderful. Thank you so much. I rode the riverbanks doing pretty much the 7 days you have suggested. I used the trains and also the ferry."
Barry from Melbourne, Aug 2014
Altogether, Zell is a great place to stay for several weeks or more!
SO MANY RIVERS
Basing in Zell-Mosel and taking trains out and back, cyclists can also do day trips on bike paths following these rivers:
Sauer and Our Rivers bordering Luxembourg and Rhineland - train to/from Trier
Saar River - train to Trier / Saarburg / Saarbrucken
Kyll River - trains to Trier / Bitburg / Gerolstein
Rhine River and Gorges - train to Koblenz / points north or south
Lahn River - trains to Koblenz / Nassau / Limburg
Nahe River - trains to Idar Oberstein / Bingen
Main River - trains to Mainz / Frankfurt / points further
Browse these trails and more in detail (English):
Local station to Zell is Bullay, 6kms away. Germany's trains are very bike friendly. You'll be mostly travelling on RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regional Bahn) trains and bikes are usually free.
Some buses through Zell and other popular cycling areas have bike trailers!
Day rail/bus passes are inexpensive.
For example, 5 people can ride the VRM Network for one day for about 25 Euro - less than 5 Euro per person per day. VRM is centred on Koblenz and extends to Zell in the west, almost to Limburg in the East, near to Siegen in the North-East, well into the Rhine Gorges to the south and north along the Rhine, almost to Bonn.
IN EASY REACH...
Enjoy off-road riding along old railway corridors through some fantastic scenery.
Surfaces are typically sealed or compacted gravel.
Vennbahn - 125km along the high country bordering Germany and Belgium. Runs between Aachen and Luxembourg. www.vennbahn.eu
Bahnradweh Hessen - a network of 250km of trails in the hills and mountains to the north of Hanau (near Frankfurt). www.bahnradweg-hessen.de
Shorter rail trails in the Eifel and Hunsruck regions, adjacent to the Mosel Valley: Ruwer-Hochwald / Maare-Mosel / Schinderhannes
Rhineland has over 400kms of open rail trails. See Rhineland's cycle site: www.radwanderland.de
OFF ROAD TRAILS...
With plenty of MTB paths through the forests, downhill tracks and cross-country routes, Zellerland is a MTB Nirvana.
Zell hosts competitions through the year, has an active MTB Club and excellent bike shops in Zell and neighbouring Briedel.
Here is one site with many rides mapped: