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The name Moselle is derived from the Celtic form of the name Moseal via the Latin Mosella, a diminutive of Mosa , the Latin name for the Meuse , which initially flows parallel to it.

The Moselle was first mentioned by Tacitus in Book 13 of the Annals and in Book 4 of the Histories. The Roman poet Decimius Magnus Ausonius erected a literary monument to it as early as the 4th century. In his poem Mosella, written in 371 and composed in 483 hexameters, the late antique poet and teacher at the Trier imperial court describes a journey from Bingen via the Hunsrück to the Moselle and following its course to Trier (Ausniusstraße). Ausonius describes flourishing and rich landscapes on the river and in the Moselle valley, which they owe not least to the politics of the rulers of late antiquity.

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The Moselle rises in the southern Vosges at an altitude of 715 m near the Col de Bussang and, after 544 km, flows into the Rhine in Koblenz at the Deutsches Eck. The distance between source and mouth as the crow flies is only 278 km. From Trier to Koblenz it separates the two low mountain ranges Eifel and Hunsrück. Characteristic are the deep valley meanders, the steep vineyard terraces and the numerous castles and ruins that adorn the heights of the Moselle.


The Moselle (French Moselle, Luxembourgish Musel) is the second longest tributary of the Rhine with a flow distance of 544 km.

The river rises in the Vosges and flows through France, Lusemburg and Germany with 231.5 km of flow distance through the Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate and empties into the Middle Rhine in Koblenz.

The winding lower course, which is characterized by vineyards on some very steep slopes, is typical of the Moselle valley.

From 1958, the river was canalized from its neighboring countries to Neuves-Maisons as part of the Moselle canalization and thus expanded into a major shipping route. This is the second most important shipping route in Germany after the Rhine and is one of the busiest waterways in Europe.


The inhabitants of the Moselle call themselves (ironic) Moselaner.


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The small Moselle village of Erden, with around 300 inhabitants, is a traditional wine village on the Middle Moselle (Bernkastel-Kues community).


The Moselle covers a distance of 118 km from Erden to its confluence with the Rhine at the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz.

The place is known for the "Erdener Treppchen" vineyard, whose vines ripen on the steep slate slopes on the opposite bank. "Bußlay", "Herrenberg" and "Prälat" are the names of the other Erden vineyards. They belong to the "Schwarzlay" area, which also includes the Moselle locations of Ürzig, Lösnich, Kinheim-Kindel, Wolf, Traben-Trarbach, Starkenburg, Enkirch and Burg.

Numerous historical finds prove that the Romans were already growing wine in Erden. Numerous half-timbered houses, quarry stone houses, winding streets and romantic courtyards enchant the guests in the "good old days".


The place is particularly proud of its numerous young winegrowers.


Earth was planted on fertile alluvial soil. According to its name, it is a Celtic foundation. The original name "Arduena" means something like "steep ridge". The first to grow wine on earth were the Romans. This is proven by finds of wine presses from the third century AD in the Erdener Treppchen site.

Even today, viticulture is the main occupation of the inhabitants. The many young wineries also bear witness to this. In the Frankish era, Erden belonged to the royal estate "Kröver Reich".


Erden is a quiet, tranquil village.  This is ensured by the bypass road, which keeps the town center free of through traffic.

The townscape is characterized by numerous half-timbered houses from the 17th and 18th centuries with richly carved Franconian bay windows, winding streets and romantic courtyards.

Other visual attractions are the Catholic parish church of St. Anna, the "Forest Chapel" (holy house) and two wayside crosses. A small station building is reminiscent of the time when the Moselle Valley Railway between Trier and Bullay passed Erden between 1905 and 1962.

From Erden there are leisurely walks and hikes through the vineyards and on the heights of the Moselle. The other side of the Moselle can be reached via a bridge between Erden and Lösnich.

A climbing path "Erdener Treppchen-Prälat" opens up one of the most beautiful rock passages on the Moselle.


Wonderful bike tours through the scenic Moselle valley are of course also possible from Erden. The Moselle cycle path leads upstream via Zeltingen-Rachtig and Graach to Bernkastel-Kues, downstream via Lösnich and Kinheim-Kindel to Traben-Trarbach. At Kinheim-Kindel you can also cross the Moselle and continue your cycle tour in the direction of Kröv.

Day trips to Trier, the jewel town of Idar-Oberstein in the Hunsrück, Luxembourg and other destinations are available from Erden.

The wine festival at the end of July/beginning of August and the street festival at the end of September/beginning of October are the annual wine festivals in the Erden calendar of events.

So visitors can choose between two weekends for a boozy wine tour.

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