Family Bike Ride
Another perfect weather weekend calls for another family outing. A short drive from our current house lies the Moselle river, and what we found to be the perfect length biking loop.
Being along the river the route is mostly flat and paved, an easy ride that the whole family is able to enjoy. Located among the towns of Bernkastel and Kues is a 10 mile loop that traverses down either side of the river.
This easy ride afforded us lots of opportunities to venture into the towns and explore a little further off of the beaten path. It is also an excellent trail for any of those wine lovers out there as the mountains on either side of the river are covered in vineyards. Riding down one side of the river we pass a new winery every few hundred yards it seems.
On the Kues side of the river we are even able to ride our bikes directly up to the front doors of Schloss Lieser, Schloss is similar to our word for mansion. This enormous mansion and accompanying winery and restaurant has a very gothic look to it. Built in the 19th century, this historic castle has been fully restored and renovated into a luxury hotel.
After exploring Kues a little bit, we continue our loop down the river and cross over to the Bernkastel side, pedaling back up the river is a much more relaxed path. While the Kues side ran along between the river and the town, the Bernkastel side ran between the river and vineyards. Traffic is lighter, both car and bike, and the pace is relaxed.
Returning to our starting point, we lock our bikes back up to our bike rack and take a walk through the town. The old cobblestone streets and timber built houses never seem to get old. We stop at a corner pizza shop where we can sit in the window and people watch while we enjoy an early dinner, followed up by some ice cream at an outdoor cafe with live music.
Tired from the day’s ride, but happy for the change of scenery we head home. Another day out and about, well spent.