August 21-22 Traben-Trarbach to Bernkastel-Kues and back

After a couple of days in Cochem, Gertrud wanted to visit Bernkastel-Kues, on down the Mosel. I checked the Internet, and all the hotels I looked at seemed to be fully booked. So, we stopped on the way at Traben-Trarbach instead and took a day trip to Bernkastel-Kues.

The Mosel River is not passable by the big ships between Cochem and Traben-Trarbach, so we were back to trains. On the way to and from Traben-Trarbach, we had to change trains in the tiny village of Bullay. The train station had some interesting tile murals. Here’s one:


Gertrud needed to change some dollars. We tried in Cochem, to find that the bank would not take her large bills. I looked around the train station in Bullay and found a bank. I asked the teller there about changing US dollars, large bills. With her passport in hand, Gertrud got her euros…

Train station at Bullay

Front of train station at Bullay

Once we arrived in Traben-Trarbach (it took me days to be able to spit that out), we went to our hotel in Trarbach (Traben is on one side of the river, Trarbach is on the other).

Traben, on one side of the river.    Traben, on one side of the river


  Gateway to Trarbach

We took a day trip, still on the Mosel, to Bernkastel-Kues. On the way we passed under a huge bridge:

Bernkastel-Kues is quite picturesque, especially around the marketplace. And, as it turned out, the town has a service to help tourists find a hotel. There would have been no problem with a hotel.

  Marketplace in the heart of Bernkastel-Kues

Another part of the Bernkastel-Kues marketplace.

Another part of the Bernkastel-Kues marketplace. So much for my little point-and-shoot camera and perspective, though….

Stained glass window in a pizzeria

Stained glass window in a pizzeria in Bernkastel-Kues

Bernkastel-Kues from above

Bernkastel-Kues from above

Back in Trarbach, this was the pedestrian street behind our hotel:

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