The Brückentor (Bridge Gate) is the symbol of Traben-Trarbach
(All photos copyright to Eventful Woman, 2011)
A pfennig (or pfennige for the plural) is an old German coin, which was in use from the 9th century right up until the introduction of the Euro in 2002. Older Germans sometime refer to the new one cent piece as a pfennig.
|Cobbled street with wine press in Trarbach|
These days the crossing is free and I wasn't charged anything for TH either. Neither of us had ducks, horses or sheep and it wasn't a Friday or Sunday. However, it is not the same bridge. The original was blown up in 1945 in the dying days of World War 2.
We wandered the cobbled streets, which were remarkably free of tourists. It's the details that impress as much as the larger buildings - carved doorways, ivy growing on walls, the ornate shop signs, half-timbered houses with slate roofs and window gables, and the grape vines that trailed above us.
|Carillion on the old tower|
|Looking up the staircase of the tower|
The MittelMosel Museum (the Middle Mosel Museum), which is housed in a baroque villa on the corner of Enkircherstrasse and Moselstrasse in Trarbach has a comprehensive history of the twin towns.
Linger awhile and make sure you also stop for fabulous German cake (kuchen) at the many delectable shops.
Getting to Traben-Trarbach:
- By river boat or bus from most of the towns on the Mosel, including Zell an der Mosel.
- By rail, check out www.deutschbahn.de for ticket specials (when travelling in the Mosel Valley) after 9am, Monday to Friday, and any time over the weekend.
- By car along the Mosel River road. There's free parking under the bridge.
- By cycle, along the cycle way (radweg) beside the Mosel River. Under the bridge there's nifty little lock-up bike garages (like large dog kennels) for your bike and/or back pack.