are twin towns that are separated by a bridge on the Mosel River in Hahn Germany. The rolling hills are filled with vineyards on both sides of the river. Swans float along the river creating a peaceful setting. The autumn colors make the views look like those shown in a watercolor painting.
Traban on the left side of the river has hotels, shops, wineries, 2 supermarkets(1 local and the other ALDI). Trarbach on the right side of the Mosel is the older historical side with castle ruins dating from 1350. There’s also more historical buildings and museums on this side.
The Bruckentor Bridge built in 1899 by famous architect Bruno Möhring unites the two towns and this became official in 1904. Before the towns united lots of battles and bloodshed took place but that’s a whole different story.
Soon after the unification, the towns flourished, Wine trading became big and Production of Moselle wine became huge and underground wine vaults had to be built. The Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) period began. An example of Jugendstil architecture is the Romantik Jugendstil Bellevue hotel. This is a nice old hotel, including creaky floorboards. It’s worth walking around the hotel to feel the oldness. you get a sense of how many people have passed through from years gone by. However, the spa area is very modern, it can be confusing to find but it’s worth it. The pool and spa are on one floor and the penthouse saunas are on the top floor. The Finnish sauna is the best and the views of the castle are amazing.
Things to do
I arrived in Traban at night in winter and when I was walking to my hotel I looked up and saw the Castle with some spotlights shining on it, it looked very haunting and eerie from below. I made sure to go the next day on an early morning hike after my champagne breakfast. After that long hike up, you will see the castle ruins with some historical artifacts, panoramic views, and a nice garden and cafe/tavern. This is a good place to heat up those rosy cheeks as it has a welcoming fireplace and a good selection of coffees and wines.
Moseltherme has natural hot spring pools with various saunas and steam rooms to enjoy and relax in.
The Romantik Jugendstil Bellevue hotel is also good. It doesn’t have the hot springs, but has the pool and saunas and you can also visit the Moulin Rouge bar after for a nightcap.The champagne breakfast is served in a room with period furniture and artwork. This hotel has kept it’s authenticity and style.
In the summer day trips on various boats run to different areas including Bernkastel-Kues. You can also rent a canoe and paddle yourself down the river.
Eat and Drink
Schlemmerschlosschen restaurant serves nice local wine and German dishes.
There are also lots of wine tasting tours to try and they will advertise or just ask around.
Transportation from the hague
5 trains – Den Haag centraal – Ultrecht centraal – Düsseldorf Hbf – Koblenz Hbf – Bullay – Traban-Trarbach
journey time takes 6 to 7 hours.