Ediger-Eller is picturesquely situated on the Moselle river banks and at the foot of the steepest vineyard in Europe, the Calmont. With it’s numerous half-timbered houses and cobblestone alleys, it is one of the most charming villages in the Moselle wine region. This region is particularly known for it’s sweet Riesling wines. It is a perfect destination for a weekend trip from Belgium or the Netherlands.
Tasting wine in Eller
Along the Moselweinstraße in Eller, you will find the winery of the Conzen family. Here, you can taste the famous Riesling wines (and other varieties) from April to October in a cozy “wine stube”. Next to the degustation cellar is a pub where you can eat fresh pies (‘kuchen’ in German) with a view over the Moselle river. My top favorite is the Bienenstich, a German pastry with a layer of caramelized almonds. The pub is part of Hotel Moselterrasse, which is run by the sister of winemaker Günter Conzen. The rooms in the hotel are spacious, comfortable and at very reasonable rates. It’s always a pleasure to go there.
After exploring the village center of Eller, I follow the pathway which leads me to the vineyards (go to the Brunnenstraße and keep left). I enjoy the many views over the Moselle valley, while the church tower of Ediger comes into view.
Spotting half-timbered houses in Ediger
I enter the village of Ediger through an old city gate, which is connected to the beautiful St. Martin’s Church. Be sure to take a look inside the church when you’re in this area, it is worth it. You will see some interesting sculptures from a distant past. The half-timbered houses in Ediger are often painted in red and white, just like the church. The village is full of photogenic corners. You will see! Because it’s such a small village, you don’t need a map to walk around.
Ediger has some cozy restaurants. My favorite is the St. Martinuskeller, where you can order typical German dishes in a historic cellar complex, the so-called “Gewölbekellern”. Despite sitting in a cellar, there is a warm atmosphere thanks to the authentic decoration. On Thursdays and Fridays, freshly smoked trout is served. It is best to book your table in advance – by phone. It’s a place-to-be in the region, especially in the summer season.
Hiking tip: Calmont Klettersteig
Just outside the village center of Eller, you will find the starting point of the Calmont Klettersteig, an adventurous hiking trail high above the Moselle river. With a slope of up to 65%, the Calmont requires quite a bit of climbing. You will hardly find a more enjoyable workout: climbing a mountain full of vineyards! You don’t need any special climbing equipment for the hike, sturdy footwear is sufficient. Read the full hiking report at mountainreporters.com.