Ediger-Eller is picturesquely situated on the Moselle river banks and at the foot of the steepest vineyard in Europe, the Calmont. It is one of the most charming villages in the Moselle wine region, with it’s numerous half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets. The Moselle wine region is particularly known for it’s sweet Riesling wines. It is a perfect destination for a weekend trip. In this article, you can read some tips for a relaxing walk through Ediger-Eller, which has actually two village centers: Ediger and Eller. Both are rich in history.
You can park your car in the village of Eller, there are some (free) parking lots along the Moselweinstraße. The winery of the Conzen family is also located in this street. 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. The pub/hotel is called ‘Moselterrasse’ and is also owned by the Conzen family. The rooms in the hotel are spacious with reasonable prices. Go to the website of the Conzen family for more information.
When you walk through the Bachstraße, in the direction of the St. Hilarius church, you get a good view of the village of Eller. Turn right into the beautiful Brunnenstraße. At some point, you will see a small road on the left that leads to the village of Ediger, right through the vineyards. Along the way, you can enjoy the views over the river, while the church tower of Ediger is getting closer.
At a certain point, the road goes up a bit and then curves to the right. The choice is yours: climb further up to an (even more beautiful) viewpoint, or go downhill to the village of Ediger. You 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, it is worth it. You will see some interesting sculptures. 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.
To return to the village of Eller, you can follow the walking path next to the Moselle river. After walking for about ten minutes, you are back in Eller. That went fast, isn’t it? The route as described in this article is quite short, ideal to walk in the (late) summer months.