Sunday, September 30, 2018

Zell Wine Village in Mosel, Germany

Before this trip, I did not know much about Zell. I have been to the Mosel River before but didn't really pay any attention to the small (wine) villages. It's usually on our second and third visits that we would go farther out the beaten path and explore the less popular ones.

The Boos von Waldeckhof is a popular historical landmark in Zell. It sits across the river where the church and the tourist office are located.

Our afternoon break or late lunch in Zell.

But having said that, I found Zell a very attractive and quaint place.

We arrived in Zell in the afternoon on our 2nd day in the Mosel River Valley. Dutchman and I hiked from Bullay where we stayed in this lovely B&B on the river. The hike took approximately 3 hours because we followed the wine trail that goes through the vineyards and a small forest. This hiking route is called the Moselsteig, but we only picked the Bullay to Zell trail, which is a fraction of the 375-kilometer total trail.

We also took a few stops to enjoy the scenery, inspect the vines and the grapes and took lots of souvenir pictures. This has got to be the most beautiful hike we've both had by far.

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We have just arrived in Zell here.

Because Dutchman and I really enjoyed this hike, we promised each other that we will come back to Germany every autumn to do some more hiking. You cannot imagine how happy I am to have finally convinced the Dutchman to go to Germany with me!

The Dutchman can be very picky about his travels you know. I used to take him with me on day trips to quaint Dutch villages and European cities, but he's come to the point that he has had enough. He doesn't really like this kind of trips anymore. Hence the reason why I go on my own or with (a few) friends.

So in this little holiday to the Mosel River, we have found a compromise. We have managed to combine some active holidaying (hiking), nature scenery (vineyards, the river), culture and sightseeing (villages, architecture).

The Dutchman is not really fond of the culture and sightseeing part, he does not look forward to seeing castles and the typical European architecture many tourists would die for with a selfie. He doesn't feel the need to be reminded of the familiar culture around him as well. That's the European part of him. He grew up with all this, and not to mention being dragged around in continental Europe by his history buff parents.

But if you combine something active and nature in the mix, then voila! Problem solved. We have a found a middle ground =) #relationshipcompromise

Grapes free to eat from the Zeller Schwarze Katz harvest.

In Zell we had a late afternoon lunch, well, it was more like a snack I think since it was already very late (around 15:00). Dutchman and I shared this.

One tends to watch what we eat when we get older. At least that's what we do, and because I love food, it is always not that very easy. So if we have a full breakfast, which we did at the B&B, we usually take a lighter lunch and what better way to do this by sharing the plate.

We ordered a gastronomic platter of salami, ham, cheese, olives, dip, and bread. I paired this with a Riesling from the area and it was just perfect. We sat outside on the terrace of this bakery cafe in the village center and enjoyed the needed late lunch and leg rest after a 3-hour hike. Yeah, it was definitely well deserved.

Here is the blog post link to the hike: Hike from Bullay to Zell through the Vineyards in Mosel, Germany

The Catholic Church St. Peter and this cool mural on the wall, which clearly talks about the history of this village throughout the centuries.

The economy of Zell heavily relies on the winegrowing industry and it is mostly the grape Riesling that is widely grown here. The Zeller Schwarze Kat (translation: Black Cat from Zell) is the most popular wine grower and producer in the area, as you can see in the picture above. I bought some wine on this holiday, but I bought it in Bullay from a restaurant that produced its own wine.

What I also love about Zell is its architecture. The houses in the village are typically designed in the German half-timber house style and many of them are painted in different colours. Really gorgeous! They are so charming and obviously, I cannot stop taking pictures.

We were glad that we were blessed with the good weather up to this point. Because the day before we got caught in the pouring rain. In fact, as we were leaving Zell, dark clouds have formed and been moving towards our direction. Well, we were happy enough that the weather was on our side during the hike and our visit to Zell.

The main street of Zell, Balduistrasse which meets Schlosstrasse.

A "Weingut" is a wine cellar store which doubles up as a wine cafe.

This is at the Marktplatz (most central square) on the Mosel Promenade. 

Zell tourist center in a nice building.

The Mosel Promenade on the Mosel River.

The wine cellars and cafes.

Zell (Mosel) is the wine town of the Zeller Black Cat (Zeller Schwarze Katz). This is my Riesling glass.

We sat outside on the terrace and this is our view.

The cafe was a bakery as well. Backen ist liebe -- Baking is love!

More walking around Zell after the late lunch.

The view from across the river.

This dog was owned by a Dutch couple we met. I love dogs, not to take care but to pet and to adore.

The flowers are still in full bloom even if it was late September.

Boat services in Zell. I think this is one of the River cruises that ply the whole stretch of the river.

Travel Period: September 2017
Destination: Zell, Cochem-Zell (Rhineland-Platinate), Germany

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All pictures were taken by a point and shoot pocket camera or a smartphone.

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