Altrich, a rural municipality in the district Bernkastel-Wittlich, is bounded by highways between Eifel and Mosel.
Here, the freeways form an important traffic hub between Cologne and Trier and further to Luxembourg, Saarbrücken or Mannheim, as well as from Brussels in Belgium to Frankfurt am Main. It is planned that the connection from Belgium to Frankfurt will be finished in 2018, when the expansion of High Moselle Crossing, a 170 m high bridge over the Moselle Valley, will be completed.
Furthermore, the railway line from Koblenz to Trier, the Saarland and Luxembourg passes here.
One can recognize that the area is strongly characterized by agriculture. Due to the good traffic infrastructure, some industrial enterprises have settled here. This has created jobs. The numerous new housing estates testify it.
Also the technology has found its way. Numerous photovoltaic and solar installations characterize the natural scenery. Traces of tractors on the fields were accurately drawn by GPS systems.
Nevertheless, one still finds some unspoiled areas. The extensive forest areas are home to deer and hares, badgers, wild cats, foxes and to the chagrin of farmers also for wild boars.
In spring, the landscape with the blossoming trees spreads a special charm.
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