Wehlen at the Moselle is a small town close to nature. Here, wine-growing has been a tradition for over 1100 years. Since 1970, the official name has been Bernkastel-Wehlen, as a district of the town of Bernkastel-Kues, which is only a few hundred meters to the south.
The traffic-calmed town is surrounded by meadows and nature-reserved orchards. The vineyards lie on the opposite bank of the Moselle.
More and more tourists appreciate the good location in one of the warmest areas of Germany. They come to Wehlen for cycling, hiking, or to enjoy a good wine in one of the many renowned wine taverns.
Already for some time we played with the thought to film the Moselle Valley in autumn colors with the drone.
To gain an impression, we make an excursion to Wehlen in advance. We first visit the seasonal wine tavern of the winery Friedrich Kern.
Over savory food and a glass of good wine, we study a photo book about the vineyards in the change of seasons. invigorated we start our small exploration tour.
In the meantime, we have already learned that Wehlen still has a special feature to offer. The village has more than 60 sundials.
Different models and designs are to be discovered. The most important is the Sundial of Wehlen, eponymous for the vineyard locations and the wine.
The small south-southwest-facing terraces on the opposite bank of the Moselle reach up to 250 meters above sea level and are one of the most famous Riesling vineyard locations in the world.
Big letters in the vineyard indicate the location, so that it can also be discovered by the people on the river cruise ships. The Sundial of Wehlen was built in 1842 by Jodocus Prüm.
In the center of Wehlen is the Owl Fountain. The two owls on top remind of the nickname of Wehlen’s inhabitants. On the slope above the village are the nests of barn owls.
The inhabitants of the opposite bank of the Moselle commented the cries of the animals with the question: “Do you hear the owls of Wehlen again?”.
The Sundial of Wehlen and the Owl fountain are landmarks of the village.
At the Moselle, the suspension bridge cath the eye immediately. Two pylons support the filigree bridge construction and link the town with it’s most important district, the vineyard Wehlener Sonnenuhr.
The Wehlen suspension bridge is the only suspension bridge across the Moselle.
In the village you see many picturesque half-timbered houses. In many corners and nooks you often find hidden gems, be it an old well, a sundial or even a flower bed.
Again and again, we see signposts that point to guest rooms or apartments. Here, the guest is spoiled for choice whether to rent a holiday apartment in a romantic half-timbered house or spend his holiday in a modern bungalow.
Two weeks later
After the weather promises an improvement, we can start our shots two weeks later. The landscape has changed. Dense fog lies over the valley. Within two weeks, the dark green of the plants has given way to a bright yellow.
We start in the vineyards at the east bank of the Moselle. The scenery seems almost spooky.
Gradually the first rays of sunshine penetrate the clouds. The sun quickly dissolves the last streaks of fog and the complete Moselle valley lies in all its splendor in front of us.
While exploring the village with the Quadcopter, we recognize that the landscape behind the stone facades is broken up by lovely gardens. We even see some vineyards within the village.
The late-Gothic tower of the parish church of St. Agatha rises high above the center of the village.
In the west of Wehlen is a large nature reserve, where extensive hikes are possible. Cycle paths stretch through the entire Moselle valley. In the north of Wehlen, downstream, you see the lock of Zeltingen-Rachtig. River cruise ships, as well as freight barges, must overcome these barrages.
In the distance you can see the High Moselle Bridge, Germany’s second highest bridge, which was still under construction at the time. It is part of the road connection project High Moselle Crossing, connecting the Frankfurt area with Belgium.
With the setting sun, we drive again into the vineyards to enjoy the view and the colors. Wehlen lies already in the shade, but from here you have a phenomenal view. We particularly like a insect hotel placed at the wayside. It shows that the people live with nature and not against it.
If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we can recommend a stay in the wine village Wehlen at the Middle Moselle.
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