The Moselle Wine Train, officially known as the Pünderich -
Traben-Trarbach Railway, takes its passengers on a journey of
six-and-a-half miles through the idyllic scenery of the Moselle
Valley and the countryside surrounding it.
Journeys on the modern diesel trains begin at Bullay, at its
junction with the line to Koblenz. From here the route commences
southwards, passing through the curved Prinzenkopf tunnel to
overcome the steepest hillside along the river. The train then
emerges on the Pünderich Slope Viaduct, a long bridge that hugs the
contours of the valley, following the path of the river. The
wonderful views along this stretch of the line include the tidy
terraces and rows of lush vineyards, the sparkling river below and
the verdant woodland crowning the hillsides.
Before long the line reaches a flatter section of the valley,
and from here the train begins to ascend up the branch line to the
intermediate station at Reil. Keeping in close view of the river,
the railway runs on through the town of Burg and the resort of
Kövenig, before finally arriving in Traben-Trarbach, situated in a
protective bend in the river.