Backed by the Riesling vineyards of the Brauneberger Juffer, Brauneberg is a historic town on the banks of the Moselle River. Wine has been produced here since Roman times and its vineyards form part of the Kurfürstlay Großlage where Thurgau, Kerner and Dornfelder grapes are grown.
Things to do in Brauneberg
Wander through the atmospheric lanes of Brauneberg to admire its half-timbered houses and gaze up at the onion dome of St. Remigius Church. You can stroll along the banks of the Moselle River, which is lined with 300-year-old walnut trees, or cross the bridge that leads to a Roman-era wine press. A children's playground and picnic benches can be found in the waterfront Spielplatz Brauneberg.
For sweeping views across Brauneberg, climb to the Helenenkloster lookout or head to the Napoleonsblick observation deck. A winding road leads up to the Aussichtspunkt Wischkopf, from where you can see endless wineries blanketing the Moselle Valley. A hiking trail follows the banks of the nearby Veldenzer Bach and connects to the Aussichtspunkt im Leienberg lookout.
In the nearby town of Veldenz are the ruins of a 12th-century castle, which was partially rebuilt in the 19th century. In the 15th century, it was the largest castle in the Central Moselle and was occupied by Swedish, Spanish and French troops during the Thirty Years War. A highlight of Schloss Veldenz is its replica trebuchet, which was once used to catapult objects into the air.
Getting around Brauneberg
Brauneberg is around 40 minutes’ drive from Trier and two hours from Frankfurt. Frankfurt–Hahn Airport is 30 minutes away and has flights to destinations across Europe and North Africa. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting to Brauneberg and exploring the surrounding wine country.