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20 days of ideas to explore from your Zell-Mosel (Rhineland) base
My Europe Base – our Zell-Mosel apartment house
August 2013: We've just had a delightful 2 weeks in Zell, doing preparation to handle small groups and tours from 2014. We saw more sights, met 6 local and regional guides, inspected nearby apartment houses, tested thermal baths, sweated in saunas and have some fabulous images (but not of the latter).
Oz-Europe for $1200-1300 AUD return. You don't have to pay $2000 in the high season! Fly Scoot to SIN or Air Asia to KUL ex PER, MEL, SYD, OOL or DRW. Then from SIN or KUL to Frankfurt, Amsterdam or Paris on Emirates, Etihad or Qatar, all top airlines. We booked (in May) $1200 returns for August, flying Air Asia X Gold Coast to KL and Qatar Airways (voted World's Best in 2012 by a Skytrax survey) on to Paris. Allow for a couple of nights stopover each way so you have some margin if any flight is delayed.
Schengen Visas allow 90 days out of 180 in Europe: Nationals from many countries outside Europe including Australia, New Zealand, US and Canada are issued with Schengen Visas on entry. These allow stays up to 90 days in any 180 day period in the countries that are in the Schengen Convention. To stay over 90 days in Europe, you'll need to spend time too in NON-Schengen countries. These include Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Turkey and Morocco (most have flights from Hahn). Otherwise apply ahead for a longer stay visa for Germany.
Availability 2013-14 calender online. On our apartments & rates page you can check to see when we have availability. We can usually hold dates for you for a short time while you make arrangements.
Keep Travellin' Keith!: A sprightly flag-bearer for senior travellers, Aussie Keith Wright stayed in Zell en-route from Paris to Dresden. Keith, aged 95, likes travelling Europe independently. He met the Mayor and Wine Queen and made the local news.
'Eventful Woman' writes from Zell: NZ writer Jocelyn 'Eve' Watkin stayed Oct-Nov 2011. Here is her blog with 12 stories from Zell: eventfulwoman.blogspot.com/p/writer-in-residence Also a good read is Jocelyn's NZ Herald-Sunday article: 'Heaven in Zell'
Wi-Fi broadband internet is free. A laser printer is available for printing documents and itineraries. We offer free loan of T-mobile web sticks for recharge at 5 Euro per day so you can be connected while you're out. Apartments have flat-screen TV-DVDs and our satellite receiver gets hundreds of channels.
Walk the Mosel Hohenweg (High Walk)! This is one of the world's oldest signposted long-distance walks (est.1910). Trier to Koblenz is 185km following the Hunsruck side of the Mosel. Zell is midway with one day treks to the too-cute village of Beilstein or Traben-Trabach with its Art-Nouveau riverside mansions. Return by bus or ferry. While the bike path follows the river, the Hohenweg takes the ridges with spectacular views, dropping down to cross tributaries and call in at key towns including Zell. For a taste, here is a link to a Dutchman's 30 page pictorial report who did the walk over 3 winters: 2003-2005Moselhoehenweg and information on the sections from Zell: zellerland.de (hohenweg)
Another long distance walk of 105km is the Ausonius Wander Weg from Bingen on the Rhein, crossing the Hunsruck Plateau to Trier. Ausonius was a Roman Consul 310-395 who trekked this way. One of his poetry works was the Mosella describing life and scenery on the Mosel. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ausonius
Images from February 2012's Big Freeze:
Nearby Bullay DB is on the Mosel Line and sees about 25 trains per day each way – travelling south and west to Trier, Luxembourg and Saarbrucken, or north and east to Koblenz, Koln, Mainz and Frankfurt.
For long journeys 'Savings Fares' and advance purchase are available most days - Book 1 to 3 mths ahead (fares can go up at midnight typically one month and 2 weeks prior) on www.bahn.de and travel between our local station, Bullay DB and Paris Est from 39 Euro (fastest time 3 hrs 40 min). Also deals to Amsterdam and other cities within similar distance using ICE and TGV express. A little more to Rome, Zurich, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Copenhagen travelling on CNL City Nightline or EN Euronight Services – many of these stop in nearby Koblenz. Sleeper berths cost extra.
Regional, State, National and other day passes.
Regional passes cover up to 5 people typically for under 20 Euro for one day of travel on regional and local trains and buses. Journeys of 100+km can be done depending on the region's boundaries. Bullay is at the western end of the Koblenz-VRM region. Handily it neighbours the Trier-VRT region and both passes can be used from Bullay.
Lander passes for every state give unlimited local/regional train and bus travel any day from 0900 until 0300 next morning (Sat-Sun can start earlier). Cost 22 Euro, plus 4 Euro each extra person (up to 5). Under 15s free. Our State is Rhineland-Pfalz and the 'der Takt' pass includes neighbouring Saarland and several French border points including Wissembourg in Alsace.
The Quer-durch-land-ticket can be used similarly for all Germany. It costs 44 + 6 per extra.
For Sat or Sun, an all-Germany 'Schoenes Wochenende' (Happy Weekend) group day-pass is 42 Euro for up to 5 people.
All day passes exclude IC and ICE trains but slower trains run regularly along regional and all traditional main lines. No seat reservations needed. Use bahn.com to plan journeys and tick the 'local trains' box to omit IC and ICE trains.
Passes can be bought from station ticket machines in advance or on the day (option for English). If staying on the Mosel, the Trier-VRM, Koblenz-VRT, Rheinland-Saar-derTakt, Luxembourg and Lux-Saar-Lorraine day passes are all attractive.
Fly around Europe, the Med and North Africa from Zell:
Nearby Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN) offers low-cost direct flights to 50+ destinations and is #1 continental hub for Ryanair, Europe's biggest budget airline with near 300 B737s. A local bus service to/from Hahn Airport terminal runs to Zell 9 x a day, taking 35 mins. Taxi is 20 mins taking a shorter route. Visit our destinations ex Hahn page, Skyscanner and Ryanair for more ideas and details. Dests: Europe, Med & Morocco.
Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) Frankfurt City and Germany's #1 airport are just over 2 hours away by rail with a change at Koblenz. Book your ticket online at bahn.de to Bullay DB station. Regular fare is 29 E but book 2+ weeks in advance and it can be 19 E. Bullay DB is 6km from Zell-Mosel and the local bus meets most trains. Cabs are available too. The bus goes past the house (but the stops are 400m in either direction). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt_Airport
Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) is also easy to reach by rail from Bullay DB with a change in Koblenz (2.20 hrs, cost 19-29 Euro) and is Germany's #6 busiest airport with many low-cost carriers (Easyjet, TuiFly, Wizzair etc) and charter flights offering 1 or 2 week returns to 'countless' holiday destinations. Dests: Europe, Mid-East & North Africa. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cologne_Bonn_Airport
Mosel vs Australia's Blue Mtns temps (info for Aussies!): The Mosel's summer temps match Katoomba's. But Mosel winters av 4-5 C cooler. Snow is occasional. Shortest days are light by 8am and dark soon after 5pm. Many claim the Mosel is the sunniest region of Germany.
In Feb 2012 the froze for the first time in nearly 30 years. Nights were 5C
Immerse yourself in Rhineland's Mosel and enjoy Europe less the stress...
Zell-Mosel is a friendly, picturesque vintner town on the banks of the Mosel River in the midst of Germany's Rhineland.
Zell-Mosel is also the handiest holiday location to Hahn Airport, Europe's leading, most centrally located, low-cost flights hub.
Combine these advantages with our pretty house of delightful apartments and you have My Europe Base – a fresh concept offering a wonderful and relaxing taste of life in one of Europe's most beautiful river settings with the opportunity to explore most other parts of the Continent easily, flexibly and cost-effectively.
On our website you can gather lots of ideas and tips to catch the best deals on flights, rail, local travel, car hire and touring – as well as hiking, biking, wining and dining.
Long Stays: My Europe Base attracts Aussies, Kiwis, North and South Americans and other visitors from lands afar interested in a new way to enjoy Europe for several weeks or more. Base-stays of 3 weeks or more areat very affordable inclusive long-stay rates – from 200 to 700 AUD a week (1 AUD = 0.7 Euros approx).
As Aussies ourselves, we know what it is like to haul heavy baggage and rush about on inflexible and expensive itineraries. Exhausting! There must be another way. My Europe Base is it.
Europe at your convenience for a fraction of the price of a London or Paris apartment long-stay – and lots more scenery!
Short Stays: Brush past our claims for inventing a new way to do Europe and just come for a few days or a week or two and sample the many delights of the Mosel and Rhineland at your leisure. Short stay rates are from 200 to 700 Euros a week.
DIY, Go Flexible or Programs: Whether a short or long stayer, you can plan in detail your experience – stay flexible and make it up as you go – or connect to our programs from 2014 (see left column). See below our list of 20 days of ideas.
Zell-Mosel is a lively wine-making town – with a known history from Celtic and Roman times. Zell-Mosel is central to Germany's romantic Rhineland and handy to the Koblenz-Trier rail line (Bullay station) as well as Frankfurt-Hahn Airport.
It's not far to many of Germany's attractions, also Lorraine and Alsace in NE France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Holland.
My Europe Base is like having a 'home away from home' in the best place imaginable to explore from!
Our self-contained Zell apartments include the open-plan 'Mosel Studio', 2 x one-bedroom 'River View' apartments and our gorgeous 'Mosel Balcony' with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. All look over the magical Mosel, the village of Kaimt and beyond to a landscape of steep vineyards and forested hills.
For small groups we can offer 4 more apartments just 3 doors away (co-managed) plus our Zell network can source many more apartments.
It's just 2 minutes walk to the pedestrian precinct of Zell with its many wine cellars, cafes, restaurants, shops and the Zellerland regional tourism office (info in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian etc). Our marvellous keyholder and former house owner Elsbeth lives on site in the 5th apartment, welcomes guests and can be called upon if needed.
Online there's much more to find about Zell-Mosel, including videos on Youtube and images on Flickr (search for 'Zell Mosel'). See many more images on our intro & gallery page.
Our aim is to grow a small network of brilliantly located 'Europe Bases'. Owners can contact us if they think their place matches our concept. Many guests from Australia, NZ and the Americas like to experience Europe from a convenient base. It is good sense to offer special deals for long stay guests!
From Zell an der Mosel:
Explore independently: Explore Near and Explore Far from your base in Zell an der Mosel, superbly located for buses, trains (Bullay DB station), day river cruises, day coach tours, biking, hiking, car rental – and low-cost flights.
Zell is mid-way for both the famous 200km Mosel Bikepath (Radweg) and the Mosel High Walk (Höhen-Weg), one of the world's earliest signposted treks, opened in 1910. The Moselsteig is a new long distance hike from France to Koblenz opening in 2013.
Zell-Mosel location: With Frankfurt city 120 km distant, some city-seekers might suspect Zell is 'in the middle of nowhere'. However, while we enjoy the surrounding atmosphere of the river, vineyards, hills and countryside, with no cities within 50 km, there are near 30 cities within a 50 to 150 km radius: Trier, Koblenz, Luxembourg, Liege (BE), Maastricht (NL), Thionville (FR), Metz (FR), Sarrebourg (FR), Saarbrucken, Kaiserslautern, Aachen, Bonn, Koln, Dusseldorf, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Mainz, Worms, Ludwigshafen, Mannheim, Darmstadt, Siegen, Limburg, Giessen, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe and Speyer. Within a further 50 km (out to a 200 km radius) are: Nancy (FR), Strasbourg (FR), Verdun (FR), Charleville-Mezieres (FR), Namur (BE), Charleroi (BE), Brussels (BE), Eindhoven (NL), Stuttgart, Pforzheim, Heilbronn, Ludwigsburg, Wurzburg, Dortmund, Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. Within 400km are Zurich, Munich, Leipzig, Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Paris and many more.
Add to that over 100 towns and villages of interest with a day's distance, the Rivers Mosel, Rhine (and famed Rhine Gorges), Saar, Lahn, Kyll, Nahe and Neckar, while for castles, there's Burg Eltz, Cochem, Bernkastel and dozens more. And to get around all this, regional and state rail/bus day passes are incredible value (see info to left).
You can also see a lot of regional sights by taking day coach tours from Zell for 20 to 30 Euro (Apr to Oct). See our explorenear page.
My Europe Base is Australian owned: We bought our Zell house in 2009 with the plan to connect further properties to create a small network of long-stay bases to appeal to travellers from afar and make it possible to stay in Europe for 1-2-3 months or more.
Rates 1-2 weeks: Short stay 2013 holiday rates range between 200 and 700 Euro a week depending on apartment and season. Stays from 2 nights are possible. Stays of 2 weeks attract a small discount.
Rates 3+ weeks: Long stay 2013 rental rates are charged in Australian Dollars (because we and most of our guests are Aussies) and range between $200 and $700 a week depending on season. This gives a 20-30% discount to the short stay Euro rates.
Please enjoy browsing our website, contact us if you'd like to discuss further – and may we invite you to “Live the Continental Life” by plonking yourself on Rhineland's Mosel some time soon!
Ralph and Olga Jackson - and Elsbeth in Zell
Scroll down to read some of our guest reviews...
Occasional snow on Zell, November 2010. My Europe Base is about 200m further from the right hand edge.
“Excellent base for touring the vineyards Ideally situated with wonderful views over the river and just a short walk to the restaurants, shops and vineyards of Zell. Nearby car parking is easy and free. The apartment was well maintained and spotless.” Michael UK (Aug 10)
“What a great holiday we had! Zell is just great for everything, bars, restaurants, trains, cheap food etc. cycle tracks... in fact everything you could wish for. We really loved the house, and it was perfect, extremely clean and well looked after. We did so much, caught trains to Koblenz and Luxembourg, cycled for a day etc. Elsbeth was extremely pleasant when she greeted us and you have a really good person looking after your property for you. Thank you again, we would love to come again some time.” Diane, England (Sep 10)
“Just a note to say how we enjoyed Zell. The apartment was lovely and Elsbeth so kind and helpful. I have never been to Germany but found the area so pretty and the people were very friendly. I wish we had booked for longer!” Thankyou, J, England (Aug 10)
"Great place to stay. Beds very comfortable and the entire place was immaculate. Would definitely stay here again." Pam USA (Sep 10)
“WOW! IT WAS BEAUTIFUL, EXCELLENT, THANKS! Good location, very pleasant look, comfortable. Stay 3 days with 12 y.o. child”. Oleg, Russia (Oct 10)
“Our stay was so great, we love Zell and have recommended it to everyone. The (Mosel Balcony) apartment was more than expected and the Zell folks are so friendly. We had a lot of fun sampling all the Zell wine. Thank you so much for letting us use your beautiful apartment.” Brandi, USA (Jan 11)
“5 out of 5. We've stayed in many apartments and cottages and this was definitely one of the best, immaculately clean, great location, good facilities and most of all the welcome from Elsbeth, the perfect hostess who was always there to help but never intrusive and a great sense of humour. We stayed in the Mosel Balcony which had a wonderful view of the river and surrounds, and as someone who enjoys a glass of wine the view of vineyards from the bathroom was a real bonus! Many thanks! ” Jon and Sara UK (Mar 11)
“Great Value. Our family (2 adults + 2 children) stayed at this apartment for 4 nights and we were very pleased throughout the whole stay. It's great value and we want to come back at some point to explore more of beautiful Mosel.”.. Ainars, Latvia (July 11)
“We are just back from staying in Zell - in your charming apartment with the most wonderful scenic balcony. It was wonderful to sit at breakfast and dinner and watch the boats and vessels go by. We fell in love with the Mosel area and are already planning a return - but for longer - with lots of activities, like cycling and hill walking. Elsbeth was a wonderful host and her local knowledge made our stay extra enjoyable. Thank you so much for the opportunity!” Bill and Marianne, Scotland (July 11)
“My Europe Base is exactly the way we treated our balcony apartment in Zell. It was our intention to "Live like a local" During our 3 1/2 week stay, if we wanted to eat in and enjoy a bottle of wine whilst looking out over the Mosel we did, or if we felt like eating out we did with a huge range of quality restaurants' to choose from only a short stroll from the apartment. What a life! The apartment was great, location excellent, Elsbeth was an absolute delight she couldn't do enough for us, we will certainly be back, thanks again.” Peter and Lyn, Sunshine Coast Qld. (July 2011)
“We were very happy with the accommodation (River View 1 apartment) at Zell. We did prefer the ground floor flat as we like to sit out most of the time. Elsbeth was brilliant and everything was spotless so no complaints... I would recommend to anyone going to the Mosel region.” Viv, Australia (Aug 2011)
One of the highlights of our recent trip to Europe was our stay in Zell. The apartment was truly first rate. The unit was spotless and had an incredible view of the Mosel. Very highly recommended! (Andrew and family, USA June 2012)
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