Photos courtesy of Hotel Schloss Zell
Single rooms: 70 euros
Double rooms: 105–130 euros
Rates include breakfast
Open: inquire hotel
Zell lies right along the Mosel River about halfway between Koblenz and Trier. The nearest railway station is at Bullay, about 5 km away, with a regional connecting bus.
Nearby: touring the wineries and small towns of the Mosel; Burg Eltz
Nestled on one of the narrow loops of the Mosel River, the little village of Zell has become famous all over the world for its Zeller Schwarze Katz (Black Cat) wines. It’s an enchanting town with old gabled houses and a lovely castle that is now a hotel.
Unlike most river castles, which perch high in the hills, this one sits right in the middle of town.
Many of the guestrooms boast of vaulted ceilings, and all are finely furnished with heirlooms and antiques. The tower rooms are the most desirable.
Candlelight dinners are served in a stone vaulted hall, and naturally, Schwarze Katz wine is poured.
Sleep in the same room occupied by Emperor Maximilian in 1521.