Wine Village of the ‘Ürziger Würzgarten’
Ürzig is a small wine village at one of the most beautiful places of the Moselle. The picturesque half-timbered houses, the hospitality of the citizens as well as the wonderful places in front of the Moselle, present the idyll of this attractive old wine village. In-between the well-known vineyard ‘Ürziger Würzgarten’ you have a view of the oldest sundial of the Moselle Valley. The variety of restaurants as well as the numerous old wine cellars and ‘Strausswirtschaften’ (seasonal wine rooms) offer the perfect possibility to spend a pleasant holiday!
The village of Ürzig is located in the Moselle-Saar holiday region, approximately 34 km to the northwest of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (see map on bottom of page).
The Moselle-Saar is one of the nine holiday regions of Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate. Of the Rhine's tributaries, the Moselle is considered the loveliest. Idyllic wine villages perched on steep, vine-clad slopes, and romantic little towns with a medieval feel, such as Cochem and Bernkastel-Kues, lend the Moselle valley its unique character. Trier, over 2,000 years old, is the oldest town in Germany and its stone relics dating back to Roman times have now been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Come and discover for yourself the jovial hospitality of local Moselle people — and don't forget to treat yourself to a delicious glass of that famous local Riesling. ... read more about the Moselle-Saar holiday region
Kings, bishops, knights and painters called Ürzig their home and have accordingly left their mark. In addition to its many timber-framed houses, Ürzig’s historic buildings also include the St. Maternus Church, one of the oldest churches in the Parish of Trier. Its name is derived from patron St. Maternus, one of the first missionaries on the Moselle River. Along the short path from the church to the ‘Rathaus’, or ‘City Hall’, one can observe old timber-framed buildings and hand-carved wooden window frames and doors.
Ürzig is located in an area rich in forests and vineyards where your spirit can roam free. A relaxed stroll through its streets during the daytime or in the glow of its romantic lighting in the evening gives one the sense of a journey of discovery back in time. Not so long ago, Ürzig played the leading role in the popular German TV series, ‘Moselbrück’. Its unique landscape panorama, its world-famous wine from the ‘Ürziger Würzgarten’ vineyard and its renowned hospitality make Ürzig a magnet for prominent visitors from the domestic scene and abroad.
One of the area’s most famous vineyards is the Ürziger Würzgarten, or ‘Ürzig Spice Garden’. The local residents have taken this name at its word, so to speak, and have planted a spice garden directly adjacent to the vineyard. The garden, featuring an impressive spectrum of colours and enticing fragrances, is a virtual ‘Garden of Eden’ for aficionados of local herbs and spices.
Encircled by winegrowing vines, Ürzig is a genuine eyecatcher for lovers of natural beauty. The scenery of the unique ‘Urlay’ mountain landscape is truly breathtaking, and additionally provides a view of its famous sundial, reputed to be Europe’s oldest. And the wines that originate here in the Moselle Valley from the premium ‘Ürziger Würzgarten‘ vineyard are lovingly processed by the winegrowers and are known and appreciated far beyond the city’s borders by wine connoisseurs throughout the world. The renowned Johnson Wine Guide writes, ‘Ürzig **** — Vineyards on red sandstone and slate are famous for strong, spicy wines, the like of which are found nowhere else along the Moselle’.
Ürzig’s wine festivals and street festivals are an invitation to taste, experience and enjoy these wines. And you can experience these typical Moselle wines throughout the year in numerous local wine cottages, rustic wine cellars, restaurants and wine bars.
Taking its inspiration from the famous ‘Ürziger Würzgarten’ vineyard, a Mediterranean spice garden has been planted on a former vineyard situated above Ürzig. The Ürziger Gewürzgarten is constantly undergoing seasonal costume changes: In the springtime, yellow alyssum and blue bulbs dominate the view on the grey shale rock, while summer sees the spice plants blooming in yellow and violet-blue coloured ribbons; as autumn approaches, the vista is filled with reddish sedum and wild wine vines, and the winter view of the garden resembles a particularly beautiful vineyard. The ‘Ürziger Gewürzgarten’ is terraced and threaded throughout by shale walls and trails. A total of 8,500 shrubs in over 150 varieties flourish here, along with several thousand bulb plants, numerous local bushes and over 20 different types of wild and historic roses.
Water sports are as ‘at home’ on the Moselle as is good wine. Waterskiing, boating, fishing, rowing and more are par for the course on the Moselle. Special panoramic hiking trails invite you to discover the rustic Moselle landscape along well-marked routes. Take a casual walk along Ürzig’s lovely strand promenade to see the Moselle River from its romantic side. Archery enthusiasts can demonstrate their accuracy or work on their technique on the ‘Ürziger Höhe’, where tennis courts are located nearby for a match or two among friends.
One of Ürzig’s special highlights is the Harley Meeting, known far and wide. The motorcyclists are particularly attracted to the tour through the picturesque Moselle Valley, whether on wonderful panoramic roads or on small, winding roads through the terraced vineyards. In Ürzig you will find a wealth of fascinating scenery to explore. There are high roads through the hills and forests of the uplands and wine routes along the Moselle river, where you can put your foot down and enjoy a total sense of freedom.
There is always something happening — whether it is art, music, wine festivals or a host of other activities. The Events Finder gives you an overview about what is on, where and when. Here you can search for events and festivals in the region.
Here you have direct access to the online accommodation reservation service of the Tourist Board of Rhineland-Palatinate. No other hotel reservation system on the Internet offers you such a broad and comprehensive list of accommodation in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate regions. You can list accommodation, search accommodation, contact accommodation establishments and make online reservations.
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has no direct railway connection. However, the buses from the airport will take you to the railway stations in Koblenz, Trier, Mainz, Frankfurt Main Airport, Frankfurt Main City, Kirn, Idar-Oberstein and Saarbrücken where you can connect with Deutsche Bahn trains or local transport links.