A subterranean excursion

Traben-Trarbach: Europe's second largest wine trading centre

Around 1900, Traben-Trarbach was one of the most important wine trading towns. It is worth noting that at that time the art nouveau town on the Moselle was the second largest wine trading centre in Europe after the French city of Bordeaux. The reason for this extraordinary status was the great demand for Riesling wines and their export to the United Kingdom and overseas in particular. This soon led to the foundation of more than 100 wine companies....  more »

Cellar construction in the city centre

For this reason, in the second half of the 19th century the capacity of the wine cellars in Traben-Trarbach was increased and, as the only town on the Moselle, cellars were built underneath large areas of the town centre, some  with vaults over 100 metres long.

Exciting discovery of history

As part of a guided tour offered throughout the year through the "Traben-Trarbach Underworld", you will have the opportunity to visit various, separate, historical cellars. In the mystical semi-darkness, you will learn exciting facts about the history of historical viticulture and the old cellar technology as well as interesting facts about the cellar economy and the wine trade from that time and today.

"The Traben-Trarbach Underworld" today

Some of these cellars are also available for festivities, concerts and the like, and invite visitors to taste wine and enjoy culinary delights in historic walls during certain events. This includes the annual "Moselle Wine and Christmas Market" - the Christmas market in the Traben-Trarbach Underworld.