Bridge Gate, Traben-Trarbach

Traben-Tarbach is a fairy tale. In fact, the whole area along the Moselle River is extremely beautiful, almost unreal. And traveling alongside, you could have the feeling you are at least in South Tyrol, Italy. And you could even notice the cheerfulness and the solemnity in the air. But the double city of Traben-Trarbach is the most outstanding one with its awesome Jugendstil/Art Nouveau architecture – a result of its strong economic flourishing after its union.


With its location on the Moselle River, it reminds me of the capital of Hungary, Budapest, divided by the Donau River into the districts of Buda and Pest. Likewise, the town of Traben-Trarbach is devided by the river into Traben and Trarbach. Traben was mentioned for the first time in AD 830, when it was donated to Aachen (see Aachen Cathedral, Aachen Cathedral Treasury and Aachen City Hall) by Emperor Louis the Pious. On the other hand, Trarbach and other districts of the present town belonged to the Rear County of Sponheim and were first mentioned as late as the year 1142.

The Municipality of Traben and the town of Trarbach got administratively united in 1904.

Grevenburg, Traben-Trarbach

The ruins of Castle Grevenburg – residence of the Rear County of Sponheim from 1350. At that time, Trarbach received also its city rights.

Evangelische Kirche Trarbach

The Pilgrimage Evangelical Church of Trarbach with the pilgrimage hostel (or, more precisely, it is the hostel that is shown in this photograph) – the former Old Latin school/Alte Lateinschule from 1573.

Evangelische Kirche Trarbach (2)

The church was first mentioned in 1330 when it was extended by the Count of Sponheim. Since the middle of the 16th century, the population of Trarbach is mainly evangelical.

Evangelische Kirche Trarbach (3)

Evangelische Kirche Trarbach (5)

The pulpit dates from 1509-1515.

Evangelische Kirche Trarbach (6)

The west porch – the so-called ‘Laube’ in German is from 1518-1523.

Evangelische Kirche Trarbach (4)

The right choir, founded as a county burial chapel in 1379. The church consists of 2 choirs. And this is what makes it extraordinary.

Evangelische Kirche Trarbach (7)

A tomb from 1737 with the inscription ‘Hodie mihi, cras tibi’/’Today it’s me, tomorrow it will be you’.

Evangelische Kirche Trarbach (8)

The church lies on the Route of Santiago de Compostela, just as the Church of Kronenburg.

Rathaus Trarbach, Traben-Trarbach

The Town Hall of Trarbach from 1833.

Brueckentor, Traben-Trarbach

Brückentor (“Bridge Gate”) at the Moselle Bridge by the architect Bruno Möhring, from 1899 – the landmark of the town. Bruno Möhring was ‘one of the most important architects of the Jugendstil/Art Nouveau style in Germany’ (source: Wikipedia).

Rathaus Traben, Traben-Trarbach

Dr. Spiess Brunnen/Dr. Spiess Fountain and the former Town Hall of Traben from 1899.

The so-called Lorettahaus to the left (in the first photograph) from 1904 with part of the Postamt/the Post office from the beginning of the 20th century.

Bahnhof Traben-Trarbach

Bahnhof Traben-Trarbach (2)

The old railway station from the beginning of the 20th century.

Villa Nollen, Traben-Trarbach

The Art Nouveau Villa Nollen by the architect Bruno Möhring from 1905.

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