There are various Stellplatze along the Mosel (Moselle) valley in Germany : it's motorhomer's heaven.
This page covers a variety of Stellplatze that we visited along the Mosel valley in August and September 2011, listed in upstream-downstream order.
We stayed here for one night. This is a large site, nestled between the main road and Mosel river, alongside a commercial campsite. There are no toilets, but hookups are available - if you want a riverside pitch you'll need a long cable, 2x25M just about reached for me. In common with pretty much every Stellplatz, the EHU exhibited reverse polarity...can't say that's something I get too hung up about. The pitches alongside the river are separated by wooden fences, whereas in the centre of the site you're free to park where you wish. All pitches are on grass, which is kept cut very short. All-in-all, a very well-kept site.
The V-E station (for taking on board water and disposing of black & grey waste) is at the entrance to the site, and is at quite an inconvenient distance. Fine if you're driving on/off site, but if you just want to empty your toilet cassette, it's too far to carry it.
Klusserath village is the other side of the road. On the whole, it's a largely unremarkable reasonably modern place. When I wandered around, it seemed to be closed.
There's a bread wagon that visits the site in the morning.
Payment for the site is taken by a lady who visits in the evening.
We stayed here for three nights. The site has the same owners as the Klusserath one, but is of a very different nature : it's smaller with the pitches closer together, all of them on pea shale. Minheim won Stellplatz of the year in 2009, and the quality shines through; everything is very well organised and kept. Once again, the site is sandwiched between a minor road and the river, and we were lucky enough to get a pitch fronting the river. There are plenty of hookups to go around, and no issues with needing long cables.
The V-E station is at the entrance to the site. This can cause problems as it's a bit narrow, and queues can form. However, given the size of the site it was near enough to the pitches to carry the toilet cassette to it. It seemed a bit stingey that when emptying the cassette, it was still necessary to insert 10c to get a couple of litres of water to rinse it out.
Minheim village is on the other side of the road. It's a pleasant place, with quite a few Strausswirtschaft selling the grower's own wine. There's a bakery - that also visits the site in the morning - which additionally sells limited groceries, and cakes.
Payment for the site is taken by a man who visits in the evening.
We visited on two occasions, staying for one night each time. This site probably represents the tipping point where a Stellplatz almost becomes a campsite. The site is located at the bottom of the hill from the village of Wintrich, facing the river : it's not directly on the riverside but approximately 50 yards back, with river views.
One end of the site is on grass, while the other is on rocky hardstandings - very hard, as my wife discovered when she tripped over one of the dogs and we ended up at the local Krankenhaus. There are hookups available to all of the pitches, plus free wifi (NB coverage is patchy...best at the hardstanding end of the site). There's also toilets (50c) and showers (Euro1).
The V-E station is located just outside the entrance to the site.
Wintrich has a series of restaurants, a small Edeka supermarket, and various places where you can buy wine.
Payment for the site is via a machine (carpark-like) outside the main entrance - pay Euro7 (the nightly fee) for access, then return to the machine just before you leave to settle the balance to allow the barrier to lift.
We visited on one occasion, staying for a night. The site is a quiet one, on a flood plain between the village and river. Pitches are on grass, which was on the long side (but not overly so). EHU is available, unusually offering a variety of connectors, allowing a choice of sockets.
The V-E station is located on the road above the site, and unusually doesn't charge (there's an honesty box so people not staying at the site can make a contribution).
Loesnich is a quiet place, with a large hotel being the only place showing any sign of life as I wandered through. There's a large field at the side of the site which is great for exercising dogs off-lead.
Payment for the site is taken by a man who comes around in the morning.
The one that got away? We didn't actually stop at this site. It's large - and unlike Klusserath, when we visited, was pretty full too. The pitches are mainly on grass, and it looked as if it had been a good while since it was last cut. There appeared to be total anarchy about how units were pitched. It was all a bit overwhelming for us, and we did feel like we were the evening's point of interest as we drove around. Not for us, so we moved on.
Another site overlooking the river. The majority of pitches overlook the river, with all but about five being on grass. When we visited, the grass had just been cut, but evidently hadn't been done previously for sometime so plenty of grass tramped into the motorhome.
Hookups are available, but even with 50M's worth of lead I couldn't quite reach.
At the entrance to the site there's a bar and bratwurst wagon...really handy.
V-E facilities are in the basement of the town hall. There's no charge for usage, but I think restrictions on when it can be used. As with Loesnich, there was no direct charge for using these facilities.
Reil is a town rather than village, and has a large variety of restaurants and Strausswirschaft.
Payment for the site is taken by a man who comes around in the evening.