Clays is a municipality in the Terrassenmosel in the district of Mayen -Koblenz in Rhineland- Palatinate. It belongs to the municipality Untermosel, which has its administrative headquarters in Kobern -Gondorf. Clays is a nationally recognized tourist.

  • 2.1 district loams
  • 2.2 district Moselsürsch
  • 2.3 neoplasm of the community
  • 3.1 municipal
  • 4.1 Structures
  • 5.1 viticulture and agriculture
  • 5.2 traffic
  • 5.3 Facilities
  • 5.4 Education
  • 5.5 Regular events
  • 5.6 Würzlaysteig
  • 5.7 Nature Reserves
  • 5.8 Viewpoints


Clays is located about 19 kilometers from Koblenz and about 31 kilometers from Cochem on the left bank of the Moselle. Neighboring municipalities are upriver and downriver Kattenes Kobern -Gondorf. On the other side of the Moselle is low fur. In clays the Nothbach flows into the Moselle.

Outline of the municipal area

  • The district loams stretches over a length of about 1 kilometers on the Moselle along. For the district of clays includes the residential places Fißmühle, Lehmerhöfe, Nikolaushof, Nothenmühle and Schmitt height.
  • The district Moselsürsch is back on the Moselhöhe to May Field. To this area belongs to the lying on the Moselle living space slate quarry.


Like other communities of the Lower Moselle is loams climatically favored in one of the warmest regions in Germany.


District loams

Probably loams was already inhabited in Roman times. First records of the town in the year was 865 AD in a charter of Emperor Louis II, the German, under the name " Liomena ".

District Moselsürsch

A first mentioned in a document in 964

Formation of the community

Today's church was loams (208 inhabitants) is newly formed on September 30, 1976 the dissolved municipalities loams (850 inhabitants) and Moselsürsch.


Parish council

The local council in clays consists of 16 council members, who were elected at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009 in a personalized proportional representation, and the honorary mayor as chairman.

The distribution of seats in the local council:

Culture and sights


  • In the village is a five-story Romanesque bell tower from the 12th century, reminiscent of the former parish church.
  • The parish church of St. Stephen was built in 1762 as a simple hall construction.
  • The Moselsürscher church was built in 1774 and is dedicated to St. Giles. It has a roof turret. The church tower was built as part of the expansion from 1957 to 1958.

See also: List of cultural monuments in clays

Economy and infrastructure

Viticulture and agriculture

While clays is a wine-growing village, the districts Lehmerhöfe and Moselsürsch are agricultural.

Loams part of the " wine field Cochem " in the Mosel region. In place five wineries operate. The area under vines is 22 ha, of which ~ 82 % white wine varietals ( Riesling, Müller -Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Solaris, Principal, Phoenix, Ehrenfelser ) and ~ 20 % blue varieties ( Pinot Noir, Regent, Dornfelder, Rondo ) (as 2010).

Vineyards ( downriver seen ):

In total there are 18 farms in clays. The agricultural area of (as of 2010 ) 727 ha.


On the banks of the Moselle along the B 416 leads past the site. This connects Koblenz with carding. A country road across the Moselle heights towards Munstermaifeld.

In clays, there is a breakpoint of Deutsche Bahn on the line between Koblenz and Trier.

The 13th of 14 barrages the Mosel between Koblenz is located in Thionville and loams. Shows the current directors in the Moselle barrage, the 58 -year Lehmener "Jam Pitter ". It is used to regulate the driving water level and overcomes a difference in height of about 6 meters. In a hydroelectric power plant electricity is generated.


In clays is the country's training center and the office of the DLRG National Association of Rhineland- Palatinate. The National Training Centre can be booked by groups and other interested parties. In addition to accommodation and modern equipped training rooms are available.


In the village are the primary school " St. Georg " and the daycare " Rappelkiste ".

Regular events

  • On Ash Monday, takes place in the multi-purpose hall in clays a Colorful evening.
  • On the last weekend in June, the Razejungefest ( wine festival ) takes place on the Razejungenplatz in the center, which is held together with 4 winegrowers and the shooting club. The Lehmener Razejunge brought earlier with a basket- woven Kiepe, the Raze, the manure from the stables to fertilize the vineyards.


The Würzlaysteig is a linear theme of Mosel.Erlebnis.Route between the municipalities loams and Loef and is named after the adjacent vineyard Würzlay. The official opening was on 3 June 2012. The northern ' entry ' of the path is on the road " on the Pat" in clays. From there, the newly created path is initially above the steepest vineyards that are unfortunately part no longer farmed. Later forest paths and open areas follow. Again and again, insights open the Moselle valley.

At numerous topics desks of hikers learn interesting facts about the cultural landscape of Terrassenmosel. The physically demanding part section ends on Ausoniusstein and then follows existing trails on slate mine, Kattenes ( the Mills ), Kehrbachtal and Alzbachtal to Löf.

Nature Reserves

  • On Moselsürscher district is the 30 -acre nature reserve Ausoniusstein. There you will find, among other things still the rare Apollo.
  • The Moselle valley just above the barrage is the heron shot island, a bird sanctuary.


Monastery Mountain View: Covered seating in the vineyard monastery mountain overlooking the villages of clays and low fur with river and dam loams in the background.

Ausoniusstein: Named after the Roman Ausonius. Overhanging rock outcrop on the valley edge overlooking the Moselle valley and on the places Oberfell, alkene with Thurant, Brodenbach and Kattenes. In the vicinity there is a shelter.