The Moselle (French Moselle, German Mosel, from Latin Mosella, "little Meuse") is a river flowing through France, Luxembourg and Germany, joining the Rhine river at Koblenz. The river gave its name to two French départements: Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle.
The source of the Moselle is at the western slope of the Ballon d'Alsace in the Vosges mountains. The Moselle flows through the Lorraine region, west of the Vosges. Further downstream, in Germany, the Moselle valley forms the division between the Eifel and Hunsrück mountain regions. Its total length from source to mouth is approximately 545 km.
Its major tributaries are the Meurthe, Sauer, Ruwer and the Saar.
Towns along the river Moselle are:
* in France: Épinal, Toul, Pont-à-Mousson, Metz and Thionville
* in Luxembourg: Grevenmacher and Remich
* in Germany: Trier, Bernkastel-Kues, Cochem and Koblenz
See Wikipedia, Moselle River, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moselle_River (optional description here) (as of Jun. 4, 2006, 19:08 GMT).