Physical characteristics
 • locationHautes Fagnes
 • elevation±600 m (2,000 ft)
 • location
 • coordinates
49°48′12″N 6°42′6″E / 49.80333°N 6.70167°E / 49.80333; 6.70167
Length127.6 km (79.3 mi) [1]
Basin size849 km2 (328 sq mi) [1]
Basin features
ProgressionMoselleRhineNorth Sea

The Kyll (German pronunciation: [ˈkɪl]), noted by the Roman poet Ausonius as Celbis,[2] is a 128-kilometre-long (80 mi) river in western Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate), left tributary of the Moselle. It rises in the Eifel mountains, near the border with Belgium and flows generally south through the towns Stadtkyll, Gerolstein, Kyllburg and east of Bitburg. It flows into the Moselle in Ehrang, a suburb of Trier.

In Fiction

The river Kyll, personified as a woman named Kelly, is one of the central characters in the fantasy/crime novel "October Man",[3] written by the author Ben Aaronovitch, in the book series Rivers of London.

See also


  1. ^ a b Hydrographic Directory of the NRW State Office for Nature, the Environment and Consumer Protection (Gewässerverzeichnis des Landesamtes für Natur, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz NRW 2010) (xls; 4.67 MB)
  2. ^ Ausonius, Mosella, v. 359
  3. ^ Aaronovitch, Ben (2019). The October man. Rivers of London. London: Gollancz. ISBN 978-1-4732-2433-9.