Goethestrasse 29, Bernkastel-Kues, Rhineland-Palatinate, 54470, Germany
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eating wiener schnitzel
Our hearty German meal
The Rathaus (picture by my father).
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have a look for the great inscriptions that you may see on plenty of the buildings as a decoration.
Some a witty some are wise and were written at a time, when the german language sounded a bit different...
"Zur Kurfuerst-zeit ward ich erbaut, hab viel erlebt und viel erschaut"
(I was built at the times of the elector, I went through various times and saw a lot...)
Burg Landshut - A medieval castle.
We guess that once you're in the Mosel Valley you simply have to visit the city of Bernkastel Keus. The town itself is quite charming. It had a fairytale-like quality to it, almost like it was stuck in a time warp. Many of the houses in the pedestrian only zone have been around for hundreds of years. Just outside the town, which is situated on the banks of the Mosel River, on the hillsides are some of the steepest vineyards that we have ever seen. Very challenging to hike them.
It's no wonder that "wanderlust" is a German word. In it's original meaning, it describes a desire to roam, to wander. And where better than in the Mosel Valley brimming with classic pine forests, dense woods, lower mountains and lakes? The valley offers some of the most beautiful low mountain ranges with rivers, a wide variety of flowers and medieval castles, like the Burg Landshut.
Burg Landshut, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues.
Situated at the rocky promontory, about 3 kilometers to the southeast of Bernkastel Keus.
Bacchus - god of the wine and vinyards
Bacchus - the god of vinyards - looking down at the people passing by the townhall of Bernkastel-Kues.
A bit sceptical, maybe even a bit stoned ??
What-ever, he certainly likes to remind you to be careful with the sweat wine of the Mosel, going to your head easily and sometimes too quickly...
The most enjoyable way of experiencing the landscape of the Mosel valley is a river cruise. Sip a glass of wine and watch the hills, villages and vineyards passing by...
Unlike the Rhine, there are no long-distance day cruises along the Mosel that cover the whole length of the valley from Koblenz to Trier. Instead some smaller companies run cruise boats on shorter distances, like Trier to Bernkastel-Kues, Bernkastel-Kues to Traben-Trarbach, Traben-Trarbach to Cochem, Cochem to Koblenz and back. The boats stop at more or less all the villages in between. For longer distances than these legs one has to change boats.
Two companies are running the cruise boats in the Middle Mosel valley:
MST Hans Michels
Kolb - and another website of theirs
Check carefully which boat you need and from whom you buy your tickets. Both companies have their separate ticket booths and landings at each stop, and the staff of one company does not have the slightest idea about what the other company is doing. Tickets are only valid on that particular company's boats.
The timetables usually allow round trips with an hour or two stay at the destination before the boat sets out for the return journey.
The Bear Fountain can be found at Bernkastel-Kues' market square. One of the town's official web pages explains: This fountain, erected on the site of the former”bear well “shows a bronze sculpture of two bears in a typical posture. It was sculpted by Hans Scherl. The bear is the eskutcheon figure of Bernkastel. You might like to check out that page as it provids many of interesting informations, sights, locations, and directions to it.
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