Wonderful accommadation in Bernkastel-Kues
Arrived by car in Bernkastel-Kues on Friday 13 June 2008 following a week in Cochem. Found our holiday flat called Perlina Kerpat, explained by the owner, having a Ukrainian wife, as Pearl of the Carpathians, at 55 Bruinningstrasse in Kues. Met by the owner Herr Jungbluth, speaking excellent English, who showed us over the flat. We were absolutely delighted by the standards and facilities available. The decor and facilities were second to none, and included internet access, cooker, fridge, dishwater, toaster, microwave, TV with English channels. Separate utility room with washing machine etc. The bathroom, with shower, excellently appointed with more fluffy towels than we three adults plus one toddler could have possibly used in a month. Two lovely bed-rooms ,one with access to a large patio with appropriate furniture. an approx.45/50 metre garden with fruit trees, flowers, vegetables. a sitting area lighted at night to die for. To find such a haven of peace within 9 minute walk from the centre of town was an absolute bonus. Herr Jungbluth approached us on the patio on the second night of our stay apologising, saying he usually left a bottle of local wine to greet his guests, so to make up for this oversight presented us with two bottles, a nice touch I’m sure one would agree. Probably the very best accommodation we have stayed in over Twenty years of touring Germany.We shall definitely return. Pleasant people, friendly. lively tourist town, do take the little rail trip around town.The jade chinese restaurant i n kues, on the main road to wehlen, one of the best ive been too.
Funny inscriptions & murals
This was my favorite "poem" in Bernkastel, as it certainly gives a good reason to drink the local wine.
Der liebe Gott hat nicht gewollt,
dass edler Wein verderben sollt.
Drum hat er uns nicht nur die Reben,
Nein, auch den noetgen Durst gegeben !
(God did not want good wine to be spoiled.
Therefore he gave us not only the vine, but also the thirst !)
Roads between Speicher and Bernkastel-Kues
Doing any Mosel River trip by car is perhaps the most obvious way, and offers more flexibility, but most of the route is covered by what friends say is a reliable and do-able train ride. It runs on the opposite side of the river from the road so will offer a different menu of villages. But there are also river cruises.
another funny building
Here is another lovely old building of the kind getting wider with each floor.
Don't miss it, it is in a sidestreet on the right, when you come from the bridge and go to the market square.
Walk around it and search for the great inscriptions under the roof like :
Gott schuetze diese haus
vor Not und Feuer,
Krieg und Steuer !
(God, please save this house of famine,fire,war and TAXES !)
St. Michaelskirche - Richly ornamented church.
Although we were quite late when we arrived at the St. Michaelskirche we still were allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our late arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists left. Either the bus/coach or boat had already left or everybody was drinking Federweisser in the Weinstubes.
When we went inside the St. Michaelskirche we noticed that the interior had the character of a large hall. From some documents we learned that the vestry was built in 1664. We immediately saw that the central focus in the choir was a calvary group of 1496. In addition to the main building the plague altar, a work by Hoffmann, can be seen. It reflects a scene around 1630, when Bernkastel-Kues citizens, gathered at the Marktplatz (Market Square), carry the victims of the plague to burial. The church is well endowed with art treasures.
We did some more strolling around in this beautiful church with its three naves and noticed that it is richly ornamented to such an extend as is rarely seen in these parts of Germany. Once we were outside again we neede some time to let it all work out in our systeem, all this amazing beauty! We found the time and space in one of the cozy little pubs in the village itself.