thats what the region is known for and does mainly for a living, and they realy good at it. some are in the business for over 300years more often then not at Family affair
Visitors are heartely welcomed, from the friendly bunch Mosel people are and if you plane to visit Bernkastel-Kues, try to do it in the first weeks of September, the Wine Festival is one big party
and take a sample from the.... Bernkasteler Doktor.... one of the best Wine of the Region
All of these villages and towns have a wine festival at least once a year. There is something going on somewhere every weekend between April and October.
Bernkastel is celebrating its Weinfest the first weekend in September. Activities consist mostly of eating and drinking (wine, what else?) in the streets and listening to bands. Food and drink stalls continue all over town and along the river bank.
My video gives an example of the atmosphere in market square. It was taken in the early afternoon, though - in the evening the general mood will even be lots better.
I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.
However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.
For us the travel tips we have written in this section made the most of our travel experience and we came home in the same happy, healthy state that we left.
It is in fact a local custom in Hotel Baeren, that you will find bears in various places through-out the restaurant and hotel. Even at the breakfast-table small wooden sculptures of bears will watch your appetit.
There are more pics about these bears in Hotel Baeren in my travelogue !
Have a look for this great chandelier, that I saw in Hotel Baeren:
Grapes and wine-leaves seem to wind around the lights and a chandelier like this certainly adds a lot of great athmoshere to a glass of wine or two or three...
I cannot say where you may buy such a chandelier, but it would certainly make a great souvenir !
It is a restaurant today, next to the old townhall, but in the ancient times it was a "Badstub"
Not BAD at all, but the german word for "bathing-hall" dating back to the time, when taking a bath was only possible in one place of the village, and everybody was sitting inside of a big tub every now and then, some people once a month , some maybe once a year.
When you click on my picture you may see a mural about another historic even that gives a good reason to drink the local wine:
My translation for people, not speaking German :
The prince was ill and the doctors could not help him anymore. It seemed to be the end of his life, but someone gave him a vat of wine and he returned to life !!
Another good excuse to remember when drinking the local wine !!
This is the name of a restaurant in Berncastel-Kues and I am not sure about the reason, why it is named by the biggest shipping-company in Germany with plenty of overseas-ships .
Bremen is in a distance of about 600 km from Bernkastel-Kues and shipping on the Mosel does not have a lot in common with oversea-shipping.
Maybe someone knows more about it - please tell me !!
Some of the streets in Bernkastel-Kues are just 2 meters wide and still the halftimbered houses have ornaments at places, where people would rather not see them at all.
When you click on my picture you may see that even the wooden parts of the facade are painted and decorated in the most beautiful ways.
This street starts at the town-square.
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 !)
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...)
This building is one of the most famous ones in Bernkastel-Kues, as it is built on a rather small piece of land and gets larger and larger by each floor.
When you click on my picture, you may see the dimensions, in comparison to the people walking next to it.
You actually need an extreme-wideangle-lens to make such a picture in that tiny street, close to the market-square.
When you stand on the market-square, this building is close to the old townhall.