Bernkastel-Kues Off The Beaten Path

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    KLOSTER MACHERN

    by balhannah Written Jan 17, 2012

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    This Monastery is located just 7km's from Bernkastel Kues.

    In 1084, there was evidence that there was a Monastery here.
    The actual foundation took place in 1238 in which it was added as a convent in the Order of Cistercians of the Association.

    Over the year's, the Monastery was used less, until in 1793, when there were only 6 Nun's and an Abbess left. Eventually, it was left to deteriorate.

    Luckily, in 1969 it was bought and then renovated for current use and made available to the public. It now houses recreational facilities, restaurants and a museum.

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    Road trip along Mosel River

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 26, 2011

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    Doing any trips along Mosel River by car is perhaps the most obvious way, and offers more flexibility, but most of the route is covered by, what friends say, 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.

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    Burg Landshut - The grandest panoramas.

    by Jerelis Updated Nov 19, 2006

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    View at the valley.

    As we are very interested in history we were glad to have reached the ruin. Time to explore! It's always very impressive to visit such a medieval place. How did they built this? How did they get all these huge blocks of stone on top of the mountain? When did they start this? This last question was answered rather easily, it was 1277.

    During the 14th and 15th century the bishops of Trier took their important decisions concerning the entire area while residing here. The fateful day for the castle was the 8th of January 1692, when a fire broke out accidentilly. Much of the castle was destroyed and the fire also destroyed all the paintings and other art treasures. Since then the castle has remained as it is today. Whenever you're not interested in ruins at all, do visit it anyway! It offers one of the most grandest panoramas in the entire Rhineland and Mosel areas. For us fun to see that even the steepest slopes on the way this belvedere are covered with vines.

    After exploring the ruin and enjoying the views it was time for a refreshing FederweiƟer at the restaurant which is situated in this ruin. After all this it was time to start our way back to the city of Bernkastel Kues.

    Address:
    Burg Landshut, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues.

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    Situated at the rocky promontory, about 3 kilometers to the southeast of Bernkastel Keus.

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    Burg Landshut - Protector of the countryside.

    by Jerelis Updated Nov 19, 2006

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    On top of the mountain.

    The official name of Burg Landshut is "Burgruine Landshut", which means the Ruin of the Castle of Landshut. It is really towering above the city of Bernkastel Keus on a large hill. To reach the castle there are several alternatives. If you're interested to do it by motor transport, do proceed up to the parking area near the youth hostel. An other way is to take the Burg Landshut Express. But a more energetic way to reach the castle is by hiking up through the vineyards, like we did.

    The hike was amazing and we every now and then stopped at the cozy lookout platforms to witness the unique views of the Mosel Valley. We hiked through some idyllic wineries and they stimulated our "appetite" for this splendid hiking tour. The ruin itself is quite old. The first mention of the castle occurs in the 7th century. Archbishop Heinrich von Vinstigen and his succesor Boemund built the Upper or New Castle in 1277, which was given the appropriate name Landshut, this is translated protector of the countryside.

    Address:
    Burg Landshut, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues.

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    Situated at the rocky promontory, about 3 kilometers to the southeast of Bernkastel Keus.

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    Burg Landshut - A medieval castle.

    by Jerelis Updated Nov 19, 2006

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    Hiking towards the 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.

    Address:
    Burg Landshut, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues.

    Directions:
    Situated at the rocky promontory, about 3 kilometers to the southeast of Bernkastel Keus.

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    a great fountain

    by globetrott Written May 2, 2004

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    Just opposite of the Kreisstaendehaus you may see a lovely fountain showing the story of the ill prince, who came back into life after drinking from the famous "Doctor-wine".
    Have a look for the scenes on my picture-combination : on the left the prince still looking a bit sceptical & on the right he obviously is feeling better already, maybe even a bit tooo good... ;-)

    So , if you feel bad, simply have some doctor-wine and you will feel better quickly...

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    Kreisstaendehaus

    by globetrott Written May 2, 2004

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    The Kreisstaendehaus is a traditional building for the merchants and trades. The building is next to the big parking , but besides this great side-entrance I did not see anything special, beeing of interest fro the tourists.
    Have a look for the great coat of arms with a lobster and bees.

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    another funny building

    by globetrott Written May 2, 2004

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    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 !)

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    Bacchus - god of the wine and vinyards

    by globetrott Written May 2, 2004

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    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...

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    St.Nikolaus hospital

    by globetrott Written May 2, 2004

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    Kues is named after a famous philosopher and cardinal Nikolaus von Kues (also named Cusanus 1401-1464)
    He was the founder of the monastery and the hospital St.Nikolaus, that has one of the most precious libraries and the oldest astronomical globe of Germany.
    Unfortunately I did not see it from inside so far, but maybe I may next time.

    St.Nikolaus monastery is just opposite of the hotel 3 Koenige

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    Climb up the tower for a great view

    by globetrott Written May 2, 2004

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    be careful when you take the last few steps up to the tower, some of the stones are a bit un-even and might be slippery after a rain.

    But the view is absolutely worth the trouble, especially when the weather is perfect.

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    Castle Landshut of today

    by globetrott Written May 2, 2004

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    Today the castle is mostly a ruin , surrounded by vinyards and with a tower that you may climb up in order to have a perfect view of the Mosel-valley.

    Simply enter the restaurant, pay a small fee of 1 Euro and walk up the stairs.
    At first theb stair is rather comfortable, but at the very top it gets rather small and also a bit dangerous.

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    Castle Landshut dating back to the 8th century

    by globetrott Written May 2, 2004

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    The Mosel was an important river for shipping, already at Roman times.
    Therefore plenty of castles were built in order to be able to get taxes from the ships and also in order to be able to defend the villages and the precious vinyards against enemies.
    From the castle you still have a great view of the Mosel-valley !

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    Ruine Landshut / Landshut castle

    by globetrott Written May 2, 2004

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    Castle Landshut is a Must and you may easily get there with your own car or take the funny yellow Mercedes-bus going through the vinyards, leaving at the big parking at the ship-station every full hour.

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    Old Jewish cimetary

    by tessy Written Jul 14, 2003

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    Jewish cimetary

    On our walk, we saw that cimetary in a beautiful scenery up on a hill, near the restaurant Eiserne Weinkarte. Unfortunately we didn't have a key to enter.

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