If you love half-timbered building's, then you will love this Market place for it's full of impressive half-timbered building's from the 17th century. I was completely surrounded by them!
There was plenty of seating, so we went to the Bakery located in one of the old building's here, bought our morning tea, and then sat in the Market place on one of the many seat's to enjoy it!
This is such a pretty area, as the building's are in all shape's, size's and have different design's of fachwerk. The building's were said to be built for "Middle Class" people from the late Middle Age's, about 400 year's ago.
The St. Nikolaus Hospital, once a late gothic Monastery, is a large complex made up of many building's and a Chapel. It takes its name from the patron saint of sailors and also the patron saint of the family of Nicholas of Cusa .
It was Cardinal and Prince-Bishop Nicholas of Cusa who, in 1458, donated this "charity hospital" to house 33 desitute old men. It was a very long time, the year 1960, before Women were admitted to the Nursing Home.
The hospital is now a museum. There is a medieval library with a collection of ancient manuscripts, among them the works of Nicholas of Cusa.
In the historic cloister and the chapel of the Monastery is the heart of the founder.
I really thought it very nice here. The many old building's, quite a few with arches, and the Chapel were painted white with a little Orange, they really stood out against the green lawn, and the position overlooking the Mosel River was the best!
THE CHAPEL MAY BE VISITED......FREE ADMISSION
Sunday - Friday: 9.00 - 6PM
Saturday: 9.00 - 3PM
LIBRARY...ONLY GUIDED TOURS....
April - October: Tuesday, 10.30 and Friday 3PM
PRICE......5euro's per person.
A River Mosel cruise is a great way that two people can both sit back and relax and enjoy the sight's.
The area around here, is extremely pretty. The steep vineyard's were very pretty when green like we saw them, but just imagine the beauty in Autumn, when the leaves are gold, red and orange, what a picture that would be!
Of course, there are many gorgeous village's along the way.
The Cruise terminal is easy to find, just look at my 3rd photo. It depart's to Traben-Trarbach, a delightful town, and if you want more information, then just walk across the road to the Tourist Information centre, located in the dark grey stone building.
Walking around the old town, I came across another historic building that was a Hotel and Restaurant.
It was named after the famous Doctor and built in 1668 as a tithe house, rebuilt in 1830 as a wine bar, which was renovated to include a hotel.
The Graach Gate is the last remaining town gate in Bernkastel-Kues.
The name Graach refers to the neighbouring village of Graach, connected by a narrow road to the gate.
This Gate was built in the year 1300, as part of a town wall protecting the town of Bernkastel against foreign invader's. Before destruction in 1689, when it was partly destroyed by French troops under Louis XIV of France, the Graach gate was equipped with a tower reaching three times the size of the current building
At the beginning of the 18th century, the gate was reconstructed, and from 1714 was used as a prison. Later on it became a hostel for the homeless.
The gate is now built in Baroque style with a mansard roof, and has a figure of the Archangel St. Michael placed centrally over the passage, protecting the inhabitants of Bernkastel from aggression by intruders.
The figure is a copy while the original is exhibited in the museum of the Catholic Diocese of Trier.
Since 2002 the gate has been a museum of local history.
It is thought a Rathaus was built sometime after 1291, which was when the Town received 'civic rights.'
The Rathaus today, is a newer version built in the same location, this one date's back to 1608. The Renaissance sculptor was RH Hoffmann from nearby Trier.
On the building is the Archbishop Lothar von Metternich coat of arms and the cross, next to the Kurtrierische Bernkasteler city coat of arms above the hall alcove. On top is a stone figure of the Saviour, Saviour of the world with a globe.
On the left pillar on the ground floor is where offender's were tied with chains and handcuffs to the public pillory.
Sorry my photo is bad, I was looking directly into the sun!
This quaint little Town, also has many interesting shop's to browse around.
If you want to find a "different" souvenir to take home, then this may be where you will find it!
I found some interesting artwork, and a very cute little garden girl, she would have looked nice in my garden.
In the antique shop, the beautiful old Cash Register was very nice, what a talking point that would make in your home!
Lots and lots to see, including being able to buy the usual postcard's, etc.
That is, at the beautiful Hotel Drei Könige, [Three King's Hotel], a striking Hotel from the 19th century, overlooking the River Mosel. What an excellent location, and just a 5 minute walk to the old Town.
Some room's include balconies, these are really nice to have, as they overlook the River and Burg Landshut ruin's.
The Hotel also has an historic Wine Cellar the biggest vault cellar along the Middle Mosel.
The dance hall cellar is open from the end of August up to the end of October, and the wine tavern is open from the Easter holidays up to the end of October.
The Wine Museum is located within the 15th century St. Nikolaus Hospital Museum complex in Bernkastel Kues.
The exhibition explains the history of wine production in the Mosel Valley, and has collections and displays of wine presses, vessels and other instruments and objects relating to wine making.
For Wine lover's, you can taste various local wines and buy.
daily from 16th April to 31st October from 10.00-6PM
1st November to 15th April limited wine tasting possible between 2-5PM and by arrangement.
Visitation of the vinotheque without tasting is free of charge
Visitation of the vinotheque including a wine tasting for a fee of 15 euro's
Walking around the old town of Bernkastel-Kues, I happened to come upon more than one Fountain.
The first one I saw, was the "Fountain of St. Michael" which had some nice flowering Geranium's surrounding it. It was built in 1606, and is located at the centre of the market square.
Nearby was the "Bear Fountain," which was built over the old Bear Pit.
The Doctor Fountain was beautiful. It tells the story of the famous wine, and depicts scene's from that era.
I guess what I first noticed in this Town, was the very high Tower, which I thought may have been a Castle Keep. Even though it looked like one, it wasn't, it was the Tower of St. Michael's Church, and a very impressive one at that! Evidently, it was once used as part of the Town's defence's.
The original Church was mentioned in 1177, but the Church that I saw today, was built at the end of the 14th century.
This Town is a must to walk around, not only to see the half-timbered building's, but to see the many old unique door's. The second photo, I just loved the hand door-knocker!
The Town has cobblestoned street's, quite a few are more like lane's. It was pretty, as a lot of people had window boxes which were flowering. I also walked through many thick, stone arch-ways, and then underneath what looked to be a part of somebody's house above my head.
There were many interesting sign's advertising businesses and in some street's, grape vine's were trained on wire, and made an archway over the street I was walking along.
This was one of the most interesting old town's that I had seen in Germany. Don't worry about getting lost, you won't, as it covers a small area.
More photo's in the travelogue.
A must visit, is the Market Place in the old Town of Bernkastel-Kues, as it is here the interesting Spitzhäuschen is located. Built in 1416, it really is a quaint little house.
It is a narrow, Half-timbered building, that grows in size the higher it gets! I believe the reason for this, was because of the high property tax which had to be paid on the area of land it sat upon!
Luckily, this house, was restored in 1914, as it is now the most photographed building in Town!
Since 1970, located in the 500 year old building, is the wine cellar of the family estate Schmitz-Herges, where a choice of 50 Riesling and red wines are available, all from their own vineyard's.
The church was built in the 14th century its peaked cupola was added only in the 15th century. The eight small side towers make the St. Michael church a local landmark. From the parking area near to the church, guided tours are offered as well as boating trips down the Mosel River with or without wine tasting and/or dinner. Since it's very difficult to find any parking spots in the inner city it makes sense to accept the one big parking area with its cost.
If you enjoy delicious wine and food, friendly people and beautiful landscapes, the German Wine Academy could be just the ticket for you. Since 1974, thousands of wine lovers have joined us for our six-day guided tours through German wine country. Simply book a flight to Frankfurt am Main, from where you are poised to join us for a delightful journey of discovery.
If you enjoy all the festivities surrounding a parade like music, singing, dancing and feasting on regional specialties, then a visit at a German wine festival should be at the top of your list. As visitors from around the world make their way through the cobblestone streets of wine villages, locals invite them to partake in the tradition and celebration of wine and winemaking.