This great building is just a few meters from the old townhall and when you click on my picture, you may see that the ground-floor is just 2 meters wide, while the upper floor is much wider.
What a great building that has a small "Weinstube" inside, so you may actually also explore the architecture from inside.
In a place like Berncastle the ground was quite expensive and the biggest parts of it were used for the vinyards, so you may see that every little corner of the village was used to build houses.
The small town-square of Berncastel-Kues is completely surrounded by these lovely half-timbered houses, dating back partly to the 17th century.
The town-square if off-limits for cars ( except for a few local people ), so walking there is easy and great fun !
The old baroque townhall is certainly one of the most beautiful buildings in Bernkastel-Kues.
Just click on my picture and have a look for the old windows on 1st floor and the great ornaments around the balcony.
On top of the balcony you see a small statue of the virgin Mary.
When you take a closer look at the great facades you may sometimes see the date , when the building was built or restored.
This building indicates 1644, and when you click on my picture you may as well see the lovely ornaments and decorations of the wooden structure in the facade.
Bernkastle-Kues was given civic rights in 1291. That meant that the town had the right to built a city wall to protect it against unwelcome intruders. This fortified wall was provided with eight city gates and the Graacher Gate is the only surviving one. We learned that the tower of the St. Michaelskirche was once incorporated in this city defence wall. And when you have a good look at the impressive tower we must admit that it looks more than an old keep than like a church spire.
Even when you arrive at the church from the backside and not the front you'll see that the mighty 600 years old church tower of the St. Michaelskirche ranks among the impressive buildings in the village. The church was first mentioned in 1177, but in its present form it dates back mainly from the end of the 14th century. The original barock façade was rebuilt in 1968 and we thought that it is in stark contrast to the massive church tower.
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.
St.Michaelskirche dates back to the end of the 14th century, but the tower is much older and was once part of the fortification-walls around the town.
Inside the church you may see a "holy grave" of the 17th century.
St.Michael is the patron of the town Bernkastel-Kues and so you may see him also on top of the fountain on the main-square.
St.Michael is an angel, therefore you may see his golden wings on the statue, surrounded by great old half-timbered houses.
This fountain dates back to 1606.
Have a look around the townhall for the great back-entrance of the building with the head-sculpture of god Bacchus on top.
It is great to see this type of entrance and the red facade with lovely golden ornaments.
There are lots of castles in the Mosel valley. Burg Landshut, the castle near Bernkastel, where you can walk to and have a drink and take some pics from the valley and the castle. My plans on that day were different, so I climbed up the other side to walk to Traben Trabach
Did I tell you, that the market place is worth a visit? ;-)
When you take the street from the Mosel river directly to the center, you see these houses on the marketplace first. The red one is the townhall: built in 1608, German late Renaissance. On the left corner of that house there is stil the pillory.
It really doesn't matter how you travel towards Bernkastel-Kues. Whether you come by car or by boat you will finally arrive at a huge parking lot just outside the village and at the banks of the Mosel River. When you're at that particular parking lot and you look upwards to the city of Bernkastel-Kues you can't miss the St. Michaelskirche (Church of St. Michael).
Although we immediately said to ourselves that we wanted to visit this impressive church we first walked our way up to the Markplatz (Market Square) to see the sights out there. We hiked our way up to Burgruine Landshut (1277), went back to the "Bärenbrunnen" (beer fountain) and saw the Graacher Gate. It's therefore very funny to notice that after strolling through some beautiful small streets we finally ended up at the backside of the St. Michaelskirche. The site we definately wanted to see when we first arrived. Right now it was at the end of the afternoon and we where thrilled to see the St. Michaelskirche as a highlight at the end of the beautiful day. The church was still open for visitors, so off we went!
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.
The Mosel is a meandering river in a steep valley often as dramatic as the Middle Rhine. Cruises frequently depart or terminate in Trier, Germany’s oldest city with huge Roman monuments, just across the border from Luxemburg and France. Popular stops along the Mosel River include half-timbered wine-trading villages, Cochem with a medieval-look knights’ castle, and Burg Eltz, an authentic medieval. Also there are options for getting on a boat trip at the Mosel bank right in front of Bernkastel-Kues' Alten Moselbahnhof at the parking area. Pls check out "Viking-River-Cruises". Also you might take a look at wb page, link below, there are great & general informations provided about "Routings of Rhine River" etc.
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