Bernkastel-Kues Tourist Traps

  • Amazing well preserved half-timbered houses.
    Amazing well preserved half-timbered...
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  • Overview of the Marktplatz.
    Overview of the Marktplatz.
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  • Anatoher front view (picture by my father).
    Anatoher front view (picture by my...
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    Marktplatz - The "Spitzhäuschen".

    by Jerelis Updated Dec 10, 2006

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    When we stood at the Markplatz we just didn't say anything and watched all around. The Markplatz is the heart of Bernkastel-Kues and has an almost unbelievable romantic composition of half-timbered, colour washed houses with steep roofs and gables, perfectly preserved. It trully radiates the glory and warmth of its 400 years of history in an impressive way.

    We did walk around over the square a bit and we had a good look at the 400 year old half-timbered houses, the Renaissance Town Hall (1608), the fountain of St. Michael (1606) and the often admired and attractive "Spitzhäuschen" (pointed house) built in 1416. We read in the brochure the following about it; "It mirrors the living poetry of the Middle Ages" and we couldn't have described it in a better way!

    Like we wrote earlier, the Spitzhäusen was built in 1416 and it's really a jewel of a rustic middle class building tradition of the Middle Ages. It trully looks as if it is ready to fall over. We learned that the Spitzhäusen used to be a Mossel vinter's house with a slate walled wine cellar. The typical outwards widening of the loft was used as a fodder to keep domestic animals during the winter. Amazing architecture and definately a must see.

    Address:
    D-54470 Bernkastel Kues / Markt

    Directions:
    Right at the city centre of Bernkastel Kues, you can't miss it!

    Unique Suggestions: So why stop there? Well, it's a mecca for those who are interested in picturesque half-timbered houses.

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    • Family Travel
    • Historical Travel

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    Marktplatz - A medieval market square.

    by Jerelis Updated Dec 10, 2006

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    Overview of the Marktplatz.
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    We can honestly say that the village of Bernkastel-Kues is one highly recommended stop along the way. To get there, follow the curves of the Mosel River about 63 kilometers to the northeast. It's a very important vacation destination, definately a complete tourist trap. So why stop there? Well, it's a mecca for those who are interested in picturesque half-timbered houses.

    So don't get here whenever you want to enjoy the quiet charms of the region. Try to ignore the masses of people and do admire its historical magnificence. To do so you don't need to search too long, just walk your way up the Markplatz (Market Square), which we consider to be the perfect example of German town architecture and therefore is one of the classic tourist destination of the Mosel.

    On our way towards the medieval Marktplatz we already spotted some fine examples of half-timbered houses. But at the square itself we were amazed by the many well preserved half-timbered houses. Wauw!

    Address:
    D-54470 Bernkastel Kues / Markt

    Directions:
    Right at the city centre of Bernkastel Kues, you can't miss it!

    Unique Suggestions: So why stop there? Well, it's a mecca for those who are interested in picturesque half-timbered houses.

    Related to:
    • Wine Tasting
    • Family Travel
    • Historical Travel

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    Marktplatz - The Renaissance Rathaus.

    by Jerelis Updated Dec 10, 2006

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    The Rathaus (picture by my father).

    During our trip back into the Middle Ages at the Marktplatz we had something to drink at Café Hansen. A great place to take a break and after that we continued the walk over the Markplatz. We went straight towards the fountain of St. Michael (1606). Right from that point we had a good view at the Renaissance Rathaus (Town Hall) built in 1608.

    In 1291 Bernkastel-Kues obtained civic rights as a result of the efforts of the Trierer Archbishop Boemund I. Shortly after that event the first Rathaus was built on the same site as the one still visible today. The present façade, which stands out against the half-timbered façades, was built in 1608. It's the product of the German late Renaissance and is the work of the Trierer sculpter Hoffmann. Remarkable to see are the balcony which rest upon a basalt pilar and the curved barok roof. Finally the pillory to which villains were chained and displayed to the public, can be seen fitted to the left corner pillar of the façade.

    At that time we were about finished with our "Marktplatz tour", but still we had to see the former Heinz'sches Haus (Heinz'sches House). This old house is about the oldest house in Bernkastel-Kues. Of all half-timbered houses it is the most richly and most beautiful ornamented half-timbered house. Only one conclusion remains for this medieval square ---> Do visit!

    Address:
    D-54470 Bernkastel Kues / Markt

    Directions:
    Right at the city centre of Bernkastel Keus, you can't miss it!

    Unique Suggestions: So why stop there? Well, it's a mecca for those who are interested in picturesque half-timbered houses.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Wine Tasting
    • Historical Travel

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