Bernkastel-Kues Travel Guide

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Bernkastel-Kues Highlights

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    Maria250 says…

     Fantastic vine-yards. Magnificent Mosel River. 

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     can be quite touristy 

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     it rocks! 

Bernkastel-Kues Things to Do

  • BERNKASTELER MARKET PLACE

    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...

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  • ST. NIKOLAUS HOSPITAL-CUSANUSSTIFT

    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...

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  • RIVER CRUISE

    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...

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  • DOCTOR WEINSTUBEN

    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.

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  • GRAACHER TOR or THE GRAACH GATE

    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...

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  • THE RATHAUS

    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...

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Bernkastel-Kues Hotels

Bernkastel-Kues Restaurants

  • Greek lunch

    We made it there by already noonish and there for had that place almost for ourselves. Very quiet, very nice, very friendly place. I loved the blue fisher's boat outside at the restaurant's entry, on the sidewalk. It made me thinking of some lovely vacation in Crete years back. Generally some nice interieur there at Restaurant Poseidon. Food was...

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  • Dizzy...dizzy

    When we did that hike towards Cafe/Restaurant Burgruine Landshut, we by then didn't know that this beautiful ruin houses such a very nice outdoor cafe & restaurant. Since it was very crowded we yet spared the coffee but climbed up the tower above the cafe. Gee..to me that was really, really scary! But with my buddy's help, I eventually too made it...

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  • Wonderful coffee

    This restaurant is a very lovely location with a wonderful porch, some Rock'n Roll interieur, and the scent of good ol' days. Not too sure what exactly the scent of good ol' days might be like yet the restaurant does smell nice and has a very cosy atmosphere. They also do every first and third Saturday of each month a smoking-free dance event. The...

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Bernkastel-Kues Nightlife

  • A nice bar with a great bartender

    The atmosphere is pretty cozy, cavelike. There is a place in the back where the young kids go play table games like foosball and stuff. That's where you can smoke. The bar is nice and Peter the bartender who has been there awhile is very very nice. He told us stories about the American G.I.'s that brought their music to the bar in the 70's, very...

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  • the main square at night

    Walk through the lovely small streets and over the main square in Bernkastel.All buildings are lighted, and even though cou cannot see all the great and colorfull details of the facades, you will enjoy a great athmosphere anyway. No special dresses required for a walk or when you like to take a glass of wine in one of the many great wine-bars

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  • enjoy an evening at the river

    Walk over the bridge to Kues and take a look back on Bernkastel :All mayor buildings will be lighted and the town looks really romantic with the castle Landshut on top.Every now and then a ship will pass by smoothly and almost without noise. No special dress-code on the bridge to Kues !!!

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Bernkastel-Kues Transportation

  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...

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  • Hunsrueck Hoehen Strasse

    there are Trunkroads and Autobahn, romantic passages and by ship as well as by Train. just 100km from Koblenz, or 90km from Trier....from Cologne ca 160km depense which route you prefer. in my opinion you won't get a better drive then through the Hunsrueck Hoehenstrasse, from KOBLENZ to HERMESKEIL one of the most scenic, romantic and friendliest...

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  • have a look

    real easy to get there.....I forgotten to tell you: Bike rides are a very fine way to take you from A to B. Bikes can be rented everywhere or bring your own which can be transported by Train, when enough paddling is done :-)

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Bernkastel-Kues Shopping

  • Kroever Nacktarsch

    Kroev is a small village in a distance of about 15km from Bernkastel.They have a great and famous wine there, famous mainly for it's funny name :Nacktarsch means n@cked @ss and there is also a little story on the bottles, so you will know, where this funny name came from. This wine makes certainly a great souvenir for people who are able to...

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  • Banane 11

    For your shopping of casual wear and hikinging-equipments there is a shop, close to St.Michael church, with a name, easy to remember.VT-member Annathrax made it only to the Rhine, but unfortunately not to the Mosel, although in Bernkastel they have a BANANA-shop since more than 20 years already. hiking equipment and more

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  • Depot Kloster Machern

    In this shop, just a few meters from the church St.Michael you may get a big variety of fancy bottles to store your wine, brandy or liquor. Just click on my picture in order to see these unique bottles.You may choose your favorite bottle and have it filled with one of their liquors. NOT a really cheap place :-((

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Bernkastel-Kues Local Customs

  • Wine

    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 affairVisitors 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...

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  • Weinfest - Wine Festival

    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...

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  • Talk to someone who knows ...

    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...

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Bernkastel-Kues Warnings and Dangers

  • CAR PARKING

    When we were here in July, there were plenty of spare car-parking space's available by the waterfront, either side of the bridge.This area is for paid parking, so we bought a ticket from the machine and displayed it in our Car window.Make sure you are parked in a "Car - Car-park," and not the "Bus Park," as this incur's a fine.This area is policed...

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  • Reading a map

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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  • Pillory

    Not a real warning: take care to be not put on that medieval pillory! It's on the left side of the townhall.

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Bernkastel-Kues Tourist Traps

  • Marktplatz - The Renaissance Rathaus.

    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...

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  • Marktplatz - A medieval market square.

    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...

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  • Marktplatz - The "Spitzhäuschen".

    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...

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Bernkastel-Kues What to Pack

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    Here we go ...

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    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Wine Tasting

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Bernkastel-Kues Off The Beaten Path

  • KLOSTER MACHERN

    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....

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  • Road trip along Mosel River

    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...

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  • Burg Landshut - The grandest panoramas.

    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...

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Bernkastel-Kues Favorites

  • Wonderful accommadation in...

    Arrived by car in Bernkastel-Kues on Friday 13 June 2008 following a week in Cochem. Found our holiday flat called Perlina Kerpat, explained by the owner, having a Ukrainian wife, as Pearl of the Carpathians, at 55 Bruinningstrasse in Kues. Met by the owner Herr Jungbluth, speaking excellent English, who showed us over the flat. We were absolutely...

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  • Kirner pils.

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In Germany it was sometimes rather difficult. We found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway, we did like the Kirner Pils.The...

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  • Wein, Food and Fun

    the easy going way, people live and communicate with each other and making the visitors very welcome in this very old Town where the Romans felt right at home.if someone is interested in the old historyBERNKASTEL-KUESgerman and english, worth the have a look when I visited Bernkastel first I was very young,we had travelled on our bikes, some...

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