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Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

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Bernkastel-Kues (pop. 8,000) is an attractive little (twin town) in the Moselle Valley, halfway between Cochem and Trier. In the early 20th century Bernkastel (right bank) was merged with Kues on the (left bank) of the Moselle River.

Major attractions in the town include its medieval marketplace with its gabled timber-frame houses from the 17th century, and of course, the Landshut Castle.

Historically, the most important industry in the area has been winegrowing. Within the Bernkastel area, vines are worked overwhelmingly in very steep-slope vineyards, and Riesling is the customary grape variety.
tall building bernkastel germany The half-timbered Spitzhauschen in Bernkastel is the town's most photographed building. Built in 1416, its ground floor is much narrower than the upper floors, which gives it a terrering look. If you walk up to Landshut Castle, you will walk up the narrow path on the left side of the Spitzhauschen.

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This is a view of Bernkastel-Kues from the Landshut Castle. The town is a well-known wine growing center on the Middle Moselle, and from this elevated viewing point a most impressive site.


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The ruins of Landshut Castle loom over Bernkaste-Kues, and from that castle the captivating view of the awe-inspiring Moselle valley is most impressive. The castle itself, along with all of its treasures, was destroyed by a fire in 1692. In the inner courtyard of the castle today there is a restaurant and a cafe.


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Walking down from the Landshut Castle we came across this cute little vineyard. Note the steepness of the hill.


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Bernkastel-Kues rooftops.


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A rather typical cobblestoned street in Bernkastel-Kues.


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Another street in Bernkastel-Kues featuring an assortment of half-timbered houses.


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Fur-lined chair covers at an outdoor cafe in Bernkastel-Kues. I tried one and it sure was comfortable.


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To experience the best that Germany has to offer, consider a river cruise; you will not be disappointed.
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