With its romantic flair and medieval atmosphere, this town of winegrowers and philosophers is one of the most popular holiday destinations on the Mosel. Take a stroll among the town’s picturesque old quarter. Steeped in history and culture, today it is home to clusters of independent shops and businesses.
This is a town for sightseers. And it’s situated right in the heart of the lovely Mosel region, famous for its wines, inns and cellars. Wine-tastings are a way of life here, often accompanied by various snacks and delicacies. And here at the Doctor Weinstube, you can enjoy the best regional cuisine paired with appropriate wines.
Particular highlights are the festivals that take place here, such as the biennial medieval spectacle with its art market and jugglers. The Sommerbühne arts festival takes place over ten weeks at various locations in the town, while the Central Mosel Wine Festival is one of the viticultural highlights of the entire region. And let’s not forget the famous medieval Christmas market.
As well as offering plenty to enjoy within the town itself, Bernkastel-Kues is of course an ideal starting point for walks, hikes or bike rides into the wider region.
Mosel Eifel Hunsrück
A region of contrasts
The Mosel Eifel Hunsrück region contains three separate areas side by side that could scarcely be more different.
The Mosel region is famous throughout the world for its steeply sloped vineyards. This unique traditional winemaking country – or WeinKulturLandschaft – is a magnet for tourists and wine buffs alike, who do not just come for the obvious attraction, but for the history and culture of the region as a whole.
And then there is the extraordinary Eifel landscape, with its extinct volcanoes, shallow crater lakes, plunging valleys and wild nature parks. What a contrast to the winegrowing region!
Typical of the mid-range mountains of the Hunsrück are the forests, such as the aptly named Hochwald, covering its ridges and slopes. But you’ll also find fairy-tale streams and brooks and acres of agricultural land.
The landscape of Mosel Eifel Hunsrück is constantly changing and evolving. And what better base for exploring it than the town of Bernkastel-Kues?
The cultural and landscape highlights of the region
The town of Bernkastel-Kues offers numerous attractions and things to do. The old quarter, with its half-timbered houses and medieval ambience, is worth a visit in itself. On the Marktplatz, the renaissance Rathaus and the seventeenth century Michaelsbrunnen fountain attest to times gone by. To find out more about the town and its history, visit the Heimatmuseum at the Graacher Tor gate. Don’t miss the unique, 200 year old Spitzhäuschen, or pointed cottage, in the old quarter.
On the Kues side of town, the 650-year-old Cusanusstift, or St. Nikolaus Hospital, and the Kloster Machern, a former convent building near the Zeltinge Brücke bridge, are also worth a visit. And high above the town itself, the ancient Burg Landshut castle offers spectacular views and guided tours.
Beyond Bernkastel-Kues, be sure not to miss a visit to Germany’s oldest city, the Roman city of Trier, where ancient ruins such as the Porta Nigra and Kaiserthermen baths bear witness to the former might of the Holy Roman Empire. And of course the Mosel’s famous WeinKulturLandschaft, or winegrowing country, with its traditional vineyards and beautiful river views, is in itself ample justification for coming here.