Known as the 'heart of the Middle Moselle', beautiful Bernkastel-Kues is an enchanting twin town spread along both the east and west banks of the River Mosel at the centre of the picturesque Moselle Valley. Set amongst a backdrop of stunning lush-green scenery and world-famous vineyards, including the revered Berkasteler Doctor, Bernkastel-Kues is best known for producing some of Europe's finest and most expensive wines.
As you might expect, many consider Bernkastel-Kues' plethora of wineries and taverns – there are around 100 here serving various types of Mosel and Riesling wines – as the main attraction, however the town has much more to recommend it than just the delicious local tipples.
The charming Old Town of Bernkastel-Kues is a gem, with its medieval market square, collection of well-preserved historic monuments and landmarks, and rows of gabled half-timbered houses which date back to the Middle Ages. The 15th century Spitzhauschen (Pointed House), the Renaissance-style Town Hall built in 1608 and Graach Gate – the only original town gate still standing today – are among the most popular attractions.
Take time to venture away from the historic heart of the town and you can uncover the pretty squares of Platz am Barenbrunnen and Karlsbader Platz too, as well as the ruins of Landshut Castle and the birthplace of Nicholas of Cusa – one of the earliest German humanists. Alternatively you could choose to simply indulge in a rewarding and relaxing walk along the river banks, taking in the scenic surroundings at your leisure.