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Port of Bernkastel-Kues

If you're looking for European quaintness, it's hard to do better than the pretty German town of Bernkastel. Located in the heart of Moselle wine country, Bernkastel specializes in dry white whites made from the Riesling grape; if you think all German wines are sweet, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the quality in this area.

Even if you don't like wine, Bernkastel provides a pleasant stop. The old town is full of half-timbered buildings from the Middle Ages, including the Town Hall, which dates back to 1608. There are also cafes and restaurants for people watching or a late lunch, as well as shops for souvenirs. Those seeking a nice walk can go up the hill to the ruins of Castle Landshut, which offers nice views of the valley; there's also a shuttle bus from the village. If your riverboat has bikes onboard, there's a path along the river for riding. Finally, Bernkastel is occasionally used as a jumping-off point for day trips to Trier or Luxembourg.

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About Bernkastel-Kues


Oenophiles visiting historic Bernkastel-Kues will enjoy being in the heart of the Moselle wine region


Unless you're content imbibing and people-watching, you might not be able to fill a whole day here

Bottom Line

Bernkastel-Kues is a beautiful, traditional town in which to while away several hours

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Where You're Docked

River cruise ships may dock on either the Bernkastel or the Kues side of the Moselle. If you're on the Bernkastel side, the Martkplatz is less than a five-minute walk from where the boats tie up. If you're in Kues, you can take a taxi or walk across the suspension bridge over to Bernkastel.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Germany uses the euro. ATMs are available throughout the town.


The language in Bernkastel is German, but most people in the tourist trade speak English.