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Bernkastel River Cruises

About Bernkastel

Bernkastel can be found along the banks of the Moselle River, in West Germany. It sits opposite another popular river cruise port, Cochem, meaning the two are often explored one after the other on many river cruise itineraries. The Moselle joins the Rhine not long after leaving Bernkastel, so it’s a favourite port on cruises which explore both the Moselle and Rhine rivers. First documented in the first half of the 11th century, Bernkastel was granted town rights in 1291. Around this time, a castle was built, but it caught fire in 1692 and remains a ruin. In its time, the town survived the ravages of the plague and came under French rule, but it has only existed in the form in which it survives today since 1905, when it merged with the wine-making village of Hues across the Moselle. The town has since continued to develop as a key wine-making destination along the Moselle and is a popular port of call for river cruises.

Exploring Bernkastel

The town’s historic centre is home to some truly beautiful timber-framed buildings and the Mittelalterlicher Marktplatz boasts a wealth of shops and restaurants to explore. It’s especially magical during Christmastime, offering an authentic yuletide feel straight off a traditional Christmas card and the perfect destination to visit to truly get you in the festive spirit. The Marktplatz is also where the town hosts the celebrated Middle Mosel Winefest and if you’re lucky enough to visit during the time of the festival, you’ll be able to sample some of the fine vintages which make the region so well-known.

Even if you don’t visit the town during this time, the region’s vintages play a large part in the town’s appeal, with the Mosel-Vinothek & Wine Museum being just the place to learn all about the history of wine-making in the region. It’s a veritable place of pilgrimage for viticulturists too, as there’s the chance to taste and purchase 150 different varieties of wine from the Moselle region. The Dr Loosen Winery is another key attraction for wine-lovers offering some great wine-tasting opportunities but be sure to make an appointment first.

It’s not all about wine in Bernkastel and the Kolonialwaren-Museum is a fascinating journey back to the days of the traditional grocer’s corner shop, which offers all manner of period fixtures, fittings and features from the time of the town’s past. Another walk back through the past of a completely different kind can be had with a trip to Heimatmuseum Graacher Tor, which is the town’s oldest remaining jail. It dates back as far back as 1300 and was a prison for hundreds of years, though these days it serves as the town’s museum and offers a fascinating insight into its history.

Bernkastel tips

If you’re looking for an authentic Christmas river cruise experience, then an itinerary which includes Bernkastel will certainly fit the bill. Or if you’re always on the look-out for new wines to taste or are in search of a particular vintage to add to the cellar (or wine rack), the town is a great place to visit.

Bernkastel Itineraries

Rudesheim

Rhine and Moselle - Cologne to Cologne

17 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne

Single traveller prices from £1,629

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Strasbourg

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

10 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland

Includes HUGE savings, FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers and up to £250 OFF per couple, exclusive to RiverVoyages.com

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Amsterdam

The Rhine and Moselle - Southbound

3 sailing dates July 2019 to September 2019
12 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
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Strasbourg

The Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date June 2020
12 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £3999pp
Rudesheim

The Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

5 sailing dates June 2020 to September 2020
12 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £3969pp
Bamberg

Central European Experience - Nuremberg to Remich

11 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Remich, Luxembourg
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2449pp
Koblenz

Zurich to Amsterdam

2 sailing dates April 2020 to May 2020
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam, Holland
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Cochem

Rhine & Moselle Delights

2 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2020
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland

Book now for 2020 and receive FREE flights from selected UK airports - whilst availability lasts!

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Giverny

Discover the Moselle

1 sailing date October 2019
7 Nights From Belgium, Belgium to Germany , France
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Regensburg

Remich to Budapest

3 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2019
14 Nights From Remich, Luxembourg, to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4289pp
Prague

Prague to Trier

2 sailing dates August 2020 to September 2020
10 Nights From Prague, to Frankfurt
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2319pp
Bernkastel

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date September 2021
10 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Amsterdam, Holland
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £6149pp
Cochem

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date September 2021
10 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Amsterdam, Holland
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £6149pp
Amsterdam

Enchanting Moselle amsterdam - amsterdam

1 sailing date October 2021
10 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Amsterdam, Holland
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Cochem

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date June 2021
10 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Amsterdam, Holland
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £5879pp
Boppard

Magnificent Moselle and Rhine

7 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Cologne, Germany to , Frankfurt
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Avignon

Amsterdam to Bordeaux

1 sailing date April 2019
42 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Bordeaux
APT Cruising logo FROM £23619pp
Bernkastel

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date October 2020
10 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Amsterdam, Holland
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £5989pp
Trier

Round-trip Amsterdam

3 sailing dates June 2020 to September 2020
10 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Amsterdam, Holland
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £5339pp
Cochem

Paris to the Swiss Alps

47 sailing dates October 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Luxembourg
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