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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

Bernkastel

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

Riviera Travel logo FROM £1279pp
Basel

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

14 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2020
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3079pp
Strasbourg

The Rhine and Moselle - Southbound

4 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
12 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Switzerland , Basel
Tauck logo FROM £5029pp
Strasbourg

Zurich to Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2020
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Rudesheim

Zurich to Amsterdam

2 sailing dates April 2020 to May 2020
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Bernkastel

Rhine & Moselle Discovery - Basel to Trier

12 sailing dates June 2019 to December 2019
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Trier
Viking Cruises logo FROM £1495pp
Cochem

Trier to Bamberg

9 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Trier, to Germany , Bamberg
Viking Cruises logo FROM £1995pp
Mainz

Bamberg to Trier

10 sailing dates July 2019 to November 2019
7 Nights From Bamberg, Germany to , Trier
Viking Cruises logo FROM £1495pp
Cochem

Rhine & Moselle Delights

2 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2020
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
AmaWaterways logo FROM £3899pp
Strasbourg

Rhine & Moselle Delights - Basel to Amsterdam

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

Rhine & Moselle Discovery - Trier to Basel

8 sailing dates June 2019 to December 2019
7 Nights From Trier, to Switzerland , Basel
Viking Cruises logo FROM £1495pp
Avignon

Discover the Moselle

2 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Belgium, Belgium to Germany , France
Shearings logo FROM £1079pp
Vienna

Remich to Budapest

5 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
14 Nights From Remich, Luxembourg, to Hungary , Budapest
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £3699pp
Würzburg

Prague to Trier

2 sailing dates August 2020 to September 2020
10 Nights From Prague, to Frankfurt
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2249pp
Luxembourg

Europe's Rivers & Castles -Luxembourg to Nuremberg

8 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Luxembourg , to Germany , Nuremberg
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Rudesheim

Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle from Amsterdam

8 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Luxembourg
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Cochem

Vienna to Amsterdam

2 sailing dates May 2020 to July 2020
21 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Scenic River Cruises logo CALL
Breisach

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

1 sailing date May 2019
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Mainz

Basel to Trier

1 sailing date September 2019
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Trier
Viking Cruises logo CALL
Bernkastel

Round-trip Amsterdam

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

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