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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

Koblenz

Rhine and Moselle - Cologne to Cologne

11 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne

Single traveller prices from £1,979

Riviera Travel logo FROM £1579pp
Bernkastel

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

7 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3289pp
Bonn

The Rhine and Moselle - Southbound

5 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
12 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Tauck logo FROM £5029pp
Breisach

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

1 sailing date May 2019
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
Scenic River Cruises logo CALL
Koblenz

Basel to Trier

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

Cologne to Frankfurt

10 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Cologne, Germany to , Frankfurt
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £2419pp
Avignon

Amsterdam to Bordeaux

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

Paris to the Swiss Alps - Zurich to Paris

42 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2020
11 Nights From Zurich, to France , Paris
Viking Cruises logo FROM £3025pp
Rudesheim

Romance On The Rhine & Moselle

2 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
Shearings logo FROM £1299pp
Paris

Canals, Vineyards & Castles - Paris to Amsterdam

5 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Paris, France to , Amsterdam
Avalon Waterways logo CALL
Amsterdam

Canals, Vineyards & Castles

5 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Remich

Includes flights and transfers. No single supplement special, prices from £2,089.

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2119pp
Bamberg

Central European Experience

5 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
13 Nights From Prague, to United Kingdom , London
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2699pp
Paris

Central Europe Experience - London to Prague

5 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
13 Nights From London, United Kingdom to , Prague
Avalon Waterways logo CALL
Trier

Magneficent Moselle & Rhiine

10 sailing dates April 2019 to November 2019
9 Nights From Frankfurt, to Germany , Cologne
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £3199pp
Strasbourg

New Year on 2 rivers

1 sailing date December 2018
7 Nights From Strasbourg, France , France to Strasbourg, France
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Trier

Central Europe Experience

5 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Prague, to Remich
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2859pp
Cochem

Canals, Vineyards & Castles

5 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Remich, to Amsterdam
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2589pp
Nuremberg

Central European Experience - Remich to Prague

5 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Remich, to Prague

Includes flights and transfers.

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2879pp
Bamberg

Jewels Of Central Europe

5 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
16 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Remich
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4419pp
Trier

Jewels Of Central Europe

1 sailing date May 2019
14 Nights From Remich, to Hungary , Budapest
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4539pp

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