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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

19 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Breisach

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date October 2020
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam

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Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3419pp
Koblenz

Remarkable Rhine - Cochem to Amsterdam

1 sailing date October 2020
7 Nights From Bernkastel, to Amsterdam
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £1899pp
Breisach

Vineyards and vistas of the Rhine & Moselle

1 sailing date October 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to Germany , Cochem
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £1899pp
Frankfurt

Legendary Rhine & Moselle -Bernkastel to Frankfurt

2 sailing dates July 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Frankfurt
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2579pp
Frankfurt

Legendary Rhine & Moselle with Berlin

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
9 Nights From Berlin, Germany, to Frankfurt
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2579pp
Mainz

Legendary Rhine & Moselle

4 sailing dates June 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Bernkastel

Includes HUGE savings of up to £500 per couple plus €200 FREE to spend on-board! Book today and pay by 31st October to save an extra £250!

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Boppard

Frankfurt to Strasbourg

6 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2020
9 Nights From Frankfurt, to Strasbourg
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £1959pp
Trier

Strasbourg to Frankfurt

5 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2020
9 Nights From Strasbourg, to Frankfurt
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £2479pp
Bernkastel

Rhine & Moselle Fairytales - Amsterdam to Basel

7 sailing dates September 2020 to November 2021
11 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
AmaWaterways logo FROM £3039pp
Bamberg

Central European Experience (Eastbound)

2 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Remich, Luxembourg, to Germany , Nuremberg

Includes HUGE savings plus FREE private home pick-up service! Call our experienced concierge to add on flights!

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2999pp
Melk

Jewels of Central Europe - Remich to Budapest

2 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Remich, Luxembourg, to Hungary , Budapest
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4089pp
Cochem

Romance on the Rhine and Moselle

1 sailing date July 2020
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Cochem

Discover the Moselle

3 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2020
5 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Trier

Baden-Baden to Frankfurt

15 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2021
11 Nights From Baden-Baden, to Frankfurt
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £2289pp
Strasbourg

Frankfurt to Baden-Baden

13 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2021
11 Nights From Frankfurt, to Baden-Baden
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £2289pp
Rudesheim

Central European Experience (Westbound)

6 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Nuremberg , Germany to , Remich, Luxembourg

Includes HUGE savings plus FREE private home pick-up service! Call our experienced concierge to add on flights!

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2499pp
Rudesheim

Rhine & Moselle Delights

8 sailing dates August 2020 to November 2021
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam

FREE flights and overseas transfers plus HUGE savings of up to £1,300 per couple!

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Amsterdam

Rhine & Moselle Delights - Basel to Amsterdam

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

FREE flights and overseas transfers plus HUGE savings of up to £1,300 per couple!

AmaWaterways logo FROM £3919pp
Wertheim

Prague to Trier

1 sailing date September 2020
10 Nights From Prague, to Frankfurt

Includes HUGE savings of up to £2,200 per couple!

Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2559pp

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