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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

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Rhine & Moselle River from Cologne

1 sailing date October 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Rhine and Moselle - Cologne to Cologne

15 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2022
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne

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Jewels Of Central Europe - Budapest to Remich

4 sailing dates June 2021 to September 2021
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Remich, Luxembourg
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Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

12 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2022
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Koln

Majesty of the Middle Rhine

2 sailing dates June 2021 to August 2021
11 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Mainz

Legendary Rhine & Moselle -Bernkastel to Frankfurt

8 sailing dates July 2021 to October 2022
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Frankfurt
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Koblenz

Legendary Rhine & Moselle with Berlin

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
9 Nights From Berlin, to Frankfurt
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Boppard

Jazz and Wine on the Rhine and Moselle

1 sailing date May 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Cochem

Wine Festivals of the Rhine and Moselle

1 sailing date September 2021
13 Nights From Trier, Germany to , Amsterdam

Based on Coach or Eurotunnel from Folkestone.

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Koblenz

The Magnificient Rhine Main Moselle

3 sailing dates May 2021 to November 2021
14 Nights From Arnhem, Holland to , Amsterdam
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Cochem

Wine Festivals of the Rhine and Moselle

1 sailing date September 2021
12 Nights From Amsterdam, to Germany , Trier

Includes Ferry or Euro Tunnel from Folkstone to Calais and overseas transfers. More in Oberwesel to enjoy spectacular Rhine in Flame celebrations and annual wine festival the following day!

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Rudesheim

Romantic Rhineland

4 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Rudesheim

Legendary Rhine & Moselle -Frankfurt to Bernkastel

9 sailing dates June 2021 to October 2022
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Bernkastel

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Boppard

Frankfurt to Strasbourg

15 sailing dates June 2021 to October 2022
9 Nights From Frankfurt, to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg

Strasbourg to Frankfurt

7 sailing dates June 2021 to October 2021
9 Nights From Strasbourg, to Frankfurt
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Rudesheim

Rhine & Moselle Fairytales - Amsterdam to Basel

12 sailing dates May 2021 to August 2022
11 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Rudesheim

Central European Experience (Eastbound)

5 sailing dates June 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Remich, Luxembourg, to Germany , Nuremberg
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Jewels of Central Europe - Remich to Budapest

5 sailing dates June 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Remich, Luxembourg, to Hungary , Budapest
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Speyer

Baden-Baden to Frankfurt

15 sailing dates June 2021 to October 2022
11 Nights From Baden, to Frankfurt
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Speyer

Frankfurt to Baden-Baden

15 sailing dates June 2021 to October 2022
11 Nights From Frankfurt, to Baden

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