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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

Strasbourg

Discover the Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle

2 sailing dates July 2023 to August 2023
14 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel
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Breisach

Discover the Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle

2 sailing dates June 2023 to August 2023
14 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Frankfurt
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Koblenz

Charming Castles & Vineyards from Basel

3 sailing dates April 2023 to August 2023
7 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to Germany , Mainz

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Koblenz

Charming Castles & Vineyards from Frankfurt

3 sailing dates May 2023 to September 2023
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel

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Cochem

Grand Rhine & Moselle - Amsterdam To Basel

1 sailing date April 2023
17 Nights From Amsterdam , to Switzerland , Basel
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Berlin

Berlin & Legendary Rhine & Moselle from Berlin

1 sailing date July 2023
9 Nights From Berlin, to Bernkastel
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Koln

Splendors Of The Rhine & Moselle (Northbound)

8 sailing dates May 2023 to December 2023
10 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Rhine & Moselle Summer Escapes (Northbound)

1 sailing date June 2023
5 Nights From Trier, Germany to , Amsterdam
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Bernkastel

Rhine & Moselle Summer Escapes (southbound)

1 sailing date June 2023
5 Nights From Amsterdam , to Germany , Trier
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Koln

Splendors Of The Rhine & Moselle (Southbound)

9 sailing dates April 2023 to December 2023
10 Nights From Amsterdam , to Strasbourg
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Amsterdam

Spectacular Danube Holiday - Basel To Amsterdam

1 sailing date December 2023
10 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Strasbourg

Vineyards, Castles & Masterpieces

1 sailing date October 2023
15 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Rudesheim

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Amsterdam to Basel

15 sailing dates April 2023 to September 2024
14 Nights From Amsterdam , to Switzerland , Basel
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Vilshofen

Seven River Journeys

1 sailing date April 2023
60 Nights From Avignon, France to , Giurgiu
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Amsterdam

Romantic Rhineland

4 sailing dates June 2023 to October 2023
7 Nights From Konigswinter, to Konigswinter
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Bernkastel

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

8 sailing dates May 2023 to August 2024
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Rudesheim

Rhine and Moselle River for Solo from Cologne

2 sailing dates November 2023 to October 2024
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Boppard

Rhine and Moselle - Cologne to Cologne

26 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2024
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne

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Cochem

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

19 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2024
14 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam

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Frankfurt

Legendary Rhine & Moselle -Frankfurt to Frankfurt

4 sailing dates June 2023 to August 2023
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Frankfurt

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