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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

Boppard

Rhine and Moselle - Cologne to Cologne

10 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Cologne , Germany to Cologne

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Breisach

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

7 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam

Includes HUGE savings of up to 40% plus FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers | LIMITED TIME ONLY!

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Bernkastel

Legendary Rhine & Moselle to Berlin

2 sailing dates July 2021 to October 2021
9 Nights From Frankfurt, to Berlin
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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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Trier

Legendary Rhine & Moselle

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

Frankfurt to Strasbourg

9 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
9 Nights From Frankfurt, to Strasbourg
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Cochem

Strasbourg To Frankfurt

8 sailing dates June 2020 to October 2020
9 Nights From Strasbourg, to Frankfurt
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Trier

Strasbourg to Strasbourg

8 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
9 Nights From Strasbourg, to Frankfurt
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Amsterdam

Rhine & Moselle Fairytales - Amsterdam to Basel

8 sailing dates July 2020 to November 2021
11 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Nuremberg

Central European Experience (Eastbound)

4 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Remich, Luxembourg, to Germany , Nuremberg

Includes HUGE savings of up to £2,500 per couple plus FREE private home pick-up service!

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Wachau

Jewels of Central Europe - Remich to Budapest

4 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Remich, Luxembourg, to Hungary , Budapest
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Bernkastel

Rhine, Moselle & Blissful Baden

18 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2021
11 Nights From Baden-Baden, to Frankfurt
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Strasbourg

Frankfurt to Baden-Baden

17 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2021
11 Nights From Frankfurt, to Baden-Baden
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Rudesheim

The Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

5 sailing dates June 2020 to September 2020
12 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam

Includes HUGE savings of up to £2,500 per couple plus FREE private home pick-up service!

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Bernkastel

Central European Experience (Westbound)

10 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Remich, Luxembourg

Includes HUGE savings of up to £2,500 per couple plus FREE private home pick-up service!

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Lucerne

Zurich to Amsterdam

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

Rhine & Moselle Delights

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

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Strasbourg

Rhine & Moselle Delights - Basel to Amsterdam

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

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Bamberg

Prague to Trier

2 sailing dates August 2020 to September 2020
10 Nights From Prague, to Frankfurt

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Koblenz

Europe's Rivers & Castles -Luxembourg to Nuremberg

12 sailing dates April 2020 to November 2021
7 Nights From Luxembourg, to Germany , Nuremberg

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

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