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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

3 sailing dates October 2022 to August 2023
14 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3599pp
Koblenz

Discover the Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle

2 sailing dates June 2023 to August 2023
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Frankfurt
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3599pp
Cochem

Charming Castles & Vineyards from Basel

3 sailing dates April 2023 to August 2023
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to Germany , Mainz
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2399pp
Mainz

Charming Castles & Vineyards from Frankfurt

3 sailing dates May 2023 to September 2023
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2799pp
Rudesheim

Berlin & Legendary Rhine & Moselle from Berlin

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

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Amsterdam to Basel

7 sailing dates October 2022 to October 2023
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3699pp
Bernkastel

New Year on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2022
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Dusseldorf
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Melk

Seven River Journeys

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

Romantic Rhineland Solos - Dusseldorf to Cologne

1 sailing date October 2022
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Dusseldorf

Romantic Rhineland

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

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

5 sailing dates May 2023 to August 2023
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £5619pp
Cochem

Rhine & Moselle River from Cologne

2 sailing dates October 2022 to November 2023
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Rudesheim

Rhine and Moselle - Cologne to Cologne

14 sailing dates October 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne

Includes flights and overseas transfers

Riviera Travel logo FROM £1279pp
Dusseldorf

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

12 sailing dates October 2022 to September 2023
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3859pp
Mainz

Legendary Rhine & Moselle -Frankfurt to Frankfurt

5 sailing dates October 2022 to August 2023
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Frankfurt

Includes flights and overseas transfers

Emerald Cruises logo FROM £1499pp
Frankfurt

Rhine & Moselle - Frankfurt to Strasbourg

8 sailing dates October 2022 to October 2023
9 Nights From Frankfurt, to Strasbourg
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £3399pp
Cochem

Rhine & Moselle - Strasbourg to Frankfurt

9 sailing dates October 2022 to October 2023
9 Nights From Strasbourg, to Frankfurt
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £1949pp
Strasbourg

Rhine & Moselle Fairytales - Amsterdam to Basel

13 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2024
11 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
AmaWaterways logo FROM £4159pp
Frankfurt

Rhine, Moselle & Blissful Baden-Baden from Baden

8 sailing dates October 2022 to October 2023
11 Nights From Baden Baden, to Frankfurt
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Frankfurt

Rhine,Moselle &Blissful Baden-Baden from Frankfurt

7 sailing dates October 2022 to September 2023
11 Nights From Frankfurt, to Baden Baden
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