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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

Cochem

Rhine and Moselle - Cologne to Cologne

14 sailing dates October 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Amsterdam

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

9 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2020
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam

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Koblenz

The Rhine and Moselle - Southbound

2 sailing dates August 2019 to September 2019
12 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Budapest

Jewels of Central Europe - Remich to Budapest

6 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2020
14 Nights From Remich, Luxembourg, to Hungary , Budapest
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Boppard

Rhine, Moselle & Blissful Baden

12 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
11 Nights From Baden-Baden, to Frankfurt
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Bernkastel

Frankfurt to Baden-Baden

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

The Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date June 2020
12 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £3999pp
Breisach

The Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

5 sailing dates June 2020 to September 2020
12 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4329pp
Bernkastel

Central European Experience - Nuremberg to Remich

1 sailing date May 2019
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Remich, Luxembourg
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Bernkastel

Central European Experience - Nuremberg to Remich

10 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Remich, Luxembourg
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Strasbourg

Zurich to Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2020
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Koblenz

Zurich to Amsterdam

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

Rhine & Moselle Discovery - Basel to Trier

3 sailing dates October 2019 to December 2019
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Trier
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Bernkastel

Trier to Bamberg

1 sailing date October 2019
7 Nights From Trier, to Germany , Bamberg
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Cochem

Bamberg to Trier

2 sailing dates October 2019 to November 2019
7 Nights From Bamberg, Germany to , Trier
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Amsterdam

Rhine & Moselle Delights

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

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Basel

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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Cochem

Rhine & Moselle Discovery - Trier to Basel

2 sailing dates October 2019
7 Nights From Trier, to Switzerland , Basel
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Lyon

Discover the Moselle

1 sailing date October 2019
7 Nights From Belgium, Belgium to Germany , France
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Passau

Remich to Budapest

2 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2019
14 Nights From Remich, Luxembourg, to Hungary , Budapest
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