Things to see and do - Bernkastel-Kues
Moselle Valley :
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Moselle ValleyBy car, 137 km, 1 day
An excellent introduction to verdant and authentic Germany, the Moselle valley has picturesque villages like Bernkastel-Kues and its wine estate, visits to convents like the one at Marienburg, or castles, such as at Eltz. Take the time to make stops because this valley can be discovered equally by foot, bicycle or during a cruise.Customise this route and add it to My travel book
Colourful and mostly half-timbered houses line this small sloping square in the middle of which is the 17C St Michael fountain.
This former convent stood on an exceptional site at the narrowest point in the meander of the River Zell. The restaurant terrace and the wooden tower afford impressive views of the river and vineyards.
The castle bristles with towers and turrets. The interior still has an extensive collection of period furniture and a treasury. It also houses paintings including the Madonna with Grapes by Lucas Cranach. Not to be missed are the lower hall with its timbered ceiling (15C), the Knights' Hall and the kitchen, dating from the late Middle Ages. In the vicinity, also see the Thurant and Kobern-Gondorf castles.
From the top of the pediment (107 steps) of Wilhelm I's statue, there is a view over the city and the right bank of the Rhine, dominated by the fortress of Ehrenbreitstein.