The impressive half-timbered houses promise pure Moselle pleasure. Among the many sights of Bernkastel are the historic market square, the Renaissance town hall and the "Michaelsbrunnen" (Michael-fountain), both dating from the early 17th century, as well as the "Spitzhäuschen", still almost 200 years older, bear eloquent witness to a great and often magnificent past.
Buildings and Legends
In the local history museum "Graacher Tor" the eventful history of the town is vividly shown. The St. Michael's Church, with its mighty 600-year-old tower, is one of the dominant buildings. The Bernkasteler Doctor is the most famous wine of the city, the legend about the healing of a sick elector by just this wine. Accompany the "doctor" of Bernkastel on his stroll through the town.
Landshut Castle Ruin in New Splendour
Landshut Castle, first mentioned in the 9th century, towers high above the town. It served as the residence of archbishops and electors. A walk to the castle, destroyed by fire in 1692, is rewarded with a magnificent view over the Moselle region.
"Wine & Music" in Burgstraße in June or the St.-Michael-Kirmes in October are just two examples of a distinctive festival culture in the Bernkastel district. Bernkastel with its intact and medieval core not only gives an insight into long gone epochs.