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"When is the firework display from the castle? " (posted 08/11/2016)

On Saturday 03 September at 21:00. One can see the fireworks from the opposite bank of the Moselle and from the bridge. But especially nice when it is standing on top of the Bernkasteler side towards Graach in the vineyards. One goes from the marketplace from about Bärenpütz (with the bear fountain) by the Graacher road and through the gate Graacher high in the vineyards. Also on the other side of the Moselle in the vineyards opposite the castle you can see the fireworks at the top. I hope I could help. Regards Maria Brenzinger Apartment Burgblick on Bernkastel-Kues
Answer provided by Maria Brenzinger on 08/12/2016
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On Saturday night, 21:00 on 09/03/2016
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Saturday 03.September
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"We have one afternoon in Bernkastel-Kues. What must we see?" (posted 08/04/2014)

The historic old town! Simply stroll and enjoy.
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Wine Museum with wine bar with more than 100 Moselle wines (Kues) Old town Bernkastel Café K (Bernkastel)
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"i walked up to the castle on top of the hill. What is that castle called? Second, while walking down from the castle on the paved road, I took a picture of a lovely small chapel along the road. What is the name of that chapel? I loved your town and had a wonderful snack at a small shop in the alley next to the church in town. I hope to get back some time. I was on a river cruise last time. Paul Raetsch" (posted 11/29/2014)

There is a ruined castle and is called "Burg Landshut". In 2012, unusually massive remains of a Roman fortification (castle) were re-discovered during routine work on the outside mounting. Archaeologists date these remains into the late 4th and early 5th century. Based on the previous results, a rectangular, approximately 60 x 30 meters large attachment can be reconstructed, with five or six, almost square towers. The castle was built over only part of the medieval core Castle and its ruins. Therefore, it is the first mountain mounting in the Moselle Valley, the scope and layout is accurately known. Heinrich von Finstingens successor Bohemund II. Built the castle to continue on and off. 1291 Johann Spitz, brother of Nicholas of Hunolstein was allowed to build a castle house. Archbishop Kuno II. Von Falkenstein (1362-1388) taught the castle as her residence. It has been used more and more as the summer residence of the archbishops of Trier. Built Archbishop John II. Margrave of Baden (1456-1503), the castle further and let them decorate. In 1512 Emperor Maximilian I visited the city and the celebrations received the honorary names Landhut. On 8 January 1692 the castle was destroyed by fire. Since then, she has been in ruins. 1839, the castle was given to the Hohenzollern, probably in the hope that the castle would be rebuilt. Since 1920, the Landshut is again in possession of the city. The view of the Moselle countryside and the city is unique. Who. Chapel's Tinkel Chapel The Chapel of Mary Help of so-called Tinkelkapelle, located in the Tiefenbach of Bernkastel-Kues. Rises steeply above the rushing waterfall on the gnawed crag Tinkeler the holy house. Defiantly it claims to his meager allotted space. One believes, it ought to someday be detected by dizziness and pour down into the waterfall. A tough scholar, Professor Dr. Steiner by the Provincial Museum Trier, this rock believed to be able to respond as ancient Germanic cult or sacrifice. Similar sites and scattered rocks encountered in the Trier landing several more. They are called Hinkersteine ​​(menhir and Hinkelhaus in the Ruwer valley). The people of the rock was in Tiefenbachtale det Hinkel, and convenience in the debate initiated with time over to 't Hinkel or Thinkel. So when was omitted as unnecessary nor the hour, was our present Tinkel. ThE. Fast food was probably taken barrel look at the snack stand the butcher.
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Hello, the name of the castle is BURG LANDSHUT. Best greet Andras Radtke
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  • LIeser Castle
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    LIeser Castle

    In the village of Lieser, which lies along the Moselle River in the area of Bernkastel-Kues, stands Lieser Castle. The castle was designed by the architect Heinrich Theodor Schmidt in 1884-1887 as the residence for the family of the winery owner Eduard Puricelli. In 1895/1904-1906 the castle was largely extended when Maria and Dr Clemens Freiherr von Schorlemer moved into the castle . The castle consists out of two components, the older part in forms of Neo-Renaissance and the younger part in the forms of Art Nouveau.

    The ground plan is located between the Mosel and the mountains, so that all rooms within the building - as in the English country houses - are represented against a long corridor. The basic design of the building plan with the octagonal hall is based on Italian villas buildings of the 16th (Palladio) and 17th age century. In the stairwell between eight large pilasters are painted landscapes and architectural motifs from the Mosel region created by Karl Julius Grätz. The stairwell window with lead glazing has four painted medallions of Binsfeld and Janssen in Trier. The separate chapel contains wallpaintings by Karl Julius Grätz. The glass paintings have been made by Binsfeld and Janssen. Peter Fuchs created the saint statues. The mosaic floor with figural representations was designed by the architect and produced in Mettlach.

    Castle visits should be arranged in advance; contact via the website or phone.

  • Romanesque Road
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    Romanesque Road

    The Romanesque Road (German: Straße der Romanik) is a scenic holiday route in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt.

    The route takes the form of a figure-of-eight, with a northern and a southern loop, and the city of Magdeburg as it centre, linking village churches, monasteries, cathedrals and castles built between 950 and 1250 and which therefore represent the emergence of Christianity in this part of Germany. Their Romanesque architecture can be recognised by its angular shapes and the round arches of the windows and doors as shown on the official Romanesque Road signs. As well as the specific Romanesque stops en route, there are other villages and churches to explore.

  • Graach Gate
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    Graach Gate

    The Graach Gate (German: Graacher Tor) is the last remaining town gate of the German town of Bernkastel-Kues. The name Graach refers to the neighbouring village of Graach connected by a narrow road to the gate. Currently the building is used as a museum of local history.


    The gate has an integrated passage built in a Baroque style with a mansard roof created in the 18th century. Before destruction in 1689 the Graach gate, shown in a drawing dated 1590, was equipped with a tower reaching three times the size of the current building.

    After reconstruction in the 18th century the gate shows typical elements of a Renaissance-style building.

    A figure of the Archangel St. Michael is placed centrally over the passage protecting the inhabitants of Bernkastel from aggression by intruders. The figure is a copy while the original is exhibited in the museum of the Catholic Diocese of Trier.

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Bernkastel-Kues Overview

Bernkastel-Kues is a town over 700 years old, located on the Middle Moselle river in the district of Bernkastel-Wittlich, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

The town consists of the town districts of:

  • Andel (since 7 November 1970)
  • Bernkastel (municipal law since 1291)
  • Kues (since 1 April 1905)
  • Wehlen (since 7 November 1970)

Things to See in bernkastel-Kues

  • Market square: Bernkastel-Kues is very famous for its wines and the mediaeval market square. The square is surrounded by many well preserved half-timbered houses as well as the Renaissance city hall built in 1608. Especially well-known is the very small and narrow so-called Spitzhäuschen (the Pointed House) which dates back to 1416. At the centre of the market square lies the fountain of St. Michael (St. Michaelsbrunnen).
  • Bear fountain: In the vicinity of the market square the Bärenbrunnen (bear fountain) can be found. It was build on the site of the former bear well.
  • The Doctor Fountain (Doctorbrunnen) depicts scenes of the ancient saga about a local wine, the famous Bernkasteler Doctor.
  • The church of St. Michael was first mentioned in 1177, however the current building dates back to the end of the 14th century. Its tower is especially impressive and was once incorporated in the city defences. It thus looks more like an old keep than like a church spire.
  • The Graacher Gate (Graacher Tor) is the only remaining medieval town gate
  • Ruin of the Castle of Landshut (Landshut vacation rentals | Landshut travel guide): Towering above the city of Bernkastel on a hill is the "Burgruine Landshut" (ruin of the Castle of Landshut), built in 1277. Due to an accidental fire the building burnt down on January 8, 1692. It is a popular viewpoint and gives a beautiful view over the city and the vineyards of the Mosel valley.
  • The birthplace of Nicholas of Cusa is well preserved and lies in the town district of Kues.
  • St. Nikolaus Hospital houses a library with a famous collection of ancient books. It is also well-known for its chapel, where the heart of the great philosopher, cardinal and polymath Nicholas of Cusa is buried.

Events in Bernkastel-Kues

  • Domicile of the "Moselfestwochen" (classic music festival)
  • Street fair (Straßenfest) in the town district of Kues
  • Wine festival of the middle Moselle river valley (Weinfest der Mittelmosel), an annual wine festival for the whole middle Mosel region on the first weekend of September, well-known for its display of fireworks and its festive procession
  • Medieval Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in December (annual) on the historic marketplace. Many local vendors sell everything from hot wine, called Glühwein, to handmade trinkets.
  • Open wine cellar days (Tage der offenen Weinkeller) in the town district of Kues where vintagers of Kues present and sell their wine in their own wine cellars.
  • "Open wine cellar days" in the town district of Kues where vintagers of Wehlen present their wine in their own wine cellar
  • International rowing regatta on the Moselle river (in September)
  • annual horse show on the Easter weekend
  • Bernkastel-Kues is also the host city for the annual Intercamp Camporee for the year 2008. Scouting councils from the USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, France, and many other European countries will be attending the event on May 9-11 (Intecamp Information)

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More about the History of Bernkastel-Kues

  • The first settlements date back to the time of the Linear Pottery culture in the 30th century BC.
  • 1291 king Rudolph of Habsburg grants the municipal law to Bernkastel, Welschbillig, Mayen, Montabaur (Montabaur vacation rentals | Montabaur travel guide) and Saarburg (Saarburg vacation rentals | Saarburg travel guide).
  • In 1905 the village of Kues and the city of Bernkastel were joined to the town of Bernkastel-Kues.
  • In 1970 the neighbouring villages of Andel and Wehlen joined the town.

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Over 700 years of age, Bernkastel-Kues is located on the middle Moselle River in Rhineland-Palatinate. Bernkastel-Kues is very famous for its wines and its medieval market square. The square is surrounded by many well-preserved, half-timbered houses, as well as the Renaissance city hall built in 1608. Especially well-known is the very small and narrow so-called Spitzhäuschen (the Pointed House), which dates back to 1416. Bernkastel-Kues is home to a variety of wine festivals and events, which make it a key destination for wine lovers. While here, also be sure to visit the ruins of the Landshut Castle and the birthplace of Nicholas of Cusa.

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