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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.
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.
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 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
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
- The Doctor Fountain (Doctorbrunnen) depicts scenes of the ancient saga about a local wine, the famous
- 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)
[ source: wikipedia ]
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.
[ source: wikipedia ]
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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