Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Driving home from Trier a few weeks ago we came across the town, Bernkastel-Kues. A castle that sits over the town first caught our eye, but then as we rounded the corner the town itself came into view and we were in awe. Quaint, lush, & sitting right on the Moselle. I quickly added it to the “must visit” list on my phone. I told the hubs we should come here during the week together, just us, a sort of day-date before school let out. He made it happen just a few days later .

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I look this photo from the car on the drive home from Trier, this is the castle that first caught our eye and piqued our interest. While I would have liked to stop right then, the date sounded nice and we always try to limit how much we squeeze into a day when we travel with the kids. We are lucky in that our kids seldom complain about anything when we drag them around other than being hungry or thirsty. Technically those probably are not even complaints so much as they are statements, but I digress.

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The views as you make your way into town.

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Ruins of Landshut Castle // Circa 1277

In 1692, the castle and all its’ treasures, were destroyed in a fire.  You can still climb the tower and the views over the town & Moselle are spectacular!

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Bernkastel – Kues

Bernkastel is located on the right bank while Kues is on the left of the Moselle. These two villages merged in 1905 and have a bridge that joins them.

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In the Bernkastel-Kues marketplace you will find gabled timber-framed houses from the 17th century, foremost among which is the narrow Spitzhäuschen (also known as the Pointed House) from 1416. The main floor is narrower than the second floor which makes this house look a bit wobbly!

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I seriously don’t think I will ever tire of visiting all the little (& big) towns (villages) of Europe!

| Visited May 29, 2014 |

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