I will write about our experiences in Bernkastel-Kues soon, but for some general information, here are some exerts from the Lonely Planet – Germany chapter on Rhineland – Palatinate & Saarland:
This charming twin town, downriver from Trier, is the hub of the middle Moselle region. Bernkastel, on the right bank, is a symphony in half-timber, stone and slate and teems with wine taverns. Kues has little fairy-tale flair but is home to the town’s most important historical sights.
Bernkastel’s pretty Marktplatz, a block inland from the bridge, is a romantic ensemble of half-timbered houses with beautifully decorated gables. Note the medieval iron rings, to which criminals were attached, on the facade of the old Rathaus. On Karlstrasse, the tiny Spitzhäuschen resembles a giant bird’s house, its narrow base topped by a much larger, precariously leaning, upper floor.
In Kues, most sights are conveniently grouped next to the bridge in the late-Gothic St-Nikolaus-Hospital, an old-age home founded in 1458 for 33 men, one for every year of Christ’s life.
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