We had had a quiet day the day before catching our breath, grocery shopping and visiting the local tourist information office. We then found across the river the ruins of an old Roman wine making building. It appears that the Romans had a major influence in developing vineyards and hence wine along the Mosel. The weather was glorious but hot so we just relaxed the rest of the day enjoying the sunshine and the river.
We woke up to another glorious day so it was time to explore the nearby environs. We had spotted a road just behind the stellplatz which went steeply up the hillside. This gave us stunning views over the Mosel valley. After a coffee break we continued along the river till we came to the twin towns of Bernkastel-Kues which are on either side of the river.
Parking on the Kues side of the river we wandered down the side of the river across the bridge to the old town of Bernkastel. As we walked across the bridge we noticed there were quite a few tour buses so we expected some crowds but it wasn’t too bad.
The old town really had some charm with colourful half timbered mediaeval houses with decorative gables. To look at some of them you think you might have had too much of the local “vino”.
Above the town sits the ruined castle Lanshut and it is said to have been mentioned in documents from the 7th century. The castle originally was the summer residence of the Electors of Trier. It was too hot to walk up to the castle so we settled for ‘Kaffe and Kuchen” in a rather nice Konditorie in the main square looking across at the Rathaus. Daisy wanted to know where her cake was! We then had a gentle stroll along the river looking at the day trip boats on the river before heading back to base.