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Top Choice Brewery in Bernkastel-Kues

Kloster Machern

The Moselle might be better known for its wine, but a former Cistercian monastery, founded in the 13th century, now houses this extraordinary brewery, with a bar made from a copper vat and strung with dry hops, a wi…
Top Choice German in Bernkastel-Kues

Restaurant Burg Landshut

Opened in 2018 in the ruined castle Burg Landshut, this state-of-the-art restaurant is worth the steep climb (or shuttle-bus ride) for modern German cuisine such as sauerkraut and blood-sausage soup, and pike-perch …
Top Choice Wine Bar in Bernkastel-Kues

Weinstube Spitzhäuschen

Wine bars don't come cuter than this crooked half-timbered building (the Moselle's oldest, dating from 1416), which resembles a giant bird house: its narrow base is topped by a much larger, precariously leaning uppe…
Ruins in Bernkastel-Kues

Burg Landshut

A rewarding way to get your heart pumping is heading from the Marktplatz up to this ruined 13th-century castle, framed by vineyards and forests on a bluff above Bernkastel. It's a very steep 750m from town; allow 30…
European in Bernkastel-Kues

Rotisserie Royale

Seriously good cooking inside this half-timbered house spans starters like pan-fried foie gras on a potato-and-apple rösti or sautéed calf's liver with black truffle foam, followed by mains such as catfish-stuffed c…
Square in Bernkastel-Kues


Bernkastel’s pretty Marktplatz, a block inland from the bridge, is enclosed by a romantic ensemble of half-timbered houses with beautifully decorated gables. Look for the iron handcuffs, to which criminals were atta…
Food in Bernkastel-Kues

Bonbon Willi

Watch sweets being boiled and crafted using century-old techniques and tools at this traditional shop. Some of the more unusual flavours include Riesling and Federweiser (red wine); it also makes liquorice, marzipan…
Historic Building in Bernkastel-Kues


Most of Kues’ sights, including the Mosel-Weinmuseum and Mosel Vinothek, are conveniently grouped near the bridge in the late-Gothic St-Nikolaus-Hospital, an old-age home founded by Cusanus in 1458 for 33 men (one f…
Museum in Bernkastel-Kues


Part of the St-Nikolaus-Hospital complex, this small museum has interactive screens (best appreciated by German speakers) and features such as an Aromabar (you have to guess what you’re smelling). The main event, th…
Church in Bernkastel-Kues

Pfarrkirche St Michael

Facing the bridge, this partly 14th-century-Gothic church has an ornate interior and some colourful stained glass. The tower was originally part of the town’s fortifications.