Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Bernkastel - Kues
Some of the wine can hardly be improved upon either, as you can establish for yourself at an excellent tasting establishment in Kues on the opposite bank of the river.
The river turns out to have been important in local history for more than just economic reasons. The plague broke out in Bernkastel but not Kues in 1627 and in Kues but not Bernkastel in 1641. The first bridge was not built until 1874, which allowed the merger of the two communities in 1905.
Bernkastel is a very picturesque little town, with beautiful half-timbered buildings, especially around its market square. The remarkably narrow Spitzhäuschen is a famous example of the type.