Sunday, September 13, 2015

Good Morning Bernkastel

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Arriving in Bernkastel, Germany

Artistry II arrived in Bernkastel around 8 AM giving us the opportunity to capture some images as we first saw this beautiful region.

Walking Tour 

A local guide would meet us at 9 AM for a walk around the small but pretty village.   Because the other guides were running late, we were divided into two groups.  The other guides would join us during the tour in progress.

 Market Place

The entire Moselle Valley is famous for its beautiful and tranquil scenery, and in the middle of this region is the charming wine village of Bernkastel with its well-preserved half-timbered houses that have stood since the Middle Ages. We enjoy a guided walk from our ship that included the beautiful marketplace with its renaissance-style Town Hall and the “pointed house,” built in 1416.

Rathaus (City Hall)

Today's City Hall facade is a magnificent work of the late German Renaissance of the Trier sculptor RH Hoffmann (built 1608).

St. Michael's Fountain

The heart of the market place dates back to 1606, and is dedicated to the archangel Michael, who, standing with one foot on a dragon, holds a sword and scales in his hands. St. Michael is the patron saint of the town.

During our free time in Bernkastel, we had some unexpected entertainment. First there was a couple playing Alphorns and then a Yodeling Group performed in the Market Place. We take you to Bernkastel market place live in this video:


Rhine & Moselle River Cruise (Play all videos)

Video Diary of Avalon Rhine & Moselle River Cruise on Artistry II. This was a 13 day river cruise that started in Zurich, Switzerland and concluded in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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