Saturday, September 12, 2015

Visit to Landshut Castle

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Optional Touring:
Cycling Along the Moselle

Avalon offered an optional cycling tour after lunch, but we opted to see the Moselle River from high ground instead. Those that went on the bike ride enjoyed themselves, so if that is of interest to you, we'd suggest including it in your plans.

Moselle River On Our Own

The ruins of Landshut Castle loom over Bernkastel. If you pay visit to the castle, which dates all the way back to the 9th Century, you will be rewarded with a captivating view of the awe-inspiring Moselle valley and the vast expanse.

Getting to Landshut Castle

The easiest way to get to the castle is by the Burg Landshut Express. You can reach the castle ruins in just under 20 minutes for a cost of 7 Euro round-trip per person. The Burg Landshut Express buses were designed specifically for making this round trip, making them truly unique. The shuttle bus service runs daily from April to October. Buses depart every hour from the starting point across from the Doctorbrunnen, Bernkastel Doctor fountain.

The return or downhill journey takes you past the youth hostel and though the Tiefenbach valley back to the starting point in the Moselle car park.

View from Castle

Once the shuttle drops you off at the foot of the castle hill, you'll want to make your way to the top which involves climbing stairs and a ramp.
It is well worth the effort, if you are able to do so.  You'll notice that I used my walking stick to get up to the top and was rewarded by these views.

You have about 20 minutes on top before the shuttle returns.   You can optionally wait for the next shuttle bus, but that will be an hour later.

This is the heart of wine country - vineyards were everywhere.

Watch this short video to see the view from the walkway leading up to Landshut Castle ruins.


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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