Castle Landshut (Bernkastel-Kues)

The Moselle is most impressive when viewed from above and Castle Landshut will give you an excellent vantage point. A short workout comes as a bonus!

When we visited Bernkastel-Kues, the castle wasn’t on our list at all. In the old town, we saw a “castle” sign and asked ourselves whether we should investigate this castle. We walked up a seldom used road that leads up to the castle. It’s slightly steep and if you’re not comfortable hiking, there are other ways to get up there.

Street leading to the castle
The road is narrow, but there’s not much traffic on this street.
Castle Landshut
There’s another (steeper) way up, partially obscured by the lush green

History of Castle Landshut 

The site was once the location of a Roman fort to secure supplies for the military. On this foundation, castle Landshut was built at the end of the 13th century. But there may have been another castle on that site three hundred years before.

In 1692, a fire destroyed part of Landshut. What’s left has been in the possession of the city of Bernkastel-Kues and is extensively maintained to serve as a tourist attraction.

Castle walls
Castle walls

En route

There is at least one other way up to the castle, a zig-zag path with stairs. We kept to the street, not trusting that other path. Both the street and the path offer plenty of photo opportunities en route. Most of the hills are used for wine of course.

There isn’t much to do at the castle. We took a rest and walked around the castle, taking even more photos.

Looking down this Moselle valley
View from the castle
wine cultivation
Valley and Castle Landshut on the right

Transportation

It’s either walk or take the yellow Burg Landshut Express bus. The latter will pass a four meter water fall on the return trip. The return trip costs 7 Euro.

Panorama

Moselle valley

Location + more info

Burg Landshut Ruine (German)

http://www.burg-landshut-ruine.de/

Burg Landshut Express

https://www.feuerer-reisen.de/burg-landshut-express/mit-dem-oldtimer-zur-burg/

The tourist bus operates from April to October. Departures every full hour from bus stop “Am Gestade”.

Castle Landshut
Walking back from the castle
Heading back!

Mia Jaap

Journalist, developer and passionate about Japanese and Korean language. Loves to travel in Japan, but is open to explore the major and lesser known sights of Germany.

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