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.
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.
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.
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.
Location + more info
Burg Landshut Ruine (German)
Burg Landshut Express
The tourist bus operates from April to October. Departures every full hour from bus stop “Am Gestade”.