Very nice village with half-timbered houses, a castle ruin on the Moselle.
At the apex of the Cochemer Krampen, the epitome of Moselle romance, is the small wine-growing village of Beilstein. Beilstein once had city rights, was well fortified and for a long time could only be reached by water. The imperial fortresses over the place and the city fortifications were blown up at the height of the French wars of conquest of the 17th century in 1689. The Metternich castle ruin with its pentagonal keep houses a restaurant and offers a wonderful view over the Beilstein, which is crowded in the Bachtal, and far over the Moselle.
Since the Middle Ages, the von Beilstein gentlemen had issued letters of protection to Jews against payment and allowed them to settle. The town owes a good part of its prosperity to this policy.
Beilstein is a listed building as a whole. The picturesque Moselle town has served as a film set again and again since the 1930s.
The center of the village is the market square, which Johann von Braunshorn had laid out in 1322. The old Zehnthaus (much darker and more threatening than a modern tax office), the former St. Christophs Church and the Metternicher Hof from 1727, today a hotel, are grouped around it. The whole place consists of charming buildings that form beautiful groups and are connected by narrow alleys and stairs.
Also worth seeing is the room of the former synagogue and in the huge church the miraculous image of the Black Madonna, left behind by Spanish occupation troops in the 17th century.
August 15, 2019
Beilstein one of the most beautiful places on the Mosel, also Sleeping Beauty called the Mosel.
We Beilsteiner strive to treat our guests always warmly and friendly and to welcome them as friends, when they often visit us for decades over and over again.
Surrounded by two streams that seek their way into the Mosel from the Hunsrück heights lies our wildly romantic town Beilstein.
Seen by many Moselle guests as the most beautiful and romantic Moselle town, a tour through the narrow streets and corners of Beilstein quickly reveals why the place has already served numerous feature films as a movie backdrop.
The old town - formerly enclosed by the city wall built from 1310 - still today gives us an insight into a medieval city through numerous historical buildings. Worth seeing in particular are the picturesque market square of 1322 with the former tenth house, the former parish church of St. Christopher and the old princely cellar from the 18th century.
Beilstein lived for centuries from viticulture. The most famous locations are the Silberberg and the Schlossberg. Bitter poverty among peasants and winegrowers well into the 20th century left little room for any thought of structural changes in the city. Therefore, the medieval cityscape remained almost untouched, which leads to the unmistakable charm of Beilstein, which hardly any of our guests can escape.
Our small village with its 140 inhabitants lives today not only from viticulture, but also in particular from tourism. In addition to many (regular) guests who spend relaxing holidays on hikes, sightseeing and excursions, our place also attracts many day visitors, who can also be enchanted by Beilenein's grace.
Very different and individual cafes, wine bars, restaurants, guesthouses, hotels and holiday homes offer something for every taste.
August 20, 2017
The small settlement has one of the best preserved historical sites on the Moselle and is therefore also called the miniature Rothenburg or 'Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle'. The village, which despite its small size has an urban character, is overlooked by the ruins of Metternich Castle, which once belonged to the prince family of the same name.The place is a place of pilgrimage because the “Wonderful Black Madonna” is set up in the baroque monastery church of St. Joseph.
July 1, 2020
A really small and beautiful place right on the Moselle. In Bastian's ice cream parlor there is delicious ice cream and you are always treated kindly freundlich You can take the ferry to the other bank of the Moselle for little money. Definitely worth a visit 😊
July 28, 2020
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