Beilstein is all that you expect Germany to be, minus the lederhosen. It’s postcard Mosel—half-timbered houses, narrow cobblestone streets, wine shops and outdoor cafes nestled beneath rolling vineyards and hill-top castle ruins.
We spent the afternoon in Beilstein after visiting Burg Eltz. It’s a cute little town, with emphasis on LITTLE. It’s tiny. Personally, I prefer Bernkastle (it’s just as picturesque and considerably larger), but Beilstein worth the stop if you’re in the area and have an hour or so to kill.
Beilsten did have one distinct advantage over every other wine village in the Mosel Valley we visited: the BEST Reisling ice cream. I don’t know the name of the shop, but it was the eiscafe right at the bottom of the pedestrian zone, just off the main road. Sounds non-specific, but there’s only one pedestrian street (leading uphill from the Mosel river). The ice cream store is on the right. So good.
Going to try to replicate that Riesling ice cream. That and the Westy 12 ice cream at In de Vrede in Westvleteren. Mmmm.
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From Beilstein, Germany. Shot May 28, 2012 in Beilstein, Germany