Half-timbered buildings dating from as early as 1608 surround the handsome Marktplatz and the St. Michael's Fountain, which flows with wine during the annual September wine festival. Its conjoined town across the river, Kues, features the late-Gothic Cusanusstift, resting place of 15th-century cardinal and influential scholar Nicolas of Cusa.

For a Grand Panorama -- On a rocky promontory, 3km (2 miles) to the southeast of the town, stands Burg Landshut. Once the domain of the archbishops of Trier, the property dates from the 11th century but fell into ruins at the hands of Louis XIV. You don't come here for these ruins but for one of the grandest panoramas in the entire Rhineland and Mosel areas. Even the steepest slopes on the way to this belvedere are covered with vines.

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