Bernkastel's historical market square showcases the self-assured, enterprising, proud and daring spirit of the local people. It reflects the brilliance and warmth of its 400 year old history to impressive effect.The mediaeval market square is one of the main attractions that draws holidaymakers to the Moselle. The half-timbered houses that have stood there for centuries, the Renaissance-style town hall (built in 1608), the charming St. Michael's Fountain (dating back to 1606) and the much admired and photographed "pointed house" (built in 1416) conjure up the vibrant ambience of the Middle Ages. Bernkastel was awarded town status in 1291 at the instigation of the Archbishop of Trier, Boemund I.The first town hall was probably built shortly afterwards. The facade of the town hall as it stands today is a magnificent example of German late Renaissance architectural design by the Trier-based sculptor R. H. Hoffmann (completed in 1608).
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