On the other side of the Mosel, right next to the bridge, stands a late Gothic monastery estate that absolutely deserves a visit. It was built by Nikolaus von Kues, the son of a wealthy Kues merchant and Mosel boatman. Born in Bernkastel-Kues in 1401, he went on to study mathematics, physics, astronomy, medicine, ancient philosophy, law and theology. As a priest and scientist, he rose to the highest ranks of public life in his day and was even considered a serious candidate for papal election. He founded the estate as a “hospital for the poor, for old and weary men” of all social classes, and modelled it on a monastic structure. It has survived to this day and still functions as a home for the elderly thanks to Nikolaus von Kues’ generosity in terms of resources and the prudent statutes that he had drawn up.
Take a particular look at the Gothic chapel with its outstanding winged altar, an early work by the Cologne artist Meister des Marienlebens (c.1450/60). As part of a guided tour, you can also view the library, which is considered one of the most prestigious private libraries in the world.
One of the monastery buildings houses a wine museum with a large vinothek where you can taste wines from the entire winegrowing region!