At first sight, it’s just another of the World Heritage Site’s typical Rhine villages, but Kestert has its very own, unique atmosphere when every year in spring the surrounding orchards are bathed in a sea of white blossom. Kestert is over 1250 years old and archaeological finds make it almost certain that there was once a Roman settlement here.
Over the centuries the villagers, who made their living mainly from wine-growing, have repeatedly been the victims of fires and armed conflicts. In the 19th century the new railway line brought increased prosperity, but this was also a time of change as the Phylloxera (vine aphid) epidemic spread through Europe. Many of the vineyards were now turned into orchards and Kestert became a market leader, specializing in the cultivation of cherries. The sweet juicy fruits from the Rhine were sold on markets as far away as the Lower Rhine and North Germany.
This era has now come to an end, too, but the numerous fruit trees still erupt
in their spring finery each year, making Kestert a romantic destination for hikers.