Blucherstr. 250, Bacharach, Rhineland-Palatinate, 55422, Germany
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by pannenkoeken

I was in the town of bacharach last year. I had the most delicious gellato in this beautiful town. What is the name of this establishment and phone number. I certainly appreciate all info. Many Thanks, linda

Re: Gellato

by RhineRoll

it might be difficult to find it without a hint regarding its location... Bacharach is big enough to have more than 1 ice cream parlours!

Re: Gellato

by Sjalen

...but I think I know which one you mean - it stands out and is along the main street to the station :) It is called "Italia Eiscafe" and is in Oberstrasse 2. The phone no is 06743-1688. Are you making tips? :)

Re: Gellato

by Sjalen

Then again, Italia 76 Eiscafé in Oberstr. 48 is another Phone no. 06743 1879. Wiiiin, when are you next off there? :)

Re: Gellato

by RhineRoll

LOL who knows maybe next weekend, if they make patrol cheaper again after the holidays have started (bastards they are)

Travel Tips for Bacharach

Werner Kapelle - A chilling murder story

by Nathalie_B

On a hill above the only church of Bacharach you will spot a gothic skeleton construction. This is the Werner Chapel. First it was built as a St. Cunbert church, but then a boy named Werner was murdered. The boys body was found near Bacharch and of course, like in every perfect fairytale, there was a miracle: Werner corpse wasn’t rotten, it was surrounded by bright light and smelled of violets. At these times only two assumptions could be maid: witches are guilty or Jews killed him for blood rituals. They choose the latter. Later it was called “racial delusion” by the Catholic Church and this is why Werner had never became a saint. However, the chapel was renamed and rebuilt, which took nearly 150 years. “Thanks” to the 17th century French invaders, only ruins remained from what once was a huge pilgrimage site. Today it is a protected monument surrounded by a fence and lit up in the dark, which makes it possible to be seen from almost everywhere in the village.

Bacharach in the Middle Ages

by Nemorino


High above Bacharach in Stahleck castle lived a feudal official known as the reeve (German: Vogt) who was the local representative of the ruling nobleman, whoever that happened to be at the time.

In "The Rabbi of Bacharach" Heinrich Heine remarked that the Lord Reeve sat in the high tower of the castle and swooped down like his falcon when he was called, and often also when he was not called.

Then comes a sentence that is really elegant in German but hard to translate into English: Die Geistlichkeit herrschte im Dunkeln durch die Verdunkelung des Geistes.

This means something like: The clergy ruled in darkness by darkening the spirit (of the people).

GPS 50° 3'27.62" North; 7°45'52.68" East (Stahleck Castle)

Burg Stahleck


Walking through the streets of Bacharach we saw the Burg (Castle) on the top of the hill,
A lot of stairs lead us through the woods to the Castle.
To our surprise we noticed that it is a hostel.
We ordered some drinks inside at the reception so that we had a good look at the interior.
We saw a nice playroom for children, so our kids would love to stay there for a while.

Castle Stahleck

by Nathalie_B

On the hill, high above Bacharach you will spot an impressive castle that is almost 800 years old. There are many castles can be found along the Rhine and Mosel rivers. It’s because they served two purposes. First they were built for defense from invaders, that were pretty frequent it those times. Second, many barons would simply build a castle to “mark” their territory and then to charge toll levy for those who crossed the land or even the river. Stahleck was built as a defensive structure and later it became a real castle with more than dozen of owners one after another. When it wasn’t bought, sold, rebuilt, or renovated it was invaded and destroyed, first by Swedish army in 1632 and then by the French in 1689 guess everybody got tired of its history and put it on hold till 1926, when it was partly restored and turned into a youth hostel that operates till this day and is favored by students and backpackers from all over the world.
More restorations were done since then until it became what we see today. Please don’t make the same mistake and do what I did: don’t even try to get to this castle in the dark. A steep, narrow, muddy path leads to the Stahleck and you wouldn’t want to go there in the dark, at least not from the Wener Chapel’s side, because there are no lights and you won’t see anything. I never made it to the top ‘cause I didn’t want to break a leg or both of them :)
There’s one problem, surely it is well preserved by the current owners, but why to put modern bars on the ancient windows?

Two centuries later: The Rabbi of Bacharach

by Nemorino


Heine says that for the next two centuries after the pogrom following the murder of "Saint" Werner in 1287, the Jews in Bacharach were "spared any further attacks of popular rage, though they were continually subject to enmity and threatening."

Actually there were also pogroms in Bacharach in 1365 and 1349, but Heine seems not to have known about these. The one in 1349 came at the height of the Black Death, a pandemic which killed a third to a half or more of the European population in just a few years and also led to widespread persecution of the Jews and other minorities.

Starting in 1365 a number foreign Jews were allowed to settle in Bacharach, under the protection of the ruling counts palatine.

The story of Heine's "Rabbi of Bacharach" takes place in 1489, when Rabbi Abraham is celebrating the rites of Passover in Bacharach with his lovely wife Sara and their relatives and neighbors. Two unknown men come in, claiming to be fellow Jews who would like to celebrate Passover with them. The Rabbi welcomes them and goes on reading but Sara notices a brief look of horror on her husband's face. After an instant he regains his composure and goes on with the ritual, but at the first opportunity he takes his wife's hand and flees with her through the dark streets of Bacharach. The two unknown men had brought a dead baby into the Rabbi's house, so they could again accuse the Jews of murder and start another massacre.

The Rabbi knows a boatman who can take them upstream to the safety of the Jewish quarter in Frankfurt am Main. The boatman and the rabbi row all night against the current while Sara sleeps.

In his narrative Heine pulls all the stops of German Romanticism, but also describes the Passover rites in loving detail from an insider-outsider perspective. At one point he hints at his own standpoint by saying that "even those Jews who have long since turned away from the faith of their fathers" cannot help being "shaken to the depths of their hearts when the old familiar Passover sounds happen to reach their ears."

It happens that Heine was born on the Rhine River in the city of Düsseldorf, which is exactly 200 km downstream from Bacharach. (Bacharach is at km 543 and Düsseldorf is at km 743.) So I have put some more information about Heine on my Düsseldorf page and in my tip on the Heine House in Düsseldorf.

While I certainly cannot claim to have read all of Heine's books -- he was a very prolific writer and today would probably be one of those guys who talk all night on the radio -- my impression is that "The Rabbi of Bacharach" is one of his outstanding works, serious, exciting, detailed, horrifying, vivid, but without any of the flippant sarcasm that mars some of his earlier writings.


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