Since I was too busy sampling wines of the Nahe Valley, I don't have any pictures of the Jahrmarkt festival grounds itself. The Jahrmarkt is a big fest, complete with rides and amusements, that takes place the thrid week of August. It dates from much earlier times. There is a large tent - the type you find at the Oktoberfest, one that can hold a thousand people - which is filled with people sampling the wines of a dozen or so local vinters.
The picture is of a German friend smiling at the prospect of going to that night's edition of the Jahrmarkt. Just above the bridgehouses, you can barely make out the large ferris wheel at the festgrounds.
Meisenheim an der Glan
Germany, as is Europe, is full of little hidden gems like this little town. To find them, you need a good map and a sense of adventure. German road maps - especially the 1:200000 scale variety - are a great way to discover them. Towns with sites to see are usually denoted in some way on the map, so that you can deploy a local itinerary to reach them. From Bad Kreuznach, you go out through the Nahe canyon through Bad Muenster am Stein and beyond underneath the magnificent cliffs of the Rotenfels to Norrheim. Then past the Neustadter Stausee crossing the river towards Odernheim. Along the way, views opens out over the whole Nahe valley as it widens out in the vicinity of Sobernheim. This being Germany, the view has an official name - Hindenburgblick/Hindenburg View, though how the old Field Marshall comes into play actually, I don't know. You are now going up the Glantal/Glan rive valley - a tributary of the Nahe. Follow the signs to the Altstadt once you reach Meisenheim. One of the entries is through a big door in the city wall - a house is sited above the door. Houses are half-timbered and gasses/alleys are scenically narrow in a small-scale emulation of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The late gothic parish church is the centerpiece of the town's ancient glory dating back to the turn of the 15th century, hidden away, far off the beaten path.
Sleepy Bad Kreuznach
While Bad Kreuznach is the local district town, it is not very much less sleepy than nearby Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg... only a little bigger and blessed with some shops and the like. Located in the beautiful Nahe valley, Bad Kreuznach is yet another spa - so you'll find pensioneers, salines and all those things. Apart from that and the so-called bridge houses, there's not really much to see, so it might be best to stop for some hours if you're in the area.