Am Rupertsberg 10, Bingen am Rhein, Rhineland-Palatinate, 55411, Germany
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Ehrenfels Castle, across the river
Eiswein memorial in Bingen
Vinothek am Rhein, from the outside
Hiking through vineyards (Rheinburgen Weg)
cruise on Rhine
We are staying in Bacharach. We are coming from Koln in the morning. We would like to stop at St. Goar and see Rheinfels Castle. We would love to take a round trip cruise of the Rhine River from St. Goar to Bacharach or Bacharach to St. Goar. Please remember we are staying in Bacharach for the night. So we need a round trip cruise.
Any suggestions for the best way to do this?
Any help would be appreciated.
RE: cruise on Rhine
I think you can buy a hop on/off ticket on KD Lines, the biggest shipping company. Otherwise, you can buy singles to everywhere and hop on the next boat - they are frequent enough, just check times everywhere carefully (although IF you get stranded there are trains). It's a great boat ride, although personally I found St Goar overrated compared to wonderful Bacharach.
RE: cruise on Rhine
You don't need a round trip cruise. There are railway lines on both sites of the Rhine. And you can do any boat + train combination you like.
If you can present a valid train ticket when buying a boat ticket you'll get a discount of 20%.
RE: cruise on Rhine
agree, Bacharach is much nicer than St. Goar! Most of "Burg Rheinfels" is only a ruine, not so much to see. I would recomend: "Burg Sooneck" in Niederheimbach, have a look at the pictures at
http://www.rheintourist.de/hauptseite.php?framerechts=/sehenswertes/sooneck/sooneck.php (you can have a look at every rhine castle there!!)
or "Burg Rheinstein". There is a little train station in Bacharach, so you can take that instead.
Of course Bacharach has its own castle "Burg Stahleck", unfortunately you can not go inside because it´s a youth hostel. But the view from up there is wonderfull!!
If you like to make a boat roundtrip, try the "K-D Goethe" it´s an old pretty steamship (the only one I´ve ever seen on the rhine). You can hop on the Goethe at 13:30 in Bacharach, cruise to Rüdesheim (1 hour time to have a look at Rüdesheim), go back to Bacharach on Goethe at 16:15, price is 25,80 Euro, whole trip 1 person.
Have a nice trip :-)
RE: RE: cruise on Rhine
You will see ferry docks for B-R lines and K-D lines on the water in either town. B-R is cheaper, if you don't have a Eurorail pass. And when I was there it was much less crowded. No need to buy tickets online, but maybe an hour before to be on the safe side. Here's the B-R sked. http://www.bingen-ruedesheimer.com/rhine-cruise/lorelei/index.html
Also, I thought Rheinfels castle was a lot of fun. Don't try to follow a written tour, just get lost like a kid! Take a flashlight for the tunnels. I think 2 hours at Rheinfels is about right.
The train also travels to both towns in about 10 minutes, if you don't want to take the time to take the ferry upstream.
Just take the ferry whichever way works out best with your schedule.
Travel Tips for Bingen am Rhein
Ruedesheimer Kaffee - Don't miss it !!
Ruedesheimer Kaffee is a great and tasty speciality of the region around Bingen. Ruedesheimer Kaffee is similar to Irish Coffee , but it is made with "Asbach Uralt", the famous Brandy from Ruedesheim.
The waiter will prepare it directely at your table :
The waiter will bring the cup, a small 2cl-bottle of "Asbach Uralt" and will pour the brandy into the cup at the table.
Then the brandy will be set on fire by long matches. That way most of the alcohol will disappear and a certain flavor will be added by the burning.
Then the coffee and some sugar will be added and finally topped by whipped cream and some chocolate chips.
You may get Ruedesheimer Kaffee at many cafes and restaurants in Bingen, Ruedesheim and other villages along the river Rhine. You may also buy these special cups in many shops !
Don't miss it !!
Hiking, kayaking, biking :-)
Bingen, being the entrance hub to UNESCO protected Rhein Valley, is an ideal base to start any kind of sports activity. The best are most probably the two long hiking paths Rheinsteig (Rhein hike) and Rheinburgenweg (Rhein Castle hike). Although Rheinsteig is located on the other side of the river, thus involves taking the ferry. Both hiking paths are covering more than 300 km each and can be done in various legs, with luggage transport and organised or without. The paths lead through thick forest in times, along vineyards and up and down almost all the time.
With the proximity of the streets left and right of the river, this is also a paradise for bikers. Although I would tend to suggest the left side (Bingen side) for cycling because there at least some parts have separate lanes for bikers. This is not the case on the right side where no separate lanes are the norm in most of the parts.
And last but not least the river is a perfect place to do any kind of “boating”. But this should be done by very experienced sailors, kayakers and rowers. This not only because of the strong current of the river but also because of the navigation rules, which must be oneyed at any time since Rhein river is one of the major “transport roads” for all the countries it flows through. The riverbed is rocky and often during low tide, whirlpools can cause dangerous situations.
I have written about all these different sports activities on my Rheinland Pfalz page, which I link below in the website section.
© Ingrid D., December 2010.
Ruedesheimer Weinbrunnen is a small extra sight, when you ake an excursion from Bingen to Ruedesheim : Not far from the small church of Ruedesheim you will see this well on a housewall.
It was placed there in order to memorize the liberation of the Rhine-valley in 1930.
Before 1930 a big part of the Rhine-valley had been occupied by French and Belgium troops.
When you click on my picture and take a closer look, you will see a row of soldiers on top. They carry their military-backpack and only at the first one you also see a gun.
The row below shows a row of women, also with backpacks like they are used in the vinyards.
And the text below means :
God bless the wine for you !
the old village of Bacharach is 14km from Bingen
Just about 14 km downstream from Bingen you may see one of the typical old villages in the Rhine-valley :
First of all you will see that a wall of houses is facing the river : it was the former medieval townwall and serves still today as a certain wall against the noises of the trains passing by there all day and night !!
Leave your car at one of the many car-parks and get behind the train-track, where you may see all of the lovely half-timbered houses of Bacharach and the great church.
There are several medieval watch-towers in Bacharach and at many places you may even see the remains of the town-wall and you will be able to step up there at several places free of charge and without any restrictions.
The best excample of such a watch-tower is next to Malerwinkel, where the huge gate of this tower is still the only chance to leave or enter the village of Bacharach
I Feel Like a Tin of Peas
I was pretty disappointed by Bingen. It felt more like a tourist processing plant than a real town. It was ugly, packed with tourists and hotels, and had a noisy train line cutting straight through the center of the town. The train was particularly horrible, passing through every 15 minutes or so, and drowning out all conversation at the cafes along the Rhein due to its close proximity. Tourists herded themselves like cattle from one uninspiring sight to another, although most seemed to be queuing up to leave on one of the many Rhein boats, which was exactly the reason I was there for.
Bingen is a small town, almost a village, on the banks of the Rhein, at the point where joins with the Nahe. It is directly opposite the much prettier, although still as touristy, Rüdesheim. There are a few sights of interest scattered about, and an absolute abundance of hotels, cafes and restaurants, all customised for the lowest common denominator of the mass tourist trade. I shouldn't be too scornful, as I was certainly one of those tourist masses herding myself onto the boats up the river Rhein.
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