This and that: general information, Bingen
Bingen has a lot more to offer than only being the hub to the Rhein Valley. In 2008 the city hosted Landesgartenschau, a regular event about gardening in Germany’s states. The premises have been converted into a kind of fun, educative and action park, with several interesting exhibitions, educational trails, cherry blossom in spring, activities for kids and the like. Unfortunately the tourism website of Bingen does not describe this in the small English website part. But it is easy to reach: next to the ferry station across Rhein river. Entrance is free.
Bingen’s tourism website describes more the sights to see and the museums around town, but it is well worth to browse a bit and find specific activities. They offer Geocaching, city tours, city walks, specific tours in reference to Hildegard, romantic gardens and of course the castles.
In case you want to visit more than one castle, there was once an option to buy a “10 castle pass for 19 Euro, valid for two years from the day of purchase. However, the website mentions that this is currently not available due to construction work on several of the castles. But it will be available again. I try to keep track of this and update. The connected castles are (town and price without this 10 castle ticket in brackets):
Brömserburg (Rüdesheim, 5 Euro), Rheinstein Castle (north of Bingen, 4,30 Euro), Sooneck Castle (north of Bingen, 2,60 Euro), Pfalzgrafenstein (Kaub, 2,10 Euro plus 2 Euro for the short ferry), Rheinfels Castle (St. Goar, 4 Euro), Burg Boppard (Boppard, free entrance), Marksburg (Braubach, 6 Euro), Stolzenfels (near Koblenz, 2,60 Euro, but it is closed at the moment), Lahneck Castle (Lahnstein, 3,50 Euro), Ehrenbreitstein Fortress (1,10, closed until opening of Bundesgartenschau, April 15) = 31,20 Euro if each ticket is purchased, so that saves 12,20 Euro. I hope they make it available again soon!!
Rhein in Flammen, Rhein in flames, is another very exciting event held in Bingen, or better between Bingen and Niederheimbach north of town. During the evening, ships sail from Niederheimbach to Bingen in a kind of convoy and in late evening (usually between 10 p.m. and midnight), a huge set of fireworks is shown. But it is not necessary to book a ship tour, since these would be very high priced. The whole spectacle can be seen from high above on the hills as well, either on Bingen side or near Niederwald Denkmal on the other river side. In 2011 this is been held on July 2nd.
© Ingrid D., December 2010.
Warm stuff for the boat trips
In case you want to take a boat trip, it is a wise idea to bring warm clothes. Even on a sunny day it can get quite chilly on the boat. Maybe just in case a raincoat instead of an umbrella. That helps especially on the boat and doesn’t result in possible eye injury of others. Good walking shoes are also recommended. Bingen has pharmacies, shops and all other amenities one might need. So no need to bring extra things except drug medication prescriptions (including translation into German or at least the generic names of the drugs).
Bingen Jazz Festival
In Bingen, the last weekend in June is always a mecca for jazz fans. The unique atmosphere in the Rhine corner, with its attractive venues, top-class international jazz and local performers, thrill the heart of every jazz and swing fan.
You will get some really great impressions of international jazz, local cuisine and of course the wellknown wine of the Nahe area.
For the exact time, please check the official webside of Bingen. All the festivals during the year are listed.
Burg Stahleck is just 14km from Bingen
Bingen is quite a good place to choose as a base, when you intend to explore the river Rhine. Just 14 km downstream from Bingen you will see one of the highlights of the Rhine-valley : Burg Stahleck in Bacharach
This lovely castle dates back to the year 1135 but it was destroyed by french troops in 1689. In 1828 it was sold to crown-prince Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia, who wanted to restore it as a residence for his wife, Elisabeth of Bavaria. But soon he found out, it was impossible to completely restore it, so it was sold again and became a Youth-hostel already in 1926. Today it might be the most beautiful hostel in Germany and built at one of the very best places above the Rhine-valley.
Stahleck castle may be visited freely and without restrictions by everyone, only a small part of the building is reserved for the hostel-guests - all the pics of Burg Stahleck, that you may see on this page are taken from the part that is open for visitors !
Dont miss to go there, also for the excellent view on the valley. Step up from the village within 20 minutes or drive up and park close to the castle !
A Rhine town, not too far from Frankfurt Airport
"A beautiful wine town along the Rhine"
Our stay in Bingen consisted of one evening and one early morning. We met my father at a concert in Sankt Goarhausen and then, after the show, the three of us drove to the hotel where we, and the band, were staying. The reason for staying at this hotel was that it was the last date of the tour, and the band was flying home to the U.S. the next morning and wanted to be not TOO far from the airport, yet still somewhere beautiful. Bingen certainly fit the bill!