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Rheinkai 1-2, Bingen am Rhein, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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Bingen train station for KD Line boats
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Logo for biking along Rhein river
We will be flying into Frankfurt and will need to get to our hotel in Rudesheim. We envisage taking the train from the airport to Bingen and then using the ferry to get to Rudesheim. Does the ferry run 24/7 or is timing likely to be critical?
Any advice/comments would be appreciated.
For information have a look here
You did not indicate the date you will arrive. This is important, as there are different times on weekends and generally after April 30th. Try to get through this: http://www.bingen-ruedesheimer.com/rheinfaehren/index.html. Its in German only.
There are also trains from FRA airport to Rüdesheim, which require one change in Mainz. From airport "Regionalbahnhof" (IMPORTANT as there is also a station for long distance trains), take any S9 in direction Wiesbaden. Get off at Mainz-Kastel and take VIA train to Rüdesheim. Duration around 1:20h.
Trains from FRA "Regionalbahnhof" to Bingen take rd 1h. There are direct trains to "Bingen (Rhein) Stadt", the station you have to get off and walk to the ferry landing. Other trains do not stop at "Bingen (Rhein) Stadt" but go to "Bingen (Rhein) Hbf". In this case you have to change trains and go one staion back.
Check all this on this site: http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml
Enjoy the trip.
You have to change trains anyway, so why not go to Rüdesheim by train via Wiesbaden?
Note spelling - it's Rüdesheim, alternative spelling: Ruedesheim. Insert the extra e if you cannot type the Umlaut. Rüdesheim is a tourist trap but there is nothing rude about that poor place...
timetable (valid till 30. April 2011)
Pedestrian on the passenger ferry is EUR 2,00. On the car ferry EUR 1,70.
To: Bingen(Rhein) Stadt
and select as means of transport "only local transport".
If you want to use the ferry travel to Bingen(Rhein) Stadt train station.
Thanks for all the information. I had been under the impression that the journey from Frankfurt Airport to Ruedesheim involved a number of legs by bus. With your information we will now make the FRA - Ruedesheim journey direct by train. You have saved us quite a bit of hassle!
Travel Tips for Bingen am Rhein
Memorial to a special wine: Eiswein
Who likes wine might know ice wine. For a long time it was only produced in Germany and Austria but I have read that other countries are also producing it by now. What most wine lovers might not know: Bingen was where this wine was “invented”. It was more by accident that the vintners found how interesting the result of the frozen berries tasted in 1829, after a horrible year for wines. Over the years producing ice wine became something like an art work. The grapes must be picked very early morning, when they are already frozen on the vine. This is usually January and at temperatures at least minus 7 °C. The resulting wine has a higher acid content and is sweet.
At the river bank in Bingen is a lovely monument to this discovery, just next to the little winery I have described in the restaurant section. Who would like to read more about ice wine, please have a look at the website of German Wine Institute.
© Ingrid D., December 2010.
Rhine River Lights / Rhein in Flammen
Rhein in Flammen is a great event for the local people as well as for the tourists , and you may attend it at many places along the river Rhine / Rhein.
Bingen is one of the places, where you may enter a boat or watch the scenery from the banks of the river Rhine.
"Rhein in Flammen" is mainly a parade of various ships, day-cruisers, hotelships and also some private ships. All of the villages will be lighted, Big bonfires will be burning at most of the castles along the river Rhine and fireworks will make the parade a special event, attracting thousands of people watching it from the banks of the river or preferably from one of the participating ships.
Check the local newspapers upon arrival, or take a look at the web-page below, so you are in Bacharach at the right time in order to watch this special event !
NO entrance-fee, just come along and enjoy the great atmosphere !
Assmannshausen - close to Bingen & Ruedesheim
The small village of Assmannshausen makes a perfect halfday-trip from Bingen.The village itself is well worth a visit, because it shows lots of great half-timbered houses .
The streets are rather narrow, and parking inside the village is almost impossible, but you may park at the river and walk a few hundred meters to see these great buildings.From Assmannshausen you may also drive up the hill in order to get to the Niederwalddenkmal and the great panorama-view over the Rhine ( or you take the chairlift from Ruedesheim in order to get there!)
In order to get to Assmannshausen you have to cross the river Rhine first and go about 5km downstream from Ruedesheim at the right bank of the river Rhine.
Oestrich - 10km upstream from Bingen
Oestrich is a small village at the right bank of the river Rhine / Rhein, about 10km upstream from Bingen. Oestrich is well known for its excellent wines, the most famous one beeing "Oestricher Lenchen"
The crane on my picture dates back to the early 16th century and it was used in order to lift the heavy wine-vats onboard of the ships.
Also the village with plenty of lovely half-timbered houses and the church of Oestrich are worth a visit - see my other pictures !
We stayed in the hotel that you may see in my 2nd picture !
Bingen: hub to the Rhein Valley and more :)
Bingen is an excellent base to explore the famous and UNESCO protected Rhein Valley with the many castles. But it is more than this, a nice wine town at Rhein River and with several interesting sights to see and events.
Although I haven't explored enough of the town itself, I am describing the castles and the possible boat trips on this page, inlcuding some nearby sights to visit.
All pictures have been taken by myself, if not marked otherwise.
Please do not use any of them without my permission.
The same applies for my writings here.
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