Hotel Zum Goldenen Loewen
Heerstr. 82, Sankt Goar, Rhineland-Palatinate, 56329, Germany
More about Sankt Goar
Overlooking St Goar from atop Burg Rheinfels
it's a race!
Travel Tips for Sankt Goar
St. Goar's Namesake
St. Goar is named after a monk from Aquitania. During the 6th century he built a chapel alongside the Rhein. He cared for the poor and sick. Miracles were attributed to him and his burial site became a place of pilgramage. Later, a church was built over his tomb. As the church was being constructed however, it was discovered that St. Goar's tomb was empty. No trace of his remains has ever been found. Do you think some pilgrim(s) made off with them?
On the other side of the Rhine river you’ll see Katz castle overlooking the Loreley valley. You can only appreciate it from the outside, since it is privately owned and closed for public. Not worth climbing all the way up, since you can’t visit it anyway. But it definitely adds to the already picturesque landscapes along the Rhine. As many other buildings and castles in this area, Katz was totally destroyed by Napoleon’s army and then rebuilt in 1898. The name of the castle translated as Cat Castle, which derived from the name of its creator - Count Wilhelm II of Katzenelnbogen.
Pfalz / Burg Pfalzgrafenstein - 25km from St.Goar
Just about 25km upstream from St.Goar you may see this interesting castle built on a small island in the middle of the river Rhine / Rhein. Pfalz or Pfalzgrafenstein castle is the name of that castle, built between the villages of Oberwesel on the left bank and Kaub at the right bank of the river. In medieval times a strong chain held up all the ship-trafic passing by this castle and high taxes had to be payed by the merchants passing by.
In the village KAUB a ferry will take you there and you may visit the castle-interior.
In December and every 1st workingday of the week it is closed.
January - March : 09.00a.m.-01.00p.m. + 02.00p.m.-05.00p.m.
October - November 09.00a.m.-01.00p.m. + 02.00p.m.-05.00p.m.
April - September 09.00a.m.-01.00p.m. + 02.00p.m.-06.00p.m.
Last entry is 1 hour before closing !!
Pfalz / Burg Pfalzgrafenstein in Kaub is to be found at about halfway from Ruedesheim&Bingen to Koblenz. The ferry to the island is leaving in Kaub. During the day a large car-ferry goes across the river there !
Burg Stahleck in Bacharach - 23km from St.Goar
Burg Stahleck in Bacharach is a really beautiful castle, about 23 km upstream from St.Goar. The 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 restore it completely, so it was sold again and it finally 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. - see also my hoteltips !!
Stahleck castle may be visited freely and without restrictions by everyone, only a small part of the building is reserved for the hostel-guests.
You may drive up to Burg Stahleck by your own car or take the public bus to the castle, hiking through the vinyards takes about 20 minutes from the city-centre - the steps to the castle start at the church of St.Peter or at the Malerwinkel.
Castle Sternberg - just 12 km from St.Goar
About 12 km downstream from St.Goar you may see 2 castles on the right bank of the river Rhine / Rhein, high above the village of Kamp-Bornhofen : Sterrenberg and Liebenstein ( for Liebenstein castle take a look at my hotel-tips, as it was transfered into a hotel !)
From castle Liebenstein you may walk within only 15-20 minutes to castle Sternberg ( also sometimes called castle Sterrenberg).
My picture shows the quite unique innercourt of the castle, that is privately owned, but open to the public.I was there early in the morning, 2 hours before the restaurant would have opened, and I was able to walk around anyway and take my pics .
This castle is also a great place to have lunch or dinner and enjoy the great panorama of the Rhine-valley !
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