Guenderodehaus - 10km from Bacharach
Guenderodehaus is a must for 2 good reasons, when travelling in the Rhine-valley:
1) It has one of the very best views including the Rhine, various castles, the medieval townwalls of Oberwesel and
2) It is a really great restaurant for local food from the Hunsrueck and the Rhine-valley.
And there is even a 3rd good reason, but it will apply only to all fans of the TV-servies "Heimat 3"
This building was the home of the family and you can watch it beeing restored step by step in that movie. The name Guenderodehaus is totally misleading - the house is named that way in the movie, BUT even in the movie you will hear, it is just a rumor that this house had a connection with Carolin von Günderode (1780-1806), who wrote some famous poems.
This building is ca. 10km from Bacharach, high above the village of Oberwesel, overlooking a bend of the river Rhine.
You can walk up there within 20 minutes or take the car, they also have a small car-parking there.
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Kaub - 15km downstream from Bacharach
Kaub or Pfalzgrafenstein castle is an interesting castle, built on an island in the middle of the river Rhine, just about 15 km downstream from Bacharach.
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 Rhine / Rhein. 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 !
- Castles and Palaces
Oberwesel - Salvadore Dali & lots of towers
In Oberwesel - just 10 km downstream at the same bank of the river Rhine as Bacharach - you may still see almost the complete medieval townwalls, dating back to the year 1220. 16 of the formerly 21 towers are still there to be seen , some of them are privately owned nowadays, but on most of them you may even step up and enjoy the perfect panorama-view of the Rhine-valley. You may still also walk around the city of Oberwesel on top of the medieval walls and during such a walk you will pass by a modern house, beautifully painted and decorated by paintings in the style of Salvadore Dali. Not the real ones of course, but perfectely copied or imitated - see my extra pictures !
Oberwesel is one of these towns, where the train-lines run directely through town and at most of the hotels you will hear them all night !!
An exception are of course all hotels high above Oberwesel, like Schönburg-castle-hotel !!
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
Liebfrauenkirche in Oberwesel -10km from Bacharach
Oberwesel is in a short distance to Bacharach - about 10 km downstream and also at the left bank of the river Rhine, so it could easily be combined with a visit in Bacharach. The main church of Oberwesel is Liebfrauenkirche and it dates back to the year 1213 and although it does not really look very special from outside it is really worth seeing for it's very special and beautiful interior , including one of the oldest wooden gothic altars !!
Click on my pictures in order to see all the fine details of the architecture and great wood-carvings !
You may enter the church freely and without restrictions during the day !
- Religious Travel
- Arts and Culture