Bacharach Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Maryimelda
  • Things to Do
    by Maryimelda
  • Things to Do
    by Maryimelda

Bacharach Things to Do

  • the church of St.Peter

    The largest church in Bacharach is the protestant church of St.Peter and it dates back to the year 1094. Several times it was restored and rebuilt and it includes an interesting tomb of a nobleman called Johann Friedrich von Wolfskehl, who died in 1609 - you may see this tomb on my 4th picture !You may enter the church of St.Peter freely and...

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  • Standing Guard

    There are still a number of towers standing guard over Bacharach. Probably the most notable are the City Gate and Marksturm. These are both easily seen and accessed from the Altstadt. Others can be seen at various spots along the town wall. All of the towers would appear to be in excellent condition so I would guess that they have been extremely...

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  • Altes Haus

    This is the oldest house in Bacharach and dates back to 1368 originally, although it was damaged by fire and underwent major repairs in the 16th century.It is arguably the most recognised as well as the most photographed building in the town.Today it is a guest house and restaurant and stands on a most prominent corner in the main part of the old...

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  • Victor Hugo at Fürstenberg and...

    On the left bank of the Rhine at km 540, just three kilometers upstream from Bacharach, are the ruins of Fürstenberg Castle above the town of Rheindiebach.Fürstenberg Castle was built in 1220 and destroyed in 1689. Today the ruins are private property and are not open to the public.The French author Victor Hugo was very impressed with the castles...

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  • Garden lover's delight.

    Bacharach has a wonderland of beautiful flowers and greenery which grow with abandon all over the old part of town. Every day I found another lovely patch of colour and the temptaion to take a photo was too great to resist. The lush greenery around the stream that runs near the Pension Im Malerwinkel was also a delight to me. I found that even...

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  • The vineyards of Bacharach

    These beautiful lush vineyards hover over Bacharach like an emerald cape. I often wonder how the owners tend to the vines and pick the grapes when they are planted on such a steep incline, but obviously they manage very well. I would think that they would have to be extremely fit however to work in this environment.Hikers are often seen trekking up...

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  • The silent sentinel - Wernerkapelle

    In about 1287 a young man named Werner was found murdered on this site. It was widely believed that he had been killed by a group of Jewish people and so a riot, or pogrom, ensued to avenge his death. The year 1294 saw the commencemnt of building of a Gothic chapel which was named in memory of Werner and his bones were interred there. The chapel...

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  • The town wall

    As I mentioned in my intro, the town wall is still intact and is open to the public to walk. There are seven town gates or towers spread all along the wall. These fortifications are the best kept in the entire Middle Rhine area and the sentry walk along the Rhine front can be walked in its entirety.A Cappuchin Monastery was built in about 1700 out...

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  • Ride a Rhine River Boat

    If you would like to take a boat along the Rhine, you will have plenty of opportunities to do so. Two companies, Köln-Düsseldorfer (KD) and Bingen-Rüdesheimer, offer scheduled service from Bacharach up and down the Rhine. KD is more focused on providing transportation, while Bingen-Rüdesheimer also offers many package tours and day-cruises.Ingrid...

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  • Burg Stahleck

    Believe it or not, that interesting-looking castle on the hill is actually a youth hostel. It's also a fun place to walk to if you're in the mood for some good scenery. The best path is between the tourist office and the church, which will get you to the castle in 10-15 minutes of steep uphill walking. The hostel also runs the Burgterrasse, which...

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  • Walk around the town wall

    A great way to enjoy the scenery is to make your way around the town wall. When we visited, parts of the wall were closed for renovation, but there were still large portions of the wall that were walkable, especially on the north and east side. Your best bet is to check in at the tourist office before you set out to get the best idea on where you...

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  • Rhine Ramble

    Just outside of town, there is a lovely path right along the Rhine to enjoy. You can stroll back and forth, take a seat at one of the park benches for rest or various other relaxing activities (oh, say, nurse a baby, for example), or just take a step or two off the path and enjoy the spectacular view of the Rhine all around. If you're with friends,...

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Bacharach Hotels

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  • Hotel Kranenturm

    Be warned: Bacharach is highly recommended by American travel guru Rick Steves. Be further warned:...

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  • Pension Lettie

    Kranenstrasse 6, Bacharach, Rhineland-Palatinate, 55422, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Rhein Hotel

    I have stayed here some years ago for a single night and I found it quite convenient to be in the...

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Bacharach Restaurants

  • Downtown Dinner

    An interesting experience was sitting outside at the Altes Haus, a very famous (and supposedly romantic) restaurant in the center of town. Since we had an infant in tow, however, it was prudent for us to enjoy one of the more modest outside tables. Service, food, and wine were very good... but I must admit it was somewhat unnerving for cars to pass...

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  • Beer, Bacharach and a Merry-go-round

    I’ve been to Bacharach several times and never noticed this restaurant. What I did notice was some signs along the road pointing to a beer garden as well as what appeared to be an old merry-go-round up on the hill. It was only after researching on the breweries in the area that I found out that Bacharach has it’s very own brewery. Granted, it is a...

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  • Two in one

    Since these two eateries are right next door to each other and I only have external photos, I thought it best to combine the two into one review.We had dinner in Zur Kupferkanne on the night we arrived in Bacharach. The restaurant is quite small and was full when we arrived so we were shown to a lovely little courtyard in the rear of the building....

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  • excellent local food & a perfect Rhine -...

    The very best thing about Guenderodehaus is its location high above the river Rhine. This building was transferred from a village closeby and totally restored on the place where it is standing now, for a TV-movie called "Heimat 3"It is used as a restaurant nowadays, I really enjoyed sitting under the giant tree that you will see in my 3rd picture....

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  • Beer Garden in Bacharach

    On the North side of town offf of the main street is a small beer garden/restaurant with terrace seating overlooking the Rhine. We had giant schnitzals and beer as we dined watching the boats drift by. Excellent place for outdoor enjoyment.

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  • Yummy Italian-style Gelato

    It seems Italian-style gelaterie (ice cream parlors) are all the rage on the German tourist scene nowadays. No complaints here. A tasty example is the Italian ice cream shop right downtown. Known in some guidebooks as simply "Eis Cafe Italia," this place offers very tasty cream and fruit based gelati. This is a great place to cap off a dinner and a...

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Bacharach Transportation

  • K-D ships on the Rhine

    Photos:1. K-D ship MS Godesburg2. K-D landing at Bacharach3. K-D ticket office at BacharachOne of the best ways to travel up or down the Rhine from Bacharach is to take one of the regularly scheduled ships run by the Köln-Düsseldorf (K-D) line.In the summer months they run five ships a day in each direction. Ships going downstream leave Bacharach...

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  • Cycling along the Rhine

    The International Rhine Cycle Route starts at the source of the river, in Andermatt*, Switzerland, and follows along one or both banks of the river via Lake Constance, Schaffhausen, Basel, Strasbourg, Mannheim, Mainz (left bank) or Wiesbaden (right bank), Bacharach, Koblenz, Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf and then all the way down through the...

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  • To get there

    Unless you are driving, I would recommend the KD Ferry as the most enjoyable means of getting to Bacharach. The trip on the Rhine in either direction is superb and of course a photographer's dream.The ferry travels between Mainz and Cologne and stops at many towns along the way. The fare is quite reasonable depending of course, on where you choose...

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Bacharach Shopping

  • Bacharach Souveniers - Phil Jost

    This was a great shop to visit. My family visited when we lived in Germany over 30 years ago and we went back last month. The store owners were very friendly and all our items were shipped safely back to the USA. The same pewter items that they supplied years ago were available and their stein collection was great. The welcoming of the owners was...

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  • Yes, there are markets in Bacharach!

    I post this tip to correct a rather eye-popping error in some guidebooks, which claim there are no food markets in Bacharach and that you have to go to Oberwesel if you want to put together a picnic. In truth, Bacharach has not one but two markets -- Nahkauf and Schlecker. They are open Monday-Friday 8:30AM - 6:30PM and Saturday 8:30AM - 2PM.

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  • A longtime Bacharach Institutoin

    A terrific but small store. Operated for more than 30 years by Herr Jost and his wife. My partner bought a beer stein back in 1974. We returned again in 2005 to purchase a pewter water jug. Herr and Frau Jost are wonderful and friendly people. A terrific couple that represent the best of small business along the Rhein. Steins, pewter, and...

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Bacharach Local Customs

  • Goats

    Spotting 2 goats between the ruins of Werner Chapel and the St. Peter Church was pretty funny. They were trying to communicate in their own language with the passing by tourists, I didn’t understand a word though. I guess the slopes of Bacharach are steep enough for these animals and they feel pretty comfortable there. For a city girl like me it...

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  • The God of Wine

    And they have their own God of wine. The village of Bacharach was named after Roman God of wine – Bacchus - and the locals take it seriously. Nowadays Bacchus is a profession. One person is chosen to be the “God” that helps with promotion of the local wine, dressed like a Roman Caesar with a glass of wine in his hand he is the one who has the...

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  • Rhein in Flammen / Rhine River Lights

    Rhein in Flammen is a series of annual events that you may attend at many places along the river Rhine / Rhein."Rhein in Flammen" is mainly a parade of various ships, daycruisers, 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...

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Bacharach Warnings and Dangers

  • Calculate your time carefully in the...

    Driving with a private car through the Rhine-valley is a bit tricky, because you will hardly find any bridges there : One is in Mainz and the next one is in Koblenz and in-between you have about 100 km of a river that you may cross only at a very few places by car-ferries, and these ferries will not be operated all day long...The large car-ferries...

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  • search for a QUIET hotel !!

    Bacharach is one of the many villages along the river Rhine, where it is really important to check for the place, where your hotel is situated. Unfortunately the railway goes through the village in quite a short distance to several hotels, while other hotels may not offer a view of the river Rhine, but you will have a great sleep, not interrupted...

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Bacharach Off The Beaten Path

  • 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 and2) 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Oberwesel - Salvadore Dali & lots of...

    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...

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  • Two centuries later: The Rabbi of...

    --Heine says that for the next two centuries after the pogrom following the murder of "Saint" Werner in 1287, the Jews in Bacharach were "spared any further attacks of popular rage, though they were continually subject to enmity and threats."Actually there were also pogroms in Bacharach in 1365 and 1349, but Heine seems not to have known about...

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  • Victor Hugo on the Rhine

    --"I have spent three days in Bacharach, a sort of Beggars' Headquarters forgotten on the bank of the Rhine by the good taste of Voltaire, by the French Revolution, by the battles of Louis XIV, by the artillery shellings of 1797 and 1805 and by the elegant and wise architects who construct houses in the form of desks and chests of drawers....

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