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    NEW RIVER BARRIER

    by mtncorg Written Apr 9, 2007

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    One of many new river 'doors' shut during floods

    Severe flooding has led to an ambitious and spendy program of flood control. Natural barriers were built amongst the riverside parks along with long walls that are penetrated by several large metal doors. The doors are not normally in place, hidden away in some local warehouse to be brought out at times of potential flooding.

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    PANAROMAWEG

    by mtncorg Written Apr 9, 2007

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    View from the Kautzenberg over the City
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    Starting from the Kautzenburg from where you have a grand view out over the city, a new path drops down along the north side of the Nahe river. You will walk past the Radon solarium and beneath the Tea House before crossing to the south bank of the river where the trail threads among the parks that make up the Rosen Insel - a name that persists despite the fact that the island is contiguous with the mainland today. There are several stops along the way with tablets explaining different features along the way.

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    ALTSTADT

    by mtncorg Written Apr 9, 2007

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    Ellerbach rushes to the Nahe at Kleine Venedig
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    The old city of Bad Kreuznach was centered upon the north bank of the Nahe underneath the cliffs of the Kautzenburg. Here, you can wander amongst the narrow gasse/alleys and discover new pathways. The small Eiermarkt can be discovered with its statue to a local hero, Michel Mort. A little creek cuts through the heart of the Altstadt and the local travel bureau rather fancifully describes it as Little Venice/Kleine Venedig.

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    Bridgehouses

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 9, 2007

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    Bridgehouses over the 'dry' part of the Nahe
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    Along with the gradierwerks in the Salinental, the bridgehouses are Bad Kreuznach's most potent tourist symbol. There are three houses on a small bridge that goes over a part of the Nahe to the Roseninsel - heart of the Kur district of Bad Krueznach. The middle house sports a cannonball embeded in the doorframe, purportedly of Swedish origin, shot directly into the middle of the door frame during the 30 Year's War.

    Recent floods have brought about massive reconstruction along the banks of the Nahe, to attempt to repeat reoccurrances. The water in the picture shows only a trickle as most was diverted while the reconstruction of the river banks and river beds took place. A more recent visit shows that the reconstruction is now complete and water once again flows under the Brueckenhaueser!

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    Breath Radon Gas in this Radon tunnel

    by ringleader Updated Sep 24, 2006

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    This is a mine tunnel, which was dug through the volcanic stone of the left bank of the Nahe in the 19th century, in order to mine mercury. Radon, which is colourless and lacking in smell and taste, builds up in the gaps between the stone of the mine. The gas was already made available to cure-seeking spa guests in 1912 when an inhalation room was built in front of the Rudolf tunnel. Inhalation of radon is still successfully used today for pain treatment of patients especially with rheumatic diseases.

    Considering the great pains Americans must take to rid their basements of Radon, we found this a very interesting option of spa treatment!

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  • Night Life

    by ensividigen Written Jul 29, 2006

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    Francesco's handmade homage to Bad Kreuznach
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    For the ultimate magical experience, check out the Binding Stube in the town square to the left of the baunhoff on the corner as you walk out of the station. It might not be there anymore, ie, it might be an icecream shop or a cathouse now. It doesn't matter, the area is haunted by an Italian bartender named Francesco. He may not even be dead, but his spirit visits there frequently. Some visitors report an aroma of lemons and the taste ham out of nowhere. Others have actually coughed up coffee beans on their way out. If this experience happens to you, or if you even walk by the place, or anywhere in Bad Kreuznach, or know anyone who has been to Bad Kreuznach, or Germany, or if you see or hear anything German, immediately do something nice for someone. If you ever see anyone needing help, help them. Your path will be cleared.

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    Rotenfels = Red Cliffs

    by mtncorg Updated May 29, 2005

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    Rotenfels rising above the Nahe and vineyards
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    Rising 327m above the Nahe River, these are Germany's highest cliffs north of the Alps. Along the edges and at the bottom, vineyards cling to the hills. Local climbing clubs enjoy the cliff challenges on the weekends - contact the local Deutshce Alpenverien for more info. Trails will take you from neighboring towns: Bad Kreuznach or Bad Muenster - up through vineyards and forested hills to the cliff tops. The views out over the Nahe and Alsenz valleys are wonderous - forests, castles, vineyard-clad hills, little towns and pastures. Nothing like a picnic lunch atop during the week to continue your 'vacation from a vacation'. Maybe include a bottle of Nahe riesling in the picnic basket, too;-/

    Check out the website for much more local information on these dramatic cliffs. I was privileged enough to live just across from them for three years and I still know their nooks and crannies by heart. Remember to drink the wine after the climb :-0

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    Wineries of the Nahe

    by mtncorg Written May 6, 2003

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    The Ebernburg rising above Nahe river  vineyards

    The Nahe region is one of the smaller and lesser known wine regions of Germany. It makes up for its lack of size by the excellence of its white wines. Names that I know - and there are many more, for sure - include Crusius and Moennhoff. One look at the vineyard sites will be enough to realize the potential for some complex rieslings.

    A special treat if you are in the area during October-November is federwiesse. This is taken off the top of new fermenting wine and served up fresh. It tastes like a sweet soft drink but packs one heck of a punch the day after. For that reason alone, I like the name you find for this in southern Germany and Austria - Sturm or 'storm' for what it does to your head when too much has been drunk the night before:+0 A local accompaniment is the Spansauer Essen - a yearling pig spit-roasted. Not for calorie watchers!

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    Bad Muenster am Stein/Ebernburg

    by mtncorg Written May 6, 2003

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    Bad Muenster and the Nahe shining in afternoon sun

    Bad Muenster is a small town 5 km upriver from Bad Kreuznach. It is crammed along the river under towering forested canyon walls. Two castles - one ruins from the 11 hundreds, the Rheingrafenstein - rising 135 m directly above the river; the other a restored chateau from the 15-1600 hundreds, the Ebernburg - hover over the town. Actually, towns, as originally, the towns were separate with Bad Muenster belonging to Prussia and Ebernburg to Bavaria before the unification in the late 19th century. Even today, you can feel the difference between the two towns, though some of that might be due to the more modern residential nature of Ebernburg. The town is surrounded by forested hills in which it is easy to wander for days. Plenty of excellent restaurants and gasthouses to find a zimmer frei. To the south and the west, you find vineyard-clad hillsides, some of the best wines of the Nahe coming from wineries in Bad Muenster and neighboring towns like Traisen and Niederhausen. Also, the Rotenfels - highest cliffs in Europe, are straight across from Ebernburg.

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    The Gradierwerks in the Salinental

    by mtncorg Written May 6, 2003

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    Water percolates down through a Gradierwerk

    The 'Cure' (Kur in German) is a unique happening that Germans can take advantage of when life's stresses impinge. Most people go on Kur for valid reasons, though others just go. I remember playing squash many nights with a fellow who snuck out of his Kurhotel. He followed up our squash games with the obligatory drinking that one needs to replenish oneself afterwards;-0

    There are many Kur towns in Germany - in Europe, in general. There are so many that each needs that 'thing' to attract the guests. For Bad Krueznach, it is the saline waters that are pumped up and through the gradierwerks. Beautiful parks along the Nahe river next to forested canyon walls on the western edge of the city are dotted with these structures. You can see the daily promenade of kurguests and locals wandering around their favorite gradiewerk, breathing the vaporized air giving off as the waters percolate through aromatic bush branches.

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    Palace Gardens museum

    by cleomedes Written May 26, 2007

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    Palace Gardens museum
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    In 1785 built as a summer palace. Today it´s a museum for the town´s history and art history collections and a puppet museum.
    The palace garden is a nature park with exotic trees and a pond.

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