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    William Turner was here :-)

    by Trekki Updated Aug 5, 2013

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    When I had parked my car on the other side of Nahe River and walked across the bridge into town I was surprised to see a note at the bridge telling that William Turner, the famous British painter, was here and had painted Ebernburg Castle! The board mentions that he was here in summer 1844 at the age of seventy. But apart from seeing the castle through Turner’s eyes, this bridge is nice anyhow: from here you can see the beautiful landscape left and right of Nahe River which looks almost like an untouched wilderness. This is also the way the cycling path along the river takes into town. The bridge is called Pouilly Brücke.

    (In the website section below I have linked a website with Turner’s photo of Ebernburg. However, I don’t have the slightest idea where it is located)

    Location of Turner’s view on Google Maps.

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    Rheingrafenstein ruins and - childhood memories :)

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    Directly behind the health & spa complex of Bad Münster a huge rock is visible – Bad Münster’s landmark. Not exactly visible from the park is the castle ruin which is located on top.

    The castle was built in 11th century, by the nobles of “Von Stein” (hence the town name) but almost completely destructed in 1689 during Sun King Louis’ sacking a major part of Palatinate and Heidelberg. Like for many of the region’s castles also Rheingrafenstein Castle has a legend entwined around its foundation: once a duke from nearby Bad Kreuznach saw this gorgeous steep rock and wondered if it is possible to build a castle on top. Immediately after he had decided that it is almost impossible, the devil appeared and suggested to build his dream castle there but... since the devil doesn’t do anything for nothing .. wanted to get a reward for it: the soul of the first person who will look out of a castle window next morning. [Haha, while writing this, a spammie is messing around in VT and I think of her to be the best one for this window job, haha]. The duke agreed and next morning his wife had the idea to dress a donkey with the priest’s hat and coat and let it look out of the window. The devil was happy to see that the soul belongs to a priest, came up from hell and grabbed the poor animal. When he realise his mistake, he was of course furious, let the poor donkey fall into the river and vanished forever.

    I have my own memories of Rheingrafenstein Castle: when I was a kid, we did a school excursion to Bad Münster and climbed the rock. Up there we had litres of sweet lemonade and together with the loaded cones of ice cream I had in town before I had a slight heatstroke and ... surfaced all somewhere behind the ruins. Since that time I was never up there again. Ah, not because I didn’t want to but it somehow never occurred. Next time I am there, I’ll do it and smile again about my greed of sweets and ice cream.

    To reach the top, one must cross the river of course. With this very steep rocky hill it is not possible to build a bridge and thus a hand draw ferry is still being used today to bring the people across the river. The ferry operates Wednesdays and Thursdays from 14:00 – 18:00 and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 to 18:00 between end of March until end of October. It is located directly behind the health complex.

    Location of Rheingrafenstein on Google Maps.

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    Very charming & photogenic health and spa complex

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    The town is called Bad Münster am Stein. Bad does not have anything to do with bad = not good, but is the German name for spa. [Please see VTer's Don /@Nemorino description of the term Bad = spa, he has the better words that there is nothing bad at all with "Bad" :-) ]
    Bad Münster achieved the right to be spa town in 1905, although “baths” were already offered since 1478 and health treatments since 1871. Especially the salines in town and in neighbour town of Bad Kreuznach have been very popular since ages. When I was a kid and lived near Mannheim, several of my classmates had pertussis and instead of being sent to northern Germany’s North Sea coasts, they spent time in Bad Münster and could get rid of their coughing.

    The health & spa treatment complex (or the “Bad” complex in Bad Münster) must surely be one of the most charming “Bad” ones in whole Germany, especially for its very photogenic main house, called Kurmittelhaus (which translates into spa middle house, although I have no idea where the “middle” comes from). It was built just after the town received the official spa rights, 1910, in what is being described as “northern art deco” style. Not that I really see something art deco in the house, but the roof style is definitely assembling the roofs in northern Germany. I haven’t been inside yet, since it was too late, but given the photo on the website (second photo next to “Heilquellen”) it must look wonderful. It was recently renovated. It is beautifully illuminated in the evening. And during pre Christmas time, the Christmas market is being held here - what a splendid backdrop!

    The park is also very much relaxing. If we would have been there earlier I am sure we would have stayed here a bit and enjoyed the views and the many fountains. The park is flanked by salines.

    Location of Bad Münster’s Kurmittelhaus (health & spa complex) on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., April 2012 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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    Other sights in easy reach from Bad Münster

    by Trekki Updated Apr 7, 2012

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    Rock hermitage of Bretzenheim
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    Bad Münster is an ideal base to explore the surroundings, especially the valley of Nahe River.

    Bad Kreuznach is in easy reach, only 5 km to the northeast. The town is famous for the bridge houses, located on a bridge across Nahe River and of course also for spa and health treatment (thus the name “Bad” = spa).
    Location of Bad Kreuznach on Google Maps.

    Idar-Oberstein, Germany’s gem town, is located approx. 50 km to the west. A wonderful gemstone museum explains the history of this town and also has an incredible collection of gemstones and gemstone products from the past.
    Location of Idar-Oberstein on Google Maps.

    20 km to the west is Bad Sobernheim, another spa town, famous for its barefoot trail.
    Location of Bad Sobernheim on Google Maps.

    And 10 km to the northeast is a very much enchanting rock hermitage, the one of Bretzenheim (my main photo)
    Location of Bretzenheim on Google Maps.

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    Rotenfels - marvellous glow in late afternoon

    by Trekki Updated Apr 6, 2012

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    As the name suggests, Rotenfels rock is red (rot = red, Fels = rock). And what a brilliant glowing red it has in late afternoons when the sun is low. The rock faces west, so the best colours come out in the afternoon.

    The rock is rhyolite and is the result of a quite volcanic activity in this part of Germany approx. 260 mio years ago. The 327 m high rock wall is very steep and is said to be the highest headwall north of the Alps. Consequently it is popular amongst rock climbers, although they have to obey strict rules because the area is protected because peregrine falcons have chosen it home. Climbing is strictly forbidden from January 1 to June 30.

    The best place to take these glowing evening light photos are on road L235, between Bad Münster and Norheim. Next to the railway crossing is a tiny spot to park the car.

    Location of Rotenfels on Google Maps.

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    Ebernburg - the charming castle of the twin town

    by Trekki Updated Apr 6, 2012

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    The full name of the town is Bad Münster am Stein – Ebernburg. This dates back to a local government reform in 1970, when the two towns of Bad Münster am Stein and neighbour Ebernburg were unified. It is a bit of a historical speciality because Bad Münster belonged to Prussian land and Ebernburg was part of Bavarian Palatinate in the past, so despite being unified, the churches are not but belong to diocese Trier (Bad Münster) and Speyer (Ebernburg).

    The castle which gave this part of town the name, had a prominent owner in the past: Franz von Sickingen, who played a major role in the Reformation. The castle was built mid 14th century, ransacked by Sun King Louis in 1689 and only restored as it is today after WW II. Today it belongs to the Protestant Ebernburg Association, which takes care of families’ holidays and education. And mid September it hosts the Medieval Market Ebernburg

    Location of Ebernburg on Google Maps.

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    Rotenfels

    by King_Golo Written Aug 18, 2008

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    View from Rotenfels

    Now this really IS a sight that must not be missed when you're in Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg. 10 minutes away from the town the biggest steep face between the Alps and Scandinavia is found - the Rotenfels (Red Rock). It's not really red, but appears somehow red-brownish in the correct light, hence the name. Rotenfels is 202m high and 1200m long and a really impressive sight if you stand beneath it. Even better: You can go up and hike along a path that is just at the rim of the steep face. Great vistas are numerous from up there.
    Getting there is a little bit complicated. Leave Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg via L235 (Naheweinstraße) until you reach the village of Norheim where you turn right onto L236. After 1km or so, in the village of Traisen turn right again and follow the road to its end where there is a parking lot. From there, it's appr. 400m by foot.

    See more pics in my travelogue!

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    Walk through the centre

    by King_Golo Written Aug 18, 2008

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    Heron relaxing in river Nahe
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    Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg is so small that literally everything is within walking distance. You can easily get to know the whole place within 30 minutes. River Nahe flows through the town so this is a good starting point. Along the riverside there are some nice old houses and many benches to enjoy a small break. Herons stand stoically in the water and move every 2 minutes or so - this might well be the image describing the speed of life in Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg. Well, back to walking. On the river banks there is the main spa building, built in art nouveau style but interestingly with hardly any decorations. Inside you can try the above-mentioned foulish water to cure your illnesses. It costs 10 cent and is an experience... ;) If you survive it, you should leave the river banks and walk through the little park back to the centre where there is an interesting fountain. On your way back, you can stop shortly at the so-called "Zehntscheune", a small storehouse where farmers were to store the tenth part of their harvest to give it to their squires.
    30 minutes gone by now - and you've seen more or less everything.

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