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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
After we have briefly visited the spa part of Bad Münster, we decided to look for a restaurant in town rather than going back to Bacherach. Restaurant Gaul (means horse, thus has a little horse at the outside) looked inviting from the outside and also their menu which was on display found our approval. What a good decision! Since it was still warm...more
This place is just next to Rotenfels. It's thus best combined with some hiking and enjoying vistas on top of the rock. "Zur Bastei" is a typical "Ausflugslokal" - located in the middle of nature where many hikers come by and want to enjoy some local food and a beer or two. Therefore what you get in there is mostly schnitzels and other meat dishes,...more
Bad Münster am Stein is easily reachable from Frankfurt, Koblenz, Saarbrücken and other centres in the middle of Germany.
Although no motorway/expressway leads to Bad Münster, it in easy reach from the nearby motorway:
A61 from Ludwigshafen – Alzey – Bingen – Koblenz – Köln: exit at Gensingen and drive on B41/B48 approx. 20 km southwest;
Bad Münster has a train station and is connected by train from Frankfurt (direct trains every two hours, travel time 1 hour), from Kaiserslautern (direct trains every hour, travel time less than 1 hour) and from Saarbrücken (direct trains every two hours, travel time approx. 1 hour 40 minutes) and from Koblenz (no direct trains but easy connection in Bingen, travel time approx.1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes).
Check Bahn Website
for details and make sure to type the full name: Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg (it works to type Bad Munster am Stein-Ebernburg = with “u” instead of “ü”).
The train station is unmanned and has ticket machines only.
Location of Bad-Münster train station on Google Maps.
The regional bus and train network RNN (Rhein-Nahe Netz) has a huge network stretching from Saarbrücken to Mainz and Wiesbaden. Along Nahe River it is mostly by regional trains and into the side valleys it is bus. Additional bus lines see Bad Kreuznach section, since Bad Münster does not have an own network (it is too small).
© Ingrid D., April 2012.