Apart from the boat tour, the many castles and the little villages left and right on the river, several other options are easily accessible from Bingen. Some, albeit, with car only, I am afraid.
First of all there is famous Eberbach Monastery. This is located on the other side of Rhein River, north of village Eltville. The monastery was once of Cistercian order, and restored to perfection. Today classic concerts are given in the church and wine auctions held. The monastery can be visited. It was film location for The Name of The Rose movie, for the interior sets. The old dormitory (main picture) was transformed into the scriptorium in this movie. The monastery is accessible by car only, I am afraid.
Then there is spa town Bad Kreuznach. This lovely village at Nahe River deserves a visit because of the still active spa options, and if it is even only to sit at one of the salines and breathe healthy salty air. The picturesque houses on the bridge make nice photo options. It is easily accessible by train.
Instead of Rüdesheim (see tourist trap), Eltville is a lovely alternative. It has a nice river promenade, is being called the rose town for several reasons and has a delightful town centre with half-timbered houses and excellent wine bars. Accessible by ferry and train.
Mainz is also easily accessible by train and offers several interesting sights to see such as the cathedral, the Gutenberg Museum (printer pioneer Johannes Gutenberg) and a nice old town centre.
© Ingrid D., December 2010.
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In Bingen, the last weekend in June is always a mecca for jazz fans. The unique atmosphere in the Rhine corner, with its attractive venues, top-class international jazz and local performers, thrill the heart of every jazz and swing fan.
You will get some really great impressions of international jazz, local cuisine and of course the wellknown wine of the Nahe area.
For the exact time, please check the official webside of Bingen. All the festivals during the year are listed.
Oestrich is a small village at the right bank of the river Rhine / Rhein, about 10km upstream from Bingen. Oestrich is well known for its excellent wines, the most famous one beeing "Oestricher Lenchen"
The crane on my picture dates back to the early 16th century and it was used in order to lift the heavy wine-vats onboard of the ships.
Also the village with plenty of lovely half-timbered houses and the church of Oestrich are worth a visit - see my other pictures !
We stayed in the hotel that you may see in my 2nd picture !
Burg Sooneck dates back to the 11th century and was part of the fortifications of Burg Reichenstein, at the opposite bank ofthe river Rhine / Rhein.
Burg Sooneck is sometimes also called Sonneck or Saneck and you will see it in Lorch, at the right bank of the Rhine, about 10 km downstream from Bingen.
Also the village of Lorch is worth a visit, see these lovely half-timbered houses on my pictures. The building on my picture dates back to the year 1558 !! In the tiny villages along the river Rhine you will always be able to find cheap accomodations and restaurants serving the famous local Rhine-wines.
Ruedesheimer Weinbrunnen is a small extra sight, when you ake an excursion from Bingen to Ruedesheim : Not far from the small church of Ruedesheim you will see this well on a housewall.
It was placed there in order to memorize the liberation of the Rhine-valley in 1930.
Before 1930 a big part of the Rhine-valley had been occupied by French and Belgium troops.
When you click on my picture and take a closer look, you will see a row of soldiers on top. They carry their military-backpack and only at the first one you also see a gun.
The row below shows a row of women, also with backpacks like they are used in the vinyards.
And the text below means :
God bless the wine for you !
The small village of Assmannshausen makes a perfect halfday-trip from Bingen.The village itself is well worth a visit, because it shows lots of great half-timbered houses .
The streets are rather narrow, and parking inside the village is almost impossible, but you may park at the river and walk a few hundred meters to see these great buildings.From Assmannshausen you may also drive up the hill in order to get to the Niederwalddenkmal and the great panorama-view over the Rhine ( or you take the chairlift from Ruedesheim in order to get there!)
In order to get to Assmannshausen you have to cross the river Rhine first and go about 5km downstream from Ruedesheim at the right bank of the river Rhine.
Across the river, and only a short ten minute ferry ride away, is the pretty tourist village of Rüdesheim. This village is far more attractive than Bingen, and offers the same level of service. The only problem is that the trains to the village are not as regular as Bingen. You can pick up the same K-D ships in Rüdesheim as you can in Bingen, so if you have time take one of the ferries across the river and spend your time there instead. I doubt you will regret it.