very close to Mainz and Frankfurt - cute but not in a touristy way
Americans will be jealous of the social programs and multiple press outlets
Good starting point for the River Rhine Cruise
Fireworks have a specific magic. No one can possibly elude the luminous transient colourful pictures in the sky. But the fireworks in Middle Rhein Valley are extra special. Maybe because then the valley unfolds its undoubtedly romantic nature best. Throughout the year five of these fireworks, called “Rhein in Flammen” (Rhein in flames), are being...more
The modern Basilka of St. Martin sits on a sacred Roman temple that dates back to a time before Christ. The first mention of the Christian abbey on the site in historical records dates from as early as 793, but this Romanesque building was destroyed in 883. The next church noted was built in 1230, but again destroyed by fires just over a century...more
The legends which interweave with the most beautiful Rheinstein Castle are a bit confusing – similar to the famous saying “ask 5 people and you get 7 opinions”. But on the other hand, legends have literally been “handed” over from generation to generation and it is most logical that small deviations happen. However, the storyline is similar in this...more
Now we have to look in the centre of the River, as this is where Pfalzgrafenstein Castle is!I have seen it so many times on TV and Travel show's, and now I am seeing it for myself, and yes, it really does look like a Boat! I love it, it is different!This Castle isn't quite as old as some of the others as it dates to 1326/27. It actually was built...more
Camp Bornhofen is the Town situated alongside the River near the "Hostile Brother's Castle." This is a timber rafting and shipping community, but is also known for the famous pilgrimage church and monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary.Boat processions carrying pilgrims to see the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary, have been taking place since...more
Still more Castle's to see, and the next are located on the right side, and are quite close to each other. They are Castle's Sterrenberg and Liebenstein, otherwise known as "The Hostile Brother's' because of a story.Now, the story goes like this...."Two hostile brothers supposedly fought against one another from their neighbouring castles. While...more
Am Rupertsberg 10, Bingen am Rhein, Rhineland-Palatinate, 55411, Germany
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
Niederwaldstrasse 23, Assmannshausen, Rüdesheim am Rhein, Hesse, 65385, Germany
Good for: Families
The exterior doesn't look bad at all. In fact it looks perfectly fine, as the exterior of hotels go....more
This wine bar was an excellent recent find in Bingen when I accompanied friends from Australia through Rhein valley. After our boat tour we came back to Bingen where our car was parked and they were hungry. I passed by this wine bar quite often before because this is the only toilet option when you wait to get on the KD boat. But I always had this...more
Rheinstein Castle had a small cafe with terrace already. But Marco Hecher, son of the owner, had recently renovated and expanded the gastronomy, quite a challenging task given the steep hill. I already liked to have lunch on the terrace anytime I was there before the expansion, but given the menu list it must be better than ever now. They serve...more
I'm afraid I can't remember the name of this business and I don't have a receipt. Suffice it to say that it's obvious if you're near downtown, looking along the Rhine. If you see the NH Bingen, then 2 blocks South, on the river bank is a large biergarten. Here you can watch football on large screens, drink good beers (or radler, in my case) and...more
If you care for good wines, easy listening music and festivals than you can choose Bingen for a night during the "Weinfest" in September each year.
Dress Code: Near the Rhein - fresh air, beautiful view on the mountains on the other side of the Rhein around R?desheim
The trip up the river Rhein by boat is an unmissible experience, and one that draws in tourists from miles around. It seems particularly popular with German, British and Japanese tourists, and the landscape around the River Gorge between Bingen and Koblenz is very typical of the Germany that British people think of when theyhear the word. It is an...more
Thank you again to our VT member @abalada for having told me about the Rheinland-Pfalz Ticket, one of the German Ländertickets (regional tickets), which is a fantastic option to explore the whole state of Rheinland-Pfalz. It is available for any day of the week and is valid one day:Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. (of next day) and Saturday &...more
I am sure that this ferry is the busiest on Rhein River, at least when it comes to passengers and cars. It connects both river sides between Bingen and Rüdesheim. The ferry runs every 20 minutes on each side between 5:45 and 21:45 every day. The price list is rather complicated but covers every possible “transported item” (haha, no idea how to...more
Rhein in Flammen is a great event for the local people as well as for the tourists , and you may attend it at many places along the river Rhine / Rhein.Bingen is one of the places, where you may enter a boat or watch the scenery from the banks of the river Rhine."Rhein in Flammen" is mainly a parade of various ships, day-cruisers, hotelships and...more
Ruedesheimer Kaffee is a great and tasty speciality of the region around Bingen. Ruedesheimer Kaffee is similar to Irish Coffee , but it is made with "Asbach Uralt", the famous Brandy from Ruedesheim.The waiter will prepare it directely at your table :The waiter will bring the cup, a small 2cl-bottle of "Asbach Uralt" and will pour the brandy into...more
Everyone in Germany smokes. Like, seriously, I did not meet one human being that didn't. I think perhaps even the dogs smoke. Also, there's not the stigma attached to smoking there that there is in the states. So, before you get in a throw-down with someone whose smoke whafted in your direction, you might wanna just move.more
In all of the Rhine-valley you have to choose your hotel carfully, simply because the valley is quite narrow and all sorts of trains, for passengers and the ones for heavy goods will go there every 20 minutes, day and night. Simply ask how far away from the train-track your hotel is, when you reserve a room in any hotel. In Bingen you will find...more
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I’m actually not sure if I should recommend to visit the monument Niederwalddenkmal, because it symbolises “something” I am completely rejecting: decadent triumph over a country after a war. I also remember that I didn’t like this monument already when I was a kid and had to go there with my school class. But as it sits very obvious atop of the...more
Are you amazed to find this Drosselgasse thingy of Rüdesheim on my tourist trap list for Bingen? It is one in my opinion and I even go that far to state that it is one of the three main German tourist traps apart from Oktoberfest and Neuschwanstein Castle. Why? That’s simple. I know, I know, many people would say that it is a must. But I am not...more
In case you want to take a boat trip, it is a wise idea to bring warm clothes. Even on a sunny day it can get quite chilly on the boat. Maybe just in case a raincoat instead of an umbrella. That helps especially on the boat and doesn’t result in possible eye injury of others. Good walking shoes are also recommended.
Miscellaneous: Bingen has pharmacies, shops and all other amenities one might need. So no need to bring extra things except drug medication prescriptions (including translation into German or at least the generic names of the drugs).
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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...more
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...more
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...more
Bingen, being the entrance hub to UNESCO protected Rhein Valley, is an ideal base to start any kind of sports activity. The best are most probably the two long hiking paths Rheinsteig (Rhein hike) and Rheinburgenweg (Rhein Castle hike). Although Rheinsteig is located on the other side of the river, thus involves taking the ferry. Both hiking paths are covering more than 300 km each and can be done in various legs, with luggage transport and organised or without. The paths lead through thick forest in times, along vineyards and up and down almost all the time.
With the proximity of the streets left and right of the river, this is also a paradise for bikers. Although I would tend to suggest the left side (Bingen side) for cycling because there at least some parts have separate lanes for bikers. This is not the case on the right side where no separate lanes are the norm in most of the parts.
And last but not least the river is a perfect place to do any kind of “boating”. But this should be done by very experienced sailors, kayakers and rowers. This not only because of the strong current of the river but also because of the navigation rules, which must be oneyed at any time since Rhein river is one of the major “transport roads” for all the countries it flows through. The riverbed is rocky and often during low tide, whirlpools can cause dangerous situations.
I have written about all these different sports activities on my Rheinland Pfalz page, which I link below in the website section.
© Ingrid D., December 2010.
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Bingen has a lot more to offer than only being the hub to the Rhein Valley. In 2008 the city hosted Landesgartenschau, a regular event about gardening in Germany’s states. The premises have been converted into a kind of fun, educative and action park, with several interesting exhibitions, educational trails, cherry blossom in spring, activities for...more
Who likes wine might know ice wine. For a long time it was only produced in Germany and Austria but I have read that other countries are also producing it by now. What most wine lovers might not know: Bingen was where this wine was “invented”. It was more by accident that the vintners found how interesting the result of the frozen berries tasted in...more
As I was tracing (St.) Hildegard von Bingen's footsteps in Bingen am Rhein, I was informed that I should go to St Rochuskapelle. It's quite far from the main part of the city, and you can see the chapel in the middle of the woods if you are coming across the river. It took me about 40 mins to walk to the chapel. There is a bus going that direction...more