Walking around Boppard, I came across a statue of Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921).
Definitely not the one I know of, but is of the Composer who lived and worked for some years in Boppard. He is known for his Opera of Hansel & Gretal.
St. Severus Church Tower's were what I could see on entering Boppard. These two tall Tower's were built in the 12th & 13th centuries.
The decorative Church was actually built on the foundations of a Roman military bath. During excavations under the church, remnants of a 6th-century early Christian church were found,
Decorative frescoes, a 13th century Triumph Cross and early Christian gravestones and baptismal font from the 6th century can be seen.
Entering from the River Rhine gave a nice overview of the Town of Boppard.
There were many smart Hotel's along the River front, but the view I liked the most, was of the twin Tower's of St. Severus the main and largest church in Boppard.
This is a popular stop with the ferry, many people alight, and do what we did, other's get on the Ferry here.
There are many beautiful hiking pathes in the forest around the city.
These 4 main walking routes pass by Boppard: the Rhein-Burgen-Weg (Rhine Castles Walk), the Rheinhöhenweg (Rhine Hills Walks), the Moselhöhenweg (Moselle Hills Walk) and the Hunsrückhöhenweg (Hunsrück Hills Walk).
The very scenic Ehrbach Gorge connects the Rhine with the Moselle.
The Middle Rhine Rock Climb offers an alpine alternative. The Forest Adventure Path and the Wine Trail are self explanatory.
There are walks for everyone from short walks of 8 km to longer walks.
this was a nice way to get a spectacular view of the rhein river. if you're afraid of heights, it can be a little hinky, but just keep looking out, instead of down, and you should be okay.
some info from the boppard website:
One of the highlights is a chairlift ride to the "Vierseenblick", the view of the four lakes. It takes 20 minutes to the hilltops overlooking a spectacular view of the great winding River Rhine. The chairlift is in operation daily from 1. April to 31. October.
Peak season: 9.30 a.m. - 6.30 p.m.
0ff season: 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Prices return: adults: EURO 6,20, children (from 13 y): EURO 4,20; one way: adults: EURO 4,20; children: EURO 3,00.
When we arrived here it was already dusk and the only places open were cafes and restaurants. It was so beautiful just strolling along the river side and despite it being late it was soooo warm, the sun hadn't yet set and there were dozens of others of all nationalities taking an evening stroll too.
This photo shows the impressive twin steeples of St Severus on the market square of Boppard.
We sat here in this lovely Italian cafe and enjoyed a cup of tea, served by a very friendly and attentive waiter (there were no other customers - apart from the boss and his group of friends). We heard an almighty crash inside and, 10 mins later, when I went to pay the bill and ask a few questions about the town I noticed a huge Rumtopf smashed into smitherines on the floor of the restaurant The waiter seemed completely disinterested in clearing it up and was more than pleased to be distracted by me and my questions!!
If anyone knows anything about this statue in this photo, please let me know.
Many thanks to Trekki (Ingrid) and "the girl from the tourist office Boppard" for the following information:
"It is called Schnuggel Elsje.
Schnuggel = sweets
Elsje = the name of the local woman (Else) who owned a sweet shop in
this house in the past and often gave sweets to the kids.
The tourist office girl said that people often put sweets in that
little bag, Elsje has in her hand - as a symbol."
Tea and Coke came to around 4 Euro.
There is a chairlift up to the mountain. From there you can walk through the forest to a small restaurant. The place is called "Vierseenblick" - 4-Lakes-View, because you can see the river like 4 lakes.
Prices return: adults 6,50 € for a return ticket (adults)
I would recommend a return ticket for people with knee or walking problems!!! The walking down path is a little bit difficult.
It is very nice to walk through the forest on the mountain to enjoy the view.
Very simple, but so nice, especially when it's a bit quieter in the valley. As you can see in the picture, the track along the Rhine is very accessible and has a surface enabling folks on wheels to enjoy the lovely scenery as well. Especially good for wheelchair users as the promenade is not so steep beneath the upper town as that is the case in other Rhenish towns and villages. You can go on for miles in both directions here as the promenade seamlessly extends into the Rhine valley bike path.
There are several Rhine in Flames events between Mainz and Cologne from early May until late September. We experienced the Loreley/St. Goar one in mid Septemer by booking a boat from Boppard. Whereas it is a pretty unique experience to see several dozens of tourist boats all heading into one direction towards the event, it is not really something to be considered essential. We paid 39 EUR per person, for the trip, including a very disappointing 2-course dinner. The fireworks are not as impressive as they could be with some proper choreographing. There isn't any, they have several places from which the fireworks are displayed one after another and that's it. If you dream about a grand finale dipping the entire Rhine valley into fiery light -- forget it. The whole event smells of marketing idiots at work, trying to maximise the profit from tourist boats. I am not filing this under tourist trap, but it comes quite close to this category IMO.
Take the boat trip, but do it during daylight and do not order food on board. Don't go for any of the packages either.