Remagen Railway Station
Being a town of merely 20,000 people, Remagen has a surprisingly large railway station. This is mainly because the "Ahr valley" line branches off here serving not only the Ahr valley but also a large number of commuters from the Eifel region. Hence, quite a few people use Remagen station as the place to change trains in order to reach the large Rhine valley cities of Bonn, Cologne and Koblenz. There are even a few Intercity trains stopping here -- you can visit Hamburg, Luxembourg, Vienna or northern Italy from here without switching trains! Mainly though, what you will catch here are RB's (Regionalbahn -- calls at every stop) or RE's (Regionalexpress -- leaves out very small stations). The Rhine valley is one of Europe's busiest railway lines, the train frequency is so high that it almost resembles an inner city tramline.
The station is staffed, but you need to buy tickets from a vending machine. There is a small grocery store with friendly service, newspapers, coffee and sandwiches for 1 EUR. Good wheelchair access, lifts to all platforms (but no aid equipment on platforms 4 and 5). Remagen's pedestrian zone begins right outside the station and the Rhine promenade is a 5 minute walk away.
Quick Ferry Service
Should you want to cross the Rhine somewhere in the 60km stretch between Bonn and Koblenz, you will have to take a ferry as there is no bridge between Bonn and Neuwied. The Remagen-Linz ferry is particularly useful as it offers an economical and quick crossing. Furthermore, from both Remagen and Linz you get good acces to the Bundesstraßen (Federal roads) 9 and 42 running along the valley. The A 61 and A 3 Autobahns are also easily reached, plus the road from Linz to the A3 winding itself up to the Rhine heights is wonderfully scenic. Linz has a nice picturesque pedestrian zone, be sure to stop here! Don't confuse this Linz with the much bigger and much more famous Linz in Austria :)
The ferry slipways in Remagen are in Remagen-Kripp, which is slightly south of Remagen proper.
A car currently (2008) costs 1,00 EUR, plus 0,70 EUR for each person in it. Disabled discounts apply.
The Waterway Industry
The Rhine is a major source of commercial transport for Germany and other countries sharing its banks. So heavy is the traffic and curving its course that modern traffic control methods are employed throughout. It is signposted for distance (km) like a highway, which makes it easy to identify structures if you are on a riverboat. The various types of transport add interest for the sightseer and enhance the views. Trains run along both banks and ther are many tunnels. There are also heavily used highways. Some of the towns like Remagen are stops for the Rhine staemers and provide a method for selectively seeing a part of the river by integrating a segment of river travel with a connecting return by train (also allowing for a visit to 2 towns at each selected terminus. Remagen could be used in this way but I prefer reserving this for the Lorelei Bend.
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