When you get to the Castle, just walk around. You will find spots from where you can shoot magnificent Rheine River landscape. Its interesting to watch long and thin cargo ships passing by.
Fondest memory: The city and the view around it and opposite-side Rhine River villages
Favorite thing: If you need to use a computer, Hotel Montag has internet access. It is located right at the beginning of Heerstrasse, the end towards the castle view. Look for the huge bier stein of their store, you can't miss that!
Well, there are other cuckoo clocks this big, but this one is exceptional because it has two faces. It is the largest free-hanging cuckoo clock in the world. So while you are prancing up and down the pedestrian shopping street, make sure to look up and take note.
Unveiled in 1973, it is 3.5 meters high and 2.5 meters wide. It took 7 months to build this clock of linden wood.
Favorite thing: St. Goar is named after a monk from Aquitania. During the 6th century he built a chapel alongside the Rhein. He cared for the poor and sick. Miracles were attributed to him and his burial site became a place of pilgramage. Later, a church was built over his tomb. As the church was being constructed however, it was discovered that St. Goar's tomb was empty. No trace of his remains has ever been found. Do you think some pilgrim(s) made off with them?
Favorite thing: On the other side of the Rhine river you’ll see Katz castle overlooking the Loreley valley. You can only appreciate it from the outside, since it is privately owned and closed for public. Not worth climbing all the way up, since you can’t visit it anyway. But it definitely adds to the already picturesque landscapes along the Rhine. As many other buildings and castles in this area, Katz was totally destroyed by Napoleon’s army and then rebuilt in 1898. The name of the castle translated as Cat Castle, which derived from the name of its creator - Count Wilhelm II of Katzenelnbogen.
As you enter St. Goar, at the beginning of the main shopping street you’ll spot a big store with a huge cuckoo clock hanging outside. Apparently this is another landmark of St. Goar – the biggest free-hanging cuckoo clock in the world! It is over 30 years old and has been renovated recently after it was hit by storm in 2004.
What really special is that 2 cuckoos (1 on each side) are popping out the clock that is 2.5 meters wide and 3.5 meters high. Everything is handmade, carved from wood and hand painted, the masterpiece took 7 month to be completed.
Actually this was the first thing that caught my eye and attention once I entered the village. Without a doubt it’s a very impressive piece of art.
Favorite thing: Behind the hotels there are a lot of quiet backstreets with wonderful timbered building. The feeling here is a lot more peaceful than on the busy tourist filled waterfront, and makes a nice break from the crowds.