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    Lorelei

    by antistar Updated Oct 2, 2013

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    Lorelei, St Goar

    The famous rock that juts out into the Rhein (it isn't actually in the Rhein) is enormous, but nowhere near as impressive as I'd been led to believe. With all the hype and history I'd thought it would be an outstanding sight on its own, but as I passed it on the boat it seemed much like the many other cliffs upstream of it. Historically it is very important, and its forceful presence in the river at this bend caused many a Rhein riverboat man to lose his life in the treacherous eddies it created in the water. It'd danger led to the creation of the legend of the sirens, the singing mermaids who'd lure sailors down to their deaths in the depths. Apparently the views from the top of the rock truly are outstanding, but I didn't get the chance to see.

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    The Sainkt Goar castle

    by Toshioohsako Updated Mar 31, 2010

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    Its a beautiful castle and is also a hotel. You can walk up in 15 minutes but if you are lazy or tired take a street car called "Castle-Express". You can also take magnificent view of the Rhine river and the surrounding environments. You will enjoy the view.

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    Burg Katz--Only to look at

    by Rhondaj Written Aug 3, 2008

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    If you stay in St. Goar, your eyes cannot help but be drawn to the sight of the castle Katz right across the Rhein. You many think to yourself, hmm,,,that castle is so close, I wonder if it is worth a visit? Well, you can go a knockin', but you probably won't be let in. Burg Katz is privately owned. One of the shopkeepers in town said it is owned by a wealthy Japanese businessman who only visits occasionally. You will know he is in if you see a flag flying above the castle.

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    Visit Nearby Towns

    by Rhondaj Written Aug 3, 2008

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    On the same side of the Rhein as St. Goar, are the lovely towns of Bacharach, Oberwesel, and Boppard. (I listed them in my favorite order)
    Bacharach has the most amazing architecture, weinstubes, and there is the mighty castle Stahleck to hike up to. It is now a hostel.
    Oberwesel has an impressive amount of castle wall remains still surrounding the town, a lovely town square, and again, weinstubes...
    Boppard has a chairlift (sesselbahn) to ride over its vineyards and watch out your window when you're passing boppard by train, you might see the folks trying out the rock climbing.

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    Hike to the Loreley Fels

    by Rhondaj Updated Aug 2, 2008

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    From St. Goar, take the ferry across to St. Goarhausen. Follow the road along the Rhein heading south. You will pass the statue of the Loreley on the spur of land in the river. Right after, there will be a path starting off in the woods to the left. It is about a 20-30 minute hike from that point.

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    Cruise the Rhein

    by Rhondaj Written Aug 2, 2008

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    This is one of the main reasons you came to this area right? To ride the Rhein! Or was it to drink the wine?

    The dock to board the ship can't be missed. Just make sure you look for the Koeln-Dusseldorfer sign. (KD) There are some private cruise lines, and you wouldn't want to pay extra!

    The boat moves along slowly, chugging along castle by castle by castle. There is running commentary, but if you are on the top deck, you won't hear it. Bring along your own little guidebook. You can pick up one in town before boarding. There is a snack cafe on board, with outrageous prices, as only those desperate for a drink/snack will pay. If you're a snacker, you'd be better off bringing along your own.

    It took about 3 hours (10.20 to 1.15) for us to go from St. Goar to Ruedesheim. After wining, dining, and visiting Ruedesheim, we opted for a much quicker ride home. We took the train from Rudesheim to St. Goarhausen and ferried across the Rhein to St. Goar.

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    Burg Rheinfels

    by Rhondaj Updated Aug 2, 2008

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    The sheer size of this place is impressive. Standing high above St. Goar, you can't miss the massive ruins of Rheinfels Castle. The Duke Diether V von Katzenelnbogen had the castle built in 1245 to protect the St. Goar customs people. It has a long history, which I won't go into here! It became the property of the town St. Goar in 1925.

    Don't be surprised if you get lost traipsing around the ruins. We did. So did others. You'll eventually find your way out. There are lots of dark tunnels too! Spooky!
    A restaurant, museum, and souvenir shop are located here also.

    Admission at the time of our visit was 4 euros. Check the website below for up-to-date fare.
    You can follow Schlossberg road up to the castle, or there is a path leading up to the castle starting by the youth hostel. OR, if you don't want to tax your respiratory system, you can take the Burg Express from the Market Place. It ferries folks to and from the castle every 15 minutes or so. A one way ticket is 2 euros. Roundtrip, 3 euros.

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    Dreiburgenblick - "Three castle viewpoint"

    by himalia11 Written Nov 18, 2007

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    View on St Goar and Rheinfels castle
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    There's a great viewpoint in Patersberg, which lies opposite of St Goar and above St Goarshausen. There's a free parking close a to big building which used to be a hotel and you just have to go a few steps to see the beautiful Rhein valley. You really have an amazing view from there – you can see the Katz castle close by, a little bit further there's the Lorelei rock, on the other side of the river there's Sankt Goar with the Rheinfels castle and then a bit more distant and hard to see there's the Maus castle. I'll come back when there's more green to see, but it's even nice in the late autumn!

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    Lorelei/ Loreley

    by himalia11 Written Nov 18, 2007

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    View on the Rhein river and Loreley rock
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    A little bit up the Rhein (Rhine) river you'll reach "St Goar an der Loreley" where you'll find the 132 m high Loreley rock. It's on the opposite side of the Rhein river, i.e. on the same side as Sankt Goarshausen. The legend says that a maid was sitting there, singing sad songs, which abstracted the captains of the ships so that they stranded or even got killed. The Rhein there is only 113 m wide and today this still is a dangerous place for ships, so that there are lights that show oncoming traffic.

    There's a statue at the Rhein river, and also one on the top of the cliffs. On the top there's also a visitors center, but I've never been there... I only enjoyed the view...

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    Rheinfels castle

    by himalia11 Written Nov 18, 2007

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    The castle Rheinfels, which means "Rhine rock", is a nice ruined castle which was build in the 13th century. It's a huge castle and there's lots to explore. And you have a fantastic view on the Rhein valley! There are information plates (in German) at several places and you'll get a map of the castle with some explanations. The castle also has a museum, but during winter it's closed – and obviously November already counts as winter. But in return the admission was reduced by 1 Euro.
    Be sure to take a flash light with you - there are several dark and narrow passages, very interesting to see where you come out! Some were very low (about 1 m high), not easy to go, and I didn't feel very comfortable... it's really adventurous!

    There's a parking next to the castle which costs 50 cents per hour. We took exactly one hour for our visit, but only because it was cold and raining much, so rather plan more time!
    You also can take the Burg-Express, a little train that drives up to the castle from the town. Not sure if it's running in winter times.

    Open daily from 9:00 to 18:00. From mid of November to mid of March only open on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00.
    Admission: 4 € adults, 2 € children.

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  • wine tasting

    by emwells4 Updated Jun 24, 2007

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    While you're in St. Goar, you have to visit Stefan's Wine and Christmas Paradise. Their website is www.stefans-wine-paradise.de. Stephan's family owns a vineyard, but you can make an appointment for a wine tasting....it's awesome!! He gives you a taste of nearly everything in the store. I especially loved the strawberry brandy and the eiswein. He loves Americans (he's married to a lady from FL) and if you are military and have been deployed, he gives you a free bottle of wein. He's great, so pay him a little visit!

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    St.Goarshausen & Burg Katz

    by globetrott Updated Apr 7, 2007

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    St.Goarshausen & Burg Katz are another highlight of a cruise through the Rhine-valley. St.Goarshausen is opposite of St.Goar and quite close to the famous Loreley-rock. In St.Goarshausen you may still see some old towers - remains of the medieval townwalls - and high above the village is Burg Katz, dating back to the year 1370. The castle was destroyed by Napoleon in 1806 and reconstructed again at the end of the 19th century.
    Nowadays you may not visit the castle,because it is owned by the German ministry of finances and used for the recreation of their employees. Not a bad way to spend our taxes :-((
    The name "Katz" (cat) comes from the count of Katzenelnbogen, who owned quite a lot of castles along the Rhine. Opposite of Burg Katz, in a distance of maybe 1000 meters you may see Burg Maus (mouse) - see my next tip !
    In St.Goarshausen the valley is quite narrow and I may NOT recommend to stay overnight there in a hotel - the trains are running through town all day and night !!
    Drive on top of the Loreley-rock , it is just about 5km from St.Goarshausen and there you will not hear these noises !!

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    Tree statue in St. Goarshausen

    by Rusket Updated Nov 20, 2006

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    Info board, St. Goarshausen
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    I had some time to spend in St. Goarshausen while waiting for the bus up to the Lorelei Cliff, and took a stroll. I crossed the street from the ferry landing to take a closer look at this info board. It gives you directions to the Loreley statue on a peninsula in the river, to a guesthouse, wine testing and more. But then my eyes caught a glimpse of the tree statue in the background. It is worth a closer look! (pics. 2 - 5) It is carved out from the remains of an old tree, and tells you everything about the area: A train coming out from a tunnel, Father Rhein, Loreley on the cliff etc. Amazing, it became the best part of my Loreley expedition! I have searched the web for more info about the tree statue, like who the artist is, but found nothing. So, if anybody knows more about it, please let me know!

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    Burg Express

    by Rusket Updated Nov 20, 2006

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    Use the train to avoid climbing when going up to Burg Rheinfels, or take the trip for fun and to have a quick sightseeing of the historical part of St. Goar. It is a cute little train, and the driver gives some comments along the route. Departure three times every hour from 9:30 to 18 in the period from easter to 1 November. The price of a return ticket is 3 € for adults, 2 for children.

    Being a train freak I just had to try it even though we stayed in the youth hostel right below the castle. I had to pay a little more than half price for the one way ticket, but the moose went for free :-) We both enjoyed the ride very much. After a lot of walking in St. Goarshausen and on the Lorelay cliff, we could relax in this slow moving vehicle and enjoy the views on our way. Absolutely worth the price.

    0171/4 96 37 62 or 01 71/3 31 93 47

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    Burg Rheinfels

    by Rusket Updated Nov 19, 2006

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    The castle was a bit dissapointing, too. They charged me 4 € and gave me a map with two marked trails and explanations on the back. The map was difficult to understand, especially since they were out of english versions. Fortunately I can read german, but it was difficult anyway. There is an inner trail, and one between the two defense walls. The stairs I should have taken to get down to the outer trail, was blocked due to reconstruction work. Private arrangements made me feel like an intruder, and prevented me from going where I wanted. Only later did I discover another possibility to get down onto the outer trail. But it was already closing time, and I was afraid I would be locked in. Seems like the german tourist industry is based on groups coming with their own guide, and not on solo travellers like me.

    The absolute best parts were sitting on the restaurant terrace admiring the view, the trip with the Burg Express to get there (separate tips), and the walk back down to the youth hostel. I did not feel very welcome in the restaurant, either. The staff seemed more interested in the ongoing football cup than in me, and I got the feeling the restaurant was meant more for hotel guests.

    But I have been there, I have seen one german castle from inside. I am completely satisfied by having seen the rest of them from a distance, I don't feel the urge of wasting a lot of time feeling like an unwelcome intruder.

    Opening hours: 15 march - first sunday in november from 9 - 18, last entrance at 17. During winter, when the weather conditions are good: saturdays and sundays 11 - 17, last entrance at 16.

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