great place to stay on the Rhein; everyone is so very friendly!
Lack of info in english, not welcoming solo travellers
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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...more
Imagine you are on a cruise headed down the Rhein River near St. Goar – the part of the river in Germany that is UNESCO designated as a natural wonder. As you look from your ship upwards on both sides of the river, you see castles at every turn, flanked by vineyards, small villages, and forest. A beautiful sight!Now, fast forward several hours...more
The legend of the Lorelei is about a beautiful young water nymph who lives in this part of the Rhein, banished to the cliffs. While combing her long blonde hair, she sweetly sings to the ships below, luring the men up to the rock and the cliffs. These seekers of the Lorelei fall to their death in the waves below. Die Lorelei is a well-known German...more
This castle was HUGE at one time – the biggest castle on the Rhein. It dates back to 1245 and was seiged by the French in 1692 before being destroyed (again by the French) in 1797. What you see today is just a small part of what it used to be.As you enter the castle, you will get a map when you pay (€4 adults, €2 children). Instead of following the...more
Burg Rheinfels - high above the Rhine-valley - dates back to the year 1245 and it is partly a...more
Aussiedlung Landsknecht 4-6, Sankt Goar, 56329, de
Good for: Business
Schlossberg 47, Sankt Goar, Rhineland-Palatinate, 56329, Germany
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
We’ve eaten at this restaurant in St. Goar twice and each time we’ve been very pleased with the food and the service. They serve traditional German food, typically what our guests are looking for. On nice days we can eat outside on the terrace or otherwise there is a dining room inside. They serve local beers and wines as well as German regional...more
We sat on the Rheinterasse and had a pizzalike thing called Flammk. Spinat. I don't remember what Flammk. is shortened for, but it has something to do with flames ;-) Flammkuchen! Thank you RhineRoll :-) And yes, I remember that the dough was thin, it is visible on the picture, too :-) The topping was spinach and Camembert. It was very good, and...more
It is pretty quiet at night in St. Goar. We would often stay out until about 10-11 at night and as we walked home the streets would be empty. Strolling the promenade at night, watching the boats, walking off the wine, that was about the extent of our nightlife. Taking that steep road up to the apartment was a killer....
The trip up the river Rhein by boat is an unmissable 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 the hear the word. It is an...more
St Goar is on the main line from Mainz to Koblenz, but unfortunately the only trains coming out this far are the slug like Regional Bahns. That means a trip to Mainz takes over an hour, although the less distant Koblenz is only 30 minutes away. The station is a sight in itself, though. A typically rural station made out of local stone and built...more
Whether driving, cycling or walking, you can cross the Rhein at St. Goar over to St. Goarhausen (or vice versa). On either side, follow the signs to the ferry and pull up in line until the ferry allows you to board. You will be directed where to line up on the ferry. Once the boat starts to cross, someone will come to your car and ask you to pay...more
St. Goar has two shops that are run by the same people - one specializes in cuckoo clocks and the other beer steins. The shops are very close to each other on opposite sides of the street at the Burg Rheinfels end of St. Goar near the Rathaus.Both shops have an incredible selection with a large range of prices and are willing to ship anywhere in...more
There is no problem looking for something to buy as a souvenir or gift in St. Goar! Two things I did not buy in St. Goar: a bier stein. My mum and sis each bought a stein at the Montag store. (It is a store and hotel) I have found better prices elsewhere. There is also a Birkenstock store, prices for an average pair ran about 70 euros. We found a...more
This store has every imaginable beer stein available. They have cuckoo clocks galore, Hummel, Nutcrackers, Smokers and much more. They will package up your purchases and even ship them to your home. No need to worry that you will break your new purchase in transit! Ok, all together now! BEER STEINS! Sorry, I love them! This store has a wide...more
I could not help but notice this little alley leading off Heerstrasse. Any good student of the German language learned the word, schisser....hahaha. As I was looking upon it with amusement, and giggling, a man approached me to explain. Long, long times ago, men would use this alley as a WC on their way home from a night out drinking.Just as funny,...more
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Take a look at my picture - I took it on the terrace of a hotel and restaurant in Bacharach. When you simply book a hotel in advance in any town along the river Rhine, it could easily be that you will stay in a hotel, where trains pass by in distance of just a few meters and you will not be able to sleep, because the Rhine-valley has trains all day...more
Well the whole place is a bit of a tourist trap. The whole river front is one long row of restaurants and hotels. Still, there's a good reason why the tourists come here, and don't forget that you are one too ;).
Luggage and bags:
The tourist office located on the main pedestrian street, Heerstrasse, has a baggage room you may use free of charge. It does not state on my brochure though, for how long.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: No matter how clear the sky looks each morning, you should carry along with you each day, your umbrella. We found the weather to be very changeable. Luckily the showers that came along from time to time were brief and light. Guess it's just what those grapes need to grow just right. So no complaining. We are getting some mighty fine wine from this weather!
When traveling in Europe whenever you are visiting a restaurant or a museum, try to use their WC facilities if at all possible. Typically they are maintained and are free. But sometimes you are just walking around the town and find you have a need. If you find yourself in this predicament, it is helpful to know where to “go”. It is always wise to...more
About 12 km downstream from St.Goar you may see 2 castles on the right bank of the river Rhine / Rhein, high above the village of Kamp-Bornhofen : Sterrenberg and Liebenstein ( for Liebenstein castle take a look at my hotel-tips, as it was transfered into a hotel !)From castle Liebenstein you may walk within only 15-20 minutes to castle Sternberg (...more
About 30km downstream from St.Goar you may see Burg Lahneck at the right bank of the river Rhine / Rhein. It is a really interesting castle, built high above the place, where the river LAHN flows into the Rhine.The castle dates back to 1245 and you may visit it with a guided tour only. Tours are daily 10.00a.m. - 05.00 p.m. between easter and end...more
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. The city and the view around it and opposite-side Rhine River villagesmore
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...more