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    Lorelei

    by Kettleman Updated Apr 8, 2016

    Wow.

    A bit of an underwhelmig experience. Luckily I was able to look at the tiny little statue from the seat of the bike without even turning the engine off.

    I was expecting a BIG statue. Still, nicely done.

    (Update: Saw it from the otherside on a river trip from St Goar to Rudesheim. Still small but easier to see that way)

    Directions: On the end of an island in the Rhein on the East bank.

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    Bacharach

    by machomikemd Written Oct 19, 2015

    The Town of Bacharach lies 17 kilometers south of Sankt Goar along Autobahn 9 and is also connected by train. The town is a popular end point or starting point of a Upper Middle Rhine River Canal Cruise for most tourists who are short for time as it only takes 90 minutes from it to the stop in Sankt Goar or Sankt Goarhausen which most of the Rhine River Tours go (for tourists like us who don't have too much time to have a daylong rhine cruise from Koblenz to Bingen as we were on a multi country tour). The town is part of the Rhineland Palatinate and has less than 1,900 peope. Among the attractions in Bacharach include Saint Nicholas’s Catholic Church, Saint Peter’s Evangelical Church, the Bacharacher Werth Island, Stahleck Castle (Burg Stahleck) and Blücher monument stone at the Rhine ferry to name a few.

    Address: Bacharach, Rineland Palatinate, Germany

    Directions: Bacharach, Rineland Palatinate, Germany

    Website: http://website: www.bacharach-germany.net/

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    Schönburg Castle

    by machomikemd Written Oct 16, 2015

    lying along the Hilltop along the town of Oberwesel located 9 kilometers south of Sankt Goar along Autobahn 9 is the Castle Schonburg (Burghotel Auf Schoenburg) which is now a hotel and not open for visitors unless you are a paying hotel guest. The Castle was built in 1149 AD and the Dukes of Schönburg ruled over the town of Oberwesel and had also the right to levy customs on the Rhine river, the castle was destroyed in 1689 by French soldiers but Since 1885 it has been rebuilt bit by bit into its current condition and at present the Town of Oberwesel owns the Castle cum hotel of which they leased it to a local family to manage the hotel.

    Address: Oberwesel, Germany

    Directions: Oberwesel, Germany

    Phone: +49 6744 93930

    Website: http://www.burghotel-schoenburg.de/

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    Oberwesel

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 16, 2015

    If you are like us who did a Rhine River Cruise Starting from Sankt Goar to Bacharach (total of 17 kilometers and 90 minutes of boat ride) then besides seeing the wonderful castles and fortress and cast and fortress ruins along the upper middle rhine, you can also see some quaint towns along the area and the first town after sankt goar and goarhausen will be the town of Oberwesel where you can see the prominent buidlings in the town from the boat such as the Oberwesel, Liebfrauenstraße (Church of Our Lady), the Oberwesel Wernerstraße: “Saint” Werner’s Chapel, the Ochsenturm (Ox Tower) and the Schornburg Castle to name a few. The town is connected to Sankt goar via Autobahn 9 and is 9 kilometers south of Sankt Goar.

    Address: 55430 Oberwesel, Germany

    Directions: 55430 Oberwesel, Germany

    Website: http://www.oberwesel.de/

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    Upper Middle Rhine Vinyards

    by machomikemd Written Oct 16, 2015

    along the slopes of the hills and mountains along the Upper Middle Rhine River and Rhine Gorge as scores of sloping vinyards starting from Bonn (former capital of western Germany) to Bingen in the south where you can find a wide variety of grapes being planted and harvested to make really fine wine varieties such as the pinot blanc and pinot gris variety, both of which make excellent accompaniments to food. Pinot noir and dornfelder represent the field for red wines, while riesling grapes are also used to make sparkling wines. you would see these wonderful vinyards while cruising along the rhine river along the cruise boats and while travelling along autobahn 9 and autobahn 42 at both sides of the rhine river.

    Address: Rhineland, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany

    Directions: Rhineland, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany

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    Lorelei Rock

    by machomikemd Written Oct 16, 2015

    The Most famous Attraction in the twin towns of Sank't Goar and Sank't Goarhausen is the famous rock bend along the Rhine called Lorelei. The Rock lies a few minutes south of Burg Katz and is famed for producing an echo and is associated with the middle ages legend of a beautiful maiden who threw herself into the Rhine in despair over a faithless lover and was transformed into a siren who lured fishermen to destruction hence the cruise boats honk their horns when passing by the famous lorelie rock. At the top of the rock is a hotel and even restaurants and there are the german and rhinelanpalatinate province flags as well.

    Address: Sankt Goarhausen, Rhineland Palatinate

    Directions: Sankt Goarhausen, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany

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    Burg Katz (Cat Castle)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 15, 2015

    Burg Katz is the larger of Sank't Goarhausen's famous Cat and Mouse Castle and it is located closer to Lorelei Rock. Unlike the Smaller Burg Maus which Is open to the Public, Burg Katz is privately owned and can only be photographed outside. The castle stands on a ledge looking downstream from the riverside at St. Goar. It was first built around 1371 by Count William II of Katzenelnbogen and again the legend of the Castle Mouse (Burg Maus) Being Gobbled by the Bugger Castle Katz *Burg Katz) was born. Nowadays it is a private hotel and is owned by a wealthy Japanese Man. Katz Castle which used as bastion and military base to protect the Rheinfels Castle. Together They formed a fortified bulwark with a barrier for levying of the Rhine toll.

    Address: 56346 Sankt Goarshausen, Germany

    Directions: 56346 Sankt Goarshausen, Germany

    Website: http://www.burg-katz.de/

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    Burg Sterrenberg

    by machomikemd Written Oct 15, 2015

    Again, there are literally lots of Castles and fortresses along the middle rhine and travelling along autobahn 42 to Sankt Goar, you can see another castle on the hillside along the town of Kamp-Bornhofen, located 10 kilometers of Sankt Goarhausen and the castle is called Burg Sterrenberg (Rhineland). The Castle was built in 1190 AD on a steep mountain cliff above Kamp-Bornhofen is situated opposite the Castle Liebenstein of which both castle were called as the "enemy brothers". as both castle lie just 300 meters from each other and was owned by the two sons of the viscount of Sterrenberg and Liebenstein.

    Today the castle hosts a restaurant and host castle tours from april to October every year from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admissio fee is 5 Euros per person.

    Address: 56341 Kamp-Bornhofen, Germany

    Directions: 56341 Kamp-Bornhofen, Germany

    Phone: +49 6773 323

    Website: http://www.burg-sterrenberg.de/

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    Burg Maus (Mouse Castle)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 15, 2015

    the famous Cat and Mouse Castles of Sankt Goar and Goarhausen lie at different hills but in sight of each other. The Burg Maus is near the center of the town and near the docking pier of the Rhine River Cruise and opposite the Rheinfells castle in Sankt Goar. The Castle was built in 1356 AD by Archbishop-Elector of Trier Bohemond II. A famous local legend says that he Counts of Katzenelnbogen's mocking of the Electors of Trier during the 30 years of construction, who reportedly said that the castle was the "mouse" that would be eaten by the "cat" of Burg Katz.hence the name Mouse Castle.

    The castle is open to the public on scheduled tours only on Saturdays and sundays from 10:00 am tp 6:00 pm and cost 6 euros per person for a two hout tour and 18 euros per person if with wine tasting.

    Address: 56346 Goarshausen-Wellmich, Germany

    Directions: 56346 Goarshausen-Wellmich, Germany

    Phone: +49 6771 2303

    Website: http://www.burg-maus.de/

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    Middle Rhine River and Gorge

    by machomikemd Written Oct 15, 2015

    The Rhine River is divided into 4 parts, (High Rhine, Upper Rhine, Middle Rhine, Lower Rhine) of which the most popular and most romantic will undoubtedly be the Middle Rhine River, located roughly from Bingen to Bonn, Germany (a total of 70 plus kilometer stretch) of which in between these two major towns lie high numbers of castles and fortress on the cliffs and hillsides and mountains beside the rhine river, the famous vinyards along the hillsides, the Lorelei rock, the Deutsches Eck etc of which this section is now a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2002. Among the Quaint Towns lining this part of the rhine river are the left bank are Bingen, Bacharach, Oberwesel, St. Goar, Boppard and Koblenz on the Upper Middle Rhine and Andernach, Bad Breisig, Sinzig, Remagen and Bonn on the Lower Middle Rhine. On the right bank we find Rüdesheim, Assmannshausen, Lorch, Kaub, St. Goarshausen, Braubach and Lahnstein on the Upper Middle Rhine and Vallendar, Bendorf, Neuwied, Bad Hönningen, Linz am Rhein, Bad Honnef and Königswinter on the lower part.

    There are rhine river cruise boats that do 1 hour, 2 hout, half day, 1 day and multi day tours of the middle rhine as well.

    Address: Middle Rhine, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany

    Directions: Middle Rhine, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany

    Website: http://www.romantic-germany.info/Romant

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    Koblenz and the Deutsches Eck

    by machomikemd Written Oct 14, 2015

    Going on a middle Rhine River tour around the Rhine Gorge, If you are having a 2 hour rhine cruise (rhine cruises can be 1 hour, 2 hour, half day, full day), you can do it between the Rhine Cruise Piers at Sankt Goar and Bacharach, however if you go the full day rhine cruise, it will start at the famous City of Koblenz, located 35 kilometers north of Sankt Goar of which the most famous attraction of the city is the Deutsches Eck (headland in Koblenz where the Moselle joins the Rhine with a giant equestrian statue of German Emperor William 1), made in 1897. You can also see the famous statue while travelling south along Autobahn 42 to Sankt Goar.

    Address: Koblenz, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany

    Directions: Koblenz, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany

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    Marksburg (Castle)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 13, 2015

    while travelling Along Highway 42 to Saint Goar and Saint Goarhausen (if you are only taking a 1 1/2 hour rhine cruise, but if you are taking a half day rhine cruise, the cruise starts at Koblenz and goes up to Bacharach), you would notice a beautiful castle along the hills along Braubach Town, located 19 kilometers south of Sank't Goar which is called Marksburg, It is one of the popular castles around the Rhine Gorge and according to Wikipedia, The fortress was used for protection rather than as a residence for royal families. It has a striking example of a bergfried designed as a butter-churn tower. Of the 40 hill castles between Bingen am Rhein and Koblenz the Marksburg was the only one which was never destroyed.

    The castle was built in 1117 AD and is open for guided tours everyday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday (guided tours last for 50 minutes) of which Admission price is 6 Euros for Adults, 5 Euros for Students and 4 Euros for Children less than 8 years old.

    Address: 56338 Braubach, Germany

    Directions: 56338 Braubach, Germany

    Phone: +49 2627 536

    Website: http://www.marksburg.de/english/frame.htm

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    Burg Lahneck (Castle)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 13, 2015

    like what I've said, the Upper Middle Rhine River is home to a number of Castles and Fortress of which some are well preserved and some are in ruins and on of the first you can see upon going to Sank't Goar is the Burg Lahneck (Castle) along the City of Lanhstein, located 28 kilometers north of Sank't Goar and Goarhausen near highway 42. The Castle is situated along a steep rock salient above the confluence of the Lahn River with the Rhine, opposite Stolzenfels Castle. The castle was built in the 13th century by The Archbishop of Mainz and Prince Elector Siegfried of Eppenstein.

    If you have time to visit the castle it is open from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm from Tuesday to sundays on hourly tours only.

    admission prices are 5 euros for adults and 3 euros for children.

    Address: 56112 Lahnstein, Germany

    Directions: 56112 Lahnstein, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany

    Phone: +49 2621 2765

    Website: http://www.burg-lahneck.de/

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    Catholic Church St. Goar

    by Airpunk Written Jul 30, 2015

    When the St. Goar became protestant during the reformation in 1527, Catholic mass was forbidden and the main church, the Stiftskirche, became protestant as well. It was not until 1652, when the first Catholic service took place after 125 years in the chapel of Rheinfels castle and two years later, the Catholic community was granted to have an own church built – outside the city walls, of course. After the new church was completed, a couple of items were handed over from the Stiftskirche – including a boss depiciting St. Goar which was part of the Stiftkirche's predecessor building. Other items were St. Goar's tomb slab. In 1878, the church was found to be in a very bad state, os that it was decided to pull it down and rebuild it in 1890. Only the belltower remains from the original building from 1654.

    Address: Heerstr. 137, St. Goar

    Directions: Slightly outside of the old town, to the northwest of it. You will see it, if you walk from the old town to Rheiinfels Castle.

    Website: http://www.kath-kirche-stgoar.de/18-0-St--Goar.html

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    Rheinfels Castle / Burg Rheinfels

    by Airpunk Updated Jul 30, 2015

    I wouldn't say that St. Goar is especially famous for its castle, but on the other hand Rheinfels castle is one of the most famous of its kind in this area. Although the castle ruins are pretty large, this is only a fraction of what it once was. After all, it was the second-largest castle in this area after Ehrenbreitstein in Koblenz.

    In the 13th century the Counts of Katzenelnbogen received the rights from the German Emperor to build this castle and collect tolls from ships going up the Rhine. Construction began in 1245 and the castle was expanded over the centuries, most prominently with the erection of the Darmstadt building which became later the residential part. In the 16th century, the castle became part of a family conflict between the Hesse-Darmstadt and the Hesse-Kassel lines of succession. In the late 17th century, attacks from the French side became frequent as well and finally the castle was conquered by the French in 1794 without firing a single shot. The French ordered the destruction of the castle in 1796. After the Napoleonic wars, its stones used to expand Ehrenbreitstein and only in 1843 preservation started when the future Kaiser Wilhelm I acquired the grounds. Today, it is property of the city of St. Goar.

    Entry fee is 5,00 EUR for adults, concessions apply. The free guided tour takes around 45 minutes and is only available in German, but if you are able to speak the language, it is well worth to do it. A small museum (free entry included in castle entry fee, but check the website for opening times!) gives you an idea about the castle's history and shows items found in the ruins. The castle has limited opening times in late autumn and close in the winter months (roughly mid-November to mid-March). Plan at least two hours for a visit, more preferably three if you want to visit the museum and take the guided tour (All info as of 2015).

    Directions: From the town centre go north to the Catholic church and follow the well-signed path uphill. A shuttle service for a couple of Euros is also available from the market square.

    Website: http://www.st-goar.de/733-1-.html

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