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Good restaurants for dinner?"Hello! We are planning on being in Bacharach from 19 December to 22 December. We realise that lots of restaurants and shops will be closed, but will there at least be some open so we can eat?" (posted 08/18/2017)
Typical tourist activities or places that one should NOT do, as they are not worthwhile doing.
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How to get around and find best means of local transportation?"How do I get around to attractions in Bacharach with my large family. Are there taxis? Are drivers available and if so, how much?" (posted 05/04/2014)
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Are there any special local events?"where is a food market?" (posted 05/27/2015)
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What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?"Should we go to Rudesheim from Bacharach to start the Rhine cruise, to get the full experience?" (posted 03/29/2014)
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Are there any points of interest or local attractions?"On the hillside at the back of Bacharach is a curious tower in the vineyard which houses steps . What is it for please ?" (posted 05/10/2014)
What are good places to go for shopping?
Any sporting activites and recommendations to stay active?"My husband and I are visiting the Rhine valley will be in Bacharach, early June. However, in truth, on June 6 , he would rather be watching championship soccer. Finals. There will be TV in the hotel room, ... but, ...Any suggestions for sports bars/ public places to watch with others? Thanks! we speak English and Spanish " (posted 06/01/2015)
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Popular Points of Interest in and near Bacharach
Church of St. Peter
The largest church in Bacharach is the protestant church of St.Peter and it dates back to the year 1094. Several times it was restored and rebuilt and it includes an interesting tomb of a nobleman called Johann Friedrich von Wolfskehl, who died in 1609. There are no admission fees and you can visit without restrictions during the day. The church is open from April until October from 9:30 am - 6 pm. It is located in the center of the village, at the mainstreet far behind the train-line and the townwall. When driving through the village towards the castle of Stahleck you will see it.
Burg Sooneck (also known as Saneck or Sonneck, previously also known as Schloss Sonneck) is a castle in the upper middle valley of the Rhine, in the Mainz-Bingen district of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is located near the village of Niederheimbach between Bingen and Bacharach.
Since 2002, Burg Sooneck has been part of the Rhine Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Reichenstein Castle (Falkenburg)
Reichenstein Castle, also called Falkenburg, is located above Trechtingshausen, a village between Koblenz and Bingen right in the upper Rhine Gorge. The castle's large construction is one of the spectacular examples of the castle reconstruction in neo-Gothic style. Built in the 11th century, was owned by a robber-baron and was destroyed in 1253 and again in 1282. It began its decay in the 16th century. In 1834 Friedrich Wilhelm von Barfuß started the reconstruction. Baron Kirsch Purcelli bought the castle in 1899 and continued the work of reconstruction. The shield wall is particularly noteworthy.
In the castle, in addition to the largest collection of cast-iron plates in Rhineland-Palatinate, are over 1,200 hunting trophies from all over the world, weapons, arms, porcelain and furniture from five centuries. Many concerts and events are also held on the grounds.
Hours: Daily from 10am - 6pm March 1 - November 14.
Admission: Adults 4 €, Concessions 2 €.
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Bacharach is a small German town, lying on the west bank of the Rhine, just south of Koblenz (Koblenz vacation rentals | Koblenz travel guide). From here you can take a roundtrip Rhine cruise and marvel at the ruined castles, drive to Bad Soden in the summer for a relaxing Saturday at an open-air jazz festival, or enjoy a day of family fun at the Lochmühle Theme Park.
The beautifully preserved medieval city of Bacharach lies in the heart of the Middle Rhine region. Town highlights include Stahleck Castle (now a youth hostel), many sections of the original town walls, The Church of St. Peter, historic half-timbered houses, the gothic ruins of Wernerkapelle, a Roman road in the
Kühlberg area, and the Stahlberg Castle ruins in the nearby village of Steeg. Many wineries are located in Bacharach and the nearby towns of the Rhine-Nahe wine growing region.
Bacharach is said to have been founded in pre-Roman times, possibly by the Celts. Its original name is said to have been Baccaracum. However, the first documentary evidence of its existence is from 923.
There is a basilica, dating from the beginning of the 13th century. There are also ruins of a Gothic church of the 13th and 15th centuries. The renovated castle of Stahleck (now a youth hostel), crowning the heights above the town, is celebrated in history as the scene of the marriage between Henry, eldest son of Henry the Lion (shortly before the latter's death in 1195), and Agnes of Hohenstaufen, which effected a temporary reconciliation between the houses of Welf and Hohenstaufen. Other ruined castles are those of Fürstenberg and Stahlberg. All three belonged to the Counts Palatine.
The wines of Bacharach were once held in the greatest esteem, and it is still one of the chief markets of the Rhenish wine trade.
The town is the setting for Heinrich Heine's novel-fragment The Rabbi of Bacharach (1824-1840).
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Things to See in Bacharach
Timber-frame houses, which can be found throughout the town. A whole row of them borders Bacharach along with the town wall along the Rhine.
Altes Haus (“Old House”), medieval timber-frame house dating from 1368.
Haus Utsch house 1585: Friedrich Wilhelm Utsch, the Jäger aus Kurpfalz (“Hunter from the Electoral Palatinate” – a character in a well known song) lived there.
Town wall towers: Diebesturm (“Thief’s Tower”, remnants), Zehnt-turm (“Tithe Tower”), Spitzenturm (“Pointed Tower”, remnants), Postenturm (“Post Tower”), Holztor (“Wooden Gate”, also called Steeger Tor), Liebesturm (“Love Tower”), Halbturm (“Half Tower”, remnants), Kühlbergturm (“Kühlberg Tower”, remnants), Sonnenturm (“Sun Tower”, remnants), Hutturm (“Hat Tower”), Zollturm (no longer existing), Kranentor, Markttor (“Market Gate”), Münztor (“Mint Gate”), Winandturm (“Winand’s Tower”). The town fortifications are among the best preserved in Rhineland-Palatinate.
More about the History of Bacharach
In the early 11th century, Bacharach had its first documentary mention. It may have been that as early as the 7th century, the kingly domain passed into Archbishop of Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide) Kunibert’s ownership; pointing to this is a Kunibertskapelle (chapel) on the spot where now stands the Wernerkapelle. The Vögte of the Cologne estate were the Counts Palatine, who over time pushed back Cologne’s influence. Count Palatine already had so much influence that he resided at Stahleck Castle. His successor Konrad von Staufen’s daughter secretly wed at Stahleck Castle a son of the Welfs, who were family foes, leading to Bacharach’s, and indeed the whole County Palatine’s, falling for a short time to Henry of Brunswick. In 1214 the Wittelsbachs became Bacharach’s new lords. Together with the Unteramt of Kaub (Kaub vacation rentals | Kaub travel guide) they received here their most important toll and revenue source. In 1314 it was decided to choose Louis the Bavarian as the German king. Furthermore, Bacharach was the most important transfer point for the wine trade, as barrels were offloaded here from the smaller ships that were needed to get by the Binger Loch (a quartzite reef in the Rhine upstream near Bingen) and loaded onto bigger ones. From then on, the wine bore the designation Bacharacher. The timber trade from the Hunsrück also brought Bacharach importance, and in 1356, Bacharach was granted town rights.
Today Bacharach thrives on tourism and wine from Bacharach is still enjoying international popularity. Not to be overlooked, however, are problems arising from a shrinking population, itself brought about by a lack of prospects.
The beautifully preserved medieval city of Bacharach lies in the heart of the Middle Rhine region. Bacharach is said to have been founded in pre-Roman times, possibly by the Celts. Town highlights include Stahleck Castle (now a youth hostel), many sections of the original town walls, The Church of St. Peter, historic half-timbered houses, the Gothic ruins of the Wernerkapelle, a Roman road in the Kühlberg area, and the Stahlberg Castle ruins in the nearby village of Steeg. Many wineries are located in Bacharach and the nearby towns of the Rhine-Nahe wine growing region.
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