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Trutzbingen is the ruin of a round tower on the road leaving Münster-Sarmsheim in the direction of Bingen am Rhein It is the remnant of a tariff barrier, which was built in 1493. Only one half of the outer wall of the round tower remains. Since 2002, Trutzbingen is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rhine Gorge.
After a fire destroyed a large part of Bingen in 1490, the city authorities tried to raise money to repair the city by levying a market fee. Fees were also collected from Münster-Sarmsheim and other towns in Electoral Palatinate. The citizens of Münster-Sarmsheim logged a complaint, and when this was unsuccessful, they turned to Elector Philip the Righteous. He gave Münster-Sarmsheim the privilege to have its own weekly market. In 1493, this market was protected by a customs barrier, consisting of a walled area with a pier and a round tower built on a hill.
In 1504, during the War of the Palatinate Succession, Landgrave William II of Hesse attacked Münster-Sarmsheim. He fired cannon at the city and set it on fire. He demolished the customs barrier and blew up the walls of the round tower in he direction of Bingen.
Der Alte Binger Rheinkran ist ein hölzerner Turmtretkran in Bingen am Rhein aus der Zeit um 1787. Der Hafenkran mit drehbarem Ausleger und Kuppeldach steht neben der ehemaligen Zollverwaltung auf dem früheren Hafengelände.
Das Kranhaus (Seitenlänge ca. 7 m, Höhe Dachkante ca. 6 m) ist eine Fachwerkkonstruktion aus Eichenbalken, die Außenwände bestehen aus einer Holzverschalung. Die drehbare, glockenförmige Krankuppel ist schiefergedeckt und mit einer Turmkugel abgeschlossen. Der Ausleger besteht aus einem massiven Eichenbalken nebst Stützbalken und ist mit Bleifolie beschlagen. Schon im 15. Jahrhundert ist hier ein Kran überliefert. Eine 2007 gefundene Inschrift auf einem Sockelstein weist als Tag der Grundsteinlegung den 7. August 1487 aus. In nur 78 Tagen soll er erbaut worden sein.
Das Holztragwerk des heutigen Krans konnte dendrochronologisch auf 1785-87 datiert werden. Nach einer weiteren Erneuerung im Jahre 1819 wurde der Kran in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts stillgelegt. Das Bauwerk konnte durch das damals gültige neue Denkmalschutzgesetz 1907 vor dem Abriss bewahrt werden. Im Zweiten Weltkrieg schwer beschädigt, wurde der Kran ab 1950 wieder hergestellt. 2005 wurde eine umfassende Restaurierung durchgeführt. 2007 wurde dem Kran ein Wasserbecken mit Verbindung zum Rhein vorgebaut.
Angetrieben wurde der Kran mit Menschenkraft über zwei große Laufräder. Der obere Teil der Kuppel mit dem Lastarm konnte über einen großen Hebel von zwei bis vier Kranenknechten gedreht werden. In erster Linie wurden hier Wein, Salz und Getreide verladen. Für die beiden Letzteren hatte Bingen das Stapelrecht. Mit dem Oestricher Kran im Rheingau und dem 90 Kilometer rheinabwärts liegenden Andernacher Alten Krahnen ist er der letzte Tretkran an den Ufern des Rheins.
Klopp Castle (German: Burg Klopp) is a castle in the town of Bingen am Rhein in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. In the nineteenth century, the bergfried or keep from the original medieval fortified castle was restored and a new building added which houses the town's administration.
The Rochuskapelle is a German pilgrimage chapel to Saint Roch on the Rochusberg southeast of Bingen am Rhein.
The first building, dating to the plague year of 1666, was destroyed during the campaigns of 1795 in the French Revolutionary Wars of the Rhine valley. The second was built 1814 in the wake of a typhoid fever epidemic brought back by soldiers returning from the Napoleonic Wars, with Goethe describing its dedication ceremony. Its flèche was hit by lightning in 1889 and the chapel burned down to the brickwork.
The present building, built in 1893-95, is to Neo Gothic designs by the Freiburg master builder Max Meckel and the Berlin stone-cutters Zeidler & Wimmel. At this time a small Bethlehemskapelle was built under the main chapel's east window, recalling an earlier chapel of that name on the site from the Crusader era. Parts of the earlier Roch chapels' art collections survive, but the only thing to survive the fire was the Baroque statue of the patron saint at the high altar.
The Mouse Tower (Mäuseturm)
The Mouse Tower is a stone tower on a small island in the Rhine, outside Bingen. The Romans were the first to build a structure on this site. It later became part of Franconia, and it fell and had to be rebuilt many times.
According to legend, Hatto II restored the tower and stayed there sometimes when he visited the town, because he felt relatively safe there. A sudden illness forced him to stay on the island, where he was said to have been attacked by thousands of mice and died soon afterwards in Bingen in 970. Since then the tower has been known as the Mouse Tower.
[ source: Bingen Tourist Office ]
Historisches Museum am Strom - Hildegard von Bingen
As a highlight in the jubilee year
900 years of HidegardBingen opened the museum in the former electricity power station, on the bank of the Rhine not far from the mouth of the River Nahe. The power station is an industrial monument. The station was built in 1898 and was regarded as a
cathedral of progress, and was included in the collection of Gothic and neo-Gothic sacred buildings, such as the St Martin’s church and the Rochus Chapel from the year 1895. From the entrance to the museum you can see the Mäuseturm, the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, the Niederwald monument and Rüdesheim.
There are three permanent exhibitions in the museum: an exhibition showcasing Hildegard von Bingen, a display of unique surgical instruments , and the Rheinromantik (Rhine Romanticism) exhibition showcasing the 19th century.
Hours: daily 10am to 5pm (closed Mondays).
The museum is housed in the city-owned Stefan-George-Haus, a former
HafenkastenTudor-style building built in 1689. The exhibitions show four main aspects of George's life and an insight into the most important stages in the life of this poet, editor and translator. The museum contains his writing desk and part of the library he left behind. There are also books by Melchior Lechter and translations of George’s work in foreign languages, and also sculptures by Victor Frank, Heinrich Moshage, Ludwig Thormaelen, Urban Thiersch and Alexander Zschokke.
Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 2pm to 5pm.
Rochus Chapel (Rochuskapelle)
The Rochuskapelle is a German pilgrimage chapel to Saint Roch on the Rochusberg southeast of Bingen am Rhein.
The first building, dating to the plague year of 1666, was destroyed in 1795 during the French occupation of the Rhine valley. The second was built 1814 in the wake of a typhoid fever epidemic brought back by soldiers returning from the Napoleonic Wars, with Goethe describing its dedication ceremony. Its flèche was hit by lightening in 1889 and the chapel burned down to the brickwork.
The present building, built in 1893-95, has Neo Gothic designs by the Freiburg master builder Max Meckel and the Berlin stone-cutters Zeidler & Wimmel. At this time a small Bethlehemskapelle was built under the main chapel's east window, recalling an earlier chapel of that name on the site from the Crusader era. Parts of the earlier chapels' art collections survive, but the only thing to survive the fire entirely was the Baroque statue of the patron saint at the high altar.
Bingen-Rüdesheim Boat Tours
Experience the Unesco World Heritage Upper Middle-Rhine Valley by boat tour. There are round-trips where you can learn more about the
Binger Lochand the Mäuseturm, the ruins of Castle Ehrenfels and Rheinstein and Reichenstein castles. It will be a trip along one of the most ancient trade routes in Europe to former customs castles and the hideouts of robber barons. Or take the Loreley trip From Bingen to St Goar past world-famous cliffs full of mythology about a beautiful maid with long blonde hair. This trip brings the fairytale Rhine to life. Steep vineyards, nooks and crannies, proud and defiant castles and the Loreley as a symbol of a legend full of passion.
More information on tours, timetables, stops, etc. can be found at bingen-ruedesheimer.com.
Many individual and group specialty tours are available to discover the famous wine growing regions around Bingen and the Rhine River. For instance, try wine tasting at Burg Klopp (Klopp Castle) with a magnificent view over four winegrowing regions: Nahe, Rheingau, Middle Rhine and Rheinhessen, enjoying a wine from each of the regions and learning something about Rhine Romanticism, followed by a vitner's supper. Or, join a torchlight walk to the Bingen vineyards with a bonfire, wine tasting and barbeque.
Contact the Bingen am Rhein Tourist Office for a list of tours.
The Bingen Waldmaus and Bingen Forest
The cheeky Bingen Waldmaus (Wood Mouse) shows the correct way to go and invites children to follow an experience path created for children and families. The path is a 5.5 km circular tour. During this walk, 24 individually designed topic tables explain local life in the wood on the slopes of the Rhine. Insight is provided into the daily lives and the history of people for whom the wood was a foundation of their lives, and still is, whereas other locations supply insight and details of a lively and cultural life. There are also 13 signs showing the different kinds of trees, which supply unusual information about the sorts of trees seen in the Bingen Wood. A new addition is the 40-metre-long hanging bridge over the 4-metre-deep the Kreuzbach gorge, which connects the experience path with the forest botanical garden.
The path is part of Bingen Wood, covering an area of 2,000 hectares, and it is a popular place for the people who live in the town and for visitors from Germany, from abroad and those living in the Rhein-Main region. The enjoyable circular rambling paths are well signposted.
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Bingen am Rhein (or Bingen or Bingen on the Rhine) is a city located at the junction of the rivers Rhine and Nahe (Nahe vacation rentals | Nahe travel guide) in the district of Mainz-Bingen, in Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany near the city of Mainz (Mainz vacation rentals | Mainz travel guide). Bingen is a river port and railroad junction, noteworthy for its premium wine production
Points of Interest
- Binger Mäuseturm (
the Mouse Tower of Bingen) - a customs tower built in 1298 on an island between the Rhine's shores, actually belongs to Bingerbrück. It usually is miscredited to Bingen.
- Klopp Castle - Bingen's castle located in the centre of the town.
- Bingen is also the location of one of the most important demoscene events - Breakpoint.
[ source: Wikipedia ]
More about the History of Bingen
The site of the present city of Bingen was already inhabited by Celts when the Romans arrived in the 1st century BC. The Romans built a wooden bridge across the Nahe (Nahe vacation rentals | Nahe travel guide) and fortified the city, known as Bingium. The present stone bridge attributed to Drusus was actually built in the 11th century. Since 983, Bingen belonged to the Archbishopric of Mainz (Mainz vacation rentals | Mainz travel guide). After the Napoleonic Wars, Bingen fell to Hesse-Darmstadt, but Bingerbrück (currently a borough of Bingen) fell to Prussia. Bingen and Bingerbrück were united in 1969.
[ source: Wikipedia ]
Bingen am Rhein (or Bingen or Bingen on the Rhine) is a city located at the junction of the rivers Rhine and Nahe in the district of Mainz-Bingen, in Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany near the city of Mainz. Bingen is a river port and railroad junction, noteworthy for its premium wine production
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