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"What is the easiest way to get to Oestrich-Winkel? I'll be travelling from Amsterdam, and I am thinking of taking the train to Frankfurt and then from there what would be the best way to get to Oestrich-winkel? and what would be the costs? Thank you!" (posted 01/28/2015)

From Frankfurt Central Station with the "Rheingau line" to Oestrich-Winkel by train. Fare and times can be viewed under "DB" German car.
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In Oestrich - Winkel there is not much to sehen.Es is a small town in the Rheingau 12 km away from Rüdesheim.
Answer provided by Elvira und Norbert Herke on 01/28/2015
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From Frankfurt and Wiesbaden to Oestrich-Winkel. I can not comment on the cost.
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"Why should someone do a vacation in Oestrich-Winkel? Can you possibly tell me 2-3 popular travel tips for Oestrich-Winkel, which everyone visiting Oestrich-Winkel should see? Also let me know 2-3 special insider travel tips for Oestrich-Winkel that a typical tourist may not know about, but that you can highly recommend. Thanks!" (posted 05/19/2014)

Oestrich-Winkel is a typical Rheingau winemaker’s village. If you just want to explore the area, you are just right. It is influenced by its unforgettable location at the Rhine and by wine-growing; the surrounding area has a lot of culture to discover, e.g. the cathedral St. Valentin in Kiedrich, the former Cistercian abbey Eberbach monastery, Vollrads castle, the Benedictine monastery and the Johannisberg castle that was built in 1715. It is considered one of the oldest Riesling-growing vineyards in the world. This and more can be discovered from Oestrich-Winkel, but we have to recommend getting a rental car, for it’s not easy to hike everywhere and public transport does not run all that often. If you are looking to explore the Rheingau and the Rhine area with its castles and monasteries, it’s more recommendable to go to Mainz or its surroundings, as Mainz is the only place in the area with a bridge across the Rhine, the next one is 100 km away in Koblenz. Thus, it simply offers more opportunities.
Answer provided by Gisela & Juergen Will on 05/19/2014
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Östrich-Winkel is a small town in the Rheinbau. There’s mainly wine-growing being done there; it is surrounded by vineyards. Hence, there are many wine growers and Strausswirtschaften (wine pubs) to visit. In the vineyards, one can go on hikes or bicycle tours. Provided one has a car, trips to Rüdesheim, to the Germania or to Wiesbaden are interesting options. A day trip by boat can also be done. If staying long enough, Mainz and Frankfurt are other places to visit. There are lots of opportunities. In summer, there are many events; it shouldn’t be boring (Rheingau music festival, gourmet weeks, etc.)
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The largest wine-town of Hessia, in the heart of the Rheinbau, welcomes you warmly. Goethe already went here to relax from busy everyday life, enjoy the landscape and the wine. Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Rhine or head into one of the cozy pubs or restaurants for local specialties and world-renowned Riesling wines. There are many sights – just check out Wikipedia for an overview.
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  • Schloss Vollrads
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    Schloss Vollrads

    Schloss Vollrads is a wine estate in the Rheingau wine-growing region in Germany, that has been making wine for over 800 years.

    After the donation of Verona in 983 the archbishopric of Mainz, the new owner, invested in vine growing, although vines had been cultivated there since Roman times. The manor house was named after the Lords of Winkel; Vollradus is a given name. In 1218 a "Vollradus in Winkela" (so-called knight Vollradus), in 1268 a "Conradus dictus Vollradus armiger" is documented. No building originating from this time is traceable.

    Today the core building of the estate is a substantial tower house, surrounded by a square moat. Therefore the house is only reachable by bridge. This keep can be traced to the first third of the 14th century and the family of Greiffenclau, the heirs of the Lords of Winkel. The octagon stage tower, flanking the donjon, was erected in 1471; the bay window was added in 1620. Above the doorway the coat of arms of the Greiffenclau family is to be seen.

    In 1684 the present two-winged manor house was built by Georg Phillip Greiffenclau von Vollrads near the tower. His son Johann Erwein erected the estate buildings around 1700, as well as boundary walls around the manor garden, and finally equipped the tower with a typical baroque roof.

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Oestrich-Winkel Overview

Oestrich-Winkel is a town in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt (Darmstadt vacation rentals | Darmstadt travel guide) in Hesse, Germany. Oestrich-Winkel borders in the north on the town of Lorch and the communities of Welterod (Rhein-Lahn-Kreis in Rhineland-Palatinate), Heidenrod and Schlangenbad (Schlangenbad vacation rentals | Schlangenbad travel guide), in the east on the town of Eltville, in the south, across the Rhine, on the town of Ingelheim (Mainz-Bingen district in Rhineland-Palatinate) and in the west on the town of Geisenheim.

This is a young town with roughly 12,000 inhabitants, having come into being in 1972 through the merger of the until then self-governing communities of Mittelheim, Oestrich and Winkel; it was further enlarged by Hallgarten’s amalgamation into the town in 1977 as part of municipal reform. The coördinates 50°N, 8°E lie right in the constituent community of Winkel, whose name, coincidentally, is German for “angle”. The town lies 17 km west of Mainz (Mainz vacation rentals | Mainz travel guide).

Things to See in Oestrich-Winkel

Oestrich-Winkel is characterized by winegrowing. In Oestrich: Lenchen, Doosberg, Klosterberg, Pfaffenberg; in Mittelheim: Edelmann, St. Nikolaus, Goldberg; in Winkel: Dachsberg, Hasensprung, Gutenberg, Jesuitengarten, Bienengarten, Schloß Vollrads; in Hallgarten: Jungfer, Würzgarten, Schönhell, Hendelberg, Mehrhölzchen

The Oestricher Kran, Oestrich’s main landmark, is a former wine-loading crane from the 18th century for loading and unloading ships. Completed in 1745, it was working until 1926. Inside the crane are found two treadmills in each of which two men used their body weight to work a winch, which could then lift loads onto or off ships. It is the last preserved wine-loading crane on the Rhine’s right bank.

In Mittelheim is found one of Germany’s oldest stone churches, St.-Aegidius-Basilika

In Winkel stands Germany’s oldest stone house, the Graues Haus (“Grey House”). For a long time it was believed that Rabanus Maurus lived and in 856 died there.

Schloss Vollrads, outside Winkel, with its ancient watertower likewise belongs among the noteworthy sights. On the town’s northeast limit near Hattenheim (Hattenheim vacation rentals | Hattenheim travel guide) stands Schloss Reichartshausen (founded in the 12th century) with its outbuildings, which about 1900 were remodelled to look like follies. It nowadays houses the European Business School.

In the middle of the community stands the Brentanohaus. Here, Goethe spent some time in 1814 as a guest of the Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) banking family Brentano. The family’s children were Clemens, Gunda and Bettina Brentano. Karoline von Günderrode, a poet and one of Bettina’s friends, stabbed herself here in Winkel in 1806 on the Rhine’s bank out of lovesickness and life weariness.

In the barn across from the Brentanohaus has been found since 2003 the cultural and event venue Brentanoscheune

Regular festivals include the Lenchenfest (a wine festival), the Dippemarkt (a market with a funfair), the Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt) and Jazz Week (Jazzwoche).

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More about the History of Oestrich-Winkel

Oestrich-Winkel was founded only in 1972 with the merger of previously independent communities Mittelheim, Oestrich, and Winkel, with the inhabitants totaling approximately 12,000. On 1 January 1977, the municipality Hallgarten was also added to the combined group of cities in the territorial reform of Hesse.

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Oestrich-Winkel is a town in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt in Hesse, Germany. Oestrich-Winkel borders in the north on the town of Lorch and the communities of Welterod (Rhein-Lahn-Kreis in Rhineland-Palatinate), Heidenrod and Schlangenbad, in the east on the town of Eltville, in the south, across the Rhine, on the town of Ingelheim (Mainz-Bingen district in Rhineland-Palatinate) and in the west on the town of Geisenheim.

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