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Good restaurants for dinner?"This will be my first visit to Germany with my family and i enjoy eating and drinking as a local would My partner is a Vegetarian could you suggest some dishes from this area of Germany and also recommend beer or wine from this region Many Thanks Michael" (posted 01/01/2015)
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Are there any special local events?"Would you please tell me times of early church services on Sunday, 18 Oct. Our excursion that day will be the Vulkan Express. I would like to go to worship before or if there is an evening service after the excursion. Blessings, DJL" (posted 10/13/2015)
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Popular Points of Interest in and near Remagen
The Apollinariskirche is a church on the site of a Roman temple on the Apollinarisberg, a hill above the German town of Remagen. That hill was known as the Martinsberg in the 5th and 6th centuries, presumably after a Frankish chapel there dedicated to Saint Martin, patorn of the Franks. In the 9th century this chapel was replaced by a Romanesque church.
In 1110 the Benedictines of the Michaelsberg Abbey, on the initiative of the people of Remagen, set up a provost there. The relics of Saint Apollinaris of Ravenna probably arrived on the mountain at the end of the 14th century, since a pilgrimage to the Apollinarisberg is recorded in 1384. The sarcophagus is the main relic in the 14th century crypt of the church.
A new Neo-Gothic church was built on the site from 1837 to 1852.
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Overlooking the west bank of the Rhine just north of the city centre is the Apollinariskirche. It has a great observation deck that is only open to parishioners on Sundays. Pedestrians reach the church via a dirt trail that passes a series of roadside monuments representing each of the fourteen Stations of the Cross. The church grounds contain an outdoor crypt and an abbey. Further down the river is one of the many castles along the River Rhine, perched even higher than the Apollinariskirche.
Things to See in Remagen
The Apollinariskirche was built 1839-1842 on the site of the medieval Martinskirche. The frescos on the inside of the neo-Gothic church were painted by members of the artists group called the "Nazarenes". Three cycles show the life of Jesus, the life of Mary, and the history of Saint Apollinaris, legendary Bishop of Ravenna. In the crypt is a silver bust of the saint, which is raised from the sarcophagus every year at the pilgrimage time at the end of July. From the statue of Saint Francis of Assisi on top of the church, there is a lovely view of Remagen and the romantic Rhine Valley.
The museum is housed in the towers of the famous bridge built between 1916 and 1918. It opened in 1980 and tells the story of the bridge and the prison camp, "Golden Mile."
The historic railway station at Rolandseck now houses a museum devoted to the work of Hans Arp. The 19th century railway station was transformed into a cultural venue for all the arts. Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann and Franz Liszt gave concerts there. The young poet Guillaume Apollinaire even fell in love there. The building was almost destroyed after World War II, but in 1964 the Bonn (Bonn vacation rentals | Bonn travel guide) art dealer Johannes Wasmuth brought it back to life. Musicians such as Martha Argerich, Stefan Askenase, and Yehudi Menuhin, artists such as Hans Arp, Oskar Kokoschka and Günther Uecker, and performers such as Marcel Marceau have all appeared there.
[ source: wikipedia ]
What is special about Remagen?
Remagen is “The town on the Rhein River,” with art, culture, und joie de vivre.
Where can you buy fresh bread or eat breakfast?
Bäckerei Müller GmbH
Marktstraße 79, Remagen
Quellenstr. 51, Remagen
Are there any local specialities that tourists have to try?
What are some good butchers?
Metzgerei Stefan Unger
Hindrischen Fleischgroßhandel GmbH & Co. KG
Im Klosterfeld 1
What are some good restaurants?
Bistros and restaurants can be found in the city itself, as well as nearby. For example, the pancake ship at the marina, Greek and Spanish restaurants, as well as 2 Bistros, and a gourmet restaurant called “Bellevuechen", located directly along the Rhein river.
GRÜNER KRANZ- Weinhaus
Tel: 02642 9029269
Tel: 02228 9128112
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Alte Straße 15
Tel: 02642 1542
Am Unkelstein 1
Tel: 02228 9129333
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Tel: 02642 900611
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Activities, things to do nearby, day trips
There is a lot to see in Remagen. For example Remagen Town Hall, which was built in 1935 as a school and town hall. The Roman Museum, churches St. Peter and St. Paul, Appollinariskeller, an important monument, and the Caracciola Monument, a monument for three time Europamesiter Rudolf Caracciola.
Activities and day trips:
Remagen and Rolandsbogen
Distance: ca. 2 - 5 Km, by car a max. of 5 min., by train 2 - 3 max., on foot 30 – 45 min.
- Apolinaris Church
- Remagen bridge (destroyed during World War II) and Museum
- Rolandsbogen, ruins from the middle ages with a restaurant and view of the Rhein and Sieben Mountain.
- Arp-Museum Rolandseck Train Station
- Art nouveau train station with a restaurant and a view of Nonnenwerth Island and Sieben Mountain.
Bonn (former capital of the GDR)
About 15 km away, 20 min. by car, 15 min. by train.
- City tour
- Downtown Münster (Münster vacation rentals | Münster travel guide), Beethoven House, university, Rhein Alter Zoll,
- House of History
- Museum Mile
Along the Rhein by boat
- Departure Point: Remagen
- You will pass by vineyards, castles, fortresses and ruins
- 30 min. by car
- By train
- Visit the casino or
- enjoy a wellness day at the sauna, or go swimming
- about 30 min. by car
- or take the train in Fewo
- Deutsches Eck (mouth of the Moselle to the Rhein)
- Site-seeing tour
- Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
- 30 min. by car
- Drachenfels with Drachburg and Nibelungenhalle
- beautiful view of the Rhein
- About an hour by car
- or take the train in Fewo
- Kölner Dom, Zoo, Museums, Kölsch-Tour (interesting for beer drinkers)
- Petersberg, former guesthouse for the federal government for guests of state including:
- the president of the United States and Queen Elizabeth
- Today it’s a hotel with a restaurant
- View of the Rhein
- An hour and a half by car.
- Visit old town, museums, Königsallee (Kö)
- Expensive shopping mile to see and be seen.
- About an hour by car
- Drive threw the beautiful Eifel
Are there any sport options for the active traveler?
Those that like to hike will be feel right at home in Remagen
Are there any interesting historical sites (such as castles and museums) -nearby?
Roman Museum: By looking at exhibit pieces, visitors will learn about life and death in a Roman auxiliary castle.
Skulpturenufer Remagen: There are 8 pieces of art located on the left bank of the Rhein
Kunstraum Remagen Mitte: Herbert K. Hockey and other artists presents there art pieces.
Local Events / Cultural Highlights
- Rhein in Flammen: on May 1, fire works and a river cruise
- along Linz am Rhein (Linz am Rhein vacation rentals | Linz am Rhein travel guide), to Erpel, Unkel, Remagen, Rheinbreitbach, Rheininsel
- Nonnenwerth at Bad Honnef (Bad Honnef vacation rentals | Bad Honnef travel guide), Bad Godesberg (Bad Godesberg vacation rentals | Bad Godesberg travel guide), Königswinter (Königswinter vacation rentals | Königswinter travel guide) to Bonner Rheinaue.
- Art festival: 3rd weekend in June
- Jakobs Market: on the last 2 weekends in July
Enjoy a relaxing day out with your host Leonard Pinger on the Ahr Valley Express push-n-pull Train. Discover the hidden beauty of Germany’s famous red wine growing area. Enjoy breath-taking views, visit historical places, find hidden wrinkles and sample the famous “Spätburgunder” (pinot noir) wine. A very special day out not to be missed. In the morning we visit the romantic village Altenahr with the 12th century castle ruin Are. At Mayschoß you will enjoy an hour ride with a horse drawn carriage through the “Mönchsberg” (mount of the monk) vineyard with breathtaking views overlooking the village and the 12th century castle ruine “Saffenburg”. Followed by a visit of the award winning Mayschosser Winzerverein - the oldest wine grower ́s co-operative in the world. After a welcome glass of sparkling wine and a tour of the wine cellar you sample three wines including the famous Riesling and Pinot Noir wines. In the afternoon we take you to the walled city Ahrweiler. A lovely place with cobled streets, shops, bars, cafés and frame work houses from the 17th century, surrounded by the 13th century medieval town wall.
More about the History of Remagen
The Roman Empire built a border fort at Rigomagus (or Ricomagus), west of the Rhine. This was about 12 miles north of the site of the first bridge ever built across the Rhine (at Neuwied). This bridge fought the river current by being built on timbers which were driven into the bed at a slant. Caesar's troops spent nearly three weeks on the east side of the river, then crossed back over, destroying the bridge to prevent its use by German raiders. A second bridge was likewise destroyed by the builders once they were through with it.
The fort was one of a series built by Drusus, commander of the Roman army along the Rhine. Other Roman construction survived the centuries, including a gateway and Remagen became a tourist destination, popular with history buffs.
Local legend says that a ship carrying various relics from Milan to Cologne was stopped in the river in 1164, unable to move despite the strong current, until it mysteriously edged in toward the shore. The remains of St Apollinaris were put ashore, and the ship was then able to sail onward. These remains were interred in a chapel which had been part of the Roman fort, which became the basis for a church which bore his name, and was rebuilt several times over the years.
[ source: wikipedia ]
Remagen is situated on the Upper Rhine Plains in Rhineland-Palatinate. Overlooking the west bank of the Rhine just north of the city center is the Apollinariskirche. It has a great observation deck that is only open to parishioners on Sundays. Pedestrians reach the church via a dirt trail that passes a series of roadside monuments representing each of the fourteen Stations of the Cross. The church grounds contain an outdoor crypt and an abbey.
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