Visiting Bacharach

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View of Bacharach and the Rhine River
View of Bacharach and the Rhine River

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The town of Bacharach (Bacharach vacation rentals | Bacharach travel guide) am Rhein is in the Rhine Gorge, about 22 miles south of Koblenz (Koblenz vacation rentals | Koblenz travel guide). Be sure not to miss Burg Stahlberg, a 12th-century fortified castle, and the remains of an old Roman road leading up to it. The castle was destroyed in the late 17th century but was later rebuilt. The castle currently functions as a hostel with 168 beds. Another well known landmark of Bacharach is the Wernerkapelle, which you’ll find on your way to the castle. This unfinished Gothic chapel is certainly worth a look.

While in Bacharach be sure to allow time to simply wander the streets and take in the atmosphere. The town is full of timber-frame houses, including the “Altes Haus” from 1368. Other town sites include an old postal station and marketplace, a wine cellar, Saint Nicholas’s Catholic Church, Saint Peter’s Evangelical Church, and of course the town walls and towers. Bacharach has a plethora of town wall towers, some of which can be visited.

A major highlight of Bacharach is the wine. The town was historically important in local wine trading, functioning as a transfer point for wine barrels along the river. Bacharach has three remarkable vineyards: Wolfshöhle, Posten, and Hahn. Bacharacher Wolfhöhle, the “Wolf's Cave” in English, is a 60-acre site south of the town. This vineyard is home to some incredible Rieslings bursting with fruity flavor. Bacharacher Posten also produces Riesling. Bacharacher Hahn is located closer to the town, and is a great addition to any wine tour.

Bacharach hosts events such as the mouthwatering 'Culinary Summer Night' in August, boules tournaments, and medieval markets.

How to get there: Bacharach is on the left bank of the Rhine and can be reached by highway, local railway, or on the Rhine River itself! Ships run to Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide) and Duesseldorf regularly. Short trips across the river can be made by ferry.



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Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.

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