Rhine River Journals

Germany's Romantic Rhine

A September 1998 trip to Rhine River by TyGuy

Quote: Ok, so being alone on the Rhine ain't all that romantic, but so what. This was my first trip to Europe and I had a blast seeing castles and quaint little towns along the Rhine Valley.

Germany's Romantic Rhine

Overview

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I set up base in a little B&B in Bacharach, which is a quaint little fairy tale village set on the river with a castle looming above. I rode a bicyle in rain and fog from there to Bingen and back. The fog created an eerie atmosphere as the castles slowly emerged from the mist. Exploring Rheinfels castle in St. Goar makes you feel like a little kid. There are several other castles to see and I had fun just walking around the towns. I also got to watch some young scamps playing in a soccer league. The play of the 8-9 year olds put our US kids of the same age to shame. Quick Tips: Use a railpass which can also be used on the KD boats which go up and down the river. Try to be there...Read More

Hotel Gelberhof

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Hotel

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Being on a budget, I wanted the lowest priced room I could find and they came through in fine form. The room was samll, but clean and quiet. In addition to the bed, it included a sink, small table, and wardrobe. This suited me fine as I can deal with the toilet/shower down the hall... just like at home, eh. Breakfast was included and bike rentals are available for about $10/day, which I highly recommend taking advantage of. There is also a restaurant with a bar if you choose to stay in to eat. Staff was very friendly and helpful with questions. Since the town is very small, you are close to pubs, restaurants, and deli''s. One word of caution - the phone in the lobby is VERY expensive and is b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2001

Hotel Gelberhof
Blückerstrasse 26
Rhine River Valley, Germany
06743-2115

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This was my first experience on the Rhine and it was awesome. It was raining and very foggy, but that just added to the adventure. Excerpts from my journal that I carried with me... "The fog provides a magnificantly eerie atmosphere....one of the most incredible journeys I've taken... Incredible!".

Looking back, I still feel the same enthusiasm that I had at the time. Seeing the castles for the first time as they loom in the distance is truly awesome. I took a tour of Burg Rheinstein, which is decorated as it might have been back in the day.

You can't lose making this little bike ride, especially if it's your first time in Europe.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2001

Biking along the Rhine
Blückerstrasse, in Bacharach
Rhine River Valley, Germany

Burg Rhinefels on the Rhine

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Attraction | "Burg Rheinfels (Castle)"

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With all apologies to Rick Steves for potential plagerism, here we go... This place is awesome! It is a massive ruin of what was once an even more massive structure. For a mere 5DM ($2.50) you are free to explore what is the largest ruin on the Rhine. The map is about .50DM and is helpful to give you a general idea of where you are but if you get lost it does no good (did I get lost?). Make sure to bring a small flashlight. Spend some time in the museum and learn the history of the castle and see the 3-D replica of what it looked like back in the day. Follow the map or Rick Steves self guided tour (in his Germany book) to help you find your way about the place. But make sure to take time to do some...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2001

Burg Rhinefels on the Rhine
St. Goar
Rhine River Valley, Germany