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8 Nights in the Rhine Valley

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An August 2007 trip to Boppard by Joy S

Car ferry at Boppard Photo, Rhine River, Germany More Photos
Quote: 8 nights in the Rhine Valley - beautiful scenery, picture postcard perfect towns and villages, and the dramatic river Rhine.

8 Nights in the Rhine Valley

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Car ferry at Boppard Photo, Rhine River, Germany
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Germany is a great destination all year round. It has an outstanding landscape and offers unlimited choices to the traveller. It is rich in history and culture and has amazing geographic variety. Wherever you go there is something interesting to see and do. For families there is an abundance of affordable places to stay and the hotels welcome babies and young children.May-September is a lovely time to visit. Sunny skies are likely and much of life moves outdoors. Beergardens and cafes bustle at all hours and outdoor events and festivals enliven towns and villages.The Rhine Valley is a river valley straight out of a picture book - steep cliffs, vineyards, a castle on virtually e...Read More

Hotel Günther

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Hotel | "Garni Guenther"

Hotel Günther Photo, Boppard, Germany
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This hotel is a 3-star, family-run establishment situated right on the Rhine. It has just 19 rooms. The owner, who is American and his German wife are welcoming, helpful and informative on the area and its attractions.We arrived before their check-in time at 12:15 but were able to go straight to our room. We had booked a superior double room with balcony and view of the river. It cost 96 euros per night for us and our 3-year-old son, this included breakfast.The room was quite large - big bed, sofa bed for our son and lots of wardrobe space. Rooms are a little basic and not modern with the decor, but are clean, comfortable and adequate. There is no mini-bar or fridge. The bathroom ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2007

Hotel Günther
Rheinallee 40
Boppard, Germany 56154
+49 (6742) 89090

Bacharach and Bingen

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Bacharach with vineyards behind Photo, Rhine River, Germany
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We caught the ferry to Bingen from Rudesheim. The car ferries across the Rhine are great - most towns and villages have them as there are no bridges in this area. The boats hold about 10 cars and just go back and forth all day long. On board you can see just how fast the Rhine flows - get out of the car and have a look over the side of the boat - it's amazing.Bingen is quite a nice little town. Down the ages it has been a centre of wine trade. It is on the edge of four areas where different types of grapes are cultivated. This is the place to discover and try Eiswein (ice-wine), the coincidental result of a bad wine in 1830. Not to my taste - it is very sweet, but worth trying. It can ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 26, 2007

Koblenz

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Kaiser Wilhelm at Deutsches Eck Photo, Koblenz, Germany
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Koblenz is the place where the Rhine meets the Mosel River. It has small, cobbled passageways that connect square after square and pretty streets. The town, founded by the Romans in 9 B.C. was destroyed by the Allied Forces in 1943 but some old bits do still survive. The Basilika St Kastor is a church, built in 836 that once saw Edward I sell his crown when he was strapped for cash. The old part of the city still has a Medieval atmosphere.In the town hall courtyard there is a bronze statue called the "Schaengel." This means "young scamp." It is a mischievous little boy, said to symbolise the high spirits of the Koblenz people. Every few minutes he squirts a shower of water from his mou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2007

Loreley Rock

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Attraction | "Loreley"

Loreley Rock Photo, Rhine River, Germany
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Having heard the story of the Loreley in German lessons at school, I have always been intrigued and wanted to visit this famous rock - finally on this trip I managed it.From all over the world thousands of people travel each year to see the Loreley rock. The legend is that a blonde siren would appear in the twilight, sitting on a rock on the approach to the rapids in the river, combing her long hair and singing. Such was her beauty and alluring smile that sailors would be captivated to the point of distraction and they and their ships would be lost on the rocks. The poet Heinrich Heine said that sometimes on bright moonlit nights a strange singing can still be heard...We visited the Lo...Read More

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Loreley Rock
Eastern Bank of the Rhine
St. Goarshausen, Germany

Marksburg Castle

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Marksburg Castle Photo, Rhine River, Germany
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We visited the Marksburg Castle on the way to Koblenz from Boppard. It is only about  a 10-minute drive from Boppard and you cannot miss it. From a distance (and close up) it looks beautiful, set on top of a hill towering above the little town of Braubach.The Marksburg was built in 1100 and additionally fortified over the centuries. It is the only Middle Rhine fortress which has not been destroyed or changed in character by restoration during the Romantic period. It was threatened throughout the ages, but was never directly attacked.It costs 1.50 euros to park in the car park below the castle. It costs a further 4 euros entrance fee.Unfortunately you are not permitted to j...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 26, 2007

Marksburg Castle

Rhine River Valley, Germany

Rhein in Flammen Festival

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Attraction | "Rhine in Flames"

Rhein in Flammen Festival Photo, Rhine River, Germany
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Arguably the most spectacular of all the festivals along the Rhine is the "Rhine in Flames" events. Koblenz claims to have staged the very first celebration along the Rhine in 1766. Today, an 80 strong fleet of sailing vessels travels 10 miles along the Rhine from Spay to Koblenz via Braubach, Brey, Rhens and Lahnstein.500,000 people line the shores to watch 8 firework displays in less than 90 minutes and 30,000 watch from boats. 10 miles of promenade are decorated. At 11pm, when the flotilla reaches the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) in Koblenz where the Rhine meets the Mosel River, the Ehrenbreitstein fortress appears to be set alight with Bengal lights.There is big de...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2007

Rhein in Flammen Festival
Bingen
Rhine River Valley, Germany

Rudesheim

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View from the top of the cable car ride Photo, Rüdesheim, Germany
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We spent half a day in Rudesheim. From Boppard it took about half an hour to drive there. The journey is lovely - you travel past vineyards, through pretty little villages and along the banks of the Rhine.Rudesheim is one of Germany's best known and most romantic cities. When we visited it was extremely busy and packed with tourists but that did not lessen its appeal for us.We struggled to find a parking space, but eventually managed to get a spot close to the wine museum. The wine museum is on the edge of the town situated in an old castle building. Entrance is 5 euros. They give you a palm computer so you do the tour at your own pace, whatever order you want and it is in your own lan...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 26, 2007

Burg Rheinfels

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Attraction | "St Goar and Burg Rheinfels"

Burg Rheinfels Photo, Rhine River, Germany
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St Goar is a pretty little town with a busy riverside promenade. The town is lorded over by the ruins of Burg Rheinfels.On the main street there is a shop selling souvenirs, wooden Christmas ornaments and lots of cuckoo clocks. It is worth having a look inside. Over the shop window is the largest free-hanging cuckoo clock in the world. It is 30 years old, 3.5 metres high and 2.5 metres wide. The clock was hand-made - carved from wood and handpainted. It took 7 months to build. It has 2 faces - a cuckoo pops out either side every half hour. We wandered around the town, browsed in the shops, had a drink and then had a look in the church in the centre. We then caught the tourist l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2007

Burg Rheinfels
Am Burg
St. Goar, Germany

Things to Do in Boppard

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Boppard  Photo, Boppard, Germany
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Boppard, one of the most popular resorts on the Middle Rhine is bustling, lively and surrounded by beautiful scenery. We used it as our base for touring the area - it was ideal.The main street, Oberstrasse, is mostly pedestrianised with souvenir shops, ice-cream parlours, cafés and quite a nice Christmas shop. Just off the main street you can see the remains of Roman settlement over 2,000 years old. The Tourist Information Centre is on Market Square. We found it a bit limited, but they produce an English "newspaper" on the area which is fairly interesting.The Church of St Severus dominates Boppard. Its towers date from 1150 and the belltower has one of the oldest complete sets of medie...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2007

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Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom

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