Monday, October 10, 2016

The Rhine Valley, Germany

On our trip to Germany this summer we stayed in the Rhine Valley, the river is the second longest in Europe after the Danube at over 700 miles long, its a wide river with currents and historically since Roman times has been a method of transportation and trade. Even today you will see huge boats carrying coal, passenger ferries, car ferries and shipping containers. Along the river north of Rudesheim you will be treated to beautiful vineyards, lovely little towns and ancient castles as you head North. 

Many of the castles would have chains across the river and charge people to cross. Over the centuries many lay in ruin but quite a few were purchased and restored. One of these is Burg Rheinstein just to the North of Bingen. I stumbled upon this castle while searching for castle stays. What a gem its a restored castle ran by the Hecher family featuring a museum in the castle, and a couple of apartments at the back. 

It has a wonderful restaurant and hosts many weddings. The apartments are modern and the view at breakfast is amazing. The family is very polite and I would say it makes a good base to explore this area. 

From Bingen you can take a car ferry across the river to Rudesheim a nice old town full of shops and restaurants and a highlight is the cable car you take up the mountain over the vineyards.

This is the castle, its quite something isn't it. I warn you to pack light for your stay as there is no road up to the castle you park at the bottom and walk up a step hill, the family have built a little train to carry items and luggage up see below. 

The view from the castle terrace.

If your in this region, be sure to check out the Burg Rheinstein and take the cable car and car ferry its a fun adventure. If you don't stay at this castle have lunch at the restaurant for the million dollar view.

Familie Hecher

Burg Rheinstein
55413 Trechtingshausen

Phone: +49 6721/6348
Fax: +49 6721/6659

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