Bacharach, Germany | A magical village on the Rhine
Bacharach is a small town near Koblenz in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is located in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name of this city refers to Bacchus, the god of wine in Greek culture. And, in fact, this area has been known for its wine practically as long as it has existed. Interestingly, although there is a record of its pre-Roman existence as a Celtic settlement, Bacharach was first mentioned in a document in the early 11th century.
Nowadays, time seems to have stood still in the city as its architecture dates back to ancient times. It is also widely known for offering incredible views of the Rhine Valley, with hilltop castles, towers, gates, remnants of city walls and fabulous vineyards, in short the perfect combination to create a medieval atmosphere.
Where is Bacharach?
Bacharach is located in the east of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, about 48 km from Koblenz and 90 km from Frankfurt. It is well connected to the rest of Germany, both by motorways and trains. We chose public transport, as we really enjoy travelling by trains in Germany. There are direct trains from Koblenz and Mainz leaving every hour with a journey time of 35 minutes and from Frankfurt the journey takes about 1.30 hours, with only one connection. The Deutsche Bahn (DB), which is Germany's main railway company, has Regional Tickets which allow you to combine different means of public transport for one or more people across the regions (states) that make up Germany. Another option is to rent a car, the scenery around the region is amongst the most beautiful in Germany. Finally, below you will find a widget with which you can evaluate different options on how to get to Bacharach from any other city.
What to see in Bacharach?
Below you will find a list of what we consider to be the top places of interest in Bacharach. These are as follows:
Post Tower (Postenturm): the origins of this tower date back to the 14th century, when it was part of the fortifications of the city and its vineyards. It later served as a water reservoir and is now used as a lookout point. It was last renovated in the 21st century and was only opened to the public in 2005.
Old House (Altes Haus): this house is so named because it is the oldest building in the city. Built in the typical medieval half-timbered style, it dates back to 1368 and survived the fire that destroyed many of the town's buildings in the early 19th century. It now houses a picturesque restaurant.
Werner Chapel (Wernerkapelle): this chapel is another of the unmissable places from where you will be able to admire the surrounding scenic beauty. It was built in memory of Werner of Oberwesel, a 16-year-old boy who was murdered in the 13th century. Its ruins are under monumental protection and a plaque commemorating the inhumane crimes perpetrated against the Jewish residents has been placed in front of them.
St. Peter's Church (St. Peter Kirche): this Protestant church was built between 1230 and 1269 as a basilica and renovated at the end of the 19th century. It can be admired from any part of the town as it is located in the historical heart of Bacharach.
Stahleck Castle (Burg Stahleck): This castle was probably built in the late 11th or early 12th century. The Rhenish Association for the Preservation of Monuments and Heritage Protection acquired the castle complex in 1909 and reconstruction work as a youth hostel began in 1925. Today the youth hostel is still in operation, so it is not possible to take a tour inside. However, you can still enjoy the views of the valley from the large terrace-viewpoint.
View from the vineyards: an unmissable walk is the uphill but easy hike through the vineyards to the tower (Postenturm). From here you will get the most splendid panoramic views of the city and its wonderful valley.
Finally we leave you an interactive map of Bacharach, from where you can easily find the location of each point of interest. Furthermore, by clicking on the markers you can go directly to the paragraph containing the information about that place. Moreover, if you allow us to obtain your geographical location by clicking on the button below the map, you will be able to see your position and find the points of interest more easily (reverse search provided by LocationIQ.com).
Where to eat in Bacharach?
Being a city that attracts a lot of tourists, you can find restaurants on almost every street corner. We opted for a typical one, called Weingut Friedrich Bastian and our menu was: sausages with potatoes and local beer. The service was excellent and the portions very generous, as is usual in Germany.
Accommodation in Bacharach
Being a small city, we covered it in one day departing from Koblenz, but if you're looking for a place to relax, we'd definitely recommend staying a night. The best option here is to stay in one of its many Hotels, perhaps avoiding the summer months due to both the prices and the number of tourists.
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