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  • Day25

    Castle town

    September 14, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We crossed the river to Bingen (by ferry), and we entered in to a world of castles at every new bend and turn..
    So picturesque!
    We headed up river to Bacharach (which is where the photo of red and white building)

  • Day20

    Bacharach

    July 16, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    A 'chocolate box' town, Bacharach runs along the Rhein and its narrow cobbled streets, numerous wells and colourful timber framed buildings really did take our breath away. The hillsides rise sharply at the back of the town, but neat rows of vines cling to every patch of suitable land, occasionally interrupted by a protruding 'schloss'. These are best described as somewhere between a manor house and a castle, a hillside feature that appears quite common in this region.Read more

  • Day767

    Rhine Valley

    July 12, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    With some stormy weather forecast, we decided to head over to Camping Sonnenstrand on the outskirts of pretty Bacherach, on the banks of the Rhine River, to sit it out.

    This area of the Rhine cuts through deep slate mountains, which are covered in rows and rows of vines. In 2002, UNESCO designated this 65km stretch of river as a World Heritage Site. Pretty villages of half-timbered houses are at every bend and medieval castles, most of which were built by local baron robbers who extorted tolls from merchant ships by blocking their passage with iron chains, perch high above.

    Tiny Bacherach is described as one of the prettiest villages and the description fits perfectly. A short walk along the riverbank and then through one of the thick arched gateways and we were inside the medieval half-timbered old town, which is surrounded by a 14th-century wall. From the castle above, which is now a youth hostel, the views of the town and vineyards below, sitting alongside the river, were magnificent, even through the sky had turned grey.

    From our pitch, we could see for ourselves how busy the river is. Everything from rowing boats, to sailing boats, to river cruises and ferries and even enormous barges moving goods and containers up and down were using the river continuously. We were told that due to the direction and strength of the current that it takes 3 days for a barge to get from Rotterdam in Holland to Basel in Switzerland but only 1 1/2 days back. We could see this for ourselves when traffic suddenly seemed to stop dead on the water and then had to push hard with the engines to get going again. It kept us occupied while the stormy weather passed through.

    A bike journey took us along the west bank, through the villages, up to Koblenz after which we got a bit lost before we found our route down the east bank on the opposite side. Unlike the Mosel which has plenty of bridges crossing the river, the Rhine has many less and car ferries are used frequently to get across. We used one ourselves on our journey back to the campsite. It was all very efficient, just like the local trains which we also used to get back having walked to the next village 4 miles away.

    Luckily for us, the Dutch campsite owners were Formula One fans and so the four of us sat and watched the British GP and saw Lewis Hamilton make history becoming the most successful British driver ever by winning six British Grand Prix.

    Although surrounded by vines, we didn't manage to taste a lot as we were often out and about on the bike. A good reason to return.
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  • Day1

    Bacharach im Herbst

    October 12, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Um 10 Uhr waren wir on the road. Bei Sonnenschein ging es ohne Zwischenstopp direkt auf'n Camping 'Sonnenstrand' in Bacharach. Leider waren die guten Plätze am Rhein alle besetzt, aber unser ist auch nicht schlecht...
    Dann bummeln wir in den Ort und machen ein Päuschen mit Flammkuchen und einer kleinen Weinprobe.Read more

  • Day18

    Battling Bikies in Bingen

    June 15, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We discovered when we left Nackenheim this morning that the public holiday today is a religious festival, Corpus Christi. Little altars had appeared in doorways and on front steps overnight. This one was in front of the parish office. Church bells were full on this morning as well. We headed on to Mainz where the Main River joins the Rhine. A rather shabby sign at this point describes the water way from the Main through to the Mediterranean, 2000+ kilometres. I think Jan is pondering the challenge.

    Being a public holiday meant that the bike path was crowded, the day was hot and everyone was out for some sun. There were picnickers, riders of all ages, cars trying to find parking spaces, just generally hectic. We were heading for Rudesheim, then crossing the river by ferry to Bingen. Bingen is famous for being the birthplace of Hildegard of Bingen, 11 century philosopher and poet. In Rudesheim we planned to check out some of the sites related to Hildegard before getting the ferry.

    However we discovered that a festival of motor bikes, Harley's etc. had taken over Rudesheim. The noise was deafening, there must have been hundreds of bikes there. They're apparently planning to stay for a long weekend. We opted to get the ferry asap.

    The bikies had booked out the town so we're in an AirBnB just out of Bingen, a great little spot up the hill a bit. So of course dinner tonight was at the restaurant at the local winery. The specialty of the day puzzled us a bit but the owner talked it up. It turned out to be potatoes and boiled eggs with a special sauce, yoghurt and herbs. Surprisingly good, and the white wine was very nice. Red wine was a bit bland though.

    Here's hoping for a quieter day on the river tomorrow and as it's a short day, time to find out more about Hildegard before we leave Bingen.
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  • Day5

    Penalty verschossen!

    May 23, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Heute morgen war ich schon mitten im Anlauf beim Elfmeter und wechselte plötzlich meine ursprünglich ausgesuchte Ecke!
    Übersetzt: Ich hatte vor am Rhein entlang nach Bingen zu fahren (190km, 100 Höhenmeter)! Ich wechselte auf eine etwas direktere Route = FEHLER = 162 km mit 1300 Höhenmeter!😪😢 Mein Anhänger mit doch total 28 Kilo Gesamtgewicht meldete sich jeweils recht heftig bei den verschiedensten Aufstiegen! (Rekord: 18%‼️)
    Fazit! KEINE Abkürzungen mehr!👍
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  • Day2

    Vater Rhein

    June 18, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    habe ich ziemlich voll in seinem Bett gesehn.
    Friedhelm's Vorschlag folgend, bin ich nach Bingen gefahren und folge nun dem Rhein bis Koblenz. Auf der B9 ist erstaunlich wenig Verkehr auf dem Rhein dafür umso mehr.
    Am Deutschen Eck in Koblenz ist es muckelig warm weshalb ich ab hier mal wieder die Autobahn bemühen werde.Read more

  • Day1

    Schwabenheim 19.Juni 2019

    June 19, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Kurzreise Mosel Juni 2019

    Zuhause- Schwabenheim ca. 180 km

    da unser Urlaub vor 2 Wochen gestrichen wurde, aufgrund von Personalmangel, hört hört
    auch das gibt es beim Staat, haben wir uns doch gefreut wenigstens 5 Tage zu haben.
    Diesen Kurztrip wollen wir an der Mosel verbringen und sind deshalb auf dem Weg dahin wieder einmal in Schwabenheim gelandet.
    Leider ist es heute viel zu heiß, sodass Essen gehen ausfällt.
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