BingenJuly 14, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C
L'Europe en Camping Car recommended a visit to Rüdesheim am Rhein so we drove the few kilometres down river. Whilst there were many interesting looking buildings the place seemed to have become very much a tourist hotspot with Viking Cruise piers, kebab houses and souvenir shops. There was even Hollywood style 'Rüdesheimer Rottland' lettering on the vine clad hillside!
Deciding to move on, we followed directions from 'Aunty Satiya' who told us to cross the river. It was only when we reached the ferry terminal that we realised there was no bridge to cross! After a few seconds of indecision, we boarded with questions like 'how much is this going to cost?' and 'do we need a ticket?' ringing in our ears. It worked out great, with the ticket master asking us how long the van was and charging us just less than €10.
As we are doing a Rhein tour we were keen to wake up with a view of the river so we splashed out €16.50 to stay at Bingen's riverside campsite (still much cheaper than the majority of places in the UK!). It turns out that having crossed the river, not only did we have a view of the Rhein but we got to watch the sun set and rise over it too!
A tandem ride through the adjacent nature reserve revealed a refreshing display of flora and fauna, including Black Kites, nesting Storks, a range of butterflies and damselflies and stunning poppies in barley fields.
We used our last day at the campsite to pluck up the guts and head out in the canoe. The nature reserve was sectioned off from the main part of the river by a wall running down the channel, but as the river was in flood, the water had risen over it and the flow was still fast. 3.5km upstream and back satiated our yearning for the water and we returned happy (and about 4 times as quickly as we'd headed out!)Read more