Bacharach (pop 1877) is a town in the Middle Rhine Valley in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany.
Castle, which was built in the 11th Century, was initially the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne's reeves. Nowadays, it is a youth hostel overlooking the town. In the 19th century, Victor Hugo described Bacharach as one of the "world's prettiest towns".
By planeThe airport at Hahn is about 50 km and Frankfurt Airport is about 70 km away.
By trainTrains from Koblenz and Mainz run to Bacharach at least hourly. Sometimes, there are direct trains from Cologne as well. Otherwise, you would have to change the train at Koblenz. The line is Koblenz – Boppard – Oberwesel – Bacharach – Bingen am Rhein – Mainz. From Frankfurt airport it takes between 1 and 1.5 hours (with one change in Mainz).
By roadIs on the B9 16 km north of Bingen. Parking on the side of the main road, 50 cents an hour.
By boatThe Köln-Düsseldorfer Rheinschiffahrt, better known as KD, runs cruises and scheduled services up and down the river to towns between Cologne and Mainz.
Bingen-Rüdesheimer operates scheduled services between Rüdesheim and St. Goar.
Castle Stahleckis a large castle on a hill that is approx 1,000 years old. It is a bit of a walk but the views of the Rhine are magnificent, so it`s totally worth it.
Werner ChapelThe ruins are quite lovely and are on the way to Castle Stahleck.
Do a wine tasting 'carousel' in town.
Walk through the vineyards, taking the Rheinburgenweg going south. The Northerly direction gives good views but has a steep section not recommended for the casual walker.
Altes Hausaddress: Oberstraße 61
Altkölnischer Hofphone: +49 6743 1339address: Blücherstraße 2Traditional German style décor and food. Friendly service.
phone: +49 6743 1266This youth hostel is actually located inside the Castle Stahleck overlooking the Rhine Valley! It will be hard finding a place where you make the experience of sleeping in an actual Medieval castle for such a low price.
phone: +49 6743 1239address: Blücherstraße 41-45
phone: +49 6743 1715address: Oberstraße 64