Sankt Goar is a small quaint town in the Middle Rhine Valley near the Loreley in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany, with a lovely atmosphere and pretty scenery.
By carThe B9 goes through the town and is about half way (30 km) between Bingen and Koblenz. Alternatively 12 km from the A61 exit 42 Emmelshausen.
By trainTrain station St. Goar of the line Mainz – Koblenz.
- Bingen-Rüdesheimer cruise boat to/from Bingen and Rüdesheim.
- The Köln-Düsseldorfer Rheinschiffahrt, better known as KD, runs cruises and scheduled services up and down the river between Cologne and Mainz, stopping in Sankt Goar.
Castle RhinefelsLooming formidably above Sankt Goar and the Rhine valley, the large and partially ruined fortress of Burg Rhinefels is definitely worth a visit on any trip to the Rhineland. The fortress's first components were built in 1245 by Count Diether von Katzenelnbogen. Other rulers of the region made their own contributions to the construction castle. It was eventually ruined by members of the French Revolutionary Army when they were invading the area. Despite its partially ruined state, the fortress retains a strong sense of dignity and strength.
While visiting Burg Rheinfels it is important to note that the current overall size of the castle is only one fifth of its original size before the destruction of it by the French Army in 1797. One way to understand the former size of the fortress is to explore the underground tunnels built during the 30 Years War. These tunnels were built under the flat, undefended plain to the West of the castle by the garrison of the castle. The tunnels were filled with gunpowder, and in theory, as an approaching enemy army neared the castle by way of the flat plain, the gunpowder would be ignited and eventually explode, sending the enemy army falling to their death. However this secret weapon was never put to use so the tunnels formerly housing gunpowder can be visited today. It is a tight fit and flashlights are needed.
Stiftskirche St. Goaraddress: Markt 3Romanesque crypt comes from the late 11th century. Wall paintings from the latter half of the 15th century. Late Gothic gallery.
phone: +49 6741 7270address: Sonnengasse 8
phone: +49 6741 1614address: Heerstraße 87
phone: +49 6741 1635address: Heerstraße 95
address: Gründelbach 49, 56329 St. GoarFamily-run vineyard with an outdoor restaurant that serves delicious local food. Their wines, along with jams and homemade wine gums, are also available for purchase in their shop (around 8-12€ a bottle).
phone: +49 6741 802-0address: Schloßberg 47Attached to the hotel, through the small shop is a restaurant with an excellent view of the valley.
phone: +49 6741 1698address: Gründelbach 73