Many famous writers of the “Romantic” period
visited Bacharach including Heinrich Heine, Clemens of Brentano and
Victor Hugo. This picturesque wine town "breathes the atmosphere of
the Middle Ages”. A wine market first took place here in the year
1310. The view of the town is dominated by the charming “Stahleck”
castle and the gothic “Wernerkapelle” (a ruined chapel) as well as
the preserved town wall with a number of defensive towers. A walk up
to the castle “Stahleck“ will offer you stunning views of the river
Rhine and surrounding area. Travel back to medieval times as you
stroll through the delightful cobbled streets surrounded by
beautiful, vine-covered buildings or enjoy a delicious glass of wine
from the region in one of the many traditional wine bars.
Particularly impressive, medieval style
half-timbered buildings to be found in Bacharach are the “Altes
Haus” (Restaurant), historic center and the restored Town wall
There are scenic walking and bicycle tours along the Rhine following
the B9 or B42 roads in the direction of Koblenz (north) or Mainz (south).
You can also go into the hills (Rheinhöhen) by car to experience
fantastic views of the Rhine and hillside vineyards and continue
onward by foot or by bicycle. Bicycle hire is possible in Bacharach.
The walking trails about the Rhine rideways are the Rhein-Burgen-Weg
and the Rhein-Steig
In addition if you have a motorbike there are amazing, panoramic
tours up in the hills of the surrounding area (Rheinischen
Schiefergebirge) Hunsrück – Taunus -Westerwald – and Eifel areas
If you prefer to relax with a pleasant cruise up or down the river
Rhine, you can sit back and savour the delightful scenery from the
comfort of a boat with commentary explaining the history of all the
sights along the way.
You can enjoy swimming, surfing, canoeing and there is a landing
stage for motorboats at the water sports club in Bacharach (WSV).
There are also opportunities for:
Golf: Jacobsberger golf course at BoppardTennis courts: Bacharach,
Oberwesel, Boppard, and Bingen
Rock climbing: In the Morgenbachtal at Trechtingshausen
Fishing: In the Rhine
Rowing: Guest-rowing at the Bacharach Rowing Club where there is a
facility for the laying out of rowing boats or canoes.
Outdoor swimming pools: Boppard, St. Goar, Kaub, Bingen, and Simmern
Indoor swimming pools: Ingelheim, Rheinböllen, St.Goarshausen, and