Bacharach

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Bacharach

Step past a 14th-century wall to uncover the medieval delights of a riverside town famous for its imposing castle and winemaking traditions.

Bacharach is a striking town in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Like many of Rhineland’s towns, it sits on the banks of the River Rhine, framed by beautiful rolling green landscapes. Wander the storybook town center, visit medieval monuments, join scenic river cruises and experience Rhine Valley viticulture. First mentioned in the 11th century, Bacharach grew to become an important wine shipping port. Its romantic charm has attracted artists and poets for nearly 1,000 years.

Enter the town through the gates of the ancient wall and discover a picture-perfect setting characterized by half-timbered houses with flower-filled gardens. Climb onto the old ramparts to enjoy top-down town views. Spot some of the 10 towers, such as Marktturm and Postenturm, which formed part of the wall. The largest tower, Kranenturm, is now a hotel.

Stroll along the main street, which changes its name from Koblenzer Straße to Oberstraße and Mainzer Straße. Admire the collection of historic buildings, including the Rathaus Town Hall. The 14th-century Alte Haus, Alter Zollhof and Haus Sickingen are fine examples of half-timbered architecture. Appreciate the Romanesque and gothic features of St. Peter’s Church.

Follow a path from Oberstraße to the gothic ruins of Werner Chapel. Continue uphill to the 11th-century Stahleck Castle. Once home of the Count Palatine of Bacharach and the King of Prussia, the castle became a youth hostel in 1926. Appreciate views of the Rhine Gorge from this lofty location above Bacharach.

Relax at the town’s grassy and tree-lined riverfront park. Ferries depart from the park’s jetties on tours up and down the Rhine River. Travel north to Oberwesel and Sankt Goar. Head south to Assmannshausen, Bingen and Rüdesheim am Rhein.

Bacharach is about 50 miles (85 kilometers) west of Frankfurt and 118 miles (190 kilometers) south of Duesseldorf. Trains connect the town with numerous destinations across Germany. June is a good time to visit, when the nearby suburb of Steeg honors the Rhine’s winemaking heritage with the Weinblütenfest (Wine Blossom Festival).

Hotel Bacharacher Hof
Hotel Bacharacher Hof
3 out of 5
Marktstraße 8, Bacharach, Rheinland-Pfalz
The price is $71 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, and Falkenau. Bluecher Museum Kaub and Hessen ...
4.4/5Excellent! (23 reviews)
"Grand looking hotel and a great breakfast. Bedroom was too small and far too hot. No shower screen and no shampoo, shower gel or soap provided"

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Hotel Bacharacher Hof
Ferienwohnungen & Gästezimmer Kachel
Ferienwohnungen & Gästezimmer Kachel
3 out of 5
Blucherstraße 148, Bacharach
Situated in the suburbs, this vacation home is within 12 mi (20 km) of Rheinstein Castle, Loreley, and Rheinfels Castle. Assmanshausen Cable Car and Niederwald ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Short break in beautiful Bacharach
"The stay was excellent from the moment Ingrid chose to meet us off the train at Bacharach station in her car. She then gave us a detailed and informative tour of the town and it’s environs. She was full of good ideas and tips to ensure we made the most of our time with her and her breakfasts were ..."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

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Rhein-Hotel Bacharach
Rhein-Hotel Bacharach
3.5 out of 5
Langstrasse 50, Bacharach, Rheinland-Pfalz
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, and Falkenau. Bluecher Museum Kaub and Hessen ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
"Very beautiful stay. From our window we could see the ruins of the old church and the castle. 10/10 would stay again and recommend to a friend or family member."

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2020

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Rhein-Hotel Bacharach
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Ferienwohnungen & Gästezimmer Kachel
Ferienwohnungen & Gästezimmer Kachel
3 out of 5
Blucherstraße 148, Bacharach
Situated in the suburbs, this vacation home is within 12 mi (20 km) of Rheinstein Castle, Loreley, and Rheinfels Castle. Assmanshausen Cable Car and Niederwald ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Short break in beautiful Bacharach
"The stay was excellent from the moment Ingrid chose to meet us off the train at Bacharach station in her car. She then gave us a detailed and informative tour of the town and it’s environs. She was full of good ideas and tips to ensure we made the most of our time with her and her breakfasts were ..."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

Ferienwohnungen & Gästezimmer Kachel
Cozy half-timbered house for large groups / families up to 17 persons
Cozy half-timbered house for large groups / families up to 17 persons
Bacharach, Rhineland-Palatinate
Situated in Bacharach, this vacation home is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Pfalzgrafenstein Castle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Falkenau and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle. Bluecher ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Tolles Ferienhaus für große Familien
"Wir haben dort eine Woche als Großfamilie verbracht und den Aufenthalt sehr genossen (schönes Haus mit großem Garten, tolle und ruhige Lage, gute Ausstattung)."

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

Cozy half-timbered house for large groups / families up to 17 persons
Romantic apartment for 2-4 P on the Rheinhöhe
Romantic apartment for 2-4 P on the Rheinhöhe
Bacharach, Rhineland-Palatinate
This family-friendly Bacharach apartment building is located on a river, within 2 mi (3 km) of Pfalzgrafenstein Castle and Falkenau. Bluecher Museum Kaub and ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Entspannte Auszeit hoch über dem Rhein
"Über Pfingsten verbrachten wir wunderbar entschleunigte Tage in dieser sehr schönen, bunten, gemütlichen Ferienwohnung. Alles, was man so braucht ist vorhanden. Es ist sehr, sehr ruhig. Die Wohnung liegt in einem kleinen Vorort von Bacharach, der von dort aus über eine abenteuerliche Kurvenstraße ..."

Reviewed on May 30, 2021

Romantic apartment for 2-4 P on the Rheinhöhe
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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