4.5 based on 61 reviews
While on our Vantage River Cruise, we sailed past this castle on the Rhine River that sits high above the medieval town of Oberwesel. From our vantage point we definitely had a great view of this castle and I had to find out a bit more about it.
Like many of the Castles along the Rhine River, this castle is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The history of the castle dates back to sometime between 911 and 1166 but was burned down in 1689 by french soldiers. After 200 years it was bought and restored by a family and after another change of ownership in 1957, it has been a hotel and restaurant.
5 based on 143 reviews
Stefan's Wine and Christmas Paradise Stefan opened his shop, in St. Goar in the middle of the World heritage `Mittelrhein`, over 20 years ago. He is offering delecius Wines and Brandys made from his family. The first and still the most famous Brandy Stefan's family is producing is the peach Brandy. Made out of red peaches which are growing in the vineyards. Whenever you are entering the shop you will be offered a taste of it.: Be careful this Brandy make costumers return from all over the world. Today the variety of Stefan's Brandys got much bigger. The Menu offers something for every taste: from the famous peach Brandy to Blackberry Brandy, from different chocolate Brandys to winter apple brandy even a whisky or a cognac. And not to forget the Queen of the German wines 'Eiswein'. You will find this seldom wine as well in Stefan's shop. Eiswein must be produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugar and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does, allowing a more concentrated grape. With Eiswein, the freezing happens before the fermentation, not afterwards. Only healthy grapes keep in good shape until the opportunity arises for an Eiswein harvest, which in extreme cases can occur after the New Year, on a northern hemisphere calendar. This gives Eiswein its characteristic refreshing sweetness balanced by high acidity. Eiswein production is risky (the frost may not come at all before the grapes rot or are otherwise lost) and requires the availability of a large enough labor force to pick the whole crop within a few hours, at a moment's notice, on the first morning that is cold enough. This results in relatively small amounts of Eiswein being made world-wide, making Eiswein generally quite expensive. You have some time in St. Goar come in and enjoy a free wine and Brandy tasting. Or enjoy your time browsing through the Christmas shop. You are visiting St. Goar with a group, no problem give a call and we set up a tasting with some snacks for you. Or what do you think of a free tasting at your home? And don't worry when your bottles get empty you can always order online and we ship it directly to your home. And of course we will reimburse your shipping as well when you order online.
Stefan is the best shopkeeper/friend you can have in St. Goar. Also say hello to his son - Joe - if he isn't working at his other labors.
Friendly atmosphere, great product selection, and amazing people. Also we received our shipment of souvenirs 8 days after we returned (18 days after visiting ).
Stefan's Wine Paradise is worth a detour.
4.5 based on 75 reviews
While on our Vantage River Cruise, we sailed by this castle that actually sits on an island on the Rhine River. From our vantage point we definitely had a great view of this castle. It dates back to about 1327 and was built for the purpose of collecting tolls. It certainly is very unique.
4 based on 219 reviews
A lot of fences and construction mars the scenery these days. Paid parking. Mediocre restaurants on site. The view is nice but I liked others better, like the free one overlooking Bacharach just down the road. But that took some finding up windy dirt roads, whereas Loreley is clearly marked. So I guess it's Ok for a quick visit.
4.5 based on 198 reviews
The views are well worth the effort of the walk. It is open from 7am to 10pm for drinks and food although it is really a youth hostel so do not be surprised if the peace is shattered by a group of children coming or going! Vista is superb. Just past the entrance to the Burg is another viewing platform, a must as well.
3.5 based on 21 reviews
I would recommend this attraction. It's good fun but you'll want to do it a few times so buy several tickets!! The man was vey good about showing you what to do and how to get the most out of the run.
4.5 based on 54 reviews
After 20 minutes on the boat from St. Goar, we arrive at Oberwesel. Oberwesel boasts some of the best medieval wall and tower remains on the Rhine. We enter the city, see the town walls, and climb the stairs to walk along the medieval town wall. 16 of its 21 original towers still stand. It's nice to explore the city from the town walls, and there are nice views.
4.5 based on 396 reviews
The Castle is well worth a visit. Just make shore you have good footwear on as it is uneven inside.You can get good views from here over the river.
4.5 based on 78 reviews
The Postenturm was the very first activity we did after checking into our hotel. We accessed it by walking along the road through the beautiful town gate. We paused here to take photos of 2 falcons nesting in the town wall, got some beautiful shots of them. We continued up the trail and were rewarded by breathtaking views of Bacharach and the Rhein. There are some very steep steps up the hill but there is a cable railing which makes for a great support. Take your time, rest if necessary, but don't miss this! One hint, after going all the way to the top there is a road which goes back down to the town...much easier descent and no steps!
4.5 based on 10 reviews
You'd need to know this museum was there, as you'd never stumble across it. Commemorating Blucher's crossing on the Rhine in the Napoleonic Wars, it has a decent mix of historic sweep and minutiae - uniforms, badges, guns, other weaponry, odd documents, personal effects. It is small, quiet (no-one else appeared while I was there) but gripping. Worth a stop as you race up or down the Rhine, and Kaub has an excellent ferry service from the West Bank of the river.
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