Bacharach on the Rhine

While looking for a place to stay in between visits to Trier and Heidelberg, we stumbled across one of the most perfect German villages I’ve ever seen. Bacharach on the Rhine is made up almost exclusively of medieval timber framed houses with the oldest dating from 1368.

Bacharach on the Rhine in Germany

Sometimes when visiting Germany I get a bit bored with seeing this kind of architecture everywhere but Bacharach is so quaint and adorable I loved every minute I spent there. Each house is so well preserved and maintained it really is like stepping back in time.

Bacharach Timber Framed Houses

Bacharach is situated on the Rhine Gorge not far from Wiesbaden and Frankfurt and it would be an easy day trip from either city or it’s a great place to visit if you’re passing through like I was. The Rhine Gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular wine growing region.

Vineyards on the Rhine Gorge near Bacharach

White wine is the predominant wine produced here with most of those being Riesling but we also tried a decent red and a very nice sparkling wine. There are a number of small shops in the centre where you can taste the local wine. Most of them stocked wines from the local Mittelrhein wine region and I’d definitely recommend the Jost Riesling.

Before going crazy wine tasting you might want to take the steep walk up the hill to see the 12th century Stahleck Castle. The castle has had various uses over the years including as an internment camp for German youth before being shipped off to concentration camps during the war. It’s currently used as a hostel.

Stahleck Castle Hostel in Bacharach

On the way up to Stahleck Castle you’ll pass the ruins of a Gothic chapel.

Wernerkapelle Gothic Chapel in Bacharach

Next to the chapel is a viewing platform where you get the best views over the Rhine Gorge and the rest of the town.

Saint Peter’s Evangelical Church

Bacharach is a small town of only 2000 people so there isn’t a lot to do but stroll the cobblestone streets and enjoy the local food and wine.

Bacharach

Where to Eat

There are lots of places to eat around town but I’d recommend getting away from the main square and trying some more wine and German food at Weingut Karl Heidrich wine bar.

Weingut Karl Heidrich Wine Bar

You also get a great view of the castle from there.

Wine Bar in Bacharach Germany

While Bacharach is an easy day trip from nearby towns, I think it’s worth staying overnight to appreciate the town and the great food and wine you’ll find there.

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Andrea Anastasakis is the founder and author of travel blog Destination Europe. She is currently living in Paris, France. Subscribe to the RSS feed and become a fan on Facebook.

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