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Spending the Night in Bacharach

August 12th · 1 Comment

Bacharach Train Stop Sign

Bacharach Train Stop Sign

After our day in Koln, we made our way to the sleepy town of Bacharach. Bacharach was once the biggest wine trading points on the Rhine because reefs up the river forced boats to unlead cargo up the river and reload them here.

We spent the night of July 29th, 2009 in Bacharach.

Main Street Bacharach

Main Street Bacharach

We arrived by train and unloaded ourselves at the station located to the western end of the town. The first thing that stood out was the castle on top of the mountain, it was the Jugendherberge Stahleck, a castle now used as a youth hostel. As we walked along the main road, we passed by the usual sights – tourist information, a church, Italian ice cream shop, some restaurants, a few more hotels, and finally Hotel am Markt, where we would call home for the next twelve hours.

Checking into the Hotel am Markt consisted of finding a waitress and asking her for our keys. Our room, pictured below, was spacious and the bathroom was tiny (typical of many of these places). Once we unloaded our gear, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the Jugendherberge Stahleck.

At first we were a little confused on how to get to the Stahleck. If you’re in the area and looking to go up, just find the church and find the set of steps to the left of the church. Then just keep on going. It’s 500 feet, so it’s a ways but once you reach the castle then you’ve definitely reached it.

We went in, walked into the receptionist area, and then down the stairs to the kitchen. Once in there, we bought a bottle of Reisling for 9.95 euros (which we thought was remarkably cheap, but later saw that you could buy good wine for as little as 3 euro!). The Reisling was a Mittelrheen (middle Rhein) variety too, so a local wine. We took our bottle and our wine glasses and enjoyed it thoroughly on the patio, savoring a fantastic view of the Rhein.

Rhine View from Berg Stehleck

Rhine View from Berg Stehleck

Afterwards, we wandered down the mountain and then up and down the main street, eventually settling on our own hotel for food. Italian pasta!

After dinner, we walked down the Italian ice cream cafe to enjoy the local favorite, Reisling ice cream. It was a mere 0.70 euros a scoop! We couldn’t believe how cheap it was. It tasted just like Reisling and the aftertaste reminded me of the aftertaste of lemon flavored gellato and ice creams.

Great wine, great view, great food, great ice cream… and we were ready for some great sleep.

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