It's no surprise that we LOVED the Rhine River region during our 3 years living in Germany. In fact, I can't count how many time we frequented various villages along the river…sipping local wine, wandering the cobblestone streets, enjoying the slow-paced European way of life. Ahhh…total bliss. Living in the entryway city to the upper Rhine region (Wiesbaden) provided many perks, most notably the close proximity to fabulous wines and spectacular views, so it's easy to see why it ranks right up there as one of my favorite areas of in all of Germany (followed closely by Rothenburg & literally all of Bavaria). A few months before we said our final goodbyes to our life in Deutschland, we made it a point to have one last visit to a town we hadn't visited along the Rhine. Needless to say, our day exploring Bacharach was nothing short of lovely.
Bacharach is another one of those charming wine towns brimming with half-timbered houses, wrought-iron signs, and rich history peeking around every colorful alleyway. Did I mention wine? Of course, how could I not? There's a handful of great vintners stationed right in town, with their vineyards wrapped all around the city like blankets of grape heaven. We spent the afternoon snapping photos all around town, ducking in and out of cute antique shops, and taking in the amazing views from the town walls and Wernerkappele ruins. We also tried a scoop of Bacharach's famed Riesling wein-eis (Riesling ice cream)…DIVINE!
While you won't need a full day to explore (unless you fancy a castle hike to Burg Stahleck or a long, leisurely visit to a winery), Bacharach is yet another perfect example of quaint German charm. If you're visiting Germany from the states, I'd recommend making a weekend out of the Rhine River region--including stops in Boppard, St. Goar, Rüdesheim, and Bacharach, of course!
Have you ever visited Bacharach?
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