It is a small ancient town on the west bank of the Rhine. It existed before the Romans as a Celtic settlement. Its name Baccaracum came from the God of Bacchus as it supplied wine to the ancient territories. The medieval town is extremly well-preserved and can easily be called a hidden gem. Stahleck Castle, which was built in the 11th Century, was initially the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne's reeves. Nowadays, it is a youth hostel overlooking the town. In the 19th century, Victor Hugo described Bacharach as one of the "world's prettiest towns".
Trains from Koblenz and Mainz run to Bacharach at least hourly. Sometimes, there are direct trains from Cologne as well. Otherwise, you would have to change the train at Koblenz. The line is Koblenz – Boppard – Oberwesel – Bacharach – Bingen am Rhein – Mainz. From Frankfurt airport it takes between 1 and 1.5 hours (with one change in Mainz).
Is on the B9 16 km north of Bingen. Parking on the side of the main road, 50 cents an hour.
The town is small so walking is the best way to get around.
The Castle Stahleck is a large castle on a hill that is approx 1,000 years old. It is a bit of a walk but the views of the Rhine are magnificent, so it`s totally worth it.
The ruins of the Werner Chapel are quite lovely and are on the way to Castle Stahleck.
Take a cruise along the Rhine.
Do a wine tasting 'carousel' in town.
Walk through the vineyards. Would recommend taking the Rheinburgenweg going south. The Northerly direction gives good views but has a steep section not recommended for the casual walker.
Several shops sell souvenirs, especially local wine. Despite its small size, there is at least a supermarket in town.
There is a large number of restaurants catering to tourists in the town. Here are a few suggestions
- Altes Haus, Oberstraße 61.
- Altkölnischer Hof, Blücherstraße 2, ☎ +49 6743 1339. Traditional German style décor and food. Friendly service.
- Castle Stahleck Youth Hostel, ☎ +49 6743 1266. This youth hostel is actually located inside the Castle Stahleck overlooking the Rhine Valley! It will be hard finding a place where you make the experience of sleeping in an actual Medieval castle for such a low price. beds from 21,50€.
- Pension Im Malerwinkel, Blücherstraße 41-45, ☎ +49 6743 1239.
- Hotel am Markt, Oberstraße 64, ☎ +49 6743 1715.