Mouse Tower (Mäuseturm) and the Rhine Valley

Bingen am Rhein (pop 24,000) is a town in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany located at the junction of the Rhine and the Nahe, across the river from Rüdesheim. It came into being as a strategically important location for the Romans.


Bingen was the home of one of the most incredible women in history, Hildegard von Bingen. It was here on the northern banks of the Nahe, that the Benedictine Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) founded her cloister upon the grave of the holy Rupertus. It is remarkable to note that in her "Physica", Hildegard von Bingen includes more than 250 plants and many folk remedies and "natural" medicinal methods of treatment. A scholar, artist, poet, preacher and composer (you can get CD's of her music at most major music stores), she was one of the most dominant and influential women of the Middle Ages (if she had been a man, she would have rivaled the Pope in influence). The Historisches Museum am Strom has an impressive display on her or you can also visit the Hildegard Forum, which has additional displays on Hildegard, including a restaurant that serves foods reflecting her nutritional teachings.

Get in

By train

There are two stations in Bingen on the West Rhine railway (Linke Rheinstrecke:) Mainz – Bingen Stadt – Bingen Hauptbahnhof – Koblenz – Köln (Cologne)

By car

The town is north of the Nahetal Dreieck, the A61-A63 interchange. The A61 provides a good connection from northern and southern Germany.

For a more scenic and slower drive, the B9 from Bonn provides a good way to see the Middle Rhine Valley.

From Hesse the car ferry from Rüdesheim is a recommended journey. Take the opportunity to get out of the car during the crossing for a great views of the river and valley.

By bus

see Intercity buses in Germany

By boat

Get around


River Rhine and Nahe, and the Rheingau






Go next

Burg Rheinstein near Trechtingshausen
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