Guide on Bacharach (our favorite German town) and Highlights of the Rhine

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Bacharach is a small town situated on one of the most scenic stretches of the Rhine river. It is about an hour and a half from Frankfurt, or about 15 minutes away from Bingen (the nearest “big” town). This stretch of the Rhine is dotted with castles and small towns that historically made its money from the tolls extracted from vessels passing down the river. The area is also know for its white wines which are harvested from the vineyards that line the hills along the river.

looking up at Bacharach, Germany

We absolutely loved Bacharach. It is a charming small town with friendly people, historic old buildings, cobblestone streets, and a big old castle with nice views on the river. Eating and drinking here were fantastic and a highlight of our trip. It is also a great base to take a cruise down the Rhine and taking in the castles along it’s banks.

Photos from around Bacharach:

buildings in Bacharach, Germany

wolfsholhe, Bacharach, Germany

architecture in Bacharach, Germany

Night in Bacharach, Germany


Eating and drinking in Bacharach

wine tasting, Bacharach, Germany

All the vineyards along the Rhine make Bacharach a great place to do wine tasting. We found 2 places that had wine tasting facilities – Fritz Bastian’s Weingut zum Gruner Baum (next to the Altes Haus), the most popular one, had a wine tasting carousel of 16 different Rieslings for about 10 Euros. The wines were very good. The 2nd option, Weingut Toni Just Hahnehhof, was even better in our opinion. Although you only get 6 wines (for I think 8 Euros) the glasses were bigger and – in our opinion – of better quality. But they are both really worth visiting.

restaurants in Bacharach, Germany

We usually had lunch at the restaurant of Hotel Burg Stahleck in the shadows of the church. They make great thin-crusted pizza – Alsatian Pizza – with feta cheese. Superb. We would have it with a bottle of one of our favorite wines (above – a 2007 Bacharacher Wolfshohle).

Altes Haus, Bacharach, Germany

For super we would eat at the Altes Haus (above left), the oldest building in town (1368) and the best restaurant in Bacharach as far as we were concerned. Great food (they have a great vegetarian ravioli), the service is good, great decor, and fantastic wine (another of our favorites- 2007 Riesling-Hochgewachs Halbtrocken). The Altes Haus holds special memories for us – after bailing out on proposing to Lissette in Venice, I did here. Of course she said yes :).

inside the Altes Haus, Bacharach, Germany

bbqboy in Bacharach, Germany

Spanky in Bacharach, Germany


Castles along the Rhine:

We didn’t just eat and drink, we also took a cruise down the river (they serve Riesling on board as well) and saw some of the main highlights between Bacharach and St.Goar: Schonburg castle (below, partly red), Pfalz Castle (below – white castle), Gutenfels castle (in background of Pfalz), the Loreley (large cliff overlooking river – not pictured here).

Schonburg castle, Rhine, Germany

Pfalz and Gutenfels castle, Rhine, Germany

Rheinfels Castle in St. Goar (about 10 km, or 45 min by boat from Bacharach)

Rheinfels Castle in St. Goar, Rhine, Germany

Rheinfels Castle in St. Goar, Rhine

Below left: German bathroom humour

german bathroom, rhine, Germany

german flag on the rhine


We stayed at Hotel Am Markt in Bacharach. 65 Euros for a double room, the cheapest on our trip. It’s great being back in Germany after expensive Switzerland. We stayed in Room 2 which is the only one with a balcony. Comfortable, clean, no frills but cheap. 4 out of 5 considering everything. And right across from the Altes Haus for those nights when you stagger back after too much to drink.

views fromHotel Am Markt, Bacharach, Germany

Bacharach might not have been as WOW as some of the other places on this trip but it ended up as one of our favorite spots (along with Venice and Lauterbrunnen – all for different reasons). We would definitely come back.


Have you been to Bacharach? Any recommendations on other European towns that have charmed you in the same way?




  1. I love the architecture of this place. Very old-world European. I bet the food was just as wonderful. I have to step out of the Frankfurt airport more and see what’s around.

    • Thanks Sherry – the architecture was like something that came out of Hansel and Gretel! Germany is probably our favorite European country.

  2. I love this type of a small town in Germany – the way the houses look and the surrounding areas. I see that there are a lot of things to discover in the area, but that one enjoys calm and relaxation in Bacharach. I will consider it for my next trip in Germany 🙂
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  3. Ok, this officially takes the cake as my favorite post from you two 🙂 Talk about an absolutely stunning place! I have a deep passion for medieval village towns and this one is certainly an exemplary star to choose from!

    • Thanks Tim – I actually heard about the place thanks to a Rick Steve’s guidebook, which would usually mean a lot of American tourists. But no, still a very quiet little town. We loved it.

  4. I so want to visit the wineries along the Rhone! We spent some time in the Moselle River Valley last fall and it was just gorgeous.
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  5. I’ve never heard of this place, but it sure does look lovely. We didn’t get a chance to explore this area of Germany when we were there, but it looks like a place we would enjoy. I love the small German towns and how perfectly pretty they are!
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  6. I’m so glad to see another fan of Bacharach 🙂 I visited last February when the temperatures were in the minuses and we seemed to be the only souls wandering around! I’d love to come back when it’s warmer and you’ve given me extra reason to with that wine carousel!
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  7. I have to say that Bacharach is new to me. I hope that on my next visit to Germany I will be able to check it out. You seem to have enjoyed your visit there very much.
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  8. I went for 10 days with my brother and saw a lot of Germany. We stumbled upon Bacharach on a cold and rainy day. My favorite place. Absolutely gorgeous town- would recommend it t anyone. Stunningly beautiful for a very old town- I am sure if we do it again that we would have to stay at least one night there.

    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Great! I’m glad you also loved it. We have quite a lot of German friends and they’ve never even heard of Bacharach. So it’s nice to know we’ve come to know and love a place off the beaten track…

  9. I am planning a trip to Germany and this was very helpful. What River cruise did you take?

    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Hi Jocelyn – it wasn’t part of a cruise (we visited Bacharach independently). But you can take a ferry up and down the river (kind of like a hop on/hop off) and visit the various towns and castles.
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  10. Helen Visser says:

    Great review of Bacharach! I am going in September this year. I am having a hard time finding information on when the restaurants in this town open and close. I presume they only take cash and no credit cards. Please help, if you can.
    Thanks so much!

    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Hi Helen,
      That trip was a while ago so my memory not fresh…but I don’t think there were any issues paying with credit cards. It’s a small town and things tend to close a bit early, one evening we were drinking wine too long and got to the restaurant late. Best to be there latest 8pm.
      Let me know how your visit goes. Lovely place!
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  11. Hi there! Love your blog and your photos! Planning to be in Bacharach later this month and would love to go to the wine tasting place that served the glasses as you’ve pictured. Can you clarify which restaurant/bar that was? It looks very interesting!

  12. This is Hilarious. I’m in Hotel Am Markt, Room #2 as I’m posting this. Love tha Balocny!

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