Castles, Beer and Schnitzel...somebody pinch me!!!

Trip Start Apr 30, 2008
Trip End May 20, 2008

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Flag of Germany  , Rhineland-Palatinate,
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

We got up early and had a decent breakfast at the hotel. Lettie is a good host and tries very hard to please the guests. There are 2 other couples down in the breakfast room. We took the train to Moselkern so we can see Burg Eltz. I have seen pictures of this castle and I am willing to travel out of my way to see it. I love all the castle/medieval stuff and this is the castle that I have thought about since I was a kid. By train, you get off in Moselkern and hike about an hour through the woods before the castle suddenly emerges and knocks you off your feet. The trail itself was very pretty and followed alongside Eltz creek. There was a couple of school groups out that day to see the castle as well. European kids don't know how lucky they are. We get Aunt Sally's Farm and lame petting zoos for school trips, and they get castles! Anyways, back to the castle. The castle was built in the 12th century, but looks today like it did in 1472. We had to  take an English tour to enter the castle which was a good thing because there were a lot of interesting facts and information of the rooms in the castle. Our group was small, but with our good luck (insert sarcasm) the most annoying couple attached themselves to us and would not shut up! The castle is still inhabited by the Eltz family today. Makes my place look like a dump!

We hiked back down to Moselkern and just missed our train. The next train would come by in an hour, so we decided to find a place and have a drink. We went to this nice outdoor cafe that was along the Mosel River and I had a Bitburger (very good beer!). Hartley had an apple juice and of course I had to make fun of that!

We caught our train and headed to Boppard, a Rhine River town, and explored around there for awhile. We relaxed in another cafe so Hartley can reclaim his manhood and he ordered a beer. I had a glass of white wine as I am a very sophistimicated person! As we went back to catch our train to Bacharach we stopped in at a supermarket (Penny Markt) and bought some food and a bottle of cherry Jenever (only 6 dollars!). We drank our bottle (loving the lax liquor laws here!) and did dirty things to a statue. Found out it was a statue of Engelbert Humperdink. hehe.

Made it to Bacharach and ate dinner at the Alte Haus. It is the oldest house in Bacharach (1492) and the food was very good. The menu was only in German and the waitress didn't speak English, so we just randomly pointed at an item like the previous night in St Goar. I ended up with schnitzel and fries and Hartley had beef in a cream sauce. We then walked off the food by exploring the town and walked up a hill to see some tower ruins. The views were spectacular of the town above and the Rhine River!

What we liked about Bacharach/Rhine area:
Castles! cobblestoned streets, half timbered houses, outdoor cafes, beautiful views of Rhine, slow relaxed pace.

What we disliked:
Absolutely nothing!

Ideal stay would be three nights as I would have liked to have seen the other castles.
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