A day in the Rhine Valley
Trip Start Aug 25, 2006
32Trip End Jan 07, 2007
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Pictures that I uploaded to this blog include Ruine Ehrenfels which is a 1208 fort in the middle of vineyards on the east side of the Rhine. Next you will see Rheinstein Castle on the west bank. It is claimed to be one of the most beautiful castles along the Rhine. Next is Burg Reichenstein from the 11th century. I found an interesting travel log and history written by Tim Vogel in 1993 on the web here or since the castle is now used as a hotel, you can also find some history on the Hotel Burg Reichenstein website. The next picture is of Burg Sooneck which was built in the year 1000. Next was Die Pfalz which is a 14 century toll station built in the Rhine River. Brief, interesting summaries of the Castles along the Rhine River can be found here.
We continued our drive up the east side of the Rhine as far as Loreley, then came back to the village of Kaub to take a car ferry across to the west bank of the river as we wanted to see the famed Loreley from a distance. After stopping for a few pictures of the Loreley, we continued our drive up to our planned destination of Boppard where we took the Sesselbahn
(chairlift) up to the top of the mountain for a spectacular view of the Rhine valley and a loop back in the Rhine RiverCastle Schwarzenstein which sits above Schloss Johannisberg where we planned to have dinner in this spectacular restaurant recommended by one of Juergen's friends. After wandering through multiple Rhine villages including Eltville, Erbach, Oestrich, Winkel and Johannisberg, we finally made our way up to Ruine Schwarzenstein. As promised, the place was spectacular. The last picture in the slideshow is taken from the terrace dinning room, overlooking the grape arbors and Rhine Valley. Unfortunately, we were both still quite full from the late lunch (damn that Eintopf!), so found it hard to justify what would surely be a 200+ Euro dinner. Fortunately, the waitstaff recommended an almost equally nice venue at another restored/converted castle right on the river down in Eltville. We made our way back into Eltville (I think for the 4th or 5th time today!) and had a very nice dinner at Burg Crass getting away for only 75 Euros.