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.
Trains run regularly to Bacharach. 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).
Is on the B9, 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.
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.
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, ☎ . Traditional German style décor and food. Friendly service.
- Castle Stahleck Youth Hostel, ☎ . a great experience.
- Pension Im Malerwinkel, Blücherstraße 41-45, ☎ .
- Hotel am Markt, Oberstraße 64, ☎ .