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Day trip to Saint Goar

Go by the ship approx. 100 minutes to Saint Goar.

By excavation findings is proved that Saint Goar was already settled in Roman time. Assistants were necessary, so that the ships could overcome the reefs in the Loreley. Presumably there was also a Rhine ferry which protected a Roman street to the close-situated Limes. The small settlement owes its current name to the holy Goar, an Aquitaine missionary. He sat down in the year 550 here and founded in the Lohbach mouth a hermitage as well as a Christian hostel for poor and travellers. His grave developed to a much-visited pilgrimage site which was overseen by a cleric's community. Since the 8-th century this council with its possession was subordinated of the abbey Prüm (Eifel). First the counts of Arnstein and from 1190 the counts of Katzenelnbogen were used as the stewards of the cloister who were heir 1479 of the landgraves of Hessen.

From 1444 the Gothic hall of the monastery church was established. The elegant net vaults and the colour creation are more than substantially. The frescoes were discovered in 1905 again, they show the most entire Late-Gothic decorations in Rhineland. The pulpit formed with excellent sculptures of 1460 and two gravestones got over the introduction of the Reformation as the only pieces of the equipment. The grave monuments of Philipp II and his spouse Anna Elisabeth von Bayern are in an own grave chapel. They come from Wilhelm Vernukken, the master of the Cologne city hall vestibule.

The Catholic parish church Saint Goar might be established 1660 only beyond the city walls. This construction was substituted at the end of 19-th century with the current one. The centre is a Late-Gothic wing altar from the school of the house book master around 1480. In the bell tower, earlier a gate tower of the city wall, is immured a representation of the holy Goar, originally a keystone of the monastery church. Above the right side altar the cover plate of the Tumba of the saint's grave is let in, a very expressive work of the 14-th century.

 
Rheinfels and Rheinfelspfad

High about the city there lies the fortress ruin Rheinfels. The Rheinfels was the biggest and mightiest castle - fortress on the Rhine. In 1245 the core was established and in the 16-th century it was extended in a residence castle in the style of the Renaissance and became at the same time the biggest fortress on the Rhine. 1692 Rheinfels resisted as the only fortress on the left side of the Rhine troops of Ludwig XIV. The defenders of the fortress in the Palatine war of succession succeeded in repulsing the siege by 28,000 French soldiers. Also in 1734 it stood firm to a siege. In 1794 it was handed over to French troops and in 1796/97 the outside works, the donjon and the so-called Darmstädter construction were sprinkled. 200 years after the destruction it provides still as a ruin the impression of former size.

On the Rheinfelspfad walls, plants and animals tell the history of this unusual castle. The Rheinfels is the ideal castle for children. The ruin and the gigantic way systems invite for rummaging and discovering. Everywhere there is to see new and interesting, the orientation in the interlocking walls is a special challenge.

The Rheinfelspfad offers distributed information about the whole castle on every board especially for children all around the history of the Rheinfels and the scenery as well as the life and the living beings in the castle.

In the museum of the castle there are other discovery possibilities. In a visit (about 25 minutes on foot uphill) you enjoy the wide view about the Rhine Valley or the good kitchen and excellent wine of the Schlosshotel or the Schlossschänke.

Castle and castle museum

Opening times for castle and museum: Easter to 1st Sunday in November daily from 9.00 to 18.00 o'clock, from 1st Sunday in November till Sunday before Easter (with good weather) Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 to 16.00 o'clock.

Diorama of the Hanseordens with many historical representations and battles and knights of the Middle Ages.
 
German bear and doll museum
Saint Goar, Sonnengasse 8.
Opening times: From the 15th March to the 15th January, daily from 10 to 17 o'clock, from the 16th January to the 15th March, Saturday and Sunday from 14 to 17 o'clock. Entry prices: Adults 3.50 EUR, children from 12 years: 2.50 EUR, children from 4 to 11 years: 1.50 EUR.
 
Back to Ruedesheim it goes again by the ship approx. 150 minutes.

This purpose is also to be reached well by bicycle: You go with the Rhine ferry to Bingen and drive 30 km to Oberwesel.
Back to Ruedesheim it goes again by bicycle, by the train to Bingen or by the ship approx. 150 minutes.
 
 
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Bacharach
Frankfurt am Main
Loreley
Oberwesel
Sankt Goar
Mainz
Eltville am Rhein
Cloisters and wine
Wiesbaden
Ingelheim am Rhein
Limes (latin = border)
Geisenheim
Oestrich-Winkel
Bad Kreuznach
Bingen am Rhein
Bad Homburg v.d.H.
Bad Schwalbach
Bad Sobernheim
Ruin Disibodenberg
 
 
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