Friday, March 10, 2006


Rhine and Moselle Touring Research

Researching the Rhein (Rhine, Rhin) and Mosel (Moselle) valleys for tourism, I gleaned some good info from k-d riverboat lines. If one travels on the paddle steamer Goethe on the Nostalgia Route, one can savor the UNESCO menu! Thanks to UNESCO for recognizing the global cultural value of a section of the Rhine. To savor the UNESCO menu on the Goethe, the round trip itinerary from Koblenz, looks like this:

9:00Koblenz20:10Ehrenbreitstein Fortress at the German Corner in Koblenz
10:05Braubach19:20the best preserved hilltop fortress in the Rhine Valley, Marksburg Castle
11:15Kamp-Bornhofen18:40 the so-called „Hostile Brothers”
11:25Bad Salzig18:30
12:10St. Goarhausen18:05you come to the fabulous Loreley Rock, which each year attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world
12:20St. Goar17:55
12:50Oberwesel17:35Romantic castle such as the Pfalz at Kaub and Schönburg near Oberwesel proudly keep watch over the Loreley Valley
15:15Rüdesheim16:15The snake-like bend in the Rhine near Bingen marks the beginning of one of the most exciting stretches.

Either one rides all the way to Rüdesheim, has a one-hour break (for wine?), or one gets off earlier to do some local (walking) tour, I suppose. Unless one is not among the thousands come to see the Loreley, that means the possible visit is at Oberwesel, but there is no promise that one can visit the castles overlooking the valley. One does pass the Loreley about noon, when the light is good.

An alternative would be to do a one-way visit, or round-trip starting in Mainz, even if that would mean taking an ordinary boat rather than the paddle boat.

---DailyMon, Thu, Fri, SatDaily
St. Goar11:55---15:55
Koblenz14:10 arr.
14:30 dep.

The problem is how to combine with a Moselle boat ride to Moselkern to visit Burg Eltz, because that boat only leaves Koblenz at 9:45 (arriving at 13:00), with the return leaving Moselkern at 17:00 (arriving at 20:00 in Koblenz). In other words, Burg Eltz by boat necessarily consumes a full day, and one has to be ready to leave Koblenz at 9:45 in the morning.

One more constraint: no morning departures from Koblenz to Köln: switch to train for that leg of the journey? Or visit Maria Laach (if not done the first afternoon)--how accessible is it? -- then take the afternoon boat. More on the Benedictine Abbey.

K-D also suggests (from Köln?)
"...the legendary Drachenfels Rock at Königswinter.
There you can take the rack railway up to the spot where, according to legend, Siegfried killed the dragon. Enjoy the unique view down over the Rhine Valley. If you prefer to stay on the river bank, you will find a wonderful promenade which simply invites you to take a stroll."
That does not seem to work by boat from Koblenz: you arrive at 17:40, and there are no more boats that go to Köln the same day! Only to Bonn, at 18:40; is an hour enough to take the rack railway up, full enjoy the panorama (with the setting sun in one's eyes) and get back down to the dock?

Fares (euros, 2005: unchanged?):
Mainz-Koblenz : 42,90
Koblenz-Köln : 34,60
s/t : 77,50
Mainz-Köln : 47,x0
I wonder if you can buy a Mainz-Köln ticket, and get off at Koblenz for a while?

Bingen-Koblenz : 24,70
Koblenz-Moselkern: 14,60 (16,80 "return trip"--is that a round trip?)

Some folk from an association in Liege called Art&Fact organized a similar trip, four days. But it looks like they did it by bus, no mention of boat cruises. They do give the contact info for the hotels they used in Koblenz and Worms.

So, let's consider the car/train options, with and without a Loreley-by-boat.
Of course, if it rains (quite possible in May) we won't see much either from land or from the river.


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