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The trip up the river Rhein by boat is an unmissable experience, and one that draws in tourists from miles around. It seems particularly popular with German, British and Japanese tourists, and the landscape around the River Gorge between Bingen and Koblenz is very typical of the Germany that British people think of when the hear the word. It is an amazing trip, and one that will have your shutter clicking endlessly as you skip from one side of the boat to the other. There are so many sights to see on such a short stretch that you really get your money's worth. The villages are all tightly packed together, there are castles on every bend of the river, and plenty more besides. In addition the rolling vales and precarious cliffs are a wonder in themselves.
If you want to take a look at some of the things you can see between Bingen and St Goar, there are some travelogues here:
Villages of the Rhein Gorge
Sights of the Rhein Gorge
Make sure to remember that the river runs downstream from Mainz to Koblenz, therefore the boats travel much faster in this direction than the other. That means that if you have a short amount of time and want to see as much as possible then take the route downstream. If you want to dawdle and get your money's worth (both trips cost the same) then you'll want to get the upstream boat to soak up the beautiful countryside.
Train Station, St Goar
St Goar is on the main line from Mainz to Koblenz, but unfortunately the only trains coming out this far are the slug like Regional Bahns. That means a trip to Mainz takes over an hour, although the less distant Koblenz is only 30 minutes away. The station is a sight in itself, though. A typically rural station made out of local stone and built into the side of the river bank. Be careful to have small change for the ticket machine if you haven't got a ticket, because this far out the damn thing doesn't get filled very often. The German guy who asked me for help was lucky my German has advanced enough that I can understand when someone is asking for change for a fiver!
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