"A Low Key Historic Small City" Remagen by hquittner

Remagen Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 69 photos

History

Remagen began as a Roman outpost (Rigomagus) on the Limes at the edge of the barbarian world. Later it remained remote as a small Rhine river port, avoiding much of WWI, until the German military command decided to build a railroad bridge (1916-18) to accomodate present and future needs. After the war the French obliterated its destruction provisions. So rapid was the advance from Normandy that the Alleis took the bridge before it could be destroyed and it provided the first West of the Rhine entry in WWII. (See our General Tip under Rheinland-Pfalz for more). Ultimately the bridge collapsed and has never been replaced. The site is now the Freedom Museum.

Remagen Today

The two massive support towers remain on ech bank of the river. Those on the east have been developed into the Friedensmuseum. Remagen remains a quiet small river port and stop for the Rhine steamers. It has a wide well-paved promenade on the river which stretches South from the town to the Museum 1km away. Bikers and walkers enjoy it (in some way they even come from Bonn further North). In the center of town near the Marktplatz with its pretty fountain, is the Town Hall and the Tourist Office, which is on Kirchstrasse. Further down that street on the left is the 16C Chapel of the old monastery which houses the Romisches Museum. Note the weird hours and days so you do not miss it. (part of your planning). Beyond that is the Church of SS Peter and Paul and the old gate. (We missed them because I misplaced my notes!). Further out on a hill is St Apollinarus, the parish church. Both are restored with very ancient parts.

What we visited

This was our last day and we had little vigor. It was also Father's Day (a Thursday). It did not look like it does in the US. I must find out more. The banks were closed as was the Tourist Office. Fathers were often in groups alone. After coming so far we were glad to find the Friedensmuseum and the Roman Museum open at the correct hours. We lunched in Franco's (see Tip). Remagen plus Ahrweiler would make a nice full day together if we were young.

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  • Pros:Can be enjoyed
  • Cons:Schedule your time carefully
  • In a nutshell:Could be part of a day
  • Last visit to Remagen: May 2006
  • Intro Updated Jul 5, 2006
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