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This is what I had learned about St. Goar by reading VT pages before I went:
It is a small, touristy place by the river Rhine, right opposite of the fameous Lorelei Cliff. It is named after the Holy Goar, who built a hostel for poor and sick people there in the sixth century. It is very noisy due to trains running through every half hour day and night. There is a castle named Burg Rheinfels there.
I had also been warned about the hords of tourists streaming out of tourist buses. Guess I was lucky with the timing; There was a World Cup of football going on. This is what the streets looked like during my stay, 29 June - 02 July 2006.
On the trip from the airport, I was waiting for the landscape to rise. Where I come from, valleys are between mountains. But all I could see was flat farmland. Well, not totally flat, but only smooth hills, no mountains. Then the road DESCENDED, and I finally understood: The Rhine valley is not a result of glaciers carving their way through mountains, but the river digging itself down from the flatland ;-) And there is rock under the farmland, making the riverbanks steep and mountainlike.
I had only two full days, meaning I had to choose only a few things to do. Depending on when you are there, there are lots of other options, like:
- River Pilot museum open everey saturday
- Guided hikes
- Eagle and falcon performances at Burg Maus
- Numerous cultural and festive arrrangements
More info can be obtained at theTourist Information:
56329 St. Goar
Official St. Goar site (in german!)
- Pros:Trains, boats, Doll and Bear Museum, food, hiking possibilities
- Cons:Lack of info in english, not welcoming solo travellers
- In a nutshell:Trains, the Rhine, castles, wine production and nice old buildings.
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