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Bacharach is one of my favorite villages along the river Rhine. When passing by it on a cruise or by car you will first of all see that wall of houses facing the river : it was the former medieval townwall and serves still today as a certain wall against the noises of the trains passing by there all day and night !!
The next sight you will see is Burg Stahleck,high above the village. That castle dates back to the year 1135 but it was destroyed by french troops in 1689. In 1828 it was sold to crown-prince Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia, who wanted to restore it as a residence for his wife, Elisabeth of Bavaria. But soon he found out, it was impossible to completely restore it, so it was sold again and became a Youth-hostel already in 1926. Today it might be the most beautiful hostel in Germany and built at one of the very best places above the Rhine-valley.
Stahleck castle may be visited freely and without restrictions by everyone, only a small part of the building is reserved for the hostel-guests -read more about it in my hotel-tips !
The old "Posthof" is certainly the most beautiful of all the old buildings in the village of Bacharach. It is in the centre of town, just a few steps from the church and it might easily be overseen, although already the entrance-gate looks very interesting. The building dates back to 1593 and became an "Thurn&Taxis-postoffice" in 1724. It was the postoffice of Bacharach till 1987.
Posthof is used as a museum today and also the tourist-information is there.
The best part of that building is certainly the innercourt
You have to choose your hotel carfully in order to be able to sleep in Bacharach, trains are running in just a distance of a few meters from your hotelroom at many places !
But there are exceptions of course : Hotel im Malerwinkel, Stahleck Hostel and a few more !
Directions: Bacharach is about halfway between Bingen and Koblenz, at the left bank of the river Rhine and pretty close to the "Pfalz" (one of the castles on a Rhine-island)
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