Villages & Towns of Rhine Valley - Part 2 (RLP - Germany)

Continuing with more villages & towns, and about more places to see, things to do, castles, churches & monuments of the UNESCO Site of Upper Middle Rhine Valley. I've already written about Koblenz, Boppard and St.Goar in the earlier post, including a 360° view of the famous Loreley Rock.Like my blog? Support me via Patreon! It costs less than a cuppa coffeeOBERWESEL: Oberwesel means 'The Town of Wine & Towers' and it is! There are a whooping 17 towers and most restored well. Even the fortification walls have been restored and its possible to walk on them, along the railway line and its just a beautiful thing to do. This town has the most medieval feel to it. Infact every alternate year, a festival happens here called Mediaeval Spectaculum when the whole town goes back to living as in medieval times, with candles and lamps, dressed accordingly, with all modern building covered up! Next is on May 30 - Jun 1 2020.Our first stop here was Günderrode house. This house was built overlooking the Rhine, as a prop for the shooting of the movie Heimat 3 directed by Edgar Reitz. The builders of this house, Ars Ligni GmbH, dismantled a historic house of 18th C and relocated it here to build this grunge looking house as a movie set! In course of time, the house became a small museum of the movie itself and has a little cafe too.I was lucky enough to meet Sam, the blacksmith, as well, in Oberwesel! Watch the video from 8:58 as I chat with him. With so so so many castles being here, traditional blacksmithery is an important aspect of the renovation and restoration of these structures and that's where Sam, comes into the picture! Sam, is a blacksmith from Maine, USA who specializes in forging, one of the oldest type of metal working! He founded his own guild in Maine and does regular tours in Europe to learn other traditional techniques that are in the verge of getting lost and taking them to USA and passing on the traditions! He was here in Oberwesel for just 2 days when I happened to meet him!Our last stop was at Historische Weinwirtschaft for dinner. This is such an adorable restaurant. The building is more than 500 years old and the restaurant itself was founded in 1986 by Iris Marx. Just like the castles, the walls are made of slate stone and the ceiling, wood! It was originally a home. So many of the things that belonged to the residents, decades ago, are still here. Infact, the bed frame, has been re-purposed as chairs! Decor included the age-old glass storage containers! Everything from the decor to the table arrangement, had the historical feel to it. The food was local and very very yummy!BACHARACH: This is perhaps my favourite village in whole of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. It is so incredibly picturesque! The lanes are narrow and some are even less than 1m long where I had to hold on to Atyudarini's leg (she was behind me in babywearing) to prevent the walls from scraping her legs!!!!This village is so low that often, its roads used to get under water when Rhine floods! That's why, when railway line was constructed here, it was raised much above the, then ground level. Today, just beside the railway line is the original fortification wall of the town with 8 towers and parts of it belong to 16th C! There were quite a few 16th C houses still intact.One of the iconic places in Bacharach is St. Werner's Church ruins. This is located atop the hill with a short flight of 99 steps. This was once a popular pilgrimage, as a stop-over for the pilgrims heading to Camino de Santiago in Spain. However during the 9 years war, in 1689, the bomb meant to destroy Castle Stahleck fell here and destroyed the church. All that's left here now are the ruins.BINGEN: Like Koblenz, Bingen too is a large town and is bit touristy & busy! One of the most important feature of Bingen is the Chair-lift ride. The loop begins with a cable-car ride at Rudeshiem and drops you at the Monument of Germania. A short from there leads you to Jagdschloss Niederwald hotel, a former hunting lodge and from there, a chair-lift to Assmannshausen and a boat-ride back to Rudeshiem...Bingen is known as the home of Hildegard. She was an abbess who lived in 1098-1179. She was one of the earliest woman to become an abbess and she founded monasteries for women. She wrote several scriptures about her visions, which included the medicinal values of plants, theological thoughts and even music!That wraps up my list of the picturesque, gorgeous, must-visit towns & villages, the best towns to stay, in the banks of Rhine in Upper Middle Rhine Valley! Coming up soon about the Rhine river itself next week. Stay tuned!To Get There:On Google Maps: Günderrode house, Historische Weinwirtschaft, St. Werner's Church ruins, Rudesheim cable car (to visit Monument of Germania), Bingen local history museum  All these sites can be accessed on foot from the ferry points, as well as railway stations of Oberwesel, Bacharach, Rudesheim & Bingen.Entry Tickets & Timings:Günderrode house, St. Werner's Church ruins: Free, Open 24 x 7Cable Car + Monument of Germania + Chair lift + ferry connection (ring ticket): €15; 9:30AM to 4:00/7:00PM depending on season & weather.Bingen Local History Museum: €3; Tue-Sun 10:00AM - 5:00PMP.S: I was invited by UNESCO Germany to experience the region for review purposes, however the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.{ "@context": "", "@type": "TouristAttraction", "name": "Upper Middle Rhine Valley", "alternateName":"Oberwesel Bacharach", "address": { "@type": "PostalAddress", "addressLocality": "Rhineland palatinate", "addressCountry": "Deutscheland" }, "touristType":"Heritage Tourism", "image": "", "description": "Here's about the most picturesque, charming villages in the whole of Upper Middle Rhine Valley - Oberwesel & Bacharach" }

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