Today it was time for some more bike riding and a castle tour. The guy that runs the hotel I'm staying at rents bikes, so I got one today and took a ride along the river to St Goar. At St Goar I toured the Burg Rheinfels castle then stopped for a beer where I enjoyed a great view of the Rhine Valley and the great company of a couple from Norway.
That's my bike for the day, another one of those 3 speed models.
A better photo of the Schonburg castle than I got yesterday.
The most interesting building in Oberwesel. The village of Oberwesel is about half way between Bacharach and St Goar.
The section of the Rhine between Oberwesel and St Goar is the difficult to navigate by boat. It is the narrowest section of the river, making the water flow up about 10 kph, and it has some of the tightest curves. Because of this many big barges need tug boats to help them up stream through this area. The is one of the tug boats.
The above tug boat ways pulling the long barge behind this passenger boat.
A better shot of the Goethe, the old paddle wheel boat.
Part of the museum in the Burg Rheinfels castle.
A few photos of the Burg Rheinfels castle. This castle, like many old castles or other stone building throughout Europe, was used for many years as a quarry and stones from this castle where used in the construction of other buildings. As a result, what we see of this castle is only a small portion of the original structure which was the largest on the Rhine.
That's the high point on the castle, providing great views of the surrounding area.
That's my bike down there. The deck where I stopped for a beer is just straight ahead behind the building below.
The Burg Maus castle.
This is the beer stop. That's the Rhine river and the St Goar town is on the right of the river.
A shot of the castle from St Goar. Actually it's the portion that has been converted into a hotel with the deck where I stopped for a beer.
A better shop of the boat I was on yesterday.
A shot looking across Oberwesel showing one of the old tower in the town, its large church, and the Schonburg castle up on the hill behind the town.
A shot of Bacharach showing the bike path hiding into town. The rail line is off to the right.
This concludes my stay in Bacharach and the Rhine valley. Tomorrow I will be heading to Berlin. I contemplating heading south to Rothenburg (another well preserved medieval town) first, but I only have about 3 days of slack in my schedule between now and when I return to Canada at the beginning of August and I don't want to use it up just yet, especially after talking with a couple from Norway and hearing about the scenery up there. Oh, so much to see, so little time.