This section of the Rhine from Koblenz to Bacharach is one of the most scenic cycle rides out there. It is not long, nor is is difficult. It is tempting to stop along the way to view the scenic Rhine, the castles and castle ruins and some of Germany’s most quaint little towns along the shore.
This is an easy ride for all skill levels and you will most likely be joined by many other cyclists of all ages.
Koblenz to Bacharach 50,0 km
From the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine, the Deutsches Eck, we ride on beside the Rhine on a parklike promenade, away from busy city traffice. Konstanz was nearly destroyed in WWII; however, there are some interesting sites, if you care to detour here. It has good rail connections and is bike friendly. We chose to move on to the picturesque small towns, instead. When we reach the bridge, away from the wide path, we turn left to go up the ramp. This takes us away from the river for a bit and on a quiet roadway and through some suburbs. Up ahead we find the path again and ride under the bridge. This section of dirt path is wooded and it feels like we are already far from the city. When we emerge from the woods, the Rhine is in view to our left. The ride is straightforward beside the river and passing by several small towns. The path is beside the roadway in some sections; but, we are on our separate path. We catch a glimpse of our first castle today, across the river. More to follow…. Up ahead is Boppard: a charming little town with a rich Roman history and an ideal place to stop for a bite of lunch. This was one of the most inviting town squares we’ve seen on this tour. We are back on the bike path beside the river when we exit Boppard; but, back beside the road into Sanct Goar. On the approach, we can barely get a glimpe of Maus castle on the other side of the Rhine. As we round the next curve, we catch sight of the impressive Burg Katz.
Sanct Goar is a busy little town with lots of visitors through it’s pedestrianized main street, and the impressive Burg Rheinfels castle ruin is but a short hike up the hill. Built in 1245, it was once the mightiest fortress on the Rhine.
You can explore the ruin on your own and enjoy the sweeping view of the town and river below.
Then it’s back down and back on a narrowed path beside the river as we exit town. As we approach the fabled Loreley, a narrow section of the Rhine with dangerous currents and some shipwrecks in the past, we see the measures that have been adopted to keep vessels safer now, with the sections of the river controled by actual traffic signals. We ride on as the path widens and soon we reach the impressive entrance to Bacharach; through this double rail underpass and then up into one of the most quaint, half timbered German towns we have ever visited.
We had picked a place to stay, right in the center of town. The narrow cobbled streets are perfect for walking and a hike up to the to see the medieval castle of Burg Stahlech is a must. This has been fully restored and is now a youth hostel.
This is an excellent town to gather souveniers. We end our tour in town and after a wonderful dinner, complete with local wine, we are off by train tomorrow for a return to Frankfurt for a short visit to the old town, before our return flight home.