|Whether you arrive in St. Goar by
boat, train or car, you are rewarded with a wonderful view of St. Goarshausen on the
opposite banks of the Rhine with Katz Castle nearby.
Sadly, Katz Castle,
sold recently to Japanese, can not be viewed and does
not have a restaurant.
If you arrive by train or boat between
Monday to Friday, you can deposit your luggage in the local tourist office about 200 m
north of the church. (The tourist office is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 12.30
p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
From there, you can either turn back 100 m to the market place near the
church or walk about 300 m to the north to catch the miniature railway, which leaves every
15 minutes to the Fortress Rheinfels.
In the background on the Rhine hills: Fortress Rheinfels.
railway, which leaves from the market place near the church every 15 minutes to the
On the right: a hotel,
3 houses further left: the tourist office,
opposite from the tourist office the Hotel "Zur Loreley".
One of the most charming attractions in St. Goar, the miniature railway
transports tourists of all ages up to the Fortress Rheinfels and back down to town. It's
quicker, easier and more fun than walking the kids especially love it and the
elderly appreciate avoiding the steep climb!
Castle Rheinfels high above St. Goar. View from the
Watchtower (Uhrturm) of Fortress Rheinfels.
is the largest fortress ruin in West Germany. It also has Europe's largest self-supporting
vaults and several kilometers of underground passages. If you want to explore these, don't
forget to bring a torch, or you'll have to walk around the outside!
A guided tour of the fortress should definitely not be missed.
An inside tour includes the fortress museum, which is extremely well laid out and
informative it is also the second most visited museum of local history in
If you enjoy walking, explore the grounds of the ruins and experience the underground
After that, relax on the terrace of the Restaurant Rheinfels, which now resides in the
ruins of the castle, and you will be rewarded with a wonderful panoramic view of the Rhine
Maus (Mouse) and Katz (Cat) Castles
to the left and right, the gentle meandering of the Rhine and the rolling hills of the
Rhine Valley near the famous Lorelei rock, St. Goar at your feet and St. Goarshausen just
a stone's throw across the Rhine ... breathtakingly impressive!
||Have lunch or afternoon coffee in
restaurant before moving on.
the miniature railway goes downhill back to town every 15 minutes and stops near the
cruise boat landing stages and near the railway station behind the church.
Terrace of restaurant Rheinfels, with view of the
Rhine River, St. Goar (right) and St. Goarshausen (left) with Castle Katz.
Left the town hall,
right the world's largest free-hanging cuckoo clock
near the pedestrian area in St. Goar on Rhine River.
Hummel figurines shop | Nutcrackers and crafts shop
|Once back in town, St. Goar will captivate
you, it's such a delightful place:
every turn of the corner reveals enchanting houses and out of the ordinary attractions
like the world's largest free-hanging cuckoo clock (at the first bus-stop if you take the
miniature train down from fortress Rheinfels), the world's largest beerstein and one of
only two shops in the whole of Germany which sells only the famous Steiff
teddy bears, animals, toys.
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The largest free hanging cuckoo clock in the world handcarved and handpainted. Near the Rhine river in St. Goar. Open all year 9:00-18:00. We will be glad to help you.
If time allows, enjoy a stroll through the pedestrian
area towards the tourist office and visit the Bear and Doll's Museum.
Miniature railway starting point near the market place, church and Hotel "Zur Loreley".
On the left: two yellow telephone boxes to call a taxi to the hotels and apartments in
Biebernheim, Holzfeld, into the Grundelbach valley or directly on the Rhine River opposide
Castle Maus (Mouse).
|Also near the tourist office
there is a phone box where you can call a taxi for an excursion to the hotels and
apartments in Biebernheim, Holzfeld, into the
Grundelbach valley or directly on the Rhine River opposide Castle
cruise boat landing stage is only about 300 m south of the tourist office don't
forget to pick up your luggage!
Stay in any of the numerous hotels or bed and breakfasts or apartments
in St. Goar ...
... or continue south and
past the Lorelei rock, Oberwesel with Castle Schonburg,
Kaub with Castle Gutenfels and Water Castle Pfalz to Bacharach with Castle Stahleck and the Stahlberg Ruin with a Bingen-Rudesheimer
... or continue south to Oberwesel, Kaub, Assmannshausen, Bingen or Rudesheim If it's already a little
late in the evening, take a train every hour and /or a Rhine ferry every 15 minutes ...
... or drive back north to Kamp-Bornhofen or Boppard with a "Loreley Linie" boat or, again,
if it's late in the evening, catch a train every hour and /or a Rhine ferry every 15
Rhine River gorge map
with Boat landing stations
cruise in 16 parts from Boppard (north) to Rudesheim (south):
Part 1 south: start
your river cruise in Boppard on the Rhine ...
Part 2: Stay
a while in Boppard before embarking on a boat.
Part 3 south: Rhine River cruise from Boppard in southern direction
Stay a while in
Kamp-Bornhofen before embarking on a boat.
Part 5 south: Rhine River cruise from Kamp- Bornhofen in southern
Part 6: From boat landing stages in St. Goar every 15 minutes with a
miniature street railway to Castle Rheinfels
Part 7 south: Rhine River cruise from St. Goar in southern direction
Part 8: Stay a while in Oberwesel, climb on the town
wall and the town tower
Oberwesel has an old tradition in wine-making, wine-tasting is also available to single
travellers, many wine cellars can be viewed and there are guided tours to the various
Part 9 south: Rhine River cruise from Oberwesel in southern direction
Part 10: Stay a while in Kaub and visit the water castle
Part 11 south: Rhine River cruise from Kaub in southern
Part 12: Stay a while in Bacharach before embarking on a
Part 13 south: Half day Rhine cruise from Bacharach in southern
Part 14: Stay a while in Assmannshausen before
embarking on a boat.
Part 15 south: Arrange for some wine-tasting at a winery,
take the cable car to the Rhine hills opposite from Fortress Rheinstein
Part 16 south: Just off to the northeast of the Niederwald monument, the
next cable car takes you comfortably down to Rudesheim on the Rhine River.
2, 3, 4, 6, 8 day
vacation packages in different hotels with different one day Rhine River cruises along the