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Rhine 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

Part 4: Stay a while in Kamp-Bornhofen before embarking on a boat.

Part 5 south: Rhine River cruise from Kamp- Bornhofen in southern direction

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 surrounding vineyards

Part 9 south: Rhine River cruise from Oberwesel in southern direction

Part 10: Stay a while in Kaub and visit the water castle Pfalz

Part 11 south: Rhine River cruise from Kaub in southern

Part 12: Stay a while in Bacharach before embarking on a boat.

Part 13 south: Half day Rhine cruise from Bacharach in southern direction

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 castles

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.

Miniature railway on starting point market place near the curch,  1999, WHO
In the background on the Rhine hills: Fortress Rheinfels.
Picture: Miniature railway, which leaves from the market place near the church every 15 minutes to the Fortress Rheinfels.
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!

Schlosshotel Rheinfels high above St. Goar, view from Watchtower,  1999, WHO
Castle Rheinfels high above St. Goar. View from the Watchtower (Uhrturm) of Fortress Rheinfels.
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 Rhineland-Palatinate.
If you enjoy walking, explore the grounds of the ruins and experience the underground passages.
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!

Terrace from Schlosshotel Rheinfels with view of the Rhine river, St. Goar, St. Goarshausen and Castle Katz,  1999, WHO Have lunch or afternoon coffee in restaurant before moving on.

Don't forget:
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.

St. Goar, town hall, cuckoo clock center, 38-290,  1999 WHO
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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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 market place,  1999, WHO
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 Maus (Mouse).

The Bingen-Rudesheimer 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 boat.

... 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 minutes ...

Rhine River gorge map with Boat landing stations

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