From Düsseldorf, we made our way to the Romantic Rhine. The Romantic part of the Rhine is actually the middle Rhine section located between Koblenz and Mainz. This is where our roadtrip changed a little bit. We had mistakenly assumed that most of the “romantic” part (meaning the castles) was just north of Koblenz. In fact, it was actually south. So our plan to drive to Koblenz and then head down the Mosel River to Trier had to be tweaked a little bit. But more on that later.
Koblenz is actually where the Rhine and the Mosel River meet and it’s a beautiful sight to see, especially if you take one of the gondolas up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Over 2000 years old, there is a lot of history in this area. Since we didn’t have a lot of time to spend in Koblenz knowing that we had a long drive ahead and lots of castles to see along the way, we took the cable car up to the Fortress but didn’t actually enter, instead, heading over to the lookout area that was situated overlooking the rivers. It was a beautiful sight to behold.
We continued our drive south through the Rhine Gorge, otherwise known as the Romantic Rhine. There are several towns, villages and even small cities along the way – Braubach, Boppard, St. Goar and Bacharach to name a few. Just after Koblenz we were able to find our way (thanks to a friend who told us the secret on how to find it) to the road that actually takes you right along the river, thereby avoiding the highway all the way to Bacharach where we decided to cross the river to head back in the other direction towards Trier. Castles as far as the eye can see. And tons of vineyards that snaked their way up the mountainsides.
When we got to Marksburg, we decided to head up to the top to at the very least check out the views. We didn’t go into the castle, eager to continue along our way (sadly, I’ve become of the mindset, you’ve seen one castle, you’ve seen them all). Of course, my camera ran out of battery and the case with the spare was down at the car, a 10 minute walk away.
We continued our journey towards Boppard. Boppard was actually on the other side of the river so it was more of a stop, take pictures and move on kind of a thing. But it looked beautiful from across the water.
We then continued our way south towards St. Goar where we saw even more castles. Seriously they call this the Romantic Road for a reason! And the views in between the castles weren’t all that shabby either!
By the time we got to Bacharach we were getting tired. All that castle spotting wears you out 😉 As there was a ferry there, we decided to cross and head over to Trier, our stop for that night. They cross pretty constantly but it was still a surprise to get on the ferry with only one other car and then start crossing almost immediately without waiting for it to fill up!
After crossing via ferry (there is no bridge from Koblenz to Mainz so there are car ferries very frequently along the river) to Bacharach we spent a little time exploring this quaint village before continuing on to Trier, our final destination for the night. We had no idea it was going to be so cute so I’m glad we made the stop!
After a long day of driving, we finally made it to Trier around 8PM. It was worth the drive, but we are looking forward to the next part of the trip. Because we ended up further south than we planned on this part of the trip we were unable to cover the Mosel River today, so we’ve re-worked our itinerary to likely skip Aachen and instead do the Mosel Valley on Sunday which is supposed to be even prettier than the Rhine.
Knuffels en kussen,