St. Goar is a very small quaint town across the Loreley in the Middle Rhine Valley (Mittelrheintal) in the state Rhineland-Palatinate of Germany, with a lovely atmoshphere and pretty scenery.
This is home to one of the best places to buy a beer stein, clogs or cuckoo clocks. They have the biggest range of all three. Although not a very lively town, it gives off a very nice friendly vibe. It is definately a true german town. This small town is great to experience the spirit and culture of Germany without the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
- Train station St. Goar of the line Mainz – Bingen – Boppard – Koblenz.
- Ferry St. Goarshausen – St. Goar
- Burg Rheinfels (Rheinfels Fortress), .
Looming formidably above Sankt Goar and the Rhine valley, the large and partially ruined fortress of Burg Rhinefels is definitely worth a visit on any trip to the Rhineland. The fortress's first components were built in 1245 by Count Diether von Katzenelnbogen. Other rulers of the region made their own contributions to the construction castle. It was eventually ruined by members of the French Revolutionary Army when they were invading the area. Despite its partially ruined state, the fortress retains a strong sense of dignity and strength.
While visiting Burg Rheinfels it is important to note that the current overall size of the castle is only one fifth of its original size before the destruction of it by the French Army in 1797. One way to understand the former size of the fortress is to explore the underground tunnels built during the 30 Years War. These tunnels were built under the flat, undefended plain to the West of the castle by the garrison of the castle. The tunnels were filled with gunpowder, and in theory, as an approaching enemy army neared the castle by way of the flat plain, the gunpowder would be ignited and eventually explode, sending the enemy army falling to their death. However this secret weapon was never put to use so the tunnels formerly housing gunpowder can be visited today. It is a tight fit and flashlights are needed. edit
- Medieval festival on Castle Rheinfels - 27.07.2013 - 28.07.2013
- Festival of the International Hanseatic order of St. Goar (Hansenfest) - 31.07.2013 - 05.08.2013
- Rhine in Flames (Rhein in Flammen) - St. Goar & St. Goarhausen – Grand fireworks display “Rhine in Flames”, signal guns, opening fireworks, Bengali illumination, fireworks and waterfall effects from Katz and Rheinfels Castles and from the middle of the river, followed by a grand finale from the Rhine. – 21. Sep. 2013, 20. Sep. 2014, 19. Sep. 2015 and 17. Sep. 2016.
- Heerstr. 86, 56329 St. Goar
- phone: + 49 (0)6741 . 383, Fax: + 49 (0)6741 - 7209, E-Mail: [email protected]