Set on the left bank of the Rhine River, Bacharach is an enchanting town in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It’s home to timber-framed buildings, romantic church ruins and restaurants serving traditional cuisine, all of which are surrounded by sun-drenched vineyards.
Things to do in Bacharach
One of the oldest buildings in Bacharach is the Altes Haus, a half-timbered building that dates back to 1368. It's a short stroll from the striking bell tower and steeple of St. Peter’s Church, which dominates the town skyline. Step inside to admire the centuries-old furnishings that decorate the church, together with the tomb of Johann Friedrich von Wolfskehl.
For elevated views across Bacharach, climb through the vineyards that surround Bacharach to the historic Post Tower. Built as part of the town’s 14th-century fortifications, it was restored as a water reservoir in 1899 and is topped by a slate-covered, hipped roof. From the Post Tower, you can enjoy sweeping panoramas across the rolling hills of the Rhine River Valley.
History buffs can visit the ruins of the Gothic-style Wernerkapelle, which was constructed from red sandstone between the late 13th and early 15th centuries. Designed in the shape of a clover leaf, it was partially destroyed during the Palatine War of Succession and by the late 18th century, it was without a roof or vaults. Amidst the atmospheric ruins is a plaque dedicated to the memory of Bacharach’s Jewish residents.
Getting around Bacharach
Bacharach is around 45 minutes’ drive from Koblenz and just over an hour from the centre of Frankfurt. Frankfurt International Airport is about one hour away and has flights to destinations across the globe. Regular trains connect to the Bacharach railway station and the town centre is small enough to explore on foot.