Loreley and Mighty Rheinfels Castle
St. Goar is located right opposite the world-renowned Loreley and below the mighty Rheinfels castle. The magic of this stretch of the UNESCO World Heritage ‘Upper Middle Rhine Valley’ will capture you! The town of St. Goar invites you to explore the Middle Rhine Valley on foot, by bicycle or by riverboat. It is a unique cultural landscape worth exploring, shaped by two thousand years of viticulture and picture book castles. Enjoy the excellent regional cuisine. Here you will find top-notch gourmet cuisine as well as traditional, hearty meals. Taste select wines and brandies, products from the vines of the Middle Rhine Valley's sun-loved hillsides. In St. Goar you will experience exceptional shows, such as the ‘Rebenfrühling’ (Culinary Summer Night), open-air performances in castle Rheinfels and on stage, amazing fireworks and many more!
The town of St. Goar is located in the Romantic Rhine holiday region, approximately 62 km to the northeast of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (see map on bottom of page).
The Romantic Rhine is one of the nine holiday regions of Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate. This holiday region is characterized by Rhine Romanticism, that is still very much in the air today, as anyone who has visited this world-famous valley between Bingen/Rüdesheim and Koblenz will tell you. With its picture-book castles and ruins and its historical towns and sights, this impressive stretch of the river epitomises some of the loveliest river scenery in the world. Only a short time ago, it was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Experience a journey back in time and let the diversity, the beauty and the culinary specialities of this region work their magic on you. ... read more about the Romantic Rhine holiday region
The town St. Goar bears the name of ‘Saint Goar’, who lived around the year 520. He established a hermitage, a chapel and a hospice downstream of some dangerous rapids, where he helped travellers, cared for the sick, fed the poor and evangelised the people. The many legends about the saint all emphasise his famed hospitality — a tradition, which the town of St. Goar has preserved to this day. The many-faceted culinary range, the unsurpassed Rhine wine and the classy hotel industry will round off your visit to the hospitable town of St. Goar. When you go wine tasting, you are sure to find your favourite wine. Take a few bottles home and each time you have a glass, some nice memories of your stay in St. Goar will come back to you.
Saunter through the narrow alleyways of the densely built-up town with its century-old timber frame houses or take a stroll down the Rheinpromenade. Those interested in history will appreciate the late Gothic wall and ceiling painting of the Protestant Collegiate Church (Stiftskirche) or the cover plate of St. Goar's tomb in the Catholic parish church of St. Goar. Famous painters like William Turner and writers like Heinrich Heine — the author of the ‘Loreley Song’ — were inspired by the bizarre rugged river landscape of the Middle Rhine Valley. Their romantic works spread the fame of this unique cultural landscape around the globe.
‘He breaks through and the rocks move aside and look down on him in astonishment and admiration’, Heinrich Kleist wrote in 1803 during his Rhine River journey about the 1,320 kilometre long stream cutting through the slate mountains between Bingen and Koblenz. The Middle Rhine Valley, ennobled as ‘World Heritage’ by UNESCO in 2002, has probably always fascinated those who saw it. On the one hand rugged and ancient, on the other cultivated by man and graceful, it has inspired generations of poets and painters. Probably the most famous is the ‘Loreley Song’, a poem by Heinrich Heine (translated into English by Mark Twain in 1880 as ‘An ancient legend of the Rhine’), first published in 1824 and set to music 13 years later by Friedrich Sichler. Uncounted drawings and paintings by such famous artists as William Turner form an integral part of Romanticism and enchant the beholder.
A tourist ‘must’ is to enjoy the scenery around the Rhine River from a different perspective — from a riverboat. Of particular interest is the stretch between Oberwesel and St. Goar, past the rocky reefs called the ‘Seven Maidens’ and the legendary Loreley Rock, next to the narrowest and deepest part of the Rhine. Travelling on the Rhine is always bound to be a very special experience. On the stretch of the Rhine between Cologne and Mainz you will pass one attraction after another. Picturesque wine-growing villages with historical centres full of old half-timbered buildings, and romantic castles sitting in splendour on top of the vineyard slopes. You can enjoy delicious food and fine wine on board, while discovering a new and wonderful side of the river. In St. Goar are several companies offering pleasure cruises on the Rhine River.
St. Goar's impressive landmark is Rheinfels Castle, one of the largest castles ever. Immerse yourself in the eventful history of town and castle by exploring the extensive fortifications with their steep turrets and their halls and passages carved into the rock (bring along a torch!). If you want, enjoy a rustic or princely meal on Rheinfels Castle at the 4-star superior castle hotel. Today’s visitors of Rheinfels Castle are surprised by the sheer size of the ruins as well as by the labyrinth of trenches and tunnels, many of which can still be visited. Yet one does not get a picture of the castle’s military and cultural significance without entering the museum, located in the former chapel. Here, ancient plans and historical illustrations can be seen, which bring back to life the history and legends of this once-proud fortress.
A very special event is the spectacle ‘Rhein in Flammen’ (Rhine in Flames) on the third Saturday in September. Since decades, this impressive interplay of fireworks and a nightly riverboat parade between the castles Rheinfels and Katz attracts thousands of visitors into the romantic Rhine Valley. This nearly one hour long spectacle is a truly amazing experience! Please book your cruise tickets for the riverboat parade in advance at the tourist office in St. Goar.
Choose your individual holiday or short trip from the many offers available. Whether you enjoy camping, prefer to stay in pensions or holiday flats or like to be pampered in classy hotels — you are sure to love your stay in the romantic Middle Rhine Valley and in the town of St. Goar.
Many bicyclists are attracted to the region. Riding the continuous cycling track along the Rhine on the left shore is great fun. More ambitious cyclists find their challenge in ascents up the side valley roads, which are winding up into the Hunsrück ranges. A special attraction is ‘Tal Total’ on the last Sunday of June. Then all the national roads of the valley on both sides of the Rhine belong to the cyclists and in-line skaters. Many use this as a welcome opportunity to skip cooking and enjoy the delicious offerings of the food and drink stalls.
If you love exercise in nature, the Middle Rhine Valley will inspire you in many ways. The region around St. Goar offers many hiking trails. Especially the ‘Rhein-Burgen-Wanderweg’ (Rhine Castle Trail — it is one of the most beautiful trails, linking 28 castles of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Upper Middle Rhine Valley’) and the ‘Rheinsteig’ are widely recognised for their varied routes and magnificent lookouts. Also worth mentioning are the IVV hiking trails — a paradise for hikers and nordic walkers.
There is always something happening — whether it is art, music, wine festivals or a host of other activities. The Events Finder gives you an overview about what is on, where and when. Here you can search for events and festivals in the region.
Here you have direct access to the online accommodation reservation service of the Tourist Board of Rhineland-Palatinate. No other hotel reservation system on the Internet offers you such a broad and comprehensive list of accommodation in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate regions. You can list accommodation, search accommodation, contact accommodation establishments and make online reservations.
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has no direct railway or bus connection to St. Goar. However, the buses from the airport will take you to railway stations where you can connect with Deutsche Bahn trains or local transport links.