Thursday, June 2, 2011
May 25th-27th – Bacharach’s Greatest Hit
From Bacharach, we did another long cycle ride along the river, passing by vineyards, ruined and restored castles, and little towns, before we arrived at Bingen, a nice little historic town, for a spot of lunch, before a more leisurely ride on the way back "home".
It didn't take long to realise that the Rhine is still a very important transport route – on both sides of the river, passenger and container trains thundered along; large river cruisers and huge barges crammed with containers chugged up and down the river; while lorries and cars sped along the river banks. Somehow, in spite of all this activity and noise, our spot on the river was just so tranquil and beautiful, that our intended overnight stop stretched to three.
It's not difficult to work out why this stretch of the river is known as "the Romantic Rhine".