Germany, facts and history in brief
Bacharach is a small German town, in Rhineland-Palatinate (Mainz-Bingen district), situated on the west bank of the Rhine, 48km (30 miles) south of Koblenz.
Traditionally, the town is said to have been founded in pre-Roman times, possibly by the Celts.
Its original name is said to have been Baccaracum.
However, the first documentary evidence of its existence is in 923.
There is a basilica, dating from the beginning of the 13th century.
There are also ruins of a Gothic church of the 13th and 15th centuries.
The renovated castle of Stahleck (now a youth hostel), crowning the heights above the town, is celebrated in history as the scene of the marriage between Henry, eldest son of Henry the Lion (shortly before the latter's death in 1195) and Agnes of Hohenstaufen, which effected a temporary reconciliation between the houses of Welf and Hohenstaufen.
Other ruined castles are those of Fürstenberg and Stahlherg.
All three belonged to the Counts Palatine.
The wines of Bacharach were once held in the
greatest esteem, and it is still one of the
chief markets of the Rhenish wine trade.
For a more information about Bacharach see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacharach) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, September 2005
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This information was correct in September 2005. E. & O.E.
Hui Chin and I visited Koblenz during our trip around Germany in 2005.
We joined one of the Rhine cruises departing regularly from Koblenz.
Luckily the Rhine cruises are included in the Eurail Passes.
Bacharach was one of the places we took some time out before joining another boat.
Bacharach is a fascinating, quiet little town with many interesting attractions.
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