Die Burg Sooneck is a castle in Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern…

Die Burg Sooneck is a castle in Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern Germany, located near the village of Niederheimbach between Bingen and Bacharach. It’s part of the Rhein Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site and was first mentioned in 1271. Like neighboring Reichenstein Castle, it was managed by the lords of Hohenfels. Its residential areas are furnished with items in the neo-gothic and Biedermeier styles. The interiors are enriched by paintings owned by the Hohenzollern family, the Köth-Wanscheid family foundation, and art by Johann-Caspar Schneider, among others.

Bacharach in Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern Germany. Its original…

Bacharach in Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern Germany. Its original name Baccaracus points to Celtic origins. Above the town looms Burg Stahleck, the local castle which now is a youth hostel. The town was first mentioned in the early 11th century. In 1344, building work began on the town wall. In 1545, it became Protestant under Friedrich II. The castle and the town wall could not stop Bacharach from undergoing 8 changes in military occupation in the Thirty Years’ War. Further destruction was wrought by several fires. In 1689, French troops fighting in the Nine Years’ War blew up the castle and 4 of the wall towers. In 1794, French troops occupied the Rhein’s left bank and in 1802, it became temporarily French, later it was part of Prussia. Today Bacharach thrives on tourism and winegrowing. Local events include the Kulinarische Sommernacht every 4th weekend in August, Tal to Tal – a car-free adventure day, Upper Rhine Gorge (last Sunday in June), and the Vierthälermarkt – a mediaeval market.

Germany’s Romantic Rhine and Rothenburg (in English, 26…

Germany’s Romantic Rhine and Rothenburg (in English, 26 mins)

“Cruising the Rhine River, we dodge riverboat traffic and the legendary Lorelei. After climbing castles and descending into dungeons, we relax with Rhine wine. We tour Burg Eltz — a lived-in castle where the noble lady still puts out fresh flowers. Then we enter the walled town of Rothenburg for Germany’s best wood carving, a vivid dose of medieval punishment, and a tour with the night watchman of the town’s lamp-lit ramparts. © 2002 Rick Steves’ Europe”