Bingen / Germany
Bingen am Rhein with about 26,000 inhabitants, is among others, worldfamous due to the Bingen Mouse Tower, where according to legend the stingy Bishop Hatto was eaten by mice. Wildly romantic it stands in the middle of the Rhine and marks for the Rhine ships the no longer dangerous Binger Hole. But Bingen is not only Rhine romance, Bingen is more.
Go on a journey of discovery. Varied and full of contrasts is Bingen today. Between the Rhine and Nahe, on the one side and Kloppberg and Rochusberg on the other side unfolds the town of Bingen. It has always been for people a particularly favorable development space. From the northern and southern glaciations spared alike, the traces of human settlement date back far.
Like islands in the stream of time the Drusus Bridge, one of the oldest stone bridges in Germany, or the medieval Rhine crane bring the past back to life. The out of Bingen still follows today the Roman and medieval street layout but the cityscape has changed ,of course and combines old and new in charming coexistence.
Between the formerly Prussian district Bingerbrück and Bingen City incorporated in 1969, the Nahe empties into the Rhine Original name of the settlement was Bingium, Celtic word possibly for "hole in the rock", the name of the shoal behind the Mouse Tower, known as the Binger Hole. Bingen was the starting point of the Ausonius Road, a Roman military road that connected the town with Trier.
Bingen is an ideal starting point for trips to all directions. To the northwest opens for you the romantic Rhine Valley, the valley of the Loreley. There attract many castles, palaces and museums along the great river up to Koblenz at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle.
To the south lies Worms, Speyer and the gem city Idar-Oberstein. On the Binger Rhein downriver lies Castle Rheinstein, one of the most beautiful castles on the Rhine. The castle completely renovated in 1990/1991 served in the 14th century as customs festivals of the archbishops of Mainz. It is followed by only a few kilometers by the Castle Reichenstein, built before 1215 and thus one of the oldest Rhine festivals ever. The castle museum contains the largest stove plate collection in Rheinland-Pfalz as well as 1200 hunting trophies from 4 continents.
Right of Rhine, directly opposite of Bingen, is the ruin of Ehrenfels, formerly customs castle of the archbishops of Mainz and in the Middle Ages depository of the Mainz cathedral treasury.
One of the best trips from Bingen takes yoy to the Loreley. The 132-m-high rock, which rises steeply above the Rhine near St. Goarshausen, you should see from the ship.
Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) lived and worked in Bingen and is considered one of the most influential women in medieval Germany and is today known far beyond the borders of its Rhenish home. Her contemporaries she drew under her spell just as the people who now look for meaning, orientation, integrity and healing.