Last week Kyle and I headed north to visit Bacharach on the Rhine river valley. Bacharach's cute factor makes Rothenburg ob der Tauber look like an industrial zone. The tiny town (which boasts a population of just over 2,000 people) once sustained itself with a prosperous wine trade. Now, however, the residents of Bacharach flourish thanks to a steady stream of tourists.
Though the town's castle, Burg Stahleck, has a tumultuous history, and once played a role in monitoring trade traffic on the Rhine, its only purpose now is to welcome weary travelers. The castle underwent extensive repairs and was transformed into a youth hostel in the 1920s. It's open to visitors, but come prepared! You have to storm the mountain to reach Burg Stahleck. It's a 15-20 minute hike from Bacharach to the castle gate. Don't worry, the view is most definitely worth the climb.
Stay tuned for one more post about Bacharach! Now posted: the ruins of Wernerkapelle.