Just north of the famed Lorelei on the Rhein river sits the small town of Sankt Goar and the largest castle on the Rhein, Burg Rheinfels. The ruins that remain of this castle are impressive and you have free reign on your self-guided tour. The website even recommends to wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight so you can explore all of the nooks, crannies, and tunnels of the Burg. It’s also because of this that I don’t recommend bringing young and mobile children. There are quite a few areas that a small child could fall or squeeze through. There is also a small museum within the castle that explains the history of Burg Rheinfels and why this part of the river was so important. I think between 1-2 hours is a good amount of time to spend at Burg Rheinfels. It’s hard not to put the camera down while you’re exploring.
Sankt Goar is a bit touristy during the summer months, but is still worth a stroll down the main street. There are plenty of souvenir shops to see, including a Stein store with a huge selection. Remember to bring a VAT form if you plan on any purchases.
St. Goar is about 2 hours away from the Tri-Border area by car. There is a parking lot located right next to the castle. The town also has a train station along the beautiful route of the MittelrheinBahn about 30 minutes from Koblenz and 1 hour north of Mainz. If you take the train, you will have to walk up the hill to the castle, which is about a 15-20 minute walk.
If you still have time left after all of your fun in Sankt Goar, I highly recommend stopping in Bacharach. It’s just a few train stations south of Sankt Goar and there are a ton of wineries to have tastings at and cute houses to take pictures of.
March 15-Oct 25, 2014: 0900-1800
Oct 26 – Nov 9, 2014: 0900-1700
Closed after Nov 9.
Adults: 4 euro
Children 6-14: 2 euro
Children under 6: Free
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children): 10 euro