The excursion to Bacharach will be held on Saturday, 10th September. For the participants of the Summer School the excursion is free of charge. The boat trip provides an excellent opportunity for discussions. The boat has a café on board.
We meet at 09:15 at KD (Köln-Düsseldorfer) Anlegestelle on Adenauerufer in Mainz. The boat departs at 09:30 and reaches Bacharach at 12:15.
The walk from the City Hotel Neubrunnenhof to the KD Anlegestelle is no longer than 20 minutes. Alternatively you can go there with a bus. When you get out of the City Hotel Neubrunnenhof to the street Große Bleiche, go approximately 50 meters to the right to the bus stop Neubrunnenplatz/Römerpassage. Take there the bus no. 6/direction Wiesbaden and get off at the bus stop Brückenplatz/A. The bus time table can be found here. From the bus stop Brückenplatz/A you have to cross the road (Rheinstraße). Behind the hotel Hilton follow the river bank to the right (upstream). After about 100 meters you will reach the KD Anlegestelle.
From the City Boardinghouse you can take the bus no. 54/direction Ginsheim or the bus no. 55/direction Bischofsheim at the bus stop Schillerplatz and get off at the bus stop Rheingoldhalle/Rathaus.
If you accommodated in the hotel Römerstein or in the Guesthouse, at the bus stop Backhaushohl or Botanischer Garten you can take the bus no. 6/direction Wiesbaden and get off the bus stop Brückenplatz/A. The bus time table can be found here. From the bus stop Brückenplatz/A you have to cross the road (Rheinstraße). Behind the hotel Hilton follow the river bank to the right (upstream). After about 100 meters you will reach the KD Anlegestelle. From the Guesthouse you can also take a taxi to the KD Anlegestelle. You can reach a taxi service under the number +49 6131 910910.
Bacharach is a small town in the Upper Middle Rhine Valey (Oberes Mittelrheintal). The cultural landscape of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley is included by the UNESCO in the list of the World Heritage sites. It is one of the most exciting places not only in Germany but also in the world with unique history, culture, and environment.
It is known that Bacharach already existed before the romans, and its name is attributed to the celtic settlement Baccaracum. In 57 or 56 BC, during Julius Caesar's Gallic War, the river Rhine became the frontier of the Gaul, a province of the Roman Empire. Remnants of an ancient roman road can be seen near the Stahleck Castle. In the middle ages, according to the town archives, Bacharach was mentioned documentally in the year 923 for the first time. Bacharach had its economical heydays in the middle ages, beginning in the 13th century. Its favourable position on the Rhine made it one of the most important places for trading, stapling and transshipping wine and wood.
Today's Bacharach is marked through its medieval flair and the magic of Rhine Romanticism. Throughout the town a number of mediaeval timber-frame houses can be seen, the oldest one is from 1368.
Bacharach was mentioned by several writers and poets such as Victor Hugo in "Le Rhin, lettre XIV" (here: in french and in german), Clemens Bretano "Zu Bacharach am Rheine" (here: in german) and Heinrich Heine in "Der Rabbi von Bacherach" (here: in german).
At about 12:45 we will have a lunch in the Stübers Restaurant on the town wall overlooking the Rhine. We kindly ask you to choose the main course prior to the excursion. Please fill out this form (german, russian, ukrainian) and give it to the conference sectretary.
After the lunch and a walk through the town, at 16:00, we will have a wine tasting in the Toni Jost winery. Bacharach wineyards are espesially famous for Riesling. According to the newspaper "Handelsblatt" the winery Toni Jost belongs to the 100 best wine estates in Germany.
To recommend is the Riesling-Eis, a home made white wine ice cream, in the "Eiscafé Italia 76" located in Oberstraße 48. Another "must to taste" is the Insel-Riesling from the Fritz Bastian winery produced from grapes grown on a private island Heyles'en Werth (or Bacharacher Werth) downstream from Bacharach.
We will get back to Mainz by train. Depending on the train, it takes between 30 minutes and one hour. Tickets will be provided. The train timetable can be found here.