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Cycling Germany’s Rhine Bike Route: Bingen to Koblenz

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The pretty town of Rhens on the Rhine

The first leg of our cycling trip is on the Rhine Cycle Route from Bingen to Koblenz. Known as the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, this 65 km (40 mile) stretch is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It would be easy to knock off this short, flat distance in a day, but with dozens of hilltop castles, pretty towns and scenic views, it invites slow travel. The well-maintained bike path hugs the Rhine River and is car-free. At every bend there’s another castle towering over the endless vineyards. Little towns, dating back to Roman times, are directly along the route; they’re filled with gorgeous architecture, historic sites, tasty treats and wine and beer. If you missed my introduction to our Germany/France cycle tour, you can find it here. Continue reading

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Bingen am Rhein, Germany: Castles, Wine, Cake, and More

IMG_1816My parents both grew up in Bingen am Rhein, a town along Germany’s scenic Middle Rhine. They took my sister and me to the Fatherland often. We weren’t thrilled about these trips, filled with boring visits to see ancient great aunts and weird little cousins. The mid-afternoon ritual of buttercream kuchen (cake) got me through. I suspect the local wine was my father’s saviour. It wasn’t until much later that I came to appreciate the charms of Bingen—part of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site and gateway to medieval castles, fairy-tale towns, luscious vineyards, and delectable kuchen. Continue reading

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