NEW: Round trips to Lorelei and Bacharach
The new TourGuide is a special service now available to passengers on board the KD. All important information about the route is sent directly to your smartphone via Wi-Fi. For example, everything you need to know about the Middle Rhine UNESCO World Heritage Site. The appeal and charm of the picturesque Middle Rhine inspires guests from near and far. Now there are even more opportunities to relax and enjoy the unique magic of the romantic Rhine in the Lorelei Valley on board a KD boat. New additions to the programme include round trips up to five times a day from Boppard to Lorelei as well as from Rüdesheim to Bacharach or, of course, the other way round. With these new routes, KD is fulfilling its guests’ wishes for shorter round trips and at the same time offering maximum flexibility.
If you have enough time, you should definitely consider spending a little while on land. The well-known wine town of Bacharach, with its historic alleyways and seclued nooks, fascinates visitors with its beautiful half-timbered houses throughout the town and its church buildings, which are historically important works of art. Places of interest include the town wall, part of which is accessible, the towers of the town wall and the ruins of the Gothic Werner Chapel, a landmark of the town of Bacharach. The Werner Chapel is on the way from the town to Stahleck Castle. The castle on the hill was most likely built at the end of the 11th or beginning of the 12th century. The castle changed hands multiple times over the centuries: it was owned by the House of Wittelsbach, then the French, then the Prussians. Since 1925, young people have been calling the shots in the old building.
The Rhineland Association for the Preservation of Historical Monuments and the Protection of Cultural Heritage acquired the castle complex, had it restored and opened it up as a youth hostel. It still has this function today, so the inside of Stahleck Castle is not open to visitors. But it is still worth paying a visit, as the large viewing terrace offers a magnificent view of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley.