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Day 3
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Twinned with St. Goarhausen across the Rhine, St. Goar thrives on tourism and wine. The town is a manageable size, with plenty of cafés and wine bars for sampling local goods, along with the draw of the beautiful Burg Rheinfels.
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  • History
  • Architecture


  • St. Goar's Burg Rheinfels dates to 1245 and was destroyed by the French in about 1800. Its ruins are fun to explore today and include depictions of what it looked like in the glory days.
  • The castles of St. Goarhausen and Katzenelnbogen are nicknamed Katz and Maus (cat and mouse). Built as a response to the Rheinfels (and a response to that response) the castles today have excellent cafés with views for birders.


  • St. Goar's own Rhine in Flames festival takes place in September.
  • The Weinforum Mittelrhein, a major food-and-wine presentation in the Rheinfels, is the first weekend in September.

Side Trips

  • About 11 mi/18 km north of St. Goar is the town of Boppard, home to Roman baths and the Vierseenblick, which overlooks the entire valley.
  • Loreley, a slate cliff named for a blond nymph in German mythology, is a few miles south of St. Goar, at the Rhine's narrowest point.

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