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Today we headed down the Rhine again to the town of Bacharach. We passed Burg Pfalzgrafenstein which sits in the middle of the Rhine. It was built by Ludwig the Bavarian in 1325 to levy tolls on Rhine shipping. The Rhine was busy and two boats looked as if they were having a race. The other aspect of this part of the Rhine is that it seems that on any hill promontory there is a medieval castle some in better state of repairs than others.

We arrived at Bacharach and started our exploration. From the car park and across the railway (as always spoiling the village) you could see five spires. The town like Oberwessel had the some parts of the original medieval town walls. The town square was quite small with a number of half timbered houses. One the Altes Haus looked decisively wonky. We walked up to the Burg Stahleck passed Peters Church and the ruin of the original town church. The castle built in the 12th century was once the seat of the Count Palatine of the Rhine. Today as well as offering views down onto the Rhine it is a youth hostel.

From the castle we took a path down to one of the renovated wall towers through vineyards to get a further view across the town.

On returning to the car we headed further along the river but couldn’t get very far as the road was closed so we headed back to base as the weather was looking as if it was going to rain.

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