It’s my last summer in Europe
I will be sad to leave this amazing place. At the end of my time in Europe I don’t want to look back with regrets. So for the foreseeable future, I am going to travel and not waste any weekends or opportunities to see different places and have new adventures. This probably means I’m going to have an exhausting summer, but I feel it’s totally worth it! This is a once in a lifetime summer. I didn’t get to enjoy or take advantage of my summer last year, so I have to make up for lost time and make memories to last me a lifetime.
Biking the Rhein River
I kicked off my weekend summer gateway with a bike trip along the Rhein River. I don’t recall how I got turned on to biking on the Rhein, but for the last few weeks, I’ve been looking into it. The incredible quantity of castles I heard bordered the river banks and could be seen along the Koblenz to Mainz stretch of the Rhein, made it easy to pick which route to bike. I spoke about my plans with a co-worker, who biked along the Rhein before, and he recommended I stay in Koblenz. Originally, I’d planned on staying in Mainz.
Not entirely sure it matters which city you stay in since I recommend sightseeing both, but I’m glad I stayed in Koblenz. Koblenz is a wonderful city with lots to see. I will note that if you bike from Mainz to Koblenz vice the other way around; you’ll be biking up river. The entire way is mostly flat, so that doesn’t make that much of a different…except the views might be slightly better coming up river than down.
I biked down river, from Koblenz to Mainz.
The original plan was to bike along the Rhein river to Loreley point. Made famous based on a German legend that there was once a beautiful young maiden, named Loreley, who threw herself headlong into the river in despair over a faithless lover. Upon her death she was transformed into a siren and could from that time on be heard singing on a rock along the Rhine River, near St. Goar. Her hypnotic music lured sailors to their death. The legend is based on an echoing rock with that name near Sankt Goarshausen, Germany.
I made it to Loreley before 11am…way too early to turn around, and I didn’t feel I’d seen enough just yet. I noticed trains going by on regular intervals, and figured it probably would be pretty easy to jump on a train and make my way back to Koblenz from wherever I ended up down river. Onward down river I went and I’m very glad I did.
In the end, I biked over 100km and made it to Mainz with a stop in Bingen for lunch.
From Koblenz to Bingen, the majority of the bike path is paved; it runs parallel to the river, the road and the train tracks. You’re surrounded by boats, trains, cars, motorcycles and other cyclists. It wasn’t super crowded but it’s also not an isolated path. The morning was overcast, but later in the after the sun was shining, which made me glad that from Bingen to Mainz; I found myself in some wooded areas and dirt trails.
As promised, from Koblenz to Bingen, there are castles to be seen on both sides of the river every few minutes. I’ve never seen so many castles in that short a span of distance. You can stop and visit most of the castles…but it will take you off the river path to do so.
A Morning in Koblenz
I was being very ambitious thinking I would be up for some sightseeing the evening after my bike ride. However, ater a hot shower, I found myself exhausted so I crashed in bed for the night.
An early night allowed me to have an early morning and squeeze in some sightseeing before having to check-out. After breakfast, I jumped on my bike to go tour Koblenz. I followed the Moselle river from behind the hotel to where it merges with the Rhine river, where the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) and its monument (Emperor William I on horseback) are located.
I biked around the old town and then made my way back to the pier to take the Koblenz cable car across the Rhine river to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. It had to be quick tour, but I enjoyed my walk around the fortress. I came across a really neat rooftop garden.
The view looking out over the rivers to Deutsches Eck was fabulous and once again reminded me how blessed I am to be able to travel, explore and experience all these incredible places!
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