Last year, when I was in Frankfurt for IMEX 2012, I visited Mainz where I spent a 4-day layover as a Air Canada summer flight attendant during my university days and and wrote a Cvent Blog feature entitled Germany: Incentive Travel and Meetings in Mainz. On that layover, I also took an unforgettable river cruise from Mainz to the walled city of Bacharach. There were vineyards originally planted by the Romans and castles on the hills overlooking the Rhine. It was exciting to discover this perfectly preserved medieval town that is thousands of years old.
The name Bacarach was first mentioned in historical documents in 871 AD. Yesterday, I returned to Germany and re-traced that journey to Bacharach, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (by train this time as it was a cool day)
Bacharach is a picturesque town with wells, gardens, vineyards, and ancient watchtowers. Stroll along the cobblestone streets and you'll step into a virtual time capsule. Activities that corporate groups can enjoy against a historical backdrop include wine tastings, wine making, hiking, geocaching, mountain biking, and flights in the UNESCO Gyrocopter.
Burg Stahleck, which dates back to 1135, is a fully restored fortified castle on a hill that provides a panoramic view of the town. Münze Bacharach is a restaurant in the building constructed in 1356 as the mint where gold coins were pressed. Near the old market square.
Altes Haus, one of Bacharach's oldest buildings, was constructed in 1368. It now houses a weinstube and garden that are ideal for wine tastings.
Thurn & Taxis Posthof Bacharach was Bacharach's first post office established in 1724 in buildings dating back to 1579 that were originally used as a cloister. The restaurant once housed stables for the horses that pulled the mail delivery stagecoaches. The site had a winery and an inn where the King of Prussia stayed. In a 2 year project funded by UNESCO, Posthof Bacharach was recently restored using natural material like clay and wood by Austrian engineering specialist Hans Walter Missbichler with funding provided by UNESCO. The venue is sometimes used for weddings and special events.
Places to Stay in Bacharach
Places to stay in Bacharach include Hotel Altkoelnischer Hof, Hotel zur Post and Weinhotel Bluechertal.
Hotel Kranenturm, which is built into Bacharach's wall, was one of the highest defense towers during the Middle Ages. Hotel Am Markt is located at the Old Market Square in a half timber building that was constructed as a fish market in 1897.
For assistance in planning meetings and events in Germany, consult Cvent's Germany Meeting & Event Planning City Guide.
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