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Rheingau Wine Region (Germany)

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

July 30, 2010 (Friday) – August 1, 2010 (Sunday):

So as you know from Miriam’s post the Germany portion of our trip started off rough.  But we eventually reached Koblenz-Lutzel and made our way to the Rheingau.

You may be wondering why in all of Germany would we be going to Koblenz-Lutzel.  Well, many years ago, Miriam first visited Germany and took a river cruise down the Rhine River.  And on this boat ride, she enjoyed views of majestic mountains and rolling vineyards all around.  And upon these majestic mountains looking down on the river Rhine, laid series of medieval castles to which some were now converted hotels.  Then and there she dreamt that one day she would return to the Rhine River with a charming and handsome man and spend a fairytale adventure in the medieval castle-hotels.

Well, things don’t always happen as you plan, so instead Miriam gets to spend time with me in the castle-hotel.  And so, Koblenz-Lutzel was the nearest train station to Schloss Schoenberg (the castle-hotel) from where we could rent a car.

Miriam already touched upon our tough time navigating through German roads without a GPS device and relying solely on directions saved from Google maps.  But really, with all of the intuitive engineering coming out of Germany, you would think their road signs would be logical and easy to follow.  But then again, it was the German company, BMW, that did afterall give us the non-intuitive iDrive system.  Luckily, the car we had was only temporary and in a couple of days we could switch to an Audi with a proper GPS.  At any rate, after several mis-turns, trackbacks, and circling around we eventually did manage to make it to Schloss Schoenberg.  And what was waiting for us when we entered our room, and nice decanted bottle of sherry, a welcome gift from the hotel.  Germany is turning out alright afterall.

The castle-hotel was first-rate with 360-degree views of the Rhine River and surrounding valley.  The property itself was on the less larger size; not small, but not like those palatial castles built for kings that are now various tourist attractions.  Sleeping in the room (as well as walking around in the castle), you could get a sense of how life could have been like back in the day in the castle (obviously now with updated amenities and upholstery to warm the feel of the interior).  While not cheap, but also not expensive, staying here was an experience that was well worth trying.

The next day we spent driving around the Rheingau to visit various wineries for wine tasting.  The region, which runs along the Rhine River, is famous in Germany for its vineyards and their Riesling wines.  Yum.  We visited Schloss Johannisberg and Kloster Eberbach.  They were both situated along the hills overlooking the Rhine, with great views of the sunny valley.  A wonderful setting to be tasting wine, especially crisp, white wines.

After the full day of wine tasting, we headed down to Mainz where we would stay the night before we headed onto our journey of Germany’s famed Romantic Road.

To view more pictures from Rheingau, visit the Photos.