Grab your Wickelfisch & bathing suit – let’s go for a swim in the Rhine

Grab your Wickelfisch & bathing suit – let’s go for a swim in the Rhine

Once a year, Basel is getting wet. Passing under two large bridges and right through Basel city, the annual swim in the river Rhine is a long-standing tradition. Nearly half of the city’s population jumps into the water to float down the river for about 1.8 km during this great event.

Back to the roots of wine cultivation: Rüdesheim’s wine museum

Back to the roots of wine cultivation: Rüdesheim’s wine museum

Follow in the footsteps of the brothers Grimm, Mendelssohn and Goethe, who have walked the famous halls of Rüdesheim’s “Brömserburg Castle!” After his visit to the castle, Goethe praised the “winding steps leading through dark passages in the walls and up to the battlements from where one has the most amazing view.”

BaselCard – the easiest and cheapest way to discover Basel city

BaselCard – the easiest and cheapest way to discover Basel city

Sometimes, a city trip can turn out to be rather expensive. Public transport tickets, entrance fees, a short trip by train or ferryboat – costs can quickly spiral out of control. At the end of the day, your wallet is suddenly empty and you have a hard time remembering where you spent all your money.

Exploring the legacy of Hildegard von Bingen … in Rüdesheim

Exploring the legacy of Hildegard von Bingen … in Rüdesheim

Tourists travelling through Rüdesheim and Bingen, located on the other side of the river Rhine, will inevitably come across the name of Hildegard von Bingen. The Benedictine nun from the 11th century still has a great influence today, in particular due to her writings on medicine and natural therapies. The so-called “Hildegardian medicine” has been regaining popularity over the past few years. However, Hildegard von Bingen has also been famous for her poems, musical pieces and intellectual writings long after her death.

A walk through Düsseldorf’s “Medienhafen”

A walk through Düsseldorf’s “Medienhafen”

Anyone visiting Düsseldorf knows the extraordinary Gehry buildings at the old “Zollhafen” customs port – but how exactly did Düsseldorf’s “Medienhafen” develop into the architectonical highlight it is today? What other buildings are there to discover in this area? On a particularly beautiful Sunday, we took a relaxing stroll through this popular district and today, we’ll unveil the secrets behind Düsseldorf’s famous Medienhafen!

Oh, what fun a boat trip can be…. (A voyage to Lorelei rock part 2)

In last week’s blog entry, we described the first half of our voyage on the Rhine from Rüdesheim to St. Goar. On our way towards Lorelei rock, we passed the cities of Rüdesheim, Bingen, Assmannshausen, Trechtlingshausen and Niederheimbach and admired the riverside view of Klopp Castle, the ruin of Ehrenfels Castle, Rheinstein Castle, Sooneck Castle and Heimburg Castle.

Oh, what fun a boat trip can be…. (A voyage to Lorelei rock part 1)

Oh, what fun a boat trip can be…. (A voyage to Lorelei rock part 1)

… especially when you’re navigating the Rhine between Rüdesheim and St. Goar! A boat trip on this particular route is not only fun, it’s informative, exciting AND relaxing at the same time!
In June 2015, we boarded the MS Ehrenfels operated by “Bingen-Rüdesheimer Personenschifffahrt” to visit the Lorelei rock. In today’s blog entry, we’d like to share our impressions with you!

Enjoying Basel on a rainy day – arts, fine cuisine and wellness

Enjoying Basel on a rainy day – arts, fine cuisine and wellness

Basel is located right at the heart of the country triangle formed by Germany, Switzerland and France – although it’s mostly sunny in this region, there are bound to be some rainy days as well. It’s particularly unfortunate to experience one of these rare rainy days while you’re on a long-awaited vacation in Basel. After all, nobody likes to explore a new city in the pouring rain. However, we have good news for you: we know how to go on a trip through the Rhine metropolis without getting wet and spend a great day in Basel despite the bad weather. You’ll see – there are ways to have an awesome time in Basel even when the sun is not shining!

Upper Middle Rhine Valley – the UNESCO World Heritage at its best

Upper Middle Rhine Valley – the UNESCO World Heritage at its best

The Upper Middle Rhine Valley was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2002. Since then, the nearly 67-kilometer stretch of the Rhine valley between Rüdesheim and Koblenz has been protected by UNESCO. The distinction given to the region is due to its extraordinary and amazing natural and cultural landscape, which is mainly characterized by steep slopes, striking rock formations on the banks of the Rhine and sun-kissed vineyards, but also by its many historic castles, fortresses and landmarks along the river.

Specialties from Düsseldorf: “Pillekuchen”

Specialties from Düsseldorf: “Pillekuchen”

Düsseldorf’s “Pillekuchen” is a mix between pancakes and hash browns. This traditional dish, which is very popular in the “Bergisches Land” area and, of course, in Düsseldorf, was created uniting the region’s most prominent characteristics.

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