Beilstein Germany: On the Bucolic Mosel River
Below is a photo of the Hotel Haus Lipmann in the wonderful town of Beilstein Germany on the banks of the Mosel River. Our room overlooked the river, the tall window on the left, offering up one of the most peaceful scenes imaginable. Swans lazily paddling by as cyclists followed the cycle path through this lush green river valley bounded on either side by vineyards offering some of the world’s best wines.
But, we are getting ahead of ourselves. You may remember that we had car issues while in Sankt Goar and were a bit worried that the car wouldn’t start. As it turned out, everything, but the front power windows, was in good working order, and we headed off down the road.
Off to Beilstein Germany
Our drive to Beilstein Germany took us hither and yon along the back roads of Germany. It was, at times, a bit confusing, as well as a tad nerve racking as these roads were very narrow and twisted and turned back on themselves with barely room for one car, let alone two. But, traveling the backroads is all part of the spotted chicken adventure, and we are proud to say that we didn’t get lost.
Arriving in Beilstein Germany
The drive along the Mosel is breathtaking,with small villages shoehorned between the river and the steeply ascending vineyards that blanket the hillsides that climb from the river. This is, after all, one of the world’s most famous wine producing regions.
Beilstein is one of those places that simply sweeps you away. Though this is a popular stop for the tour bus crowd, and it can get a little over run with tourists, the feeling that the town and the setting evokes will have you pinching yourself. This is not a place that you will want to visit if you are idea of a good time is a high time and nightlife.
Though you can hear some traffic and cameras clicking, you will swear that you have stepped back in time.
As we sit here, in our lovely room, we can hear below our window in the Wein Garten, the happy murmurs of people from many corners of the globe. I think, it is time to go down and join them and enjoy a bottle of crisp Rhine wine.
Beilstein Germany has several nice places to stay, but we think that Hotel Haus Lipmann is the best place to stay in Beilstein. This hotel overlooking the meandering Mosel is a little “peace” of heaven. Admittedly, a very poor play on words, but… You’ll understand when you stay here. We stayed here three nights as we explored the area. By the way, the town of Beilstein Germany is very small so can see it very quickly, but we so enjoyed the space we had to stay longer than a night.
We were in room 4, a lovely room with a wonderful view of the river and a nice balcony from which to enjoy it. At the time of this writing the rate for this room type was €120 for a 2 to 4 night stay with a surcharge if your stay is on the weekend and less than 7 days. It would be best to contact to clarify. Breakfast is included.
Aside from the wonderful rooms, that are all different by the way, in this hotel that just oozes with medieval charm, they have a restaurant that serves fabulous food, and sitting in the weingarten watching the tiny little ferry take people and bicycles back and forth across the Mosel is damn near perfect.Marktplatz 3 56814, Beilstein, Germany +49 2673 1573 email@example.com More on Hotel Haus Lipmann
Things to Do Around Beilstein
As I said earlier, Beilstein Germany is tiny. While it is great to wander the narrow cobbled streets soaking up the ambiance, there aren’t that many. So, there must be other things to do? Yep.
One of the best castles in Germany is just down the road near the town of Cochem, a sight to visit itself. Burg Eltz is simply fabulous, and well worth the effort it takes to get to. The castle is still held by members of the original family, the current Count and Countess Eltz, and is one of the best ways to experience middle ages. Unlike many castles, this one has managed to avoid destruction through all of the wars. This is a must see.
The town of Cochem is also worth spending some time in. This is the main tourist town in the region. You can wander its medieval streets, and it’s great to mosey along the riverside promenade.
Other favorite things to do, cycle along the river. The paths are separated from the traffic, and are perfectly flat, making this a dream to ride. You can always go boating too, if that appeals to you. And, why wouldn’t it. You’re on vacation, right?
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