Should you book a hotel in Lorch you will be in a small town on the right bank of the river Rhine. The church of St. Martin has a beautifully carved altar from the 15th Century whilst the Robert Struppmann Museum has much about the life and history of the region and also many suggestions for trips and activities.
Rüdesheim is the tourstic centre of the area, visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. The world famous Drosselgasse has to be visited with its many bars, restaurants serving local wine and specialities with many having live music typical of the area and a plethora of souvenir shops. The Brömserburg has an exhibition covering the 1,000 year history of wine making here. There is also an exhibition of mechanical musical instruments. Taking the chair lift immortalised by Elvis Presley to the Niederwalddenkmal and the statue of Germania opens up a stupendous view over the town and the Rhine.
Bingen is on the opposite river bank and reached by car ferry where it is easy to see the Mouse Tower and the dangerous stretch of river known as the Binger Loch. Travelling on through vineyards the town of Eltville is soon reached on the banks of the river and surrounded by vineyards. High above the river is the Monastery of Eberbach which is one of the most significant monuments in Hessen.
Population: approx. 100 000 (2006)
Main towns: Rüdesheim, Lorch, Eltville