Watertravel & Waterside DestinationsThe cruise ship La Boheme passes in front of the town of Sankt Goar.

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Sankt Goar

Sankt Goar is located on the west bank of the Rhine near Burg Rheinfels.

Typical post and beam house in Sankt Goar Not far from Sankt Goar you’ll find the famous Lorelei rock cliff where rocksbelow the surface of the river have caused a hazard for shipping for centuries.

Goar, the saint after whom the town is named, settled here in the sixth century A.D. and became a hermit (although he was known for his generous hospitality and reputedly established an inn for travelers and for the poor). There is a church standing today, which was originally constructed by Charlemagne, over the site where St. Goar built his chapel. It houses some notable ancient artifacts.

Sankt Goar is a good place to find a cuckoo clock. The Rheinfels castle was built in 1245 by Count Dieter V. von Katzenelnbogen, whose family administered the settlement that had grown up around the original chapel and hostel of Sankt Goar. Like other castle proprietors along this stretch of river, the von Katzenelnbogens generated income to support the settlement and the castle by extracting tolls from ships as they passed. The same family came into possession of the Marksburg castle in 1283.

Sankt Goar offers a range of attractive lodging options, not least of which is Burg Rheinfels itself. It’s also an interesting place to shop for such items as cuckoo clocks and beer steins.

A shop boasts the largest collection oflimited edition beer steins, and the largest beer stein, in the world.
Copyright Don Douglas
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