Lost in Bingen, Germany
By Judy Evans
March 17, 2016 3:30am CST
In August 2015 we spent several days in the Koblenz area following the Rhine river both up- and downstream. We went to Bingen as Vince wanted to see the abbey of St Hildegard of Bingen. St Hildegard (1098-1179) was a Benedictine abbess, also renowned as a writer, composer, philosopher, visionary and polymath. We have heard her music performed on the radio quite often. We found a St Hildegards but it is a relatively modern order of nuns who have a very busy tourist outlet for all things St Hildegard. I wonder if the founder of the order had an inkling of how popular St Hildegard's writings would become? We got lost in Bingen and went past the same place three times before Vince's knee started to play up from changing gear so frequently. It's a long and boring story but eventually we found our way to a lovely campsite. There were some lovely sculptures in Koblenz, not least of which was the massive mounted statue of Emperor William I. Note how small the tourists look. Koblenz is situated on both banks of the Rhine where the Moselle River joins it. From our bed we looked out across the river to the statue. A little ferry took us back and forth across the river as and when needed. We were tempted to take a ride in the cable car but didn't. We had a lovely meal in town and walked the streets taking lots of photos.
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18 Mar 16
I have read a bit about St Hildegard of Bingen, but I have never been to that part of Germany. The sculptures in Koblenz sound interesting. I lived in the very north of Germany for a while, but there are many parts of Germany that I don't know very well. I would like to explore them one day.
19 Mar 16
@JudyEv It is pity that you didn't get the chance to Denmark, but I understand what you mean. There is so much to see and do and it is hard to pick. In 2010 my husband and I travelled around in Europe for one month. We had a wonderful trip, but we didn't manage include all of the countries that we wanted to visit.
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20 Mar 16
@Porcospino Some of the attractions were very interesting and we easily spent an hour or two at just one. Somedays we were doing one attraction in the morning, one in the afternoon then moving on so we weren't advancing very far in terms of miles.
17 Mar 16
It is fun getting lost in certain places. I used to search things when lost in certain places and found something interesting along the journey. I would love to see the scenic areas in Germany. I heard there are so many historical sites.