Bacharach, a lovely town in Rhineland-Palatinate, southwestern Germany
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Bacharach, also known as Bacharach am Rhein, is a lovely town on a scenic stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley (Oberes Mittelrheintal), in the southwest German state of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz). It is one of Germany's best-preserved medieval towns and can easily be called a hidden gem.
One of the prettiest of the Rhine villages, Bacharach conceals its considerable charms behind a 14th-century wall.
This area was originally settled by the Celts and known as Baccaracus or Baccaracum. This name references Bacchus, the god of wine. And indeed, in the Middle Ages, Bacharach was one of the most important trading centers for wine.
Its medieval old town is filled with half-timbered buildings. Beautiful houses, wooden-walled and decked with flowers, line the Oberstrasse and the market square.
In the 19th century, Victor Hugo (a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement) described Bacharach as one of the "world's prettiest towns" - 5 hours ago