Steeped in history and culture, this traditional town enjoys a magnificent Rhine setting
It might not be the most obvious choice of German holiday destination but the historic and fascinating town of Boppard (pronounced bop-part) offers many compelling reasons to visit. First among these is Boppard's enviable location; the town occupies a remarkably scenic spot on the largest horseshoe bend in the River Rhine. This area falls within the popular Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002 recognised for its abundance of ancient castles, historic towns and villages, vineyards and outstanding natural beauty.
A history that began in the fourth century with a Roman fortress
and settlement has bestowed a wealth of stunningly-preserved
historic buildings upon Boppard from the remains of the original
Roman city wall to the twelfth-century Church of St. Severus,
notable for its twin spires and beautiful stained-glass windows,
and to the many half-timbered houses which were built in the
sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Like many of its neighbouring towns, Boppard benefits from a warm and sunny microclimate and fertile soil that make perfect conditions for the cultivation of grapes, and the town is renowned for the quality of the wine it produces from the large Riesling vineyards which dominate much of the river valley. An annual autumn Wine Festival celebrates Boppard's winemaking heritage, but the fruits of this traditional industry can be sampled at any time of year at any of the town's excellent wine taverns.