Ingelheim am Rhein has a rich history which is best enjoyed while dining on the freshest fruits of the modern age. When you arrive in town, the first thing you should do is get some kind of fruit pastry! The town is known for the high quality of its strawberries, mirabelle plums, sour cherries and apples.
You’ll need to get a good snack in to keep up your strength as you digest the sights of the town. Ingelheim am Rhein is located right on the Rhine, so there are lovely riverscapes to enjoy as well as the opportunity for scenic hiking and biking. The hardest part of your ride or walk, however, will be deciding where to go first.
One method is to go in historical order through the town. Start with the legacies of Charles the Great (Charlemagne). Although the area has been settled since prehistoric times, Ingelheim is uniquely associated with Charlemagne. Excavations here revealed the only known gold coin with his portrait, and he built his Imperial Palace here in 748.
Known as the Aula Regia, it still stands, as does the Saalkirche from the 10th century and the Heidesheimer Tor from the 12th. Wandering up the local Bismark tower can be a time-effective way to see it all, as the tower offers commanding views of the area. Yet while the view is nice, many of these buildings are best appreciated up close, especially given the expensive refurbishments that were completed in the 1990’s.
These few are just the tip of the iceberg. The Castle Church is worth seeing, as are the old towers and gates that surround the town like the Uffhubtor and the Ohrenbrückertor. The historic town hall and main square are perfect for an evening stroll. The town was mostly spared the ravages of war over the years, so much of what you see is the original.
Yet it just wouldn’t do justice to the place to not mention the wine. It is one of the best regions for red wine in the country! If you thought the rich fruit pastries were nice, just imagine how nuanced and succulent the red wines are here… mmmmm… why would you even imagine having a white wine with dinner here?
In late September/early October of each year there is a special red wine festival, but you can enjoy the local vintages all year round in restaurants all over town. One of the better wine lounges is Nickl’s Millenium on Bleichstraße, which should be able to guide you through the local corkages of the last decade. Both the fresh table wines and the aged varieties are a treat, as many incorporate fruity under and overtones.