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Bingen: The Pearl on the Rhine

In Bingen you feel you’re on vacation every day. The picturesque town is situated on the Rhine, surrounded by forests, hillside vineyards and the Rheingau Mountains. Bingen is one of the most beautiful places to study in the Middle Rhine region where you can still benefit from the infrastructure of larger cities nearby, such as Mainz, Wiesbaden and Frankfurt am Main.

by Janine Funke

View of the Rhine and its vineyards © Esther & Heiko Brendel
View of the Rhine and its vineyards . © Esther & Heiko Brendel

Facts & Figures

Inhabitants:
23,812
Students:
2,641
Universities:
1
Monthly rent:
302 €
Tip:
A boat trip on the Rhine to get to know Bingen from the water.
Website:
www.bingen.de

Welcome to Bingen

Regardless of whether you come by train from the north or the south, the views will blow you away! The Rhine River winds its way through the picturesque landscapes with lush vineyards rising up on both sides. It is no wonder that the upper Middle Rhine Valley is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After passing the town’s best-known landmark, the Bingen Mäuseturm (Mouse Tower), you will enter the main train station which is also situated directly on the Rhine.

View of Castle Klopp from downtown © Esther u. Heiko Brendel
View of Castle Klopp from downtown . © Esther u. Heiko Brendel

Right next to the train station, you can take the Rhine promenade all the way to the old part of town (Altstadt) with its many historical buildings. When you arrive in the Altstadt, you’ll find numerous cafés, bars and restaurants where you can rest and find something to eat before continuing your tour. Klopp Castle, another important landmark of Bingen, is located outside the Altstadt. If you’re willing to take the arduous climb to the top, you’ll be rewarded by a fantastic view of the town and its surroundings. Not only is the castle a popular tourist attraction, but it’s also where the mayor of Bingen goes to work every morning.

With just over 25,000 inhabitants, Bingen is also a popular vacation spot. Many visitors come to Bingen to see where Saint Hildegard von Bingen spent much of her life. Her legacy continues to strongly influence the region to this day. Not only did she write books on medicine and religion, but she also actively composed music. You can learn more about the life and work of Hildegard von Bingen at the Museum am Strom.

Harbour promenade © Esther u. Heiko Brendel
Harbour promenade . © Esther u. Heiko Brendel

Living in Bingen

The best way to get around Bingen is on foot or by bike. There are some places, however, you can only reach if you’re willing to climb hills. But the effort definitely pays off! In the summer, practically every little village in the vicinity holds its own winemaking festival. At these events you have the chance to become acquainted with the local customs and try out the wines produced in the region.

My advice

The Rhine isn’t just a great place to enjoy water sports. For centuries it has served as one of the most important trade routes in Europe and is largely responsible for putting Bingen “on the map”. You should definitely explore the Rhine region by water, for example, by booking a Lorelei cruise.

Bingen offers countless opportunities to play sports and stay fit during your studies. The Rhine is the ideal location for numerous water sports; Bingen has its own rowing and water sports club. If you get tired of gazing at vineyards, you can travel to one of the big cities in the region in no time flat. There is a direct train connection to Mainz, Wiesbaden and the metropolitan city of Frankfurt am Main and the Frankfurt airport.

In contrast to these neighbouring cities, the rental prices in Bingen are quite reasonable. The best thing to do is contact the Studentenwerk as soon as possible to apply for a room at the student hall of residence. The residence hall is only a few minutes away from downtown, but you can also hang out with friends at the in-house bar “Spektakel”. Or you can take an evening walk along the Rhine promenade which takes you across the medieval Drusus Bridge.

View of Klopp Castle © Esther u. Heiko Brendel
View of Klopp Castle . © Esther u. Heiko Brendel

Interview with YOU

As you may know, this is where we normally present an interview with an international student. Do you study in Bingen and wish to tell us about your life and academic pursuits in Bingen? If so, please let us know at blog@daad.de.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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