More than 30 food trucks offer delicious food from around the world at the Remagen Street Food Festival, which is now in its 2ndyear. You’ll be able to sample food from Asia, Italy, Mexico as well as from a variety of different German regions and other countries. The street food festival is the perfect complement to the Art Festival, which is held in the town on 20thand 21stOctober.
Remagen is situated in Rhineland-Palatinate, in the Rhine Valley’s well-known wine region. A ferry crosses the Rhine from Remagen every 10–15 minutes during the summer. Remagen boasts a range of beautiful and well-maintained historical buildings, churches, castles and monuments. There are also plenty of shops to have a browse around in the pedestrian zone.
The famous Ludendorff Bridge was originally built during World War I. During Operation Lumberjack, on 7thMarch 1945, U.S. Army troops reached Ludendorff Bridge during the closing weeks of World War II. It was the last of the 22 rail and road bridges over the Rhine still standing. It was the unexpected availability of this major crossing over the Rhine that motivated Eisenhower to alter his plans and possibly shorten the war in Europe. The speed in which U.S. forces were able to get into Germany allowed them to take over the Ruhr quicker than originally planned. The Allies were then able to get six divisions across the bridge before it collapsed on 17thMarch 1945, ten days after it was taken, killing 18 U.S. Army Engineers.
Remagen is a great base for keen walkers as it is connected to a number of trails such as the Rhine Castle Way (RheinBurgenWeg), the Rheinsteig (www.rheinsteig.de), the Rhine Heights Trail (Rheinhoehenwanderweg www.fernwege.de/d/rhwl/index.html, E 8) as well as the Red Wine Trail (www.rotweinwanderweg.de) and the Ahrsteig in the Ahr Valley.
For cyclists, the River Rhine Cycle Path (EuroVelo15) can be accessed from Remagen. Acycle ride can easily be combined with a boat or train trip. For information about cycling routes in the area, visit www.radwanderland.de.