Nestled between both sides of Rhine valley in Germany’s prime riesling region, is a gorgeous little town called Boppard, just shy of ten thousand residents. The major hotel in town is the Bellevue Rheinhotel and throughout this post, I’m going to show you why it’s a lovely choice for a weekend getaway.
If you’re a fan of riesling, large European rivers and smaller towns as opposed to really hectic major cities, then Boppard is going to be a nice choice for you if you’re in the area.
I should point out that I’ve stayed here many times and I normally visit twice a year either with my family or my in-laws. I’m a big fan of weekend getaways as I’m based in Frankfurt’s Red Light District, which is not only noisy but super seedy. This means that I’m always on the lookout for cute little spots when I want to escape Frankfurt. Boppard is only 1.5 hours away from Frankfurt, which makes it perfect for a Friday-Sunday scenario.
The Bellevue Rheinhotel has been in the family for more than 5 generations, so there’s a lot of history steeped in the business. However, just last year, a second location was newly built just five doors down. This means when you book you’ll have two location options.
The original hotel (pictured above) is more traditional and is where both the restaurants and spa facilities are. For example, just last week I took my grandpa there who was visiting from Australia. He absolutely loved the look of it and the authentic ‘German’ feel.
However, if I’m staying by myself or with my partner, I prefer to stay in the residence as it has high ceilings and everything is brand new inside. Whatever you decide, spend the extra money and get a river view. You’ll be fascinated by how much traffic works its way up and down the Rhine.
One of the best reasons to visit the Bellevue Rheinhotel is for its gourmet restaurant Le Chopin. I have eaten here a total of four times in the last couple of years and each time it’s been a delight. It’s a very beautiful space and you will truly feel like a king or queen sitting there. The staff members speak a very high level of English too so don’t feel embarrassed if you can’t speak German.
Le Chopin is a member of JRE Deutschland, an organisation dedicated to gourmet food in Germany. (They actually have a Europe-wide network so if you’re looking for gourmet food in another European country, click here: https://www.jre.eu/)
They have a special deal for young gourmet fans which means if you’re a couple both under 30, you can book a gourmet meal at any of JRE’s restaurants for only 59 euros per person. The following offer is available to under 30’s at Le Chopin Boppard:
For young gourmet fans who are under 30, our team at Jeunes Restaurateurs offers top chef art in the form of an exclusive 3-course menu at an affordable price of € 59 per person. The price includes: aperitif, amouse bouche, 3-course menu, 2 glasses of wine (à 0,1l), mineral water and coffee.
Wondering what gourmet food looks like?
I was recently invited to a very special JRE dinner at this restaurant near the Bellevue Rheinhotel and below are the meals we ate, with a list of the talented chefs who created the meals. If you are interested in gourmet food, I’ve provided links to their restaurants. (All of them are in Germany.)
Remember how I mentioned above that the JRE “59 euro 3-course deal” applies only to under 30s? Don’t fret if you’re over 30. (Besides it’s hip to be over 30 these days….)
There is a 5 course degustation offered at JRE restaurants too. Prices vary from place to place but this is the following degustation available at Le Chopin:
5-course menu for two people including aperitif and one night in a double room with breakfast for the price of € 264,00 for 2 people in a double room.
If you’re a big fan of gourmet food then both offers are quite a good Schnaeppchen. (That’s German for a ‘good little deal’.)
Marek Gawel, the owner of Bellevue told me, “The TWENÜ price is the same at every JRE restaurant and it is great value. When I was under 30, I had something like 20 meals around Germany with this offer. It was a great way to learn about different kitchen styles.”
Of course if you’re looking for more traditional German food like a schnitzel or whatnot, Bellevue has another restaurant with that sort of stuff too, so just ask at reception.
Boppard itself is a sweet little town and you can definitely do everything on foot in a couple of hours. My big tip is to exit the Bellevue Rheinhotel, turn left and walk all the way down the river until you’ve officially come to the end of Boppard. In spring there will be beautiful flowers along the way and it’ll give you the chance to take a nice panorama photo of the town.
If you’re getting restless, there’s a passenger ferry which comes twice a day and does Rhine River cruises.
One of the famous things to see in the region is the Lorelei rock. Legend has it that a beautiful maiden with luscious and flowing blonde hair was sitting up there naked when a captain sailed his ship past and sunk it because he was too busy looking at her.
“Die Lorelei” describes the eponymous female as a sort of siren who, sitting on the cliff above the Rhine and combing her golden hair, unwittingly distracted shipmen with her beauty and song, causing them to crash on the rocks.
Alternatively, if the weather is good, how about doing nothing? Sit out the front of the hotel in their garden bar ‘Le Jardin’, watch the world pass you by and enjoy the sun.
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