Due to its location directly on the left bank of the Rhine River, Andernach frequently appears in itineraries which explore this world-famous waterway. Depending on the particular sailing and the cruise line which offers it, your visit to Andernach may only be a short stop to enjoy a whistle-stop tour, however some river cruises begin their journey in the town, which will offer you more opportunities for exploration. The town was established in 12BC by the Romans and given the name Antunnacum, making it one of the oldest towns in the whole of Germany. Not surprising then, that there are a pleasing amount of historical attractions to explore as well as a fair share of natural ones.
One of the more notable and indeed noticeable attractions in the town is the Runder Turm or Round Tower. Part of the original medieval fortifications, the tower was constructed over a number of years before finally being completed in 1453. It’s a truly impressive monument that would have served as an excellent look-out point for town guards gone-by and indeed, today it’s still the go-to attraction from which to enjoy some fine views of the river and beyond. The city wall and its fortifications offer further explorations into Andernach’s past, with notable sites including the Rhine Gate, the Coblencian Gate and the ruins of a Koblenzer Tor castle. along with a number of restored wall towers.
The oldest place of interest in Andernach is the St Mary Assumption Parish Church, sometimes called St Mary’s Cathedral, or Mariendom, parts of which date back to the 11th century. It’s immediately recognisable thanks to its double tower and there are some incredible frescoes to witness inside. If religious architecture is your thing, the town’s home to some other notable faith buildings, including St Lubentius and St Bartholomew churches.
Another popular structural landmark of a different kind is the Old Crane of Andernach, a 16th century tower crane built with a treadwheel designed to deal with heavy loads delivered via the river. It’s certainly fascinating and is one of the few examples of a stone-walled crane to have survived into the modern age.
For something completely different and to see for yourself what is perhaps the area’s most famous attraction, be sure to visit the Namedyer Werth Nature Reserve, where you’ll find none other than the tallest cold-water geyser in the world. It reaches over 200 feet at its peak, making for quite a spectacular sight. It’s a short but enjoyable boat ride to the site of the Geyser itself and your ticket includes a guided tour admission to the associated museum and of course, the opportunity to tick a spectacular natural wonder off the bucket list.
The town centre offers a number of shops selling local souvenirs and produce, any of which is perfect for picking up items to help you remember your stay or indeed, to provide souvenirs to take back home for others.