About half way between Wiesbaden and Koblenz - so approximately in the middle of the Rhine Valley on the Eastern bank of the Rhine lies the town of Lorch.(Population around 4.800)
Lorch spreads itself along the Rhine and extends inland up the Wisper valley. (The Wisper is a small tributary of the Rhine).The surrounding hills force Lorch to take on a shape something like a T.
What to see and do in Lorch.
Although small the town has a number of interesting things to see, perhaps foremost of which are the Hilchenhaus and the St.Martins church.
Also of interest are the Strunk and Burg Nollig a small castle ruin on a hill overlooking the town.
Lorch is also the seat of several wine estates many of whom have restaurants in the town where one can enjoy a reasonably priced meal and sample the estate wine.If the wine is to your taste you can also buy a bottle/case or two to take home.
Loch has also become popular with hikers since the opening of a hiking route going from Wiesbaden to Bonn. The length of this hiking trail is arond 300 kilometers but most people simply take a Saturday or Sunday off to complete a specific section thereof.
Perhaps the most popular stretch - certainly the most beautiful - is between Rüdesheim and Koblenz and this has led to the many "Zimmerfrei" i.e B&B springing up in Lorch.
The streets are on the whole narrow and the old town inspite of some bomb damage in the war has changed little in the last few centuries.
After the first world war Lorch was the unofficial capital of Freistaat Flaschenhals.
Standing on a hill to the North of Lorch - about 170 meters (520 foot)above the town - stands the ruin "Burg Nollig"(Castle Nollig).The appelation Castle is somewhat farfetched - small fortress or watch tower being perhaps more apprpriate.
Burg Nollig was built in the fourteenth century .
It is now privately owned and unfortunately cannot be visited.