Lorch & „Freistaat Flaschenhals“

Great holidays, great art and great wine

Lorch is still a well-kept secret - this could change with the arrival of Hotel Im Schulhaus

Dominated by the St. Martin parish church, neat half-timbered houses surround the small marketplace. The church is full of treasures. The church square provides a good view and you also have a clear view of the entrance to the small town museum.

Lorch at sunset

Lorch at sunset

Passenger ferry on the Rhine – Lorch is in the background

Passenger ferry on the Rhine – Lorch is in the background

Clemenskapelle in Lorchhausen

Clemenskapelle in Lorchhausen

Bottleneck Free State

Bottleneck Free State

Hilchenhaus in Lorch

Hilchenhaus in Lorch

 Lorch is worth it

The small historical old town with its pretty half-timbered houses makes Lorch an attractive holiday resort and a perfect excursion destination. You can book a town tour in advance with an experiened guide, which we recommend. Hotel Im Schulhaus will be happy to help. You can also simply go out and discover the town on your own, keeping an eye out for year dates enscribed in the timber framework, old gates rich in history and inner courtyards with hidden verdancy and blooms.

The Lorch church is a small jewel containing much treasure - starting with the valuable large woodcut high altar via the romanesque triumphant cross to the organ with its unique Riesling register cache. Just a feet away is the Hilchenhaus with its Renaissance gable. This and many other attractions are easily reached on foot from Hotel Im Schulhaus.

Visit the “Bottleneck Free State”

The "Bottleneck Free State" is not an advertising stunt. It is in fact based on an historical event resulting in the town of Lorch and its surroundings being an independent "Free State" after the First World War, from 1919 to 1923. This is how it happened: The US and French victor powers established the occupation zone by arbitrarily demarcating its borders. The district that the French drew ended south of Lorch - the American line was somewhat to the north of Kaub. The two districts were not contiguous. The omitted region around Lorch and Kaub plus the backlands remained outside the occupied zones, forming an entity shaped like the neck of a bottle. In colloquial language it was given the name „Bottleneck Free State“.

Good to know:
Today you can buy a Free State passport allowing you to buy wine at a discount from a Free State winery.

TIP:
Tour with Edwin Schneider, a born and bred Lorcher, who can relate the exciting history of the "Bottleneck Free State” in an inimitable way with all the details.

Information & Booking: info@hotel-im-schulhaus.com

„My special tip for our guests: during your stay become acquainted with the zest for life of people in the romantic Rhine valley. Because - as is stated so well on a banknote of the former Bottleneck Free State "Life is nowhere as beautiful as in the Bottleneck Free State"“

Edwin Schneider, Lorch am Rhein, Guest guide in the Rheingau and in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site

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