Andernach is a small city situated along the Rhein river just north of Koblenz, about a 2 hour drive from GK. The city has an expansive park along the bank of the Rhein with a large playground and even a beach. There are quite a few historical buildings to see in the park and around the city, including an old crane, the city walls and a huge round tower.
The real draw of Andernach for me was the largest cold water geyser in the world. Unlike most geysers that are powered by thermal energy, this geyser is propelled by the carbon dioxide in the water. To visit the geyser, you first stop by their Discovery Center to buy your tickets. The center suggests allowing 1.5 hours to visit the center, an interactive science museum all about geysers. After spending your time at the center, you cross the street to the boat that will take you to the geyser. The boat ride is about a 15 minute and has a few drinks, snacks and cakes available on board. The walk to the geyser is an easy one, which is wheelchair accessible. There is ample time from when the boat docks to when the geyser erupts so feel free to take your time walking up. Because the water is cold, you are allowed to get extremely close to the geyser during the eruption, but be ready with an umbrella if you don’t want to get wet, or you can stand further away. After the geyser finishes it’s show, the boat will take you back to where you started and you can explore the rest of the city. The whole visit, from buying tickets, to arriving back on the boat, takes about 3 hours.
End of March to October 31
Monday-Sunday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Our Boat leaves at 11:15 am, 1:05 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm