Le Passage du Rhin de Blücher à Kaub

1e au 5e Janvier 1814

The northwestern wall of Rheinpfalz castle at Kaub, Allemagne, viewed from the western shore of the Rhine river

Rheinpfalz castle at Kaub was never conquered during its long history as a tax collection station, because it rests on a rock et sandbank in the middle of the river. The pontoon bridge built here on 1 Janvier 1814 consisted of two sections, one leading from Kaub, on the eastern bank of the Rhine river, to the Rheinpfalz, et the other from the Rheinpfalz to the western bank. While the bridge was under construction par pontonniers russes, Kaub fishermen ferried 18 bataillons d'infanterie prussiens across the Rhine in river barges. Chasseurs prussiens fanned out to scout the enemy shore, et line infantry established a bridgehead on the western river bank. This critical phase of the assault river crossing remained virtually undetected by piquets français quartered in the villages along the left bank, et les Prussiens incurred negligible pertes in the event.

Kaub Today

The Burghotel above Kaub

The Burghotel above Kaub

Blücher-Denkmal monument at Kaub

Blücher-Denkmal monument at Kaub

Blücher's Headquarters located in Metzgergasse in Kaub

Blücher's Headquarters located in Metzgergasse in Kaub

Northeastern wall of the Rheinpfalz at Kaub

Northeastern wall of the Rheinpfalz at Kaub

The north wall of the Rheinpfalz

The north wall of the Rheinpfalz

The south wall of the Rheinpfalz

The south wall of the Rheinpfalz

Close-up of the south wall

Close-up of the south wall

The west wall of the Rheinpfalz

The west wall of the Rheinpfalz

Reconstruction d'un canvas ponton russe

Reconstruction d'un canvas ponton russe

Ehrenmal monument on the left bank of the Rhine

Ehrenmal monument on the left bank of the Rhine

Events

Directions

  • B42 North (Riesling-Route) from Wiesbaden via Eltville et Rüdesheim to Kaub.
  • B42 South from Coblence via Lahnstein et Sankt-Goarshausen to Kaub.
  • A61 from Bad Kreuznach, exit No. 45 Rheinböllen. Follow the signs into Bacherach, then turn left onto the B9 in the direction of Oberwesel. You will see the Rheinpfalz castle in the river after approximately 3 kilometers. This is the location of the car ferry to Kaub. Leave your car on the left bank of the river if parking is available, have a look at the Gedenkstein monument here, then take the ferry across to Kaub.
Garmin Points Tournants GPS Latitude Longitude Élévation
Kaub 50°05′15.3″ E007°45′50.3″ 76 m
GPS waypoints in WGS-84 format, taken avec a handheld GARMIN eTrex Summit Global Positioning System.

If you are interested in European history, excellent wine et food, et a spectacular view of the Rhine valley, the city of Kaub et the Blüchermuseum located here are well worth a visit.

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Campagnes des Guerres Napoléoniennes, 1805–1815