Visiting the Rhine Valley and want a fun activity with some awesome views? Consider taking the Sesselbahn Boppard (or Boppard chairlift in English).
Sweeping you from the outskirts of the town of Boppard to Vierseenblick (Four Lakes Views), this is a great way to enjoy more of the region quickly and easily. It’s a 20 minute leisurely ride over vineyards, forests and cliffs.
Sound good and want to hear more? Not quite sure if it’s right for you or want all the details?
Keep reading, because below I tell you everything you need to know about this attraction as well as our experiences on the Boppard Chairlift Germany. Spoiler alert: It’s a lot of fun!
You can also find our full guide to Boppard here.
What Is The Sesselbahn Boppard?
The Sessellift Boppard was built in 1954. It’s a 20 minute chairlift ride each way which covers about 915 metres. Over the journey, you gain 232 metres in height.
The Boppard Sesselbahn runs from the outskirts of Boppard over vineyards and forests to one of the supposed best lookout points in the Rhine Valley, Vierseenblick (Four Lakes View).
This has this name because, from here, you have the illusion that there are four lakes instead of one river (take a look at the photo below).
This is thanks to the horseshoe bend in the Rhine at Boppard.
From here, you can hike, mountain bike or just enjoy the views and either walk back down or take the chairlift back to your starting point. It’s also a popular point for paragliders.
It’s a simple chairlift with two separate seats next to each other and a bar to hold you in and ones for your feet. It’s also possible to take your bike on it.
Boppard Chairlift Review
We visited the chairlift Boppard with our three kids aged 6, 10 and 12. It’s lucky our oldest kid is 12 as you can only ride alone from this age. As a family of five, we wouldn’t have been able to take this chairlift otherwise.
The ride itself is quite smooth. There are basically three sections and it does take 20 minutes which is quite awhile. Thankfully, most of the way there are great views so it’s hard to get bored. There are the vineyards and forest underneath and the Rhine River Valley and Boppard in the surrounds.
I was surprised how pretty the ride itself was. I knew there would be great views at the end, but I hadn’t really thought about during the ride. It’s by a horseshoe bend in the Rhine which leads to especially pretty views.
At the top, we were assisted off. There isn’t much right at this point but you don’t have to walk far to find a restaurant, drink and views.
I think the better views are at the restaurant a couple of minutes walk away. There are signs to this as well as a lookout point.
If you walk a bit further, you can reach the Vierseenblick (Four Lakes View) next to a cafe by the same name. Just keep following the signs to find this. It’s another pretty view that’s worth checking out.
It’s about a seven minute walk and there are some uphill and downhill parts but nothing that strenuous.
Once we were done, it was easy to walk back and get the chairlift back down.
Note, you can just get it one way and walk the other. It does look like quite a strenuous walk, however.
I’m not the best with heights, so I can find chairlifts a bit scary, but the ride was as smooth as it could be and I didn’t feel like I would fall off 😀
The only criticism I have is I wish they ran the chairlift the opposite way round – so you weren’t keeping to the right. This is because the best views are to the right as you go up, but you are facing the wrong way to get the most of them. On the way down, you get great views but it’s obstructed by the cables from the chairlift.
Boppard Chairlift Location
The Boppard sessellift starting point is located on Mühltal street near the train line. There is parking available.
Address: Stuhlbahn GmbH, Mühltal 12, 56154 Boppard
Boppard Chairlift Ticket Cost And Opening Hours
The sesselbahn in Boppard runs during the warmer months from 10am daily. Tickets start at 9.50 Euros for an adult and 5 Euros for a kid.
At the time we visited in August 2022, we did have to wear masks at all sites associated with the chairlift which did feel a bit strange as we didn’t find it a requirement anywhere else where it wasn’t regulated and this was all outside. The staff in the ticket booth didn’t wear them either which made it extra weird.
You can find more information here. You can also take a bike up and do some mountain biking at the top.
I hope you have found this guide to the Boppard chairlift useful and it helps you make your own way to this fun attraction.
It’s a great way to see more of the Rhine Valley and is particularly a good way to break up a day if you have kids like us as it’s quite cruisey.
The views along the way and at the top are stunning. You won’t be sorry!
Looking for more? You can also find our full guide to Boppard here and all our guides to travelling the western part of Germany here.