Boppard, formerly also spelled Boppart, is a town and municipality (since the 1976 inclusion of 9 neighbouring villages, Ortsbezirken) in the Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis (district) in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, lying in the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The town is also a state-recognized tourism resort (Fremdenverkehrsort) and is a winegrowing centre.

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Until 1309, Boppard was a free imperial city, and as such was often frequented by the German kings, who would then reside at the so-called Royal Estate.

A bronze seal-die dating from 1228–36, now in the British Museum, proclaims the independence of Boppard under the reign of the Holy Roman Emperor.

They tried to struggle against what they saw as a foreign ruler and in 1327, they set up their own council.

After a short siege, Baldwin had the town stormed and quelled this challenge to his authority, thus absorbing the town of Boppard into the Electorate of Trier.

Since 1969, the town of Boppard has belonged to the Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis, and is the district’s northernmost municipality.

Boppard is a middle centre; the nearest upper centre is Koblenz, some 22 km away.

Since 2002, the Gorge has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A 17 km stretch of the Rhine forms the town’s eastern limit.

The town’s next documentary mention did not come until the Early Middle Ages.

According to this source from 643, Boppard was a Frankish royal estate and an administrative centre of the Bopparder Reich (a Merovingian state).

They had but one hope: to get rid of the pledge arrangement and reinstate the town’s lost Imperial immediacy. In 1368, he raised the sum of the pledge and promised that neither he nor his successor would allow the pledge to be redeemed.