Castles, fortresses and the Lorelei

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Sights Middle Rhine Valley

There was and still is an incredible density of castles in today’s “Upper Middle Rhine Valley” UNESCO World Heritage Site between Bingen and Koblenz. A castle could once be found roughly every 2.5 km along this stretch and approximately 40 still exude their charm today. Many of them are situated in romantic spots and you can visit them. Other sights such as the Lorelei or the Basilica of St. Severus are by no means overshadowed by the castles and are definitely worth a visit.

The Marksburg

– the medieval hill castle on the Rhine. The Marksburg is situated between Bingen and Koblenz and is the only hill castle on the Middle Rhine that has never been destroyed. This medieval fortress mainly consists of buildings from the 13th to 15th century. Embark on a journey into the Middle Ages on a tour of the castle kitchen, great banqueting hall, chapel, bed chamber, armoury, wine cellar, wall-walks and tower quarters.

Rheinfels Castle

The ruins of Rheinfels Castle are located above St. Goar. It was once the largest fortress between Koblenz and Bingen after the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Visitors will be impressed by the size of the castle and the maze of underground corridors, some of which you can still walk along. Rheinfels Castle has been part of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002.

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

– Awarded as the “Upper Middle Rhine Valley” UNESCO World Heritage Site Ehrenbreitstein Fortress has existed since the 16th century and is one of Koblenz’ most popular sights today. The fortress was considered to be impregnable as a result of its location on a 118 m high rock. Today it accommodates the Landesmuseum Koblenz and a memorial to the dead of the German army and it has been part of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002.




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The legendary Lorelei valley. The 194 m high rock formation which became world famous due to the song by Heinrich Heine towers here between Taunus and Hunsrück. The myth of the girl who brushed her hair on the rock and cost numerous skippers their lives and the breathtaking views attract visitors from all over the world every year.

Cable car & lift

Visitors can experience breathtaking views over the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site with a trip on the 850 m long cable car. It is the largest cable car in Europe outside the Alps and links the Deutsches Eck to the Ehrenbreitstein fortress plateau. The funicular links the Ehrenbreitstein district to the fortress on the rock in just 3 minutes.



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The Niederwalddenkmal monument is situated above the town of Rüdesheim am Rhein and is surrounded by vineyards. The monument, which took 12 years to plan and build, commemorates the Unification of Germany in 1871. The monument watches over the Rhine at 38 m weighing 75 tonnes. The Germania figure sits atop the monument, there are 133 life-size people underneath her on the base.

Deutsches Eck

The Moselle and Rhine meet at the Deutsches Eck. An equestrian statue of the first German Emperor William I was built here in 1897. A port of refuge was filled in to create space for the statue resulting in today’s headland.



© Dominik Ketz/ Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH

The Hunsrück Railway

– a romantic railway in the Middle Rhine Valley Travellers set off on one of Germany’s most charming mountain routes with the Hunsrück railway. The 8 km long trip to Emmelshausen starts in Boppard and conquers a 300 metre difference in altitude. At the same time the railway passes viaducts and tunnels constantly accompanied by the scenery of Boppard’s forest. The destination is the wildly romantic Ehrbach Gorge.

Römer Kastell

Boppard is one of the most important Roman settlements along the Middle Rhine. As a result of Julius Caesar’s campaigns of conquest this region also came under Rome’s control. The late Roman camp formed an approximately 4.7 hectare rectangle with its 308 x 254 m in size. After the Roman occupation the former camp developed into the town centre of today’s Boppard.

Basilica St. Severus

The parish church of St. Severus is a cultural monument of the federal state of Rhineland Palatinate and has been part of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002. Pope Francis promoted St. Severus to a basilica minor in February 2015. The two-tower church was built in the 12th/13th century. The triumphal rood (13th century) and early Christian font and gravestones (6th century) are very special.

Schloss Stolzenfels

Stolzenfels Castle is just a few kilometres away from Koblenz and rises above the left bank of the Rhine. The structure was extended into a castle by the Prussian Crown Prince in the 19th century and dates back to a toll castle from the 13th century which was destroyed in 1689. Today the castle is considered to be one of the most important works of Rhine Romanticism.

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