The romantic of the Rhine valley is reflected in poems and paintings since more than 200 years. You find a superb and unique landscape: tors, steep vineyards and well-fortified castles that had been perpetuated in legends and sagas. Enjoy medieval towns and a good glass of wine.
The former toll castle of Pfalzgrafenstein is located in the midst of the stream. The outline of the castle resembles a ship travelling up the river. Right up until modern times, all shipping had to pass through the narrow bottleneck between Pfalzgrafenstein Castle and the town of Kaub on the right bank of the Rhine, as rock shelves barred the passage along the left bank at this point.
The mighty slate cliff rises up almost vertically from the banks of the Rhine. With her dazzling beauty and beguiling song the Loreley lured the boatsmen on the river below off course, causing them to wreck their vessels on the rocks. In the Visitor Centre on the Loreley Rock you will learn some fascinating facts about the history of the Rhine Valley, Rhine Romanticism, the natural landscape around the Rock and the Loreley myth, of course.
Explore the only hill fortress on the Rhine that has never been destroyed! There is plenty to discover in this perfectly preserved late medieval fortress: the Great Hall, bed-chamber, chapel and castle kitchen as well as the cannon battery and armour collection can all be visited. With its medieval botanic garden it is also a great destination for garden lovers.
An unforgettable highlight of any visit to Koblenz is the breathtaking cable-car trip that whisks you up from the German Corner to one of Europe's largest fortresses. Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is a core historical site which exerts an almost magical attraction upon visitors: its generous open spaces, exhibitions and stunning panoramic views are just waiting to be discovered.
The present castle above the left bank of the Rhine with its park and gardens was built in the 19th century on the ruins of a 13th century fortress. In terms of cultural and art history it is one of the most outstanding achievements of Prussian Rhine Romanticism.
The different areas of the Sayn Culture Park combine elements which seem to contradict each other, and yet it is this very diversity which makes it such an amazing place to visit: a Neogothic palace and a formidable ancestral castle, idyllic castle gardens and a Romanesque abbey, the Museum of Ornamental Cast Iron and the Butterfly Garden.
Built in the Baroque era, this stately home on the banks of the Rhine was always intended as a place of pleasure. The former Electoral hunting lodge and summer residence still delights the senses today: it is the headquarters of the Villa Musica Foundation and its Academy for Chamber Music.
Explore the explosive world of the Vulkaneifel and experience 500 000 years of geological and human history at 26 unique original sites in the Volcanic East Eifel. The geyser at Andernach is one of nature's more unusual spectacles. It sends up a giant tower of water 60 metres high into the air, leaving visitors awe-struck.
Offering spectacular views of the Rhine and the Siebengebirge hills, this gallery presents the modern works of Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, one of the most prominent artist couples of the 20th century. The museum's varied programme of events includes a festival of chamber music, classical concerts and readings.