Middle Rhine Valley
Mittelrheintal in Deutsch — is without a doubt one of the more
fascinating regions of Germany.
castles here and there alongside the Rhine River
from its headwaters in the Swiss Alps till it flows into the North Sea.
But when people speak of “Castles on the Rhine,”
they’re most likely talking about
this stretch of river.
for its steeply
terraced vineyards and many castles, the Rhine Gorge offers many
opportunities for river cruising — from
short trips on tourist boats to long excursions with private staterooms
all the trimmings. It makes the Middle Rhine a worthwhile
destination for people who love to travel by water.
Cruises & Excursions
Water travel on the Rhine takes many forms, from inexpensive tourist
excursions to long-distance luxury cruises.
Rhine Wine Country
Vineyards and wine making have been a feature of the Middle Rhine since
The large, famous rock is located near the town of Sankt Goarhausen at
point where the Rhine Gorge takes a sharp bend.
The city today is both one of the most important and one of the most
festive in Germany, known also for its Cathedral
For many, the name will always be associated with Operation Lumberjack
and the crossing of the Ludendorff Bridge.
Sankt Goar is located on the west bank of the Rhine near Burg
Rheinfels, not far from the famous Lorelei rock cliff.
The town is perhaps the most frequented of all the tourist spots along
the Middle Rhine Gorge.
These two castles, perched above the pilgrimage town of Bornhofen, are
often referred to as the “enemy brothers.”
Perched above the town of Sankt Goar, Burg Rheinfels was constructed to
collect tolls from the Rhine ship traffic.
Like Burg Rheinfels, the Schönburg castle has a richly
property is the only hilltop castle on the Rhine which
was never damaged significantly in wars.
two neighboring castles are situated respectively just above and
just offshore from the town of Kaub.
In 1135 it was
the possession of Goswin von Stahleck. Today the castle
is used as a youth hostel.
Once the home of
notorious "robber barons," Reichenstein today is open
to the public as a hotel and restaurant.
of the oldest, smallest and most picturesque castles on the Rhine,
Rheinstein was originally a customs house.