Rhine River Insider Guide to the Rhine River Castles and Valley

Rhine River, with the Rhine River Castles and the Rhine Valley, is one of my most favorite places in the world.

This time I want to take you on a romantic trip along the beautiful Rhine river valley. I traveled the world a lot and was fortunate to live here for a while, this is still one of my most favorite places in the world.

Rhine river

The German Middle Rhine region, or Rhine Gorge, which is just another popular name for the Upper Middle Rhine river valley spreads between Bingen/Rudesheim and Koblenz. It´s also called the Romantic Rhine due to its association with Romantic writers and the fact that it’s so darn romantic, is an UNESCO World Heritage and the place you MUST see when traveling Europe.

It covers so many elements of a dream European trip, riverside villages from the middle ages, timbered houses, old Rhine river castles and ruins, vineyards and fanciful folklore. It all comes together in this unique section of Germany, the Romantic Middle Rhine is a truly special place with wonderful landscapes that make amazing holidays.

Rhine River? Where is the Rhine river?

The Rhine River Germany (or Rhein in German) is a major waterway and vital shipping lane that originates from Switzerland, and flows through France, Germany and the Netherlands to the North Sea. Clean up efforts have dramatically improved water quality in recent decades and it has become one of the cleanest international rivers, even the Atlantic salmon returned to the Rhine river for spawning.

Rhine river map includes castlesWe’ve put together Rhine river facts for your trip, where to go, what to see, where to stay and when to travel. Take a look at the Rhine valley map on the left and feel free to adapt the tour to your needs. You can either drive by car from Bingen/Rüdesheim to Koblenz and switch the Rhine river sides by ferry, or without car just hop on hop off the K-D Line.

If you drive a rental car, ferries are cheap and run all year between Rüdesheim and Bingen, Lorch and Niederheimbach, Kaub and Bacharach/Oberwesel, St. Goarshausen and St. Goar, Boppard and Filsen/Kamp-Bornhofen.

Hop on hop off the K-D Line, just buy a one-way or Rhine river cruise round ticket at the Köln-Düsseldorfer Jetty and ticket office in Rüdesheim, Bingen, Assmanshausen, Bacharach, Oberwesel, Lorch, Boppard, Kaub, St. Goar, St. Goarshausen, Kamp-Bornhofen, Braubach and Koblenz.

Another option is the train, you can either choose the DB line on the right or left side (runs more often) of the Rhine, there is at least one train stop in every town on route. Here too, tickets are cheap and train service is cheap and reliable.

Discover the surrounding Rhineland on Daily Mail Online.

What to do when visiting the German Rhine River?

#1. Cruising is the most relaxing way to take in the scenery of the beautiful steep vineyards and amazing castles while treating yourself at the same time is by boat, and KD (find schedule below)  and Bingen-Ruedsheimer cruise (covers Rüdesheim to St. Goar only) line  offers hop-on-hop-off services from one boat landing station to another or round tickets throughout the entire stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine. Spending a few hours on one of these vessels makes for a wonderful day. If you don´t have time take at least a Rhine river day cruise.

#2. Spotting the Rhine river castles. By far the most popular activity on the Upper Middle Rhine, more than 40 castles crown the hills of the region, with some of the best open to the public. Burg Sooneck Castle (Burg Sooneck), Reichenstein Castle (Burg Reichenstein), Rheinfels Fortress above St. Goar and Rheinstein Castle, Marksburg high above Braubach and Stolzenfels castle (Schloss Stolzenfels) are the most prominent fortifications that you can visit, in addition to the famous Pfalzgrafenstein Toll Station that resides in the middle of the Rhine and was used to collect fees from passing boats to ply the waters. We will portray them in detail later.

#3. Rudesheim Wine Tasting: There are lots of small vineyards lining up the Upper Middle Rhine, dramatically rising before your eyes on terraced inclines carved by the Rhine river. Many are open to visitors for fun and educational tasting sessions. Try the queen of grapes, the Riesling, or Müller-Thurgau, Rivaner, Kerner, and Grauburgunder.
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Tip: wine tasting in Rüdesheim at different locations.

#4. Hiking.  If you’re more the active type, the famous 320 km “Rheinsteig Trail” atop the cliffs that weaves past the famous castles and in-and-out of local vineyards is a thrill to traverse. It leads from Wiesbaden to Bonn, at times on the narrowest of paths, passing a succession of historical castles, cliffs, vineyards and fixed-rope routes, but the enchanting views of the Rhine provide ample reward.

How to get from Frankfurt to Rhine Valley?
There are several option to go from Frankfurt Airport to Bingen/Rhein: you can rent a car, go by taxi (time 42 minutes, price around 120 €) or take the train (time approx. 1 hour, price 15 €).

kd line Rhine cruise schedule

Train is the cheapest way to go from Frankfurt to the Rhine valley.

As there are two airport train stations at the airport make sure you look for signs specifically for “Regionalbahnhof” station for local train service. It is located below Terminal 1. If you are in Terminal 2.

Take the free terminal shuttle, SkyLine, to Terminal 1. You can purchase a ticket at a ticket kiosk at “DB-Reisezentrum” in Terminal 1., or book online.

BINGEN Germany

Bingen, at the confluence of the Rhine and the Nahe, looking across to the legendary Mouse Tower, is a place of special charm. Some great events take place here, like the Bingen Winzerfest, or Bingen Swingt, the international jazz festival, or Christmas market. It´s also one of the view places to watch Rhine in Flames (here it takes place in early summer).

Hildegard of Bingen (Hildegard von Bingen), one of the most important figures in the history of the Middle Ages and “the greatest woman of her time”, built her monastery in Bingen Germany. French writer Victor Hugo called it a friendly and beautiful town.

Who was Hildegard of Bingen?
Hildegard von Bingen also known as Doctor of the Church, Sibyl of the Rhine and Saint Hildegard. She was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic and visionary. Hildegard von Bingen goes as the founder of scientific natural history in Germany. Hildegard of Bingen wrote botanical, theological and also medicinal texts liturgical music and poems. She was born September 16, 1098 in Bermersheim vor der Höhe, Germany and died September 17, 1179 (aged 81) in Bingen am Rhein, Germany (source Wikipedia).

Burg Klopp is only a short climb from the centre of Bingen. You can enjoy impressive views over the Bingen city, the Rhine river and the surrounding vineyards over to Rüdesheim and the Germania Monument. Park and tower are free to enter and they have a lovely restaurant as well.

Bingen Restaurant Tip: ZOLLAMT Restaurant is a modern Bistro with large and diverse menu, good for vegetarians too. A special place to sit and enjoy the beautiful view over the Rhine river. Located Hafenstr. 3, phone 06721 1869666, open daily 11am-12am.

Bingen is a great departure port for day cruises and trips to discover the river Rhine Valley, all the fantastic Rhine river castles and Loreley Rock of course.

RUDESHEIM at Rhine River

Rüdesheim just on the other side, is a historic city of winegrowers, in ancient time the Romans start growing wine here. The old town, is dating from the Middle Ages, and parts of the city’s fortifications are maintained.
Rudesheim Germany

Rudesheim Germany is very touristy, but charming, you will find cozy traditional wine taverns and souvenir shops in historic half-timbered houses everywhere. No one leaves this city without visiting the world-famous Drosselgasse to discover ur-German “Gemütlichkeit”.

The 144 meter long Drosselgasse is the heart of the old town. Here you can enjoy live band entertainment, brass instrument and dance music from late morning till midnight. Get a taste of the regional cuisine and wine. Try some traditional cakes and the famous Rudesheimer coffee (Rüdesheimer Kaffee), an alcoholic coffee drink.

More attractions in Rudesheim Germany:

  • Mechanical music cabinet: Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett -- offers magnificent collection of orchestrions and related music makers.
  • Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard -- The abbey is really lovely and the view is fantastic, the interior scenes of “The name of the Rose” with Sean Connery were filmed here.
  • Cable Car Rudesheim: A highlight of any stay in Rudesheim is the ride in a cable car over the vineyards up to the Germania monument. Standing in front of the monument, the marvelous view of over Rüdesheim’s oldtown and Bingen across the river is surely beautiful.
  • Eagle Station: Take a little walk and visit the eagle sanctuary “Adlerwarte Niederwald”.
  • Jagdschloss Rheingau: If you walk a little further you will see the Jagdschloss Rheingau, an old hunting castle now a hotel and restaurant. From here you can take a chair lift back down to Assmannshausen and a boat back to Ruedesheim.

Where to stay in Rüdesheim?

Tip: Hotel Felsenkeller, Oberstr. 39-41 in Rudesheim, just above the Drosselgasse, next to the chairlift. A charming mid-range hotel with spacious and clean rooms,  breakfast with plenty of selections, nice outdoor patio area, helpful stuff and free WiFi.

Between Bingen and Rüdesheim the waters of the river are crowded in a narrow space. If you look upon the hills around you, you see how every foot of ground is economized for the vineyards. Where the hill-sides are too steep for cultivation, they are formed into terraces. The scenery is really very grand and very fine.

Rhine river Germany mauseturm

Right in the middle of the river you see the “Mäuseturm” or Mauseturm. The German word for mice is Mäuse, and probably it is in this instance corrupted from mauth; for nothing could have made the tower and its owners more odious than the collection of duties from voyagers on the Rhine river.

RHEINSTEIN CASTLE will excite you!

This is one of my favorite Rhine castles. Rheinstein castle is located near Trechtingshausen on the left, it was once the summer residence of a Prussian prince.

castle burg rheinstein

Burg Rheinstein was originally built in 1316 destroyed in 1689, rebuilt in 1844 and was acquired by the Hecher family in the 1930`s, they take great care ever since. There is a landing stage from “Bingen-Rüdesheimer” and “Rössler Linie” below the Rheinstein castle. The 5 min walk uphills looks a hassle, but I have been here several time and it is definitely worth it.

You can discover the place on your own or take one of their guided tours. Be sure to go up the Burg Rheinstein tower for the view and the internal garden is lovely as well. At the castle tavern “Kleiner Weinprinz” they offer local specialties of the Rhine river valley to eat and drink while overlooking the vineyards and river Rhine below.

Opening hours: From March 12th 2016 to October 30th 2016 it´s open daily 09.30 am to 05.30 pm, October 31st 2016 to March 17th 2017 11.00 am to 04.00 03.30 pm (closed from December 19th, 2016 to March 3rd, 2017), entrance admission 5.50 €.

Rheinstein Castle -- Rhine castle hotel. Notwithstanding the historic setting, the rooms are lovely and comfortable. The breakfast and dinner are both elegant and delightful. There are only 2 room available, prices: Tower Apartment overlooking the Rhine river 179 €, Prinz-Georg Apartment 129€  impressive views of the castle tower (for 2 pers. inclusive breakfast, min. stay 2 nights).  This is an opportunity not to be missed. E-mail: info@burg-rheinstein.de

The high density and variety of Rhine river castles along the Rhine is unique.

Rhine river castles: Burg ReichensteinCastle-crowned heights now follow each other in rapid succession. Rocky steeps rose from the verge of the water; and wherever there was any soil, or any earth could find a resting-place, the spot was made into a vineyard.

Only a mile further up down the Rhine Reichenstein Castle appears, which dates back to at least 1213. It has survived through the centuries, albeit with some folklore of ghosts, and has been featured on an episode of the TV series “Ghost Hunters“. Today it is well preserved and part of it is a museum, hotel and restaurant. A bit of a hike up but worth the effort, every conceivable wall is covered with armor or antlers and the view is great.

Stay at Reichenstein Castle: Hotel Burg Reichenstein has 21 individually designed modern rooms, prices: single room from € 85, double room € 115. Breakfast available (surcharge). Reichenstein castle has the restaurant Puricelli, serves German cuisine for lunch and dinner.

Next on route is Sooneck castle right above Niederheimbach. Smaller than Rheinstein, but also well maintained. If you visited Rheinstein already, skip it, there are only guided tours in German, only limited rooms are open for visit and you need to wear huge slippers over your shoes.

Take a quick guided tour through Burg Sooneck:

The towns on the banks of the Rhine riverare picturesque, and one never tires of looking at them. Indeed, half a dozen voyages down the Rhine river no more than enable the tourist to see all its wonders and all its beauties.

BACHARACH Germany your next stop

Bacharach is over a thousand years old named for Bacchus, the ancient Roman god of wine. It´s famous for its wonderful half-timbered houses, the romantic courtyards, vineyards and the towering Castle Stahleck.

Bacharach Germany

It´s full of very narrow, windy, cobbled streets and some houses have beautiful murals painted on the walls. High above the main road, you see the ruins of a Gothic chapel. Bacharach Germany is a sleepy wine village home to cozy family-run hotels and plenty of wine taverns and timbered facades, filled with restaurants, cafés and out of the ordinary souvenir shops.

Burg Stahleck castle

Burg Stahleck high above Bacharach town, about 30 minutes climb, lays this 12th-century fortified castle and serves as a youth hostel now. Here you can stay in a castle on a budget, read more below!!

My tips on Bacharach Germany hotels:

Hotel Kranenturm is set in an old defensive tower directly on the town walls overlooking the river. Room rates: 65 -- 72 Euro for 2 people in a standard double room per night incl. breakfast buffet.

Stahleck Castle -- The view is dreamlike, the castle is well maintained and nice to walk around. Price is 22 € per Person incl. basic breakfast in a 2 bed room, basic dining is available, beds are mostly bunkbeds. They have a few family rooms, some rooms come with WC/shower, but you have to pre-book. Keep in mind it’s a youth hostel, so there will be lots of school children. The hostel is open year round, except Christmas.

Bacharach Germany restaurant tip -- for great regional food and local wine tasting in a really nice atmosphere and cute patio: Weingut Karl Heidrich, Oberstr. 16-18, phone 0674393060, open daily (Wed. closed) 11am-10pm.

PFALZGRAFENSTEIN -- an unusual perspective.

What you´ll see next on your river cruise is an odd-looking building located mid-river. That´s Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, built in 1326. In former times a toll was paid here by all vessels navigating the river. The Duke of Nassau inherited the right to levy this tax (Zoll in German); the Pfalz was his toll-house. In the middle ages, 32 tolls were levied at the different stations on and along the river.

Pfalzgrafenstein Castle near Kaub Germany

Just getting to this little Rhine-Island where the Zollburg is located is a little off the beaten path. No tour boats stop here, no tourist crowds arrive. From here you´ll get a totally different perspective! Toll castle entrance fee is 4 €, time table: Jan-Feb weekends only 10am-5pm, March Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, Apr-Oct. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm, Nov on weekends only 10am-5pm, Dez. Closed. The little ferry runs every 30 minutes and is located next to the main ferry terminal in Kaub, price is 2.50 € p.P.

The town on the right is KAUB.

Gutengels Castle

Kaub was first mentioned in 983 BC, and received its town charter by Ludwig the Bavarian in 1324. It was a town of river pilots, fishermen and wine-growers. 110 meters above town there is Burg Gutenfels (known as castle Caub) It was built in 1220. Once one of the most important defense facilities of the Rhine river valley it serves as a castle hotel these days.

OBERWESEL Germany and beautiful SCHOENBURG CASTLE are on the left.

Oberwesel GermanyOf all the old towns and Rhine river cities along the river no other demonstrates such an impressive towns-cape, still fully characterized by the Middle Ages. 16 of the original 21 defensive towers along the city wall are still preserved today.

Parts of the city wall are still accessible and walk able. The Gothic Church of Our Lady (Liebfrauenkirche) also defines the appearance of the town. All the vineyards around town are accessible by public trails without any gates, so feel free for a walk.

There are many events in Oberwesel around the year, the Mediaeval Spectaculum and Stadtmauerfest in early summer, the splendid firework Rhine in Flames (always 2nd Saturday in Sept.), or the pretty wine market (always 2nd and 3rd weekend in Sept.), or the magical Christmas market on every first Advent weekend in Dezember.

Schoenburg Castle is a 1000 year old medieval beauty high above the Rhine river.

castle schoenburg

Like many of its neighbors it was destroyed in 1689, since 1885 it has been rebuilt into its current condition. It´s not open to visitors, but you can enjoy a dinner in the fantastic restaurant, or enjoy the wonderful sights while walking around the castle garden, or even better stay overnight in one of the fantastic guest rooms. Read more below.

Oberwesel -- Schoenburg Castle — is truly one of the best German castle hotels.  High above Oberwesel, this castle-turned-hotel looks like something straight off an animated movie featuring a princess and you’ll be treated like a VIP. Thinking of romantic vacations? I can’t imagine a better place. Rooms are all different sizes, with very individual historical interior, but modern amenities.

Prices for a small double room start at 220 € in low season and 250 € in high season, including a rich breakfast buffet, four-course dinner, served in the castle restaurant or, with good weather, outside at the romantic Rhine Terrace, Welcome sherry and free minibar.

Restaurant tip Oberwesel: Historische Weinwirtschaft, Liebfrauenstr. 17, phone 06744 8186. The restaurant is Located in an old wine cellar, the food is fantastic, a wide selection on local wines, regional cuisine and excellent steaks. They also have a nice outdoor seating Surrounded by lush greenery too.

Passing Oberwesel and the Seven Sisters, this is the deepest and most narrow part of the river Rhine and, therefore, the most difficult stretch to navigate.

The bank of the river Rhine on the right rises abruptly to a great height, and the precipice is called the Lorelei. There is an old folk tale about a nymph named Lorelei (Loreley in German), who once lived atop a steep rock and her seductive song would lure sailors.

Lorelei statueWell, that´s not the true story. Originally the fantasy story was set up in 1801 by a German poet called Clemens Brentano. He tells the story of a beautiful maid named Lore Lay, no men could not resist her beauty and charms. She was betrayed by her sweetheart, and accused of bewitching men and causing their death in the river. Rather than sentence her to death, the bishop consigns her to a nunnery. On the way to the monastery she was allowed to take a last look at her beloved river and fell to death from the high cliff.

A few years later Heinrich Heine adapted the story and made her a mermaid and Rhine siren. Heine’s lyrics were than set to music by Friedrich Silcher, which made it even more popular.

The statue of the Loreley is almost as famous as the little mermaid in Kopenhagen, but it´s difficult to find and not on top of the hill as you might think!

How to get there: The Loreley bronze statue is located on the mole in St. Goarshausen, located on a little  half peninsula that goes in to the river. Follow the main road (B42) from Sankt Goarshausen to Rüdesheim, you will see it on the right after 1 -- 1.5 km. Across the parking lot there is a pavilion with seats, this is the entrance, from there it’s a short bumpy footpath to the statue.

Hiking up to the top of the Lorelei Rock is not worth it, yes, you´ll have a great view, but that’s it.

ST. GOARSHAUSEN -- the town with two castles on the Rhine river.

Cat Castle

Burg Katz

High above town you sell you see magnificent Castle Cat (Burg Katz). Count Wilhelm II. of Katzenelnbogen built the Katz Castle in the 14th century. Formally the castle was named Burg Neukatzenelnbogen, but that seems too long for the locals, they simply called it Katz (cat).

Unfortunately it is in Japanese private possession, and not open for visitors.

Located right next to it is Mouse Castle (Burg Maus), the entry for visitors is limited to several days a year.

The main attraction is the falconry.  Visitors can watch eagles, buzzards, falcons, vultures and owls in 3 performances daily. Demonstrations: Mo-Sun 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30 pm, entrance fee 7€.

If you want to go to Burg Maus, you can take the bus (Linie 545) from the train station in St. Goarshausen to Wellmich, from here it´s a 20 minute walk uphill.

St. Goar and St. Goarhausen are opposite each other, on little shelves under the brow of the continuous range of hills which wall in the Rhine river for miles.

ST. GOAR is charming.

The lively, charming town is renowned for its wine and another great place to watch Rhine in Flames.

St. Goar is also home of Burg Rheinfels, a mighty castle ruin high above the town dating back to 1245.

Burg Rheinfels, Rheinfels Castle and St. Goar

Visitors of Rheinfels Castle are surprised by the sheer size of the ruins as well as by the labyrinth of trenches and tunnels to discover (bring a flashlight). You can get a picture of the castle’s military and cultural significance by entering the museum.

The walk up to Burg Rheinfels takes approx. 20 minutes, but you can get up with the Castle Express tram which runs every 30 minutes for 3€ only.

St. Goar — One of the most popular and scenic villages along the Rhine river, the town has a plethora of hotels for all budgets and the aforementioned fortress looming above.

Rheinhotel St. Goar is a lovely hotel with friendly staff. Rooms are simple and clean, but offer a beautiful view of the river. Price: double room with bath and river Rhine view starts from 80 € incl. breakfast.

Hotel Rheinfels gets high marks for its views out to the river. Although the hotel is not historic, it´s located within the castle ruins. Rooms are modern and comfortable, with modern bathrooms. Standard rooms are 165 € -- 229 € per night.

St. Goar restaurant tip: Philipps Mühle, Gruendelbach 49, phone 06741 1606, open Tue-Sun 3pm-11pm. Nice restaurant with charming outdoor garden cafe surrounded by the vineyards.  Worth the 15 minutes walk from Sankt Goar!

On the right, opposite the small town of Bad Salzig, are the hostile brothers, castles Liebenstein and Sterrenberg. Their owners, bearing this relation to each other, unfortunately fell in love with the same beautiful lady, fought for her, and both were killed.

KAMP-BORNHOFEN

A stay at Hotel Castle Liebenstein is a unique experience. The spectacular views, exemplary service, and the authentic castle experience, make this the best of our trip! The staff makes you feel like royalty and the food is delicious authentic German dishes of the region, beautifully prepared and presented on antique china. Do NOT expect TV or Internet on your room, this stay is prepared to slow your pace down and to enjoy the views and 1st class hospitality.

Rooms at Burg Liebenstein are furnished in medieval style and most offer a magnificent view over the Rhine River. A unique and authentic castle experience for the value minded guest, as the prices are reasonable. 150,- € for a double room with river Rhine view including breakfast in main season.

The shelf of land on each side of the river, grows wider and the hills are farther from the stream now.

BOPPARD Germany is a quaint town on the shores of the Rhine

Boppard Germany and the Rhine river

It revolved from a Celtic settlement into a Roman fortress. A place rich in history, with medieval fortifications.

Best thing here: the Sesselbahn. The chairlift at Boppard’s northern will get you in about 20 mins over the top of the hill and from here you have a fantastic view onto the largest bend on the Rhine river. It´s called Four Lakes View, because the visible sections of the Rhine river look disconnected. Open from 10am-6pm, return ticket is 7.50 €.

Tips for restaurants in Boppard: If you love Italian food and pizza: Einstein’s Place, Rheinallee. 33, phone 067425074. Open daily 10am-10pm. The nice views overlooking the river Rhine whilst drinking and eating is an extra bonus.
For fantastic German and European cuisine: Le Jardin, Rheinallee 41, open daily 11am-10pm. Try to  get a riverside table and enjoy watching all the river traffic.

BRAUBACH

Braubach is a historical city with medieval character, idyllic flair, full of lovely half-timbered houses, and guarded by the impressive Marksburg Castle. Braubach has some interesting things to see, an ancient Roman wall, a Cathedral, and a museum. But people come here to visit the castle.

Marksburg Castle, on the right bank of the Rhine river, was built in the 13th century on the right bank of the Rhine river. A walk through its deep dungeons hewn out of the rock, its torture-rooms, and its subterranean galleries, is enough to inspire a sensation novel. This magnificent fortification was never besieged or destroyed by its enemies.

You cannot visit Marksburg without a tour guide, but they are offered in English as well and very informative and entertaining. A little warning, the castle kept the original slate paths, so wear suitable footwear.

Braubach restaurant tip: Zum Goldenen Schlüssel, Marktplatz 14, phone 02627340. Open Mo-Sun from 10am, Thursday closed. Offering typical regional and international food in a nice atmosphere and biergarden. For example Wiener Schnitzel 9.80 €.

LAHNSTEIN -- here the Lahn river flows into the Rhine.

The little city is of historical significance and still has some medieval sights for you to visit. The St. John’s Church and Abbey dates back to the 9th century, and the “Wirtshaus an der Lahn” is one of the oldest listed building Lahnsteins, the distinctive tower of the building served as an electoral a toll station.

Burg Lahneck is a medieval fortress located high above the city of Lahnstein. It belonged to the order of Knights Templars, which was founded, in 1118, for the protection of pilgrims, and the defense of the Holy Sepulchre at Jerusalem. The institution became renowned, and extended all over the world. It was very rich and powerful, and therefore disliked by the clergy, who finally overthrew it. Those residing here were attacked in their castle, which was captured only after the last of its brave defenders had been slain.

There are guided tours in Lahneck castle from mid March till the end of October, Tue-Sun at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm, tickets 6.00 €.

In Oberlahnstein there is Martinsburg Castle (Schloss Martinsburg) a toll castle in the Electorate of Mainz. It offers a powerful look with its huge hexagonal tower, it was built by the end of the 14th century.It´s not generally open to the public, but you can visit to the Mint, the kitchen and the carnival museum within the city tour on Wednesdays, 14 pm. Starting point is Hexenturm.

Ruppertsklamm is the highlight (gorge) of the last stage of the Rheinsteig walking tour. Great for a short trip (2 hours) through a beautiful part of nature. You absolutely don’t have to be a true hiker to enjoy it, but good hiking shoes are a must.

Camping at Burg Lahneck -- If you are looking for the ideal camping spot at the Rhein river, this is it. The campsite is located high above the romantic Rhine river, in the immediate vicinity of the. You find grass soil and terraces with old trees, it´s also next to the municipal swimming pool. They have a budget restaurant (for great dining visit the castle restaurant), small food shop, and heated sanitary facilities.

Dining tip: a good old typical traditional German Gasthaus with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Winzerhaus, Burgstr. 34, phone 02621-2896, open Tue-Sun 4pm-12am + Sun 10.45am-2pm.

On the other side of the Rhein river there is BURG STOLZENFELS.

Stolzenfels Castle

Stolzenfels castle is one of the few that is in almost perfect condition, the structure is gorgeous, especially the chapel, the garden is like a fairytale and the views are fantastic. It was rebuild on the ruins of an old 13th century castle in the 19th century, it´s pure Prussian Rhine river romance. Quite a climb uphill but worth the effort.

It´s open March to November, Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Entrance is 5 €, including the guided tour (in German only but they have English guide books). You´ll shuffle along the old wooden floors you can get a pretty good understanding of how those living within the castle walls controlled the area and Rhein river below back in the day.

KOBLENZ Germany is our final destination.

Where is Koblenz in Germany? Koblenz is a German city situated on both banks of the Rhine river surrounded by four low mountain ranges. Koblenz is Germany’s oldest and most beautiful town, more than 2000 year old, founded by the Romans in 9 BC. A walk to the German Corner (Deutsches Eck) is a must. Here the Rhine river and Mosel river meet and Emperor William 1 on horseback watches over it.

Koblenz the Deutsches Eck

Discover the old town of Koblenz with its romantic narrow streets, picturesque courtyards and small, cozy squares with numerous lovely cafés. Visit a “Weinstube” (wine tavern) or beer garden and taste the local wine. A walk from “Florinsmarkt” to “Münzplatz” and “Jesuitenplatz” will take you past lots of historic monuments and beautifully restored historic houses. Here you can enjoy some fancy shopping in historic surroundings, or wine and dine in one of the various indoor or outdoor restaurants at the Rhein river.

Koblenz Germany the Ehrenbreitstein fortress

Take the cable car from here to Festung Ehrenbreitstein for the scenic views. The “Seilbahn” runs from the waterfront across the Rhein river and up to the Ehrenbreitstein fortress sitting high above the city. The fortress is a superb example of 19th Century military architecture.

Every year in August, the fantastic fireworks Rhein in Flammen (the Rhine in Flames) takes place.

My tips for hotels in Koblenz Germany:

Hotel & Weinhaus Zum Schwarzen Baeren, is very traditional, clean and tidy. It represents basically everything you could ask for. Here you have a pub, a beer garden, a wine room, and a nice traditional German restaurant with great food. The owners speak excellent English and help wherever they can. With hospitality like that, you’re in good hands! The Rhein river promenade is only a five-minute walk away. Best value for your money, double room from 89 Euro incl. breakfast.

Brenner Hotel looks unprepossessing from the outside, but turns to a surprise inside. The rooms are lovely and spacious with views over a well-tended garden. Expect friendly staff anywhere, a really nice breakfast, overall good value, prices range between 81 € and 118 € for a standard room.

Koblenz dining tips: If you are looking for excellent, authentic German cuisine: Gerhards Genussgesellschaft, Danziger Freiheit 3 (close to Deusches Eck), phone 026191499133, open Tue-Sun 12pm-10pm. Lovely Restaurant, great service, nice outdoor terrace.

For freshly prepared delicious breakfast food and great cakes: Cafe Guglhupf, Emil-Schueller-Str. 31. Sweet little place, with a nice atmosphere.

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Hope you enjoyed our photos of Rhine River Castles and our tips on the Rhine river.