Germany is a land known for its magnificent castles and almost every city has at least one of its own. Overlooking the river, Schloss Stolzenfels is situated on the outskirts of the ancient city of Koblenz. This medieval castle was built by Arnold von Isenburg, the Archbishop of Trier and used as a toll station. Later it was the office of the Electorate of Trier. During the Nine Years War, it was damaged by the French and was in ruin for 150 years. It was gifted to Frederick William IV of Prussia in 1815. He delegated Karl Friedrich Schinkel to rebuild the building. The neoclassic architect turned it into a beautiful neo-Gothic building. It was the Prussian King's favorite summertime residence. Take a stroll through the gardens, halls and royal rooms of this romantic castle to get a glimpse into the past.
A museum solely dedicated to mechanical instruments, the Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett is delightfully refreshing and unique. The museum offers guided tours for large groups where the guides demonstrate the intricacies of these antique instruments whilst also playing them.
Rüdesheim-am-Rhein is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are many interesting places to explore. The Drosselgasse in the city's old town is a tourist magnet and is a popular street for locals as well. This 15th-century cobbled street is dotted with quaint restaurants, cafes, wine bars, garden taverns, historical structures and souvenir shops. Live music is the norm any time of the day or night.
Housed in the region above the Braubach town within the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany is the fortress of Marksburg, an iconic castle and a famous sight. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fortress dates back to the 12th Century. However, it was reconstructed and remodeled many times throughout the course of its existence. Guided tours are available and lend valuable insight into the history and culture of the castles' inhabitants as well as the surrounding regions.
The Rheingau region in Germany has never really seen a dearth of wineries or sprawling vineyards. Of these, the Schloss Johannisberg is one of the oldest ones which manages to maintain a certain charm in its rustic atmosphere. Engaged in the process of making wines for over nine centuries, Schloss Johannisberg promises a wonderful winery setting, replete with tastings and tours of their wine cellar.
This theme park in Taunus claims to 'bring fairy-tales to life', but the fairytale castle is no longer the main attraction. Visitors can now travel through an ancient world full of dinosaurs and Neanderthals, or experience earth's creation in a special slide show. For the brave-hearts there is a haunted house and a roller-coaster, while a more sedate ride on the 'Western Railway' is ideal for the less-adventurous. The action never stops; there is also a sky diver, giant slides, a big wheel, bouncing castles, a water carousel and much more. Boasting state-of-the-art entertainment for the whole family, the park also hosts birthday parties and private events. Hours vary seasonally.
Crowned by the impressive Marksburg which looms over the town from its hilltop perch, Braubach's position along the Rhine affords it a spellbinding landscape. The town is backdropped by lush hills draped in verdant greenery, rendering it a perfect locale for sightseeing excursions. This venture is aided by the Kerkertser Platte, a scenic vantage point which offers spectacular views of the surrounding vistas. While its natural beauty certainly merits special mention, the town's beating heart, however, is its historic old town which is defined by landmarks such as Schloss Philippsburg, the Evangelical St. Mark's Church and Martinskapelle among others.
Rising above the meandering Rhine river, the town of Lahnstein catches the eye from a distance, its traditional houses surrounded by verdant foliage, culminating at the jaw dropping Lahneck Castle. The medieval, grey-hued castle watches over the small town. The town also has several relics from that era such as St. John's Church and Abbey, Hexenturm, and other defensive architecture from middle ages.
Cross domed church in Byzantine style for the Russian migrants of the turn of the century.