Located near, the charming town of Sankt Goarshausen, the natural rock of Lorelei, forms one of the best known features of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Towering about 120 meters (433 feet) higher than the water surface, the cliff is said to be named after a mythical sorceress called Lurley, who jumped off the cliff into the disturbed waters of River Rhine. Lorelei is blessed with breathtaking beauty, making it quite a popular tourist attraction.
Stretching to an area of 75,000 square meters (807293 square feet), the Kurpark in Wiesbaden is a spectacular public park that has been praised by many as the most scenic park in the city. Established in 1852, the park boasts of a lake in the middle of the park where visitors can enjoy boating. Also found here is a fountain that is 6 meters (19 feet) high.
At the confluence of Mosel and Rhine, Deutsches Eck is a headland that has been an integral part of German history during war times. Characterized by an equestrian statue that soars over the city, it is a monument honoring the first German Emperor William I. The original statue was inaugurated in 1897 and a refurbished statue was installed in 1993. A tribute to German unity, the headland is a popular tourist attraction today. Boat rides through the inland waterway of Mosel and Rhine are an ideal way to view the Deutsches Eck.
Tier- und Pflanzenpark Fasanerie was once a royal hunting area. Opened in 1955, its rolling hills, meadows, forest zone, lake and rivers is a haven for exotic and rare plants as well as for 50 European species. There is also a petting zoo for children. You can avail of their nature tours which are fun and informative at the same time. While touring, you get to encounter bears, lynxes, herons, wolves and many more. Later, head towards the former hunting lodge, which, now functions as a restaurant.
The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress sits atop a mountain with the same name. The fortress was built on the mountain top between the years of 1817 and 1828 by Prussian forces, though another fortress had stood on this same spot until 1801 when it was destroyed by the French. Of course, early people had also seen the benefits of building on top of the impressive Ehrenbreitstein mountain; some archaeologists believe that structures may have been built on this same site as early as the 9th-Century BC. The fortress that visitors can see today was never attacked while the Prussian military owned it. It was, however, occupied by U.S. troops during the Occupation of the Rhineland. Having escaped destruction in World War II, the fortress served as a variety of establishments before being made into a museum in 1956. Visitors can take a cable car up to the fortress where they can wander around the grounds and explore the many rooms on docent-led tours.
Surrounded by lush greenery, Neroberg is marked by the Neroberg temple, which is a round structure topped by a dome constructed in 1851. Apart from the temple, some of the hills notable features include a sculpture of a lion and panoramic views of the town below. Thanks to the aforementioned features, the peak is also a popular hiking destination.
Nestled along the snaking Rhine river, Sankt Goar combines gorgeous natural vistas with some historic brilliance. Burg Rheinfels, which is situated on a small hill, is a must visit for it is one of the most important castle ruins in the country, its ramparts and towers still standing strong. The black spire of the Collegiate Church matches with the shingled roof of the houses, an odd but pleasing contrast with the steely waters of the Rhine.
Bordered by the River Rhine on the west, Sankt Goarshausen is about 95 kilometers (59 miles) away from the city of Frankfurt. Located in the west of Germany, this quaint little town is popular for its vineyards that lies on its hilly slopes. Some of the attractions that are worth visiting are Lorelei rock and the medieval castles Burg Katz and Burg Maus.
Located on the western bank of the river Rhine, Rheinfels Castle is a castle ruin offering spectacular views of the river and its surrounding areas in Sankt Goar, Germany. This massive castle was once known to be the largest fortress in the Middle Rhine Valley. Today, it is the largest castle overlooking the river Rhine. Majorly occupied by castle ruins, few outer buildings of this complex are now restored as a luxury hotel, wellness center, and a restaurant. Visitors can also see some better-preserved structures in the museum at this historic place.
The Rhine Gorge lies between the city of Koblenz and Bingen in Germany. This area consists of a valley with River Rhine flowing in between. This valley contains rocks with fossil-bearing sediments which are mostly slate. The river marks an important route for trading with central Europe since olden times. This site has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since June 2002.
Oberwesel's medieval atmosphere is apparent when you enter the city, with several of its original 21 towers and the impressive Schönburg Castle peeking through its charming Middle Rhein townscape. Apart from these renowned landmarks, a trip to Oberwesel also calls for a visit to the Gothic Liebfrauenkirche church, a marvelous structure replete with a gilded altar and stained-glass windows, which also affords stunning views of the river. The town center or Altstadt is a delight in itself, a picturesque medieval core frozen in time. Also take some time out to explore Oberwesel's local market for souvenirs and handicrafts.