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.
Ahr-Thermen Bad Neuenahr is a spectacular maze of thermal landscape. This beautiful facility is one of the highlights of the city. Fed by natural mineral spring waters, they have extravagant baths that will tantalize your senses with their sheer beauty and healing elements. From water aerobics to aqua-cycling, there is a lot you can do in their pools. With eight varying saunas to stimulate your relaxation, you can choose to indulge in their sauna ceremonies that will pamper you from head to toe. Indulge in massages and beauty regimes at the spa. Their on-site restaurant will replenish you with tasty food.
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.
Wallfahrtskirche Maria Martental is one of the most important religious attractions in the region. With a long, monastic history since the 12th century, the rather modern, and open-planned church attracts devotees of Mother Mary, especially during the Fest der Sieben Schmerzen Mariens festival in September.
The city castle of the Trier archbishops, built from 1276, was later expanded several times.
Romanticum offers a unique and enthralling experience like no other in the city. Get aboard a virtual steamship and set sail through the Rhine Gorge to explore the river and learn about the folklore and mysteries associated with it. The interactive, multimedia displays will show the the valley's beautiful landscape and legends while also taking you through a culinary journey of the region. You also get to see Goethe and Queen Augusta among other personalities who form an integral part of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley's chronicle.
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.
Nestled on the banks of the River Rhine, Bendorf is a charming little town. Surrounded by nature, the town is a perfect spot for a day trip owing to its scenic beauty, and a small but interesting collection of attractions. The Schloss Sayn is located here, albeit ruinous the castle makes for an interesting sightseeing spot. The castle also has a beautiful park and a butterfly garden. Pfarrkirche St. Medardus and Denkmalareal Sayner Hütte are other must-visit attractions of the town.