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.
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.
Traced back to the medieval era, Burg Thurant is surrounded by vineyards and overlooks nearby towns. Archbishop battles, medieval torture devices and finally a peace treaty are some of its true stories that bring people to explore its once glorious past.
Rising 100 meters (330 foot) above the scenic Moselle River, Reichsburg Cochem is a towering medieval period castle perched atop a hill. Originally, its purpose was to collect a toll from each passing shop, now it's serves as a popular tourist destination in the area. Its unique combination of neo-gothic architecture with remnants of Romanesque design stands testament to the many hands it changed over the centuries. Reichsburg Cochem also provides interesting tours for the whole family. Check out the tour timings on the website.
Connecting the villages of Mörsdorf and Sosberg, Geierlay is a unique suspension bridge spanning 360 meters (1,180 feet) and is high above the ground at an elevation of 100 meters (330 feet). Offering breathtaking views of the surrounding region, the bridge is for pedestrians only and can be be accessed only by walking from the designated parking spot which is a few minutes away.
Established in the 1970s as a wildlife park, Wild- und Freizeitpark Klotten has since been expanded to include exciting attractions over the years like roller coasters, slides and other children's rides. The park also has gastronomical facilities within the premises, making it a worthwhile trip with friends and family.
One of the city's most recognizable landmarks, the Christuskirche has a long and interesting history. Originally built between 1903-1904 to serve the expanded protestant community following the removal of city walls, the church has been an integral part of the life of its parishioners for over a century. An amalgamation of different architectural styles, the church was originally constructed with late-Gothic features. However, due to extensive damage during the World War II, the exteriors and interiors were remodeled extensively. Note the fascinating sculptural details of fauna, flora and mythical creatures that adorn the exteriors, the detailed stained-glass windows and the 1955 organ from Cologne.
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.
Built in the Middle Ages, the historic Deutschherrenhaus overlooks the bustling River Rhine and is home to Ludwig Museum since 1992. The museum is dedicated to 20th century paintings and sculptors from local and international artists.
DB Museum is a unique railway museum situated in the very heart of the city of Koblenz in Germany. It was established in the summer of 2001, and is housed in a huge building which was formerly being used as a wagon repair store, which eventually fell out of use. The site has a collection of over 20 wagons as well as locomotives, and is a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike. The entire atmosphere of this site makes one feel nostalgic about the bygone times - when steam engines were more prevalent. For information about opening hours, kindly contact the site or visit the website.
Set atop a hill, the 13th-century Burg Lahneck overlooks the bustling River Lahn. Hike or cycle up the lush green hill to take a guided tour of this medieval castle and to enjoy the panoramic views of the town of Lahnstein.