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.
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.
During the Cold War, Germany hoarded a lot of currency at a hidden location in Cochem. This mysterious bunker today functions as a major tourist attraction and a museum, offering tours by the hour. A tour of the fabled bunker with a knowledgeable guide is like a trip back in time. However, the timings vary according to season.
Burg Pfalzgrafenstein or Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, or simply the Pfalz, is a historic toll collecting station. In administration since the 14th Century, tolls ceased in 1867, but the castle retained its unique architecture. Built on the Falkenau island over the Rhine, its dimensions match that of the island. A pentagonal tower, baroque tower top, turrets and gun bastions were added over the centuries. A short ferry ride from the Kaub shore takes visitors to this present day museum.
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.
The Ludwig Museum in Koblenz is a well-known art space where French artworks and contemporary designs are put up on display. Check website for details.
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.
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.
With an interesting and varied history behind it, the impressive Lahneck Castle is built on top of a high cliff and overlooks the Rhine River. Its massive structure imbibes medieval defense style of building and it was in fact initially constructed in 1244 as a defense for the Mainz estates in Lahnstein. After being damaged in the war, it stayed uninhabited till it was undertaken for restoration and maintenance. The interiors of the Castle represent excellent medieval furniture and art works and the spacious rooms, knight’s hall and the majestic staircase are all beautifully preserved till date. From the pentagonal keep, one can enjoy far reaching sights ranging from the Lahn delta and the nearby Stolzenfels Palace.