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.
This massive, medieval style church is the grandest attraction in the town of Boppard. Beneath the Severus church (12th century) one can visit the remains of a Roman baths. With tall, dark spices and ivory walls, the church inspires awe and wonder. Walk between the pews and attend the fascinating tour of this marvel.
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.
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.
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.
A popular landmark, Limburg Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint George with origins rooted in the 10th century. The present Romanesque building is thought to have been constructed during the early 12th or 13th century, though the actual date of construction is unknown. The church building features imposing twin-tower facades and seven striking spires, and the interiors are decorated with spectacular Evangelist rosettes, pointed and blind arches, archivolts and glass windows.
Those with a head for heights can enjoy the view of the Rhine from the partially promenade city walls.
There was initially a large hospital and church here, which was eventually destroyed in the Palatinate War in the 17th century. The choir of the original church was then turned into this beautiful chapel, and was given a Baroque renovation. The domed roof and massive windows are a sight to behold, making Wernerkapelle worth a visit.
Situated in the city of Oberwesel, Schönburg is an elaborately-built castle that dates back to 911 CE. It was owned by the Dukes of Schönburg for hundreds of years beginning in the 12th Century. The castle remained in their family till it was burnt down by French troops in 1689. After restorations in the 19th Century, the castle was reopened as a hotel. The hotel offers a lavish setting for a memorable holiday with rooms and suites featuring period furnishings and decor. Beautiful views of the Rhine Valley can be seen from some of the hotel rooms. There is a restaurant that serves delicious authentic cuisine as well.
The vineyards on the middle Rhine have a charm of their own, and at Lanius-Knab winery, it is nothing short of a spectacle. This sprawling estate beckons visitors for a wine tasting session in the most unique setting, with fire-breathing artists, jugglers and complete medieval fanfare! The cellar tours are equally enchanting, where the process is explained in a unique way. When at Lanius-Knab, expect the unexpected.
Along the shores of the Rhine river, the Albert Lambrich winery enamors visitors with their quality wines, which come under three different categories. A myriad options from white wine, red wine and sparkling wine can be sampled and savored at the modern, beautifully set up wine bar, which also offers sweeping views of the vineyard. Come and enjoy a personalized experience and take a bottle home.