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.
St. Martin is a catholic parish church in Lorch am Rhein that is known for its beautiful Gothic altar, a masterpiece by famed German artist Hans von Worms circa 1483. The church's massive tower overlooks the wine and culture rich city. Another unique feature is in a part of the organ called the 'Riesling-register' which once pressed makes chirping sounds of birds and opens the hidden door behind the two bottles places in the Riesling and reveals two wine glasses.
Perched atop a green hill which towers over a picturesque lake, Rheinstein Castle is a dazzling portrait of medieval charm and splendor, with every nook and cranny bearing traces of its historical lineage. Nestled amid thick and verdant foliage, the splendid architectural specimen features exposed brickwork, a portcullis and a drawbridge, with the main structure being flanked by impressive towers surrounded by a garden abundant in grapevine. The interior is as much a delight as the exterior; expansive chambers are adorned in elegant decor which accentuates their old-school nuances, weaving a striking tapestry for awed tourists to admire. Traipse through the hallways as you absorb a wealth of information afforded by insightful displays or make a pit stop at the on-site restaurant to recharge and replenish your strength. The castle also incorporates other attractions like the elaborately carved chapel and a magnificent room named the Knight's Hall which is hailed for its resplendent stained glass windows.
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.
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.
This beautiful Art Nouveau building is not only a cultural hub but also a popular convention center in the city. Dating back to 1907, Kurhaus Wiesbaden has played host to various national and international events such as concerts, recitals and conferences. The elegant premise consists of various spaces that are befitting for special occasions as well. Also found inside are the Wiesbaden Casino and a restaurant.
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.
Liebfrauenkirche is a gothic religious building and a part of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site in Oberwesel, Germany. It was probably founded in the 12th century and is a three-aisled transept-free basilica with a west tower. The interiors of this beautiful church are finely decorated with several grave monuments from the 14th to 17th centuries and impressive wall paintings. It is a spectacular site to visit in the Middle Rhine region.
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.
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.
Straddling the Rhine, Kaub is a scenic town surrounded by verdant locales and low-lying hills draped in vivid greenery. Its perfectly landscaped terrain is dotted with a series of medieval structures and fortifications, portraying a striking blend between nature and historic vestiges. Burg Pfalzgrafenstein, widely considered as the most prominent feature of the town, occupies an elevated position on the river, located on a rock. Burg Gutenfels and the Blüchermuseum are some other landmarks.