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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located just a few train stops north of Rüdesheim, Kaub is the sleepy village alternative to the former’s tourist-frequented Drosselgasse. Gutenfels Castle was erected as a no-frills fortress in 1220, passing through the hands of many conquerors before it became an imposing hotel in the 20th century. It earned the name of Gutenfels, or good rock, after successfully resisting a siege of 39 days in 1504. Although the hotel closed in 2006 after being sold to a private owner, the path through the vineyard terraces leading up to the castle is still open to the public, and offers a spectacular view of the UNESCO designated world heritage Rhine Gorge and the toll gate “castle” Pfalz below.