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The Rhine Gorge lies between the city of Koblenz and Bingen in Germany. This area consists of a valley with River Rhine flowing in between. This valley contains rocks with fossil-bearing sediments which are mostly slate. The river marks an important route for trading with central Europe since olden times. This site has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since June 2002.
Not far from the small village of Wellmich, the Maus Castle is a historic structure that dates back to the 14th Century. It was erected near the River Rhine by Bohemond II, the then Archbishop-Elector of Trier. It was used by the subsequent Triers in the later years. Over time the castle began to be neglected and was further damaged during World War II. Today, the renovated structure is used as an aviary for eagles and falcons. Guided tours of the castle are offered, however registration is a must. Maus Castle also acts as an event venue, hosting concerts, wedding receptions and other events.
Landmuseum Ransel is a wonderful place to explore the regional history of Ransel through various exhibits such as Mining, Forestry, Agriculture and Viticulture, where wine is still made. The local bakery as well as a restaurant are part of the facility, offering delectable local cuisine and are a major draw. When you visit this museum, you will certainly find a lot more than just historical exhibits.
Part of the Rhine Gorge World Heritage Site, Lorch am Rhein is a quiet little town in Hesse, Germany. The charming town is replete with wonderful scenery due to its location at the mouth of the River Wisper and its sprawling vineyards which provide several interesting photography opportunities. The streets of the village are filled with numerous architecturally-fascinating buildings such as The Strunk – a former prison, a leprosy house dedicated to the welfare of lepers called Leprosenhaus and the famous ‘Witches Tower’ dating back to the Middle Ages. The extremely devout and predominantly Catholic town is also home to a beautiful 14th-century parish church dedicated to St Martin.