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.
A former monastery which dates back to the 12th Century, Kloster Eberbach is now a thriving and flourishing winery. The former Cistercian monastery is considered to be one of the most significant architectural sites due to its exemplary Romanesque and early Gothic façade. Wine tasting sessions and tours of the premises are a window into the monastery's past and its viticulture tradition.
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.
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.
A museum solely dedicated to mechanical instruments, the Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett is delightfully refreshing and unique. The museum offers guided tours for large groups where the guides demonstrate the intricacies of these antique instruments whilst also playing them.
The Niederwalddenkmal lies in Hesse, Germany. This monument is found in the Niederwald Landscape park and it was designed by architect Karl Weisbach and created by sculptor Johannes Schilling. This magnificent monument cost one million marks to make at the time. It was made in commemoration of the German Empire foundation post the Franco-Prussian War.
Deutsches Puppen- und Bärenmuseum is a unique attraction in Sankt Goar that is sure to bring a smile to your face. Relive your childhood as you explore this museum, which features thousands of dolls, teddy bears, dollhouses, miniatures, and other colorful toys. Admire the adorable stuffed toys from the bygone era that have been passionately collected and stored over many years in this wonderful museum. Children can spend a delightful time among the toys and learn about the process of toymaking from the knowledgeable staff. Another fascinating feature of the museum is a small clinic, where you can bring your injured or damaged toy to be treated and nursed back to health.
Located on the western bank of the river Rhine, Rheinfels Castle is a castle ruin offering spectacular views of the river and its surrounding areas in Sankt Goar, Germany. This massive castle was once known to be the largest fortress in the Middle Rhine Valley. Today, it is the largest castle overlooking the river Rhine. Majorly occupied by castle ruins, few outer buildings of this complex are now restored as a luxury hotel, wellness center, and a restaurant. Visitors can also see some better-preserved structures in the museum at this historic place.
Located along the Rhine, Kaub is a town that has witnessed several historic events in the 18th and 19th centuries. One such event was the Crossing of the Rhine by the Silesian Army in 1814, led by Prussian Field Marshal von Blücher, after the Battle of Leipzig. Blüchermuseum Kaub is housed in an 18th-century baroque building that used to be Blücher's headquarters. The museum honors Blücher's role in the liberation wars against Napoleon and focuses on the Rhine crossing event through various artifacts, pictures, memorabilia, and dioramas. A splendid pewter figure diorama depicting the troops crossing the river brings the historic event to life. Blücher's well-maintained room displays his furniture along with other memorabilia and information boards in this fascinating museum.
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.
Located alongside the picturesque River Rhine in an old castle, Museum Boppard gives its visitors a glimpse of the town's fascinating history. A section narrates the story of the Electoral Castle itself, along with other historical landmarks and buildings in Boppard. The local history section features interesting artifacts like old legal inscriptions, floor tiles, documents, and measuring instruments. A whole section is dedicated to Michael Thonet, one of the most famous sons of the town, and his exquisite bentwood furniture. The museum also regularly hosts local art exhibitions and cultural events.