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.
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.
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.
Bordered by the River Rhine on the west, Sankt Goarshausen is about 95 kilometers (59 miles) away from the city of Frankfurt. Located in the west of Germany, this quaint little town is popular for its vineyards that lies on its hilly slopes. Some of the attractions that are worth visiting are Lorelei rock and the medieval castles Burg Katz and Burg Maus.
The spectacular Freilichtbühne Loreley is not only a fantastic event venue but it could very pass for being the city's attraction as well. Its magnificent tent-like appearance and the seating arrangement that is reminiscent of Greek amphitheaters, both add to the charm of this place. Loreley Freilichtbühne is busy throughout the year with many events, but musical concerts make a occupy most of their calender.
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.
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.
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.