Discover the Romantic Rhine region
The Rhine valley between Rüdesheim and Bingen in the south and the start of the Siebengebirge in the north has a legendary beauty. Sun-kissed vineyard slopes line the mighty river: you can already enjoy the majestic view while travelling along the riverbanks.
Many campsites and motorhome pitches directly adjoin the river and invite you to spend the night as its neighbour.
In 2002 UNESCO added the upper-central Rhine valley to its list of World Cultural Heritage sites, thus honouring the valley with its varied and magnificent cultural landscape. Like few other areas in Europe, the region combines unique natural attractions with human historical records dating back over more than 2,000 years. And since 2005 the Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes (border wall), which starts in Rheinbrohl, has been yet another of the region’s World Cultural Heritage sites.
More than 60 ancient castles and fortresses also contribute to the region’s unique attractions – so take your time and discover the heritage of history.
The many famous sights along the Romantic Rhein include the Mäuseturm near Bingen, the Pfalzgrafenstein on a river island, the legendary Loreley rock, and the Marksburg. Also the Deutsches Eck with its Ehrenbreitstein fortress, the Coblenz cableway, the cold-water geysir with its interactive visitor centre, the butterfly garden in Bendorf-Sayn, and the Arp Museum in Remagen belong to the region’s highlights. Medieval towns such as Bacharach and Oberwesel as well as half-timbered villages such as Linz, Unkel and Osterspai – all with crooked alleyways and historical buildings – bear witness to a highly varied past.
For those who would like to have a more active experience of the region: on the right-hand bank of the river there is the Rheinsteig® hiking trail, 320 km long in total from Wiesbaden to Bonn, while along the left-hand bank the RheinBurgenWeg, 200 km in length, offers impressive walking opportunities stretching from the Rolandsbogen to the Mäuseturm.
The Rheinradweg cycling trail (Eurovelo 15) accompanies the Rhine from the river’s source in Switzerland until it reaches the North Sea and totals 1,233 km in length, passing through four different countries. The Romantic Rhine section is one of the most beautiful and forms an irresistible attraction for cycling fans.
Further tourist information is available on www.romantischer-rhein.de