Middle-Rhine Valley

Regional Overview

The Romantic Rhine

The Middle-Rhine Valley is one of the most iconic landscapes in Germany. The mighty Rhine River cuts through a range of dramatic cliffs topped with castles, monasteries, and fortifications. Below, barges and ships ply the waters between its many medieval towns as they have for centuries. As you stand on the cliffs overlooking the Rhine, one of Europe’s most incredible cultural landscapes extends out in front, waiting for you.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • The spectacular cultural landscape of dramatic cliffs and ancient castle ruins
  • The historicist palaces and monuments of the Romantic period in the 19th century
  • The unique Romanesque Gallery churches from the late Staufen Empire

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Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel My suggested travel destinations with the top three destinations highlighted.

What is the Middle-Rhine?

Some tourist destinations are just worth the visit. The Middle-Rhine valley is one of Germany’s most touristy and well-traveled destinations. Despite this, the prize is worth any lines or crowded trains you might have to endure. The visual drama of the ruined castles perched high on cliffs towering over ancient riverside villages is unique in Europe. Remarkable, not least for the scale of the experience, as a full exploration of the valley would take weeks. The valley has something for everyone, whether it be a leisurely river cruise or an up-close and personal visit to all of the castles.

Regional Overview

Top Three Destinations in the Middle Rhine

Top Three Destinations in the Middle Rhine

Explore the length of the Romantic Rhine valley, with sweeping vistas and mysterious castles. Here, I outline my top-three destinations in the Middle-Rhine Valley.
Traditional Foods of the Middle-Rhine

Traditional Foods of the Middle-Rhine

The protagonist of this region’s cuisine is the Rhine River. Barges from the North Sea would bring seafood and spices, and barges from the south would bring cloth and potatoes. The wealth of the Rhine led to a wealth of dishes in this region.
Exploring the Middle-Rhine Valley

Exploring the Middle-Rhine Valley

Discover one the premier destinations in Germany: a rugged valley full of mysterious ruins, timeless villages and inspiring castles. Instead of remaining at a distance on a cruise, dive into the region in depth and uncover its past.
How to see the Middle-Rhine

How to see the Middle-Rhine

Trying to see specific places on the Middle-Rhine can be frustrating, since crossing points are limited and there are so many things to see on both sides of the River. Use this guide to plan your trip and get the most out of your day.

Thematic Tours of the Region

A Legacy Lost

A Legacy Lost

Explore the surviving legacy of the Age of Absolutism. Once upon a time, great palaces, churches and cityscapes dominated the landscape, but since then, have slowly faded away. This guide aims to explore what’s left of Absolutist and Enlightenment ideals in the Valley.
The Way of Emperors

The Way of Emperors

For centuries after Charlemagne built his capital in Aachen, Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire would pilgrimage to the city. With this guide, travel in the footsteps of Germany’s greatest medieval Emperors on the Imperial road between Frankfurt and Aachen.
The Beautiful Towns of the Rhine

The Beautiful Towns of the Rhine

Simply a list of the best places to visit for a glass of Riesling on a warm late summers evening. Featured here is old-world atmosphere and occasionally sweeping vistas.
The Best Castles of the Rhine

The Best Castles of the Rhine

In a valley of epic looking castles, which ones are worth visiting, and which are best looked at from a distance? This guide will take you through the castles and ruins that I think are worth getting off the boat for.

Hiking in the Region

Famous Pictures of the Middle-Rhine: The Marksburg

Famous Pictures of the Middle-Rhine: The Marksburg

The Marksburg is the only medieval castle to have survived undamaged on the Rhine. Its shining white appearance and soaring white towers make it one of the most iconic images…

Hike: Drachenfels and the Siebenbergen

Hike: Drachenfels and the Siebenbergen

The Drachenfels is the northern gate to the Middle Rhine Valley. Sitting high above the Rhine are two dramatic castles. The 19th-century Drachenfels palace and the ruins of the once…

Hike: Boppard Heights

Hike: Boppard Heights

This hike takes you above the town of Boppard in the Middle Rhine Valley. Starting on the opposite bank, though, we first visit the Sterrenberg Castle ruins before descending to…

Famous Pictures of the Middle-Rhine: The Hubertus Viaduct

Famous Pictures of the Middle-Rhine: The Hubertus Viaduct

The Hubertus Viaduct is one of only a handful of those glorious 19th-century railway bridges that both a) survived WW2 and the post-war reconstruction and b) remain in service. Though…

Cities of the Middle-Rhine

My Subjective Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

7.6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 6
  • Transportation: 10
  • Volume/Capacity: 5
  • Infrastructure: 10
  • Interactivity: 7

8.7 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Context: 8
  • Monuments: 10
  • Quality: 8

2 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Abstraction: 3
  • Tradition: 1

Navigation

Upper-Rhine

The legacy of the Empire in stone can be seen in the villages of the Alsace and in the soaring cathedrals of the Palatinate.

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