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 of the Rhine valley and one of its most historically immersive. This hike is about walking around the ridge of the surrounding valley to get the best views of the castle from a distance.
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 the river again with beautiful views of Boppard along the way. Optionally, once across the river, you head up above the Rhine again for some epic views of the famous horseshoe bend in the river.
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 the viaduct is not perhaps a common image in the Middle-Rhine Valley, it often appears in other media, as it is one of only two easily photographed operational viaducts in Germany.
Hiking: Taunus Panorama
This hike offers something of an introduction to the landscape of the Tanus. Walking between rolling fields, meadows, dense forest, and half-timbered homes, this portion of the Westerwald offers a fairy-tale-like experience. This particular path is meant as more of a guide rather than a definitive route. There's no need to complete the entire loop once you have seen enough.
Hiking: Along the Limes and Westwall
The entire Taunus is covered in traces of the Roman period, from castles, villas, and remnants of the Limes or the border wall that marked the edge of the empire. This hike takes you on a hike along a particularly well-preserved portion of the Limes, and some remnants of the final days of the Second World War.