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.
One of Germany's truly hidden gems is the Nahe Valley and the dramatic gorge that the river carves through the landscape. The Rothenfels or the Red Cliffs is a sheer vertical massif that rises from the otherwise flat landscape of the Palatinate. This hike takes you to the two main sights, the beautiful Red Cliffs and the ruined Artillery Bastion on top of them.
Highland meadow landscapes are confined to the well-known areas in the Alps. The Palatinate has a small meadow-landscape thanks to centuries of pasture animals grazing on the land. Best visited in Spring or Autumn, the meadows near Neu-Bamberg are very pretty.
The Nahe Valley has several spectacular viewpoints. This hike focuses on one, in particular, simply the "The Best Nahe Viewpoint" or the "Two Land Viewpoint." The hike also includes a visit to some industrial monuments nearby, including a mercury mine founded by the ancient Romans and a sandstone quarry.
The Nahe Valley is one of the underrated natural gems of Germany. The river flows from the Saarland into the Rhine and cuts through a sandstone plateau, creating a series of beautiful gorges. The Kirner Dolomites are a series of cliffs and castles built on outcroppings above a tributary to the Nahe valley. This hike offers beautiful views and dramatic cliffs with lots of castles.