The Bergisches Land is today known for its pastoral landscapes and small villages of slate-covered homes. However, its mines powered Germany's rise as a great power. The landscape is covered in natural beauty and monuments to human ingenuity.
The Westerwald is a heavily forested highland region that hugs the right bank of the Rhine Valley as it cuts through a series of small mountain ranges. To a large extent unsuitable for agriculture, the region did not develop instep with nearby regions, leaving a heritage of medieval towns, castles, and monasteries.
The Wetterau was one of the most strategic locations in Europe and the region retains its rich historical heritage, especially in its Free Cities and Castle Towns. This guide will take you through the main sights to see in the region.