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: Lindenfels Loop
Lindenfels was once an important outpost of the Electoral Palatinate in the Odenwald. However, as the region declined in economic importance, so did the castle. Though it was not destroyed, the Electors had the fortifications scrapped and sold for building materials to fund projects elsewhere. This hike takes you through some of the beautiful Odenwald landscapes up to the ruins of the Lindenfels castle, and back to the start.
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 mighty Drachenfels castle. Both are open to the public, and this hike is all about hiking to and around them while getting the best views of the Rhine Valley.
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.