If you wanted the quick Westerwald experience, there is a definite answer to the question of "What should I see first?". With these three destinations, you will have experienced a bit of everything that the Westerwald has to offer.
The Mosan valleyis a rugged region that runs the length of the Meuse/Maas River. With a rich and ancient history, it is known for its dense forests, remote castles and resplendent palaces.
The Maas Valley is full of resplendent and forgotten palaces. Relics from the Age of Absolutism, they offer well preserved windows into the past. So which ones are worth visiting? This guide will summarize the best palaces to visit in Maas Valley.
Mainz is an often overlooked destination due to the destruction the city faced in WWII, but that should not be a reason to skip Mainz, as there is enough left to make it worth your time.
The city of Mannheim was once the illustrious capital of the Upper-Rhine, though virtually nothing survives. Nevertheless, since you might find yourself here by accident let me give you a quick tour of what's left.