Route: From Westerwald and the Lahn Valley to Koblenz, then along the Rhine to Mainz
A tour of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley world heritage area, in the footsteps of the knights of old. Discover epicurean delights and magnificent historical architecture in Germany‘s largest wine region, Rheinhessen.
The tour starts in the beautiful nature of Westerwald and the Lahn Valley. Make an excursion to the Birkenhof Brennerei distillery, where one can taste, among others, whisky, liquor and “Basaltfeuer”, a local specialty served with fire. Go on to see the almost 800-year old Limburg Cathedral, which lies directly on the banks of the Lahn River.
Continue the journey through the romantic Lahn Valley, passing by the city of Nassau and one of the preferred destinations of Tsar Alexander II, Bad Ems, to the wonderful city of Koblenz, with a brief sightseeing tour of highlights like the German Corner (Deutsches Eck) and the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which offers an amazing view over the Rhine and the city.
Continue on to the Marksburg Castle near Braubach, an impressive fortress situated in majestic splendour on top of a rocky cliff. This is the only hilltop castle on the Middle Rhine still in its original condition. Continue on to Boppard and enjoy excellent food and wine in a local restaurant as the perfect end to the perfect day.
Go on a sightseeing tour through Boppard, being sure to visit the Boppard Roman Fort, and move on from there to St. Goar, where one can enjoy a memorable mini cruise on the Rhine River on either a Bingen-Rüdesheimer or a Köln-Düsseldorfer riverboat.
The first stop on the cruise is Rheinfels Castle, one of the largest castle ruins along the Rhine. Then it’s on to St. Goarshausen and one of the highlights of this tour - a visit to the legendary Loreley Valley, whose crags are topped by impressive castles. A visitors’ centre sits on top of the Loreley hill and offers insight into the world-famous myth associated with Loreley Valley. Glide along to the remarkable Pfalzgrafenstein Castle near Kaub, a small castle from the 14th century that was built in the middle of the Rhine River. End the day in the cosy town of Rüdesheim.
Start the day with a guided tour through Rüdesheim, characterized by half-timbered houses and great wine tasting opportunities directly at the winemaker’s table. One then has several options for the day’s activities. One can begin the day with a trip to Mainz in Rheinhessen, the German „Great Wine Capital“ and the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate. This Roman city is full of historical hallmarks that can all be observed on a sightseeing tour of the baroque churches, during which one passes by lovingly restored, timber-framed houses.
Another option is to visit Worms and its narrow and winding medieval alleyways, also known as the city of the Nibelung Saga. Visit the Nibelungen Museum and the old Cathedral.
The third option is to go south to charming Speyer for a tour of the old quarter and the imperial UNESCO World Heritage site Speyer Cathedral, the largest still-intact Romanesque church in the world. End with an enjoyable evening and an overnight stay in Mainz, Worms or Speyer or one of the other charming cities along the German Wine Route.