Gastlandschaften Rheinland-Pfalz

Romantic Rhine

Holidays in the romantic Middle Rhine valley: Castles, Wine and River cruises

Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
An der Königsbach 8
56075 Koblenz

Tel. +49 (0)261/ 97 38 47 0
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  • Marksburg, Braubach
    Marksburg, Braubach
  • Loreley rock, St. Goarshausen
    Loreley rock, St. Goarshausen
  • Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Koblenz
    Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Koblenz
  • Pfalzgrafenstein, Kaub
    Pfalzgrafenstein, Kaub
  • Historical town of Boppard
    Historical town of Boppard
  • Koblenz Cable Car and German Corner
    Koblenz Cable Car and German Corner
  • Rhine river cruise
    Rhine river cruise

Travel highlights and activities in the romantic Rhine valley

The Middle Rhine Valley ranks among the most impressive and valuable regions of Germany in terms of its culture and history. As well, the World Heritage Site hosts shape regional cuisine and hospitality with the same care as local vintners cultivate and nurture their vineyards.


Rhine river cruises

There are many places along the Rhine where you can board and alight scheduled river cruises. A wide choice of special themed tours is also on offer - the Rhine in Flames fireworks spectacular, evening cruises to view the illuminated riverbanks and atmospheric cruises with music.

The renowned route from Koblenz to Bingen/Rüdesheim is one of the most beautiful parts of the Rhine river. Once experienced, such a tour, with the riverboat passing steep cliffs, vineyards, romantic castles and cosy villages, will never be forgotten.There are various starting points for the river cruises, mostly departing on a daily basis in the summer season. 

Think about the river cruise companies when you are planning your next hiking or cycling tour in the Rhine valley: The riverboats can easily bring you back to your starting points!

More information about Rhine river cruises.

The Lorelei rock

For some the Lorelei is a 132-metre slate cliff near St. Goarshausen in the heart of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. For others it is a legendary, perilous stretch of the Rhine that captured the Romantic imagination. For everyone the Lorelei is amazingly beautiful and inspiring. A visitors' centre sits on top of the Lorelei hill and offers insight into the world-famous myth associated with the Lorelei valley.

Historical towns: From Rüdesheim to Braubach

The historical towns in the Middle Rhine valley have wonderfully quaint restaurants and cafés, inns selling home-produced wine, picturesque timber-framed buildings, impressive castles and town walls.

Experience Rüdesheim, one of the best-known small towns on the Rhine. It offers great walking terrain, the Rheinsteig trail for example, and fabulous, historical surroundings in which to enjoy excellent local wines. Other highlights include Ehrenfels castle ruins and a romantic cable car ride.

Rheinfels Castle above St. Goar is the largest castle ruin on the Rhine and Boppard fascinates with its Roman Fort, its beautiful Rhine promenade and the large Bopparder Hamm vineyard.

Braubach is towerd by Marksburg castle, an impressive fortress situated in majestic splendour on top of a rocky cliff. This is the only hilltop castle on the Middle Rine still in its original condition.

Koblenz Cable Car

Visitors of the Koblenz Cable Car can enjoy spectacular views over Deutsches Eck “German Corner”, where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet, and the UNESCO World Heritage site Oberes Mittelrheintal.

The cable car takes visitors from Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer (the riverside) up to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which rises 118 meters above the Rhine river, opens a fantastic view over Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle at "Deutsches Eck".

“Ehrenbreitstein” Fortress, Europe’s second largest preserved fortress, was constructed between 1817 and 1828 in its present-day design. Every stone is imbued with history here, including modern history, because the Prussian fortress complex has been completely renovated for BUGA, the Federal Horticultural Show in 2011, and enhanced with modern architecture and contemporary gastronomy.

View of the German Corner ("Deutsches Eck") in the city of Koblenz in 360°:

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Mittelrhein Museum (Quelle: Koblenz-Touristik GmbH)

Mittelrhein Museum | Koblenz

Middle Rhine Museum

Collections from prehistory, early history and the Roman era,

mediaeval art; collection focuses on paintings...

Bäume (Quelle: Tourist-Information Boppard)

Marienberger Park | Boppard

The Marienberger Park is 2 hectar big and designet in an english style .It exists since 1839

Sesselbahn (Quelle: Tourist-Information Boppard)

Vierseenblick und Gedeonseck | Boppard

One of the highlights of your holiday in Boppard is a trip on the chairlift from the valley station in Mühltal to Gedeonseck. After arriving at...

Brömserburg (Foto: Friedrich Gier, Quelle: Rüdesheim Tourist AG)

Brömserburg | Rüdesheim

Today, the lowland castle probably built in 1185 presents itself to the visitor as a fort-type, compact castle complex. It formerly served to...

Hospitalkapelle Lahnstein (Quelle: Tourist-Info Lahnstein)

Hospital Chapel | Lahnstein

The Hospital Chapel was built approx. 1330. Originally the chapel and its hospital were used as accomodation for the pilgrims on the Saint James'...

Städtischen Bühne (Foto: Stadt Lahnstein, Quelle: Tourist-Info Lahnstein)

Municipal Stage Lahnstein | Lahnstein

Between 1527 and 1606, the building used to be the borderland farm of the Lords of Nassau-Sporkenburg. Since 1998, it has been accommodating the...

Bopparder Stadtmauer (Foto: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collectio, Quelle: Tourist-Information Boppard)

William Turner - Standort 06 | Boppard


in the town






From the riverbank at Boppard...

Severus Kirche (Quelle: Tourist-Information Boppard)

St. Severus Kirche | Boppard

This church, which dominates the town, rises up from where the military bath houses once stood within the Roman fort of Boppard. St. Severus is...

Ev. Stiftskirche St. Goar (Foto: Stadt St. Goar, Quelle: Tourist-Information St. Goar)

Ev. Stiftskirche St. Goar | St. Goar

Until the Reformation, the Stiftskirche (a collegiate church) was a

famous place of pilgrimage to the grave of St. Goar, the missionary...

Burg Osterspai (Foto: Friedrich Gier, Quelle: Loreley-Touristik e.V.)

Alte Wasserburg | Osterspai

Osterspai Castle is currently in private ownership. Church and civil wedding ceremonies can be held in the chapel. The wine press house and castle...

Fußweg in Richtung Oberwesel, Blick zur Loreley (Foto: akg-images, Quelle: Tourist-Information St. Goar)

William Turner - Standort 16 | St. Goar

Footpath in the direction of Oberwesel, looking towards the LoreleiThe

watercolour shows the Lorelei rock again from a different...

Burg_Linz (Foto: Friedrich Gier, Quelle: Tourist-Information Stadt Linz am Rhein)

Burg Linz | Linz am Rhein

Today, catering is provided in the interior rooms as well as the historical courtyard. A glass-blowing workshop and the torture chamber make Linz...

Burg Lahneck Lahnstein (Foto: Friedrich Gier, Quelle: Tourist-Info Lahnstein)

Lahneck Castle | Lahnstein


the point at which the Lahn joins the Rhine is Lahneck Castle which was

built in 1244. With its combination of...

Blick in Richtung Burg Sooneck und Bacharach (Foto: The Trustees of the British Museum, Quelle: Rhein-Nahe Touristik)

William Turner - Standort 21 | Trechtingshausen

Just outside Trechtingshausen, looking towards Burg Sooneck and Bacharach


before he reaches Trechtingshausen on his way from...

Kirchtor Rhens (Foto: Tourist-Information Erlebnis Rheinbogen, Quelle: Tourist-Information Sonnige Untermosel)

Kirchtor Rhens | Rhens

This gateway, built between 1396-1418, which now consists only of the scanty remains of a wall and the stump of a staircase, was twice destroyed...