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

Burg Sterrenberg | Kamp-Bornhofen

The “white castle” is the older of the two “Feuding Brothers”. Built in 1190 and known as castrum Sterrenberg, it is one of the oldest hilltop...

Rheintor (Quelle: Tourist-Information Sonnige Untermosel)

Rheintor Rhens | Rhens

The Rheintor

Above the Rheintor, which was built around 1400, the only preserved gate tower of the city fortifications was erected.

Burg Waldeck (Foto: Friedrich Gier, Quelle: Tourist Information Lorch am Rhein)

Burg Waldeck | Lorch am Rhein

The remnants of Waldeck Castle take us back to a time when the Electorate of Mainz had began its development of the region in the 11th and 12th...

Blick in Richtung Burg Rheinstein (Foto: Victoria and Albert Museum , Quelle: Rhein-Nahe Touristik)

William Turner - Standort 22 | Trechtingshausen

Trechtingshausen on the riverside footpath, looking towards Burg Rheinstein Here

Turner shows the view from Trechtingshausen looking...

Wasserkraftwerk Lahnstein (Quelle: Touristinformation Lahnstein)

Historical Hydroelectric Power Station Museum | Lahnstein

The hydropower plant is one of the oldest in Germany and was built in the year 1906. The renovations and extensions carried out in the years 1915...

Flößer- und Schiffermuseum (Foto: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH, Quelle: Loreley-Touristik e.V.)

Flößer- und Schiffermuseum | Kamp-Bornhofen

Until the beginning of the 20th century raftsmen (Flößer) steered huge timber rafts down the river to the shipyards in Holland. These rafts were...

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...

Basilika St. Kastor, Koblenz (Foto: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH, Quelle: Koblenz-Touristik)

Basilika St. Kastor | Koblenz

With roots that go back to the beginning of the 9th century, the Basilica of St. Castor is the oldest church in Koblenz. The prominent Carolingian...

Wasserkraftwerk Friedrichssegen (Quelle: Touristinformation Lahnstein)

Historical Hydroelectric Power Station | Lahnstein

The hydroelectric power station is one of the oldest in Germany and was built in 1906. Nine years later it was enlarged, reconstructions and...

Tor_Martinsschloss (Foto: Henry Tornow/Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH, Quelle: Touristinformation Lahnstein)

Castle Martinsschloss | Lahnstein

Martinsburg, with its hexagonal keep, was built at the end of the 14th

century on the banks of the Rhine and was once a toll castle. This...

Lahnstein (Foto: The Trustees of the British Museum, Quelle: Touristinformation Lahnstein)

William Turner - Standort 03 | Lahnstein

A view of the “old” town tower and Burg StolzenfelsOnce

Turner has crossed the Rhine to Lahnstein from the left bank he makes...

Röntgen-Museum (Quelle: Tourist-Information Neuwied)

Roentgen-Museum Neuwied | Neuwied

Roentgen Museum

Roentgen and Raiffeisen – art and culture,

with Germany’s largest collection of Roentgen furniture

Josephtor (Quelle: Tourist-Information Sonnige Untermosel)

Josefstor Rhens | Rhens


The Josefstor, seen from the Rhine Gate, is somewhat smaller than the Rhine Gate and never carried a gate tower.

Ruppertsklamm Lahnstein (Foto: Stadt Lahnstein, Quelle: Touristinformation Lahnstein)

Ruppertsklamm Gorge | Lahnstein

Adventurous Ruppertsklamm gorge!


Experience the unique adventure of the Ruppertsklamm gorge, that is nature reserve since...

Wernerkapelle vom Postenturm (Foto: RNT, Quelle: Rhein-Nahe Touristik)

Wernerkapelle | Bacharach

Werner Chapel

Construction of the Werner Chapel, the main landmark of

Bacharach, commenced in 1289 and spanned a period of...