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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Fastnachtsmuseum Lahnstein (Foto: Stadt Lahnstein, Quelle: Tourist-Info Lahnstein)

CCO Carnival Museum | Lahnstein

The carnival is one of the greatest fairs in Lahnstein and can be traced to the 16th century.


The museum was found from the...

RömerWelt Vorderansicht (Quelle: Tourist-Info Bad Hönningen)

Erlebnismuseum RömerWelt | Rheinbrohl

On 16th August 2008 the museum opened its doors to the public. On a surface of 200 sqm, its visitors learn a lot about the Limes, whose beginning...

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

Pfalzgrafenstein | Kaub

A popular subject for photographers the world over! The French writer Victor Hugo was once impressed by this castle in the form of a stone ship...

Fußweg zur Burg Katz, Blick auf Burg Rheinfels (Foto: akg-images , Quelle: Loreley-Touristik e.V.)

William Turner - Standort 12 | St. Goarshausen

Footpath to Burg Katz, View of Burg Rheinfels Turner

spends the afternoon of 24th August 1817 exploring the area around St....

Burg Rheinberg (Foto: B. Wüst, 2003 aus EBIDAT , Quelle: Tourist Information Lorch am Rhein)

Burg Rheinberg | Lorch am Rhein

Strongly contested in the 13th and 14th centuries, repeatedly occupied and often subjected to severe destruction, in the site above Lorch, in...

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

Burg Reichenberg | Reichenberg

Even if it’s relatively unknown nationwide due to its position in Hasenbachtal, Reichenberg Castle is one of the most important and most unusual...

Burgruine Rheinfels (Foto: Friedrich Gier, Quelle: Tourist-Information St. Goar)

Burgruine Rheinfels | St. Goar

The ruin of Burg Rheinfels,built in 1245, is the largest of its kind on

the Rhine. It is a prime example of the 14th century castles of...

Motorroller (Quelle: Loreley-Touristik e.V.)

Rollermuseum | Kaub

The 1st German Motor Scooter Museum currently houses around 120 motor scooters from 15 different countries. Spare parts and accessories for...

Am Ende des Treidelweges; Blick zur Loreley + B.K. (Foto: The Trustees of the British Museum, Quelle: Tourist-Information St. Goar)

William Turner - Standort 15 | St. Goar

At the end of the towpath; Looking towards the Lorelei and Burg KatzTurner

sketches this other view looking towards the Lorelei and Burg...

Koblenz, Nähe »Deutsches Eck«, mit Blick auf Festu (Foto: Ehrenbreitstein © Tate; CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported), Quelle: Koblenz-Touristik GmbH)

William Turner - Standort 01 | Koblenz

Koblenz, near “Deutsches Eck”, with view of Ehrenbreitstein FortressWhen

Turner stays at Koblenz from 21st to 23rd August 1817 he is so...

Schloss Engers_vom Rhein aus (Foto: Friedrich Gier, Quelle: Tourist-Information Neuwied)

Schloss Engers | Neuwied

It served the Trier electors, who lived in nearby Koblenz, as a hunting and pleasure palace. The prominent position on the banks of the Rhine as...

Foto: Werner Klockner (Quelle: Tourist-Information Oberwesel)

Kunst im Turm | Oberwesel

It was restored in 1865 by Carl Haag and now you can see there midern art in the walls of the 13th century

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...

Altes Rathaus Lahnstein (Foto: Stadt Lahnstein, Quelle: Tourist-Info Lahnstein)

Ancient Town Hall | Lahnstein

The Rhenish half-timbering with its Gothic hall in the ground floor dates from the 15th century. It was there where the market hall and the court...

Nordic-Fitness-Parcours (Foto: Stadt Lahnstein, Quelle: Tourist-Info Lahnstein)

Nordic Fitness Parcours | Lahnstein

Lahnstein offers a special Nordic-Fitness-Parcours in the district Lahnstein auf der Höhe.

There are six different circuits, marked in...