The Rhineland

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  • 1. Burg Eltz

    Genuinely medieval (12th–16th century) and genuinely stunning, Burg Eltz deserves as much attention as King Ludwig's trio of castles in Bavaria. For the 40-minute English-language...Read More

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  • 2. Burg Rheinstein

    This castle was the home of Rudolf von Hapsburg from 1282 to 1286. To establish law and order on the Rhine, he destroyed the neighboring...Read More

  • 3. Festung Ehrenbreitstein

    Europe's largest fortress, towering 400 feet above the left bank of the Rhine, offers a magnificent view over Koblenz and where the Mosel and the...Read More

  • 4. Burg Klopp

    Bingen was destroyed repeatedly by wars and fires; thus there are many ancient foundations but few visible architectural remains of the past. Since Celtic times...Read More

  • 5. Burg Reichenstein

    A stylish castle hotel with two restaurants serving fresh and elegant cuisine, Reichenstein also has an interesting museum with beautiful period rooms, collections of decorative...Read More

  • 6. Burg Rheinfels

    The castle ruins overlooking the town bear witness to the fact that St. Goar was once the best-fortified town in the Mittelrhein. From its beginnings...Read More

  • 7. Burg Sooneck

    Perched on the edge of the Soon (pronounced "zone") Forest, this imposing 11th-century castle houses a beautiful collection of Empire, Biedermeier, and neo-Gothic furnishings, medieval...Read More

  • 8. Burg Thurant

    This 12th-century castle towers over the village and the Burgberg (castle hill) vineyard. Castle tours include the chapel, cellar, tower, and a weapons display, and...Read More

  • 9. Burgruine Landshut

    From the hilltop ruins of this 13th-century castle there are splendid views. It was here that Trier's Archbishop Boemund II is said to have recovered...Read More

  • 10. Drachenfels

    The town of Königswinter has one of the most visited castles on the Rhine, the Drachenfels. Its ruins crown one of the highest hills in...Read More

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  • 11. Garten der Schmetterlinge Schloss Sayn

    Butterflies from South America, Asia, and Africa flit back and forth over your head between the branches of banana trees and palms in two pavilions...Read More

  • 12. Jagdschloss Falkenlust

    This small castle, at the end of an avenue leading under the tracks across from Schloss Augustusburg's grounds, was built as a getaway where the...Read More

  • 13. Kurfürstliche Burg

    Eltville flourished as a favorite residence of the archbishops of Mainz in the 14th and 15th centuries, and it was during this time that the...Read More

  • 14. Kurfürstliches Schloss

    Built in the 18th century by the prince-electors of Cologne, this grand palace now houses Bonn's university. If the weather is good, stroll through Hofgarten...Read More

  • 15. Liebenstein and Sterrenberg

    Some 10 km (6 miles) north of the Maus castle, near Kamp-Bornhofen, is a castle duo separated by a "quarrel wall": Liebenstein and Sterrenberg, known...Read More

  • 16. Marksburg

    On the eastern shore overlooking the town of Braubach is the Marksburg. Built in the 13th century to protect the silver and lead mines in...Read More

  • 17. Marksburg Castle

    Rising high above the town, the dramatic 12th-century Marksburg Castle—part of a Unesco World Heritage Site—makes for some breathtaking vistas from above and below. Unlike...Read More

  • 18. Philippsburg Castle

    This historic 16th-century castle, whose courtyard is paved with stones from the Rhine, was built in 156871 as nobleman's estate and later to house the...Read More

  • 19. Poppelsdorfer Schloss

    This former electors' palace, built in the baroque style between 1715 and 1753, now houses the university's mineralogical collection. Its botanical gardens are home to...Read More

  • 20. Reichsburg

    The 15-minute walk to this 1,000-year-old castle overlooking the town will reward you with great views of the area. English guided tours lasting 40 minutes...Read More

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