Culture in Romantic Germany

A treasure trove of history


The regions around Rhine and Moselle in the west of Germany are a real treasure trove of stories and history. From the earliest settlements through the Celts, the Romans and the Franks right up to the present day the region has always been brimming with adventure and excitement. Majestic castles, magnificent palaces, important churches and atmospheric abbeys reflect the rich history of this romantic region in Germany. Follow in the footsteps of the Romans through Trier, Germany's oldest town and a UNESCO World Heritage site, and along the Moselle where the Romans introduced wine-growing to the region. Romantic Germany is also home to the following UNESCO Word Heritage sites: Speyer Cathedral, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley and the Roman Limes. Their special status provides both international recognition and extraordinary protection.

Update on the flood disaster

The Ahrtal region and its tourism infrastructure are still severely affected by the consequences of the flood disaster in July. In the meantime, however, some tourism offers are available again to a limited extent. You can find out what is currently available in the region by clicking on the following link. In all other parts of Rhineland-Palatinate, excursions and holidays are possible without any problems.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Romantic Germany

Historical places to explore


The regions around Rhine and Moselle in Romantic Germany are a treasure chest filled with historical places and UNESCO World Heritage sites whose status provides both international recognition and special protection. Romantic Germany is home to a number of UNESCO Word Heritage sites: Speyer Cathedral, the Roman buildings in Trier, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, the Limes and the UNESCO Global Geopark Vulkaneifel.

Katz Castle at St.Goarshausen, Romantic Rhine

Katz Castle at St.Goarshausen, Romantic Rhine

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80 fabulous castles and palaces in Rhineland-Palatinate

Rhineland-Palatinate is home to more than 300 castles, palaces and fortifications. Here you will find a selection of 80 outstanding examples.
Burg Lahneck Lahnstein

Lahneck Castle

Lahnstein Overlooking the point at which the Lahn joins the Rhine is Lahneck Castle which was built about1244. With its combination of medieval architecture and…
Manderscheiider Burgen mit Lieser

Castles of Manderscheid

Manderscheid Today, the Manderscheider forts lie quietly and peacefully hidden in the Lieser Valley. But appearances are deceptive: once upon a time, the upper and…
Burg Pfalzgrafenstein Innenbereich

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 with a…
Schloss Bürresheim und barocker Garten

Schloss Bürresheim palace

St. Johann During the Middle Ages, Schloss Bürresheim palace was actually a castle, in other words, a knight’s residence and a fortress at the same time.
Pergolagarten

Schloss Stolzenfels

Koblenz Only a few kilometers from the city center of Koblenz rises in the district of the same name, high above the left bank of the Rhine, the Stolzenfels…
Der traumhafte Burgenblick

Burg Pyrmont

Roes Pyrmont Castle is enthroned on a mighty slate rock above a waterfall on the Elzbach.
Burg_Katz

Burg Katz

St. Goarshausen The castle of the Counts of Katzenelnbogen, one of medieval Germany’s most powerful lineages, looks like a cat waiting to pounce on the Rhine Toll. …
Blick auf Burg Thurant

Castle Thurant

Alken Built partly on Roman foundations, Burg Thurant is one of the oldest castles in the Moselle. Explore the romantic grounds and learn more about the…
Burg Alt-Dahn - Grafendahn - Tanstein

Castle complex Alt-Dahn - Grafendahn - Tanstein

Dahn The ruins of the three fortifications are perched on five adjacent red sandstone rocks. The castles are first mentioned in documents in the first half…
Burg Namedy im Winter

Burg Namedy

Andernach The location of Burg Namedy Castle in a flat plain on the Rhine near Andernach makes this noble seat founded by the Hausmann family stand out from…
Festung Ehrenbreitstein

Kulturzentrum Festung Ehrenbreitstein

Koblenz 118 meters above the Rhine, the fortress offers the most fantastic view of Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Ehrenbreitstein…
Burgansicht

Nanstein Castle

Landstuhl The imposing ruins of Nanstein Castle are the landmark of the Sickingen town of Landstuhl, visible from afar. Nanstein Castle, which was built in the…
Burg Rheinfels von Werlau

Burg Rheinfels

St. Goar One of the most exciting castle experiences in the Rhine Valley.
Weg zur Burg Eltz

Eltz Castle - the fairytale castle in the Eifel forest

Wierschem High towers, picturesque oriels, protective walls and a deep castle moat amaze visitors when the well-preserved medieval castle appears out of nowhere…
Ehrenburg im Morgenlicht

Ehrenburg

Brodenbach The wildly romantic castle of the Ehrenberg Knights, with its unsophisticated beauty, offers a wealth of charms: we invite you to come, stay and…

Video: Treasure Trove Rhineland-Palatinate

Castles, palaces & more


The video "Treasure trove Rhineland-Palatinate In the trail of crowned heads" shows you mighty and mystical castles, fairytale palaces, imposing cathedrals and sublime monasteries and churches in Rhineland-Palatinate. Let yourself be fascinated by formative cultural history at special places in our holiday regions, encounter sparkling treasures and immerse yourself in the age of kings, knights and counts.