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.

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.

Holiday offer: Masterpieces between Rhine and Moselle

from € 199,-

Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Holiday offer includes: 2 nights in a good mid-range hotel including breakfast; Entrance to three selected Masterpieces.

Holiday offer: Wine and World Heritage

from € 329,-

Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Holiday offer includes: 3 overnight stays with breakfast; 2 gourmet meals with matching wines; Free use of bicycles; Riverboat cruise...

Holiday offer: Cruise the river to Cochem

€ 299,-

Tourist-Information Ferienland Cochem

Holiday offer includes: 3 nights including breakfast at a 3-star hotel; 1 round trip by boat.

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…
Burg Landshut hoch über Bernkastel-Kues

Landshut Castle

Bernkastel-Kues The castle ruine Landshut sits high enthroned about the city of Bernkastel and offers an impressive view of the manificent Moselle landscape.  The…
Pfalzgrafenstein mit Fähre

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…
Reichsburg - Detail

Cochem Castle

Cochem The contours of the neo-gothic building rise more than about 330 ft above the river Moselle on an outstanding hill. The silhouette of the towering…
Stolzenfels

Schloss Stolzenfels

Koblenz Stolzenfels castle is one of the most important works of Prussian Rhine Romanticism.
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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. …
Burg Rheinstein

Burg Rheinstein

Trechtingshausen In 1823 the ruined Vautsberg Castle and its rock were acquired by Friedrich Ludwig Prince of Prussia who erected Burg Rheinstein, the first new…
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…
Burgenmassiv Alt-Dahn Dahner Felsenland - 1

Burgenmassiv Alt-Dahn - Grafendahn - Tanstein

Dahn Phone +49 6391.993543, dahner-burgen@gdke.rlp.de, www.burgen-rlp.deAlt-Dahn castle ruins / Castle museum The ruins of these three fortification towers…
Burgruine Wegelnburg Dahner Felsenland - 2

Burgruine Wegelnburg

Nothweiler Wegelnburg castle ruin/D Wegelnburg castle is the highest located castle ruin in the Palatinate region (572 m). On a clear day one can see Strasbourg…
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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 With a more than 3000-year-old history, reaching back to the Celts, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is already a special feature due to its long period of…
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Burg Nanstein, Landstuhl

Landstuhl Castle Nanstein, which was erected in the second half of the 12th century, is a recommended tourist attraction. It documents clearly recognizable…
Burg Rheinfels von Werlau

Burg Rheinfels

St. Goar One of the most exciting castle experiences in the Rhine Valley.
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Eltz Castle

Wierschem Magical: Eltz Castle With its unique location in the heart of the wild natural scenery of the Elzbach valley and its fascinating architecture, Eltz…

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.