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 situation in the Ahr valley

The Ahr valley 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.

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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 near St. Goarshausen, Romantic Rhine

Katz Castle near 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.

Lahneck Castle

Lahnstein The castle complex, built around 1244, lies above the mouth of the Lahn into the Rhine and conveys a classic Rhine Romanticism castle view through the…

Landshut Castle

Bernkastel-Kues Ancient fort, castle and modern restaurant - when you're up here, you'll enjoy more than just a magnificent view of the town on the Mosel!

Marksburg

Braubach Marksburg Castle The value and significance of Marksburg Castle lie primarily in its complete preservation as a medieval fortification. For many…

Castles of Manderscheid

Manderscheid The spa town of Manderscheid is most famous for two medieval castle ruins that stand directly opposite each other on steep mountain spurs not far from…

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…

Cochem Castle

Cochem The Reichsburg Cochem is more than just a castle! A wonderful afternoon on the Moselle also includes a guided tour of the castle through the old walls…

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.

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…

Burg Gutenfels

Kaub An idyllic picture-postcard castle. Viewed from the Rhine, Gutenfels Castle towers majestically over the vineyards below the romantic little town of…

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…

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

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…

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…

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

Brodenbach In the midst of the wildly romantic forests of the Hunsrück, not far from the Moselle, rises the steep rock that has supported the towers, courtyards…

Video: Treasure Trove Rhineland-Palatinate

Castles, palaces & more


The video "Treasure trove Rhineland-Palatinate On 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.