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

Due to the flood disaster, the Ahr Valley region is currently affected by severe flooding and its consequences.

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.
Hambacher Schloss -  Rolf Schädler

Hambach Castle

Neustadt/Weinstrasse In 1832, Hambach Castle became the "cradle of German democracy" (Theodor Heuß) and a demonstration of national unity and freedom...
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…
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…
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.
Stolzenfels

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…
Idyllisch gelegene Burg Pyrmont - © Winfried Lenz

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. …
Burg Gutenfels inmitten der Weinberge

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

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…
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…
Wegelnburg

Wegelnburg Castle ruins

Nothweiler Location: Near Schönau and Nothweiler.The Wegelnburg Castle ruins are located at an altitude of 572 metres, stretched out over a ridge. It is the…
Burg_Namedy

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.

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.