The Legendary Rhine-Romantic Route stretches for approximately 586 kilometres on both riverbanks between Düsseldorf and Mainz, linking over 100 places where Germany's best-loved, most delightful tales and legends are set.
The route leads through breathtaking scenery to gorgeous locations that inspired the works of the Rhine Romantics as long ago as the early 19th century. Old sagas, myths and legends come back to life as you follow Germany's biggest river: the elves of Cologne, the baker's boys of Andernach, Siegfried's dragon fight on Drachenfels cliff, the treasure of the Nibelungs and the blond mermaid Loreley. The Loreley valley is especially enchanting, with the Mouse Tower at Bingen, the 'eye roller' at Koblenz and the legend of how Marksburg Castle at Braubach got its name. Between the Rhine and the Nahe river, you can delve into the origins of Michel, the national personification of Germany, or discover how many grains of truth the Trübenbach saga contains in Kirn. The Rheingau is a rich source of discovery, with Eberbach Abbey and the spring waters at Wiesbaden, and in Mainz you can explore the legend behind the city's coat of arms. But don't let your thirst for unravelling mysteries and legends distract you from the many other places of interest. Here, where the Rhine carves its way through the slate mountains between Bingen and Koblenz, you're also in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage site, an area full of castles that embody the German Romantic tradition. The settings featured in the Rhine's myths, tales and legends are perfect for discovering on foot or by bike – you're sure to be impressed!