The Rhine Castles Trail wends its way through the breathtakingly beautiful landscape to the west of the Rhine. The river, its castles and wine from sun-drenched vineyards are all part of the experience.
On its picturesque route through meadows, forests and vineyards to the west of the Rhine, the Rhine Castles Trail passes numerous palaces and castles. It is a technically demanding trail that provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy the magnificent scenery and the rich cultural heritage of the region. With your walking boots on, you’ll feel as if you have taken a step back in time as you encounter numerous masterpieces of Rhenish architecture. Many of the mighty castles with their towers and crenellated walls are open to the public.
For all those with a thirst for adventure, there are two alternative routes that involve climbing: the Mittelrhein-Klettersteig (Middle Rhine Rock Climb) in Boppard and the Oelsberg Trail near Oberwesel. It’s just like being in the Alps, as you enjoy the thrill of hovering above steep precipices surrounded by rugged rocky terrain. The strenuous climbs to dizzy heights require a high level of fitness and sure-footedness – but are rewarded with breathtaking views.
Those who want to enjoy the wines and the much celebrated ‘romance of the Rhine’ will also be enchanted by the Rhine Castles Trail. The Middle Rhine Valley, which stretches from Bingen to Bonn, is one of Germany’s most famous winegrowing regions. You can sample the golden wines after walking through the sun-kissed vineyards – and stop off at vintners’ taverns that offer homemade regional fare.
Tip: Andernach geyser
The world’s highest cold-water geyser in Andernach is a geological marvel. At the discovery centre, you get to go underground and find out how the geyser works. You can also travel by boat to the Namedyer Werth, where the geyser erupts to a height of 60 metres approximately every 100 minutes.
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