With spectacular scenery, charming cities brimming with stunning architecture and colourful vineyards dominating the rolling hills and sprawling mountains. The Rhine Valley in Germany is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in central Europe.
Running from Bonn to Mainz, the Rhine Valley is a majestic stretch of breathtaking landscape and lively places offering the romanticism of fairytales. With its majestic mountains, elegant countryside and picturesque towns boasting the biggest collection of medieval castles anywhere in the world, the Rhine Valley promises to be a scintillating experience and indicates its importance for the growth of humanity in Europe.
The most attractive stretch of the Rhine Valley is found between Bingen and Koblenz and the significance of its impressive castles and raking vineyards dating back to the days when the Romans occupied the land are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The picturesque University town of Heidelberg has scenes reminiscent of fairytale settings and pulsates with enthusiastic nightlife, whilst the quaint yet enigmatic former West German capital of Bonn buzzes with cultural richness.
Shaped by myths, legends and fairytales, the romantic Lorelei (or Loreley) Rock continues to be popularised by folklore events and open music festivals whilst providing a spectacular setting for hikers. The extraordinary Roman architecture in Mainz has attracted visitors for centuries whilst Cologne is home to one of the world’s most impressive Gothic structures, Dom Cathedral.
A visit to the Rhine Valley is not complete without sampling the local wines and there are literally hundreds of wine taverns packed around bustling town squares and tucked in the quaint cobbled arteries and narrow back streets. Or for a first-hand experience why not go straight to the source and take a tour around one of the fascinating vineyards.
The quality of living in the Rhine Valley is high and reflected in the standard and selection of international cuisines. Stylish restaurants, inviting bars and bohemian cafés sit unceremoniously alongside fast-food outlets and market stalls selling comfort foods and street snacks. Likewise, the ample choice of accommodation is suited to meet any budget and is conveniently situated for exploring an abundance of museums, galleries and pretty parks.
The clement weather in the summer months is the ideal time to visit the Rhine Valley. The countryside is in full bloom and the cities are alive with tourists and festivals. The winter is cold and many places close early, if not completely.
Travelling to the Rhine Valley by Ferry
With no direct ferry to Germany, you will need to travel first to one of Germany’s neighbouring countries. The UK has ferries going to Holland, Belgium, France and even Denmark.