The Rhine River is Germany's longest river and premier wine growing region, packed with romantic fortress ruins, lush vineyards and medieval castles perched high above the gorge. The romantic Middle Rhine between Koblenz and Bingen is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Rhine in Flames firework spectacular bathes the riverside between Bonn and Linz in a festive glow.
The Rhine Valley offers dramatic landscapes with vineyards clinging to steep hills, imposing castles and dreamy wine villages. Explore history, wine and romance on the Rhine from Cologne to Mainz.
Day 1: History & Culture
Cologne is famous for its Gothic Cathedral, Roman Dionysus mosaic, and magnificent contemporary art collection in the Ludwig Museum. Bonn, a pretty university town, was the birthplace of Beethoven and capital of the GDR from 1949-1999. Visit the 'Neanderthal' skull, dinosaur skeletons, and the Seven Hills of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Day 2: Wine and Romance
Relax in a beer garden or weinstube
('wine bar') in Koblenz serving local wine from the Mosel or Rhine
vineyards. Narrow lanes, medieval architecture and romantic
half-timbered houses create the impressive medieval charm of Braubach, "the town of wine and roses." Bacharach is named for Bacchus, the
ancient Roman God of wine, who rolls through the streets of Bacharach
once a year on a barrel.
Day 3: Festivals & Fortresses
the remains of the Roman Fort surrounding the town centre, the garden
of baroque Old Provist Church and Bad Salzig Spa Park in Boppard. The
Rüdesheim Wine Festival is held every summer, with the coronation of the
Weinkönigin ('Wine Queen') and her princesses. Sample Rüdesheimer
Riesling on the 15th Century Drosselgasse, hike along the Riesling-Route
past enchanting vineyards to Wiesbaden or take the cable car or
chairlift to the Niederwald monument. Mainz was a Roman fort city which
commanded the west bank of the Rhine. The Määnzer Fassenacht is one of
Germany's largest carnivals, with a parade of more than 500,000 people in
the streets. Join in and celebrate!