The Rhine River is the most popular river in Germany, and one of the most popular rivers in Europe. As this is the case, it has a variety of attractions along its banks. If you are planning to visit the river and / or its environs, it would be better if you had some information on some of the most unique and popular tourist attractions. Let alone the Rhine River cruises that can also take you to these places.
The Rheinfels Castle (Burg Rheinfels) was a mighty fortress on the Rhine River and is a must-see. The local counts of Katzenelnbogen built it in 1245 as a base for their toll-collecting operation. It withstood many attacks including one in 1692 by 28,000 of Louis XIV’s French troops. Eventually, it was destroyed in 1797 by Napoleon and his French Revolutionary army.
The castle’s labyrinthine layout and size is astonishing. People who visit the ruins of the castle love exploring the mine galleries, subterranean tunnels and gigantic vault cellar. There is a museum in the only room of the castle that is complete. It opens from 0900 to 1800 hrs daily (April to October). With permitting weather, the Rheinfels Castle opens on weekends from 1100 to 1700 hrs (November to March). It is an educative and fun site for people of all ages.
Pronounced more like Vohrms in German, Worms is a town of approximately 90,000 people. It is on the banks of the Rhine River and it is famous for its wine. The town was settled by the Celts and it competes for the ‘Oldest City in Germany’ title with the cities of Trier and Cologne. Another interesting fact about the city is that in 1521, it was the place where Martin Luther made his stand against the Catholic Church leading the creation of the Protestant movement. Worms also has a Romanesque cathedral that is worth a visit. The town can be reached by train, car or boat from Frankfurt.
Wiesbaden is mainly popular for being one of Europe’s most prestigious wellness centers. As much as it is a town that is full of health resorts and shopping boutiques, there is something for everyone in the capital of Wiesbaden.
The town’s popularity on health and wellness can be traced back to Roman times when word about its thermal springs quickly spread across the country. In total, there are 26 natural thermal springs which are all renowned for their healing and health properties. Although hotels all over the city feature wellness facilities and thermal spas, the most exquisite is the 1,500 meter squared Kaiser Friedrich baths. They are built on the site of an ancient Roman steam room. Wiesbaden has a lot to offer for any tourist, and it can be accessed by boat or by regular trains.
St Goar is a small town that is also known as the Rhine Gorge (due to the mountains on either side). The Loreley Rock is the most popular landmark in this town. In 2002, it was made a world heritage site by UNESCO. St Goar is also popular for its wines and serenity. It is the perfect town to unwind or relax for a few days.
Though no matter where exactly you want to go or see along the beautiful Rhine River, a Rhine River Cruise may be just what you need to escape the world you live in and go out on your own beautiful adventure.