29th January, 2020
The sights of the Rhine
Stretching over 1,320 kilometres, from Switzerland all the way to Holland and into the North Sea at Hoek, the River Rhine is a stunning natural wonder that brings thrill seekers and sightseers to its banks from every corner of the world. With breathtaking views and historic locations, it's easy to see why.
Let’s discover some of the amazing sights that this beautiful river has to offer visitors travelling along its path.
As far as stunning castles go, the Rhine is spoiled for choice, with over 40 castles along its length. Many of these castles have been transformed into luxury hotels, restaurants and museums to showcase the rich history of the area.
If breathtaking castles are what you are looking for, then look no further than Rheinstein Castle. With a rich history and stunning views out over the river, this is a must-visit location for sightseers. Today, the castle operates an on-site hotel and restaurant, bringing back the burst of colour and romanticism to the historic setting.
Sitting atop a hill across the river from Koblenz, the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress towers over the Rhine and is shrouded in history. As it stands today, the fort was built in the early 19th century and was used as a Prussian military base, however, the fort’s origin dates back to a Conradine fortress from around 1000AD.
The military significance of this region was first utilised by the Romans, long before the foundations of the present-day fort were laid.
The stunning fortress can be observed today from a 113-metre cable car, which gives visitors stunning aerial views of the city and the Rhine.
Located above the left bank of the Rhine in Sankt Goar, Germany, Rheinfels Castle is the largest and one of the most enchanting castle ruins on the Rhine. Commissioned for construction in 1245, Rheinfels Castle was built as a toll castle to collect customs from the shipping traffic up the river. The castle was believed to be impregnable due to its size, location and ability to withstand a siege. However, over the centuries, the castle changed hands and purposes many times.
As it stands today, the crumbling castle walls have turned parts of the fort to ruins, with more preserved and well-maintained areas offering a luxury hotel and a museum detailing its magnificent history.
If mystery is your game, then Lorelei rock near Sankt Goarshausen is a definite visit during your adventures along the Rhine.
This mythical location has attracted thrill seekers and mystics for centuries. The Lorelei rock formation was said to be the home of a beautiful woman who sat at the top of the cliffs and enchanted sailors with her voice. Blinded by her singing voice and unparalleled beauty, sailors would crash at the rocks below and drown. Atop these cliffs sits a statue paying tribute to those lost.
Exploring the Rhine
These are just a few of the magical sights dotted along this famous river, but there are plenty more out there just waiting to be explored.
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