The Best Rhine River Castles and Towns to Visit

The Rhine river region is the most romantic region in Germany as well as one of the busiest rivers in the country. The main attraction are definitely the castles along the Rhine river. There are over 40 castles along the Rhine, which are now turned into luxurious hotels, restaurants, and museums.

Travelers love to cruise the river just to castle watch. This part of Germany is also known for its wonderful wine, which has been popular since ancient Roman times. This is the place to try a perfect glass of white wine made from the best white wine grape – Riesling.

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The Best 13 Castles in the Rhine River

1. Marksburg Castle

Marksburg Castle -The best Castles in the Rhine river
View Marksburg castle from next hill

The only Rhine river castle that has never been destroyed or damaged. This castle is a typical medieval masterpiece with interesting interior rooms such as a wine cellar, gothic hall, chapel, horse stable, and bedchambers. It is located just above the small town of Braubach.

2. Rheinfels Castle

Rheinfels Castle - The Best Rhine River Castles to Visit
Rheinfels Castle

The largest and the most interesting castle ruin to visit. Tourists are amazed by the labyrinth of trenches and tunnels which can be visited. Entering the museum in the castle, which is located in the former chapel, is a must. You can have a great meal in the restaurant near the castle, as well. 

3. Rheinstein Castle

Rheinstein Castle -The Best Rhine River Castles to Visit
Rheinstein Castle

It is located about 300m above the Rhine river, with the most beautiful landscape behind it. When entering the castle, don’t miss out on the most beautiful part of the building, which is the Knight’s Hall. This is a room with a huge stained glass window and three-dimensional paintings. The castle also has a café and a gift shop where you can buy handmade wooden souvenirs.

4. Katz Castle

Katz Castle - The best Castles in the Rhine river
Katz Castle

Or as people like to call it, Cat castle stands on the ledge looking downstream at the river. The architectural style of the castle is majestic; you can see it while cruising the Rhine river.

5. Stolzenfels Palace

Stolzenfels Palace- The Best Rhine River Castles to Visit
Stolzenfels Palace

The castle which has turned into a marvelous palace, fascinates tourists from all over the world. It is located on the left bank of the Rhine. Despite the luxurious furniture in the palace, what is even more luxurious is the view of the Rhine Valley from the terrace of the palace.

6. Pfalzgrafenstein Castle

Pfalzgrafenstein Castle - The best Castles in the Rhine river
Pfalzgrafenstein Castle

In the middle of the river, you can see a small island on which the Pfalzgrafenstein castle is built. This is a small castle and served as a toll house in the past. This is definitely of the “must see” sites in the Rhine region.

7. Klopp Castle

Klopp Castle - The best Castles in the Rhine river
Klopp Castle

This is a castle on the top of the hill above the town called Bingium. This whole hill was a part of the defensive belt, which was surrounded by a wall. Today, this castle houses the city council.

8. Stahleck Castle

Stahleck Castle - a castle to visit in river Rhine
Stahleck Castle

This castle is turned into one of the most popular youth hostels in this region. It is ideal for family and school trips where you can play table tennis, pinball, and piano in your leisure time. A perfect place for you and your friends.

9. Maus (Mouse) Castle

Maus (Mouse) Castle -The Best Rhine River Castles to Visit
Maus (Mouse) Castle

Since there is a Katz (Cat) castle, it would only be logical if there is a mouse castle. These castles were spying on each other, and therefore, it was said that the castle was the mouse that would be eaten by the Katz (Cat). Unlike the other castle, the Maus castle was never destroyed.

10. Lahneck Castle

Lahneck Castle - The best Castles in the Rhine river
Lahneck Castle

This is a classic example of the castles from the Rhine Romanticism. This castle is privately owned, but you can visit it by taking a tour. What is worth seeing is the beautiful furniture in the castle.

11. Schönburg Castle

Schönburg Castle - The Best Rhine River Castles to Visit
Schönburg Castle

This castle is turned into a luxurious hotel. Schönburg Castle hotel has a wonderful garden through which you can take a walk as well as a restaurant where you can have delicious meals or a glass of wine on the terrace.

11. Sooneck Castle

Sooneck Castle -The Best Rhine River Castles to Visit
Sooneck Castle

You will definitely pass by this breathtaking castle while on a cruise. The most interesting part of the castle is definitely the Knight Hall, where you can see a picture of a Prussian soldier on the wall. What is interesting about this picture is that wherever you stand in the room, the eyes of the soldier will follow you.

12. Liebenstein Castle

Liebenstein Castle -The best Castles in the Rhine river
Liebenstein Castle

This is the highest castle in the Middle Rhine Valley in Germany. This beautiful castle is turned into a luxurious hotel and restaurant where you can enjoy your stay and eat delicious food high above the Rhine river.

13. Sterrenberg Castle

The best Castles in the Rhine river

This castle is separated from the Liebenstein castle by a stone wall. These two castles are known as the “Hostile Brothers” and are the only castles in the Rhine region which are this close to one another. This castle is, like the one next to it, a beautiful hotel.

Best Towns to visit on the River Rhine

1. Bacharach

Bacharach town - Best Towns to visit on the River Rhine
Bacharach town

The prettiest town in the Rhine valley. This is a small town, but before the 15 fires and the plague in which half of the population died, it was a pretty big city. In medieval, this town was the capital of Germany. In its heydays, Bacharach was forfeited by a great wall which you can still hike on above the town.

Bacharach old town - Best Towns to visit on the River Rhine
Bacharach old town

At one time, there were 16 towers along the wall, and 6 of them survived. The wall extended all the way through the castle. Today, this town is associated with wonderful wine. Bacharach has a long tradition of vintners making wine and offering their labels to tourists.

2. Boppard

Boppard - town to visit in the Rhine river

This town has an interesting way of pronunciation, which is “bo-part”. People who are fans of quiet and restful places will definitely love this town, which lies on the upper Middle Rhine. Like other towns along the river, Boppard is also very popular for its beautiful white wine, and it is actually one of the biggest wine centers in the Middle Rhine.

Check out: A Guide to Boppard, Germany.

3. Koblenz

Koblenz - Best Towns to visit on the River Rhine

The mighty Rhine is joined by the Mosel river at Koblenz – Germany’s oldest city. The city’s name comes from the Latin word for confluence, a reminder of the region’s roman past. This point where the two rivers meet the Deutsches Eck or German Corner is the tourists’ jumping-off point for exploring the dreamy Mosel.

This is a city from which you can see the most remarkable landscapes of vineyards, four mountain ranges, and forests. Koblenz is the most diverse city in Germany because it has everything, from churches and castles to cable cars.

Best ways to explore Koblenz

How to explore the Middle Rhine Area

Best Towns to visit on the River Rhine

Explore the Rhine Castles by Car

If you are traveling by your own car or have rented one, there is a perfect and easy way to explore the German castles on the Rhine by just following this simple route. You will have a route that is 65km (40 miles) long from Koblenz to Bingen. This route is placed right next to the river so that you can have an amazing view of the landscapes and the castles along the Rhine. This scenic drive has two parts, the upper part from Bingen to Koblenz and the lower part from Koblenz to Bonn.

Explore the Rhine Castles by Train

When it comes to train rides, there is a scenic Rhine Valley railway route where you can enjoy watching Middle Rhine castles from the comfort of your seat. If you are traveling from Koblenz to Bingen, the Rhine river will be on the left side of the train, and if you are traveling from Bingen to Koblenz, the river will be on the right of the train; this way, you will know on which side of the train to sit so that you can enjoy the beautiful view. You can book your train tickets here:

Day cruise along the Rhine with Köln-Düsseldorfer Rheinschiffahrt

Cruising the Rhine is always a good idea! There are regularly scheduled daily trips between May and October; you can choose your date and time of departure. You can have breakfast and lunch buffet on the ship. The ticket price is around 50 euros per person and around 30 euros for children.

Explore the Rhine Castles on a Multi day River Cruise

If you are up for it, you can book a multi-day cruise that includes the Rhine valley castles. This is a perfect way of exploring this part of Germany and visiting many German cities. Your meals and drinks are included in the price, you don’t need to think or to worry about anything, your only job is to enjoy the ride. Many companies like Viking offer this kind of cruise.

Rather you are planning a voyage or a trip, traveling by car or by train, you will make no mistake by choosing to spend your vacation exploring middle Rhine castles in the most magical part of Germany. After all, we all daydream of sipping a glass of beautiful white wine on a big terrace, looking upon beautiful mountains and castles; why wouldn’t you make your daydream happen?

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