Romantic Rhine – lofty castles in a majestic valley

Father Rhine flows in a truly majestic fashion through its magnificent valley from Bingen / Rüdesheim to Remagen. The Romantics of the 19th century never tired of painting it and capturing its beauty in verse. On either side of the river, 40 castles preside over the forested slopes and steep vineyards. There is hardly any other river landscape that can compete with the Romantic Rhine on beauty.

Cable car to the castle and the new Romanticum Museum

The impressive fortress of Ehrenbreitstein watches over Koblenz. Every year on the first weekend of August, the former garrison town offers its thanks with a gigantic firework display to conclude the "Rhine in Flames" river pageant. A cable car from Deutsche Eck at the confluence of the Mosel and the Rhine conveys visitors in comfort and safety up to the fortress. Access to the cabins is level and there is ample room for wheelchair users to enjoy the view. Once at the top, it is up to the visitors to choose what they want to do, because the exhibitions, restaurants and the winery could fill a programme for the whole day. All the area in and around the fortress is accessible.

June 2013 saw the opening of the "Romanticum", a spectacular exhibition themed around the romantic Rhine, in the "Forum Confluentes" art and cultural centre in Koblenz. There is not only a lot to see but also much to do here. For example, visitors can drive a virtual river steamer from Deutsche Eck to the Lorelei Rock. All the rooms of the museum can be accessed in a wheelchair.

On the Lorelei Rock, which is steeped in legend and the subject of many songs, the fully accessible visitor centre offers an abundance of information.

Exploration of the world's largest cold water geyser starts in the accessible interactive visitor centre in Andernach. Then a boat takes visitors to the nature reserve on the Namedyer Werth peninsula. Approximately every 100 minutes, the geyser erupts in a unique spectacle of nature, shooting water up some 60 metres into the air.

The Arp Museum stands on the site of Rolandseck Station, where Queen Victoria, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Heinrich Heine, the Brothers Grimm and Friedrich Nietzsche took refreshment before they embarked on their trip by boat or horse-drawn coach down the Rhine. Visitors approach the museum through a wide light tunnel under the railway line and then take a lift to the galleries exhibiting modern art higher up the slopes overlooking the Rhine. Similarly impressive is the view to the Siebengebirge hills through the large glass windows.

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