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The Weindorf (Wine Village) : An exceptional address for connoisseurs of good wine and regional specialities. © Bjoern Rudek

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Believe in myths and fairy tales!

Koblenz lies along both the Moselle and Rhine in the northern Rhineland Palatinate. Four mountain ranges surround the city: Eifel, Hunsrück, Westerwald und Taunus. The city is the perfect starting point and "home base" to explore the Rhine Valley, the vineyards of the Moselle and the villages and spa tow of the nearby mountains.

For a lovely day excursion into the romantic Rhine valley, take a castle boat tour along the river, for example on the "Goethe", a historical paddle steamer. Enjoy a glass - or share a bottle - of the sweet regional Riesling while cruising past the unparalleled number of castles on Koblenz's  neighboring stretches of river.

There is the Festung Ehrenbreitstein (Ehrenbreitstein Fortress), Schloss Stolzenfels (Stolzenfels Castle) and the remarkably well-preserved Marksburg (Marksburg Castle) in Braubach. Take a look at the Katz und Maus Burgen (Cat and Mouse Castles) before you reach the undisputed highlight of any tour on the Middle Rhine - the Lorelei (Lorelei Rock). The legend lives on, high up above the Rhine on a mighty cliff top.

The Burg Eltz (Eltz Castle) invites you like a majestic well-preserved fairy-tale castle in an unspoiled landscape. You will find history cast in stone and you will feel yourself immersed in the spirit of a past revived - a fascinating view of the different ages of Western (Occidental) culture is waiting for you.

But there are still more sights to be seen: Schloss Schönburg (Schönburg Castle), Burg Pfalzgrafenstein (Pfalz Castle), the romantic wine village of Bacharach with Burg Stahleck (Stahleck Castle) and the picturesque medieval village of Oberwesel with its fortification walls and towers before you can head to the famous Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim for a tasty glass of wine.

The Burg Sayn (Sayn Castle) and its Schmetterlingsgarten (Garden of Butterflies) are another highlight in the surrounding region. Inside the neogothic castle, the museum shows an important art collection of wrought iron. In the "Schmetterlingsgarten" (Garden of Butterflies), you will find a dreamscape with multiple ponds and exotic plants, in which hundreds of butterflies from all over the world reside.


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