The Rhine

   
Rudesheim town

Rudesheim (Rüdesheim in German), at the southern end of the Rhine Gorge

Rudesheim street

Rudesheim's main street

Drosselgasse in Rudesheim

Drosselgasse shopping
and restaurant street in Rudesheim

Rudesheim cable car

Cable car from Rudesheim up to the Niederwald monument

Germania statue at Rudesheim

The statue of Germania commemorates the German Empire creation in 1871.

View south from Rudesheim

Looking south, back over Rudesheim and the Rhine

Rudesheim vineyards

Vineyards on the hills at Rudesheim, started in the 6th century

Rhine river boat

Cruising on the Rhine, through this UNESCO World Heritage zone.

Village along the Rhine

Typical small village along the Rhine, with typically steep terraced vineyards

Boat traffic on the Rhine

The Rhine remains a busy commercial waterway.

Ruine Ehrenfels

Ruine Ehrenfels, above the vineyards, the Rhine, and modern commerce

Ehtenfels ruins

The Ehrenfels ruins, near Rudesheim, date from 1210

Burg Rheinstein

Burg Rheinstein, near Trechtingshausen, 13th century

Burg Sooneck

Burg Sooneck, near Niederheimbach, 1000 AD

The Pfalz on the Rhine

Pfalzgrafenstein (the Pfalz), a mid-river toll castle near Kaub, erected in 1328

Lorelei Rock

The Lorelei Rock was said by careless sailors to be home of a deadly maiden.

St. Goar

St. Goar, on the west bank of the Rhine, between Rudesheim and Kobblenz

Burg Rheinfels

Burg Rheinfels, above St. Goar, was built in 1245.

Inside Burg Rheinfels

The French Revolutionary Army destroyed Burg Rheinfels in 1797.

Burg Rheinfels guide

A Burg Rheinfels tour guide relates the castle's history

Burg Rheinfels ruins

Burg Rheinfels ruins

Rhine from Burg Rheinfels

Burg Rheinfels, overlooking the Rhine

Burg Katz

Burg Katz, opposite St. Goar at St. Goarshausen, dates from 1360

Marksburg Castle

The Marksburg, at Braubach, has survived for over 700 years.

Marksburg tour

Off on a tour inside the Marksburg

Marksburg interior

Reading and work areas at windows to take advantage of sunlight

Marksburg armour collection

A Marksburg guide explains the design of armour from various periods.

The German Corner in Koblenz

The German Corner in Koblenz, where the Moselle (upper) joins the Rhine

Fortress Ehrenbreitstein

Fortress Ehrenbreitstein, on the opposite side of the Rhine from Koblenz

Cologne skyline

Cologne (Köln in German), first named by the Romans in 50 AD

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral's corner stone was laid on August 15, 1248.

Cologne Cathedral architecture

Flying buttresses supporting the towering Cologne Cathedral

The Moselle

   
Burg Eltz on the Moselle

Burg Eltz, a medieval castle nestled in the hills above a tributary to the Moselle

burg Eltz

Burg Eltz was first documented in 1157, over 850 years ago.

Burg Eltz

Burg Eltz is still owned by the same family that lived there in the 12th century.

Interior of Burg Eltz

The interior of the castle was segmented to accommodate three branches of the family.

Cochem on the Moselle

Cochem, on the Moselle, dominated by the hilltop Cochem Castle

Porta Nigra at Trier

Porta Nigra, a Roman city gate in Trier, founded in 16 BC

Electoral Palace, Trier

The Electoral Palace in Trier, excellent Rococo, dates from the 15th century.

Trier Electoral Palace gardens

The baroque gardens of the Trier Palace, inspired by 16th century Italian designs

The Neckar

   
Heidelberg on the Neckar

Heidelberg, on the Neckar, a Rhine tributary, settled by Celts about 800 BC

Heidelberg's Old Stone Bridge

The Old Stone Bridge across the Neckar was built between 1786 and 1788.

Heidelberg Gate

The southern end of the Old Bridge was linked to the city wall and a defensive gate.

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle, 260 feet up the hill, dates from the 15th century.

Heidelberg Castle interior

A series of wars brought repeated destructions of Heidelberger Schloss.

Heidelberg Castle destruction

The first destruction was in 1622 during the war between Protestants and Catholics.

Heidelberg Castle

The French destroyed Heidelberg Castle twice, in 1689 and again in 1693.

Eberbach

Eberbach, on the Castle Road from Heidelberg to Rothenburg

The Main and its Tributaries

   
En route fromHeidelberg to Rothenburg

En route along the Castle Road to Rothenburg

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is an amazingly well-preserved medieval town.

Rothenburg fortification wall

The ancient fortification wall encircling Rothenburg is in tact and can be walked.

Rothenburg street

A busy street in Rothenburg, with a fortification gate at the end of the street

Horse carriage at Rothenburg

Cars must stay outside the original Rothenburg, but horse carriages are allowed.

Rothenburg town square

Rothenberg's town square, with its Town Hall dating from 1250

St. Jocob's Church in Rothenburg

St. Jakob's Lutheran Church in Rothenburg was built between 1311 and 1471.

En route from Rothenburg to Wurzburg

En route from Rothenburg on the Romantic Road to Wurzburg (Würzburg)

Wurzburg Residence

The Wurzburg Residence, built by two Prince-Bishops between 1720 and 1744

Wurzburg Residence

During the 1700s other Prince Bishops embellished the Residenz and Gardens.

Wurzburg Residence gardens

The Court Gardens are a mixture of Baroque and English garden styles.

Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt am Main (on the Main River), tour origination and termination point.