From Bingen to the most beautiful castles and palaces

Your romantic journey through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley

The Middle Rhine Valley is lined with magnificent castles, defiant fortresses and mysterious ruins. Between Bingen and Koblenz, there are 40 historic buildings and thus the greatest density of castles in the world. Your way to the most beautiful of them leads you downstream. From Klopp Castle in Bingen to the Mäuseturm and the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz. Experience a wondrous journey to the most beautiful buildings of the Middle Ages and the Rhine Romanticism.

On a Grand Tour through the Middle Rhine Valley you can do perfect castle hopping, many of the castles open their gates for visitors to visit. Some of them invite you to cultural events, to stop for a bite to eat or to spend the night. Start with the ship in Bingen and make a stop at the most beautiful castles. Rheinstein Castle even has its own dock. Take your bike or e-bike and follow the Rhine Cycle Path, so you're on one of the most beautiful sections of EuroVelo 15. And close by, hike the fabulous RheinBurgenweg - individual stages or the 200 km from Remagen to Bingen, where you'll be greeted by the legendary Mäuseturm.

Dreams of Rhine romance just a few river kilometers from Bingen.

Set out for the romantic castles Rheinstein and Reichenstein

Rheinstein, the start of castle romanticism, the Prussian prince had his perfect idea of the medieval castle built here from the still preserved ruins. Other members of the royal family, princely houses and industrialists followed his example. Perfect illusions in the Middle Rhine Valley. Today you can visit magnificent halls, chambers, towers and gardens in Rheinstein Castle. During Advent, the castle becomes a fairy-tale Christmas castle.

Just a few kilometers away, the Rhine Romantic dream of the industrialist Kirsch-Puricelli family came true. You will wander through their chambers, music room and library as if they had just left. Listen to the lively stories with the audio guide. And haven't you always wanted to spend the night in a castle? Then check in directly.  

If you are traveling as a family, you can offer your children a very special experience in the castle Stahleck high above Bacharach is one of the most beautiful youth hostels in Germany.  

Like a ship on an island in the Rhine: Pfalzgrafenstein Castle

Take the ferry and cross

The former customs castle can be visited in its entirety. The location was extremely lucrative for the counts palatine. Every ship had to pay its duty here. You can experience what life was like at the customs fortress during the Living History performances with the emperor's bombardier. And for the Rhine romantics there is also a love story. Agnes von Hohenstaufen is said to have met her lover, the son of Henry the Lion, here. And your castle hopping continues. How about the Rheinfels? Or Marksburg Castle?

Rheinfels Castle and Marksburg Castle

Imposing fortresses

You should not miss one of the largest fortresses in Europe on your castle tour: Rheinfels Castle in St. Goar. Today, Rheinfels Castle is the largest castle and fortress ruin on the Middle Rhine. As one of the few fortresses on the Rhine, it was unsuccessfully besieged and not destroyed during the Thirty Years' War and the War of the Palatinate Succession. Thus, the fortress was able to withstand a French army of about 28,000 men. Another superlative: the Rheinfels has the largest cantilevered vaulted cellar in Europe. A wine barrel with a capacity of 180,000 liters was installed here. Plenty of room for the good Rhine wine. Why don't you enjoy a glass while having a delicious meal in the castle restaurant with a view of St. Goar, St. Goarshausen and the Loreley.

Marksburg Castle is certainly the epitome of a medieval castle for you, too. It is the only hilltop castle on the Middle Rhine that has never been destroyed. It is enthroned in an exposed position on a rock cone 90 meters above the town of Braubach. The imposing fortress with buildings mainly from the 13th to 15th century awaits you with a keep, kennels and bastions. Visit the castle kitchen, the knights' hall, the bower, the chapel, the armory, the wine cellar, the battlements and the tower rooms. Get an insight into medieval life. And don't miss the castle garden, here you will learn which plants belonged in the medieval garden. Immerse yourself in the colors and smells of the garden, with a view of the great river below you.

End of the castle tour?

The most beautiful castle at the end

Opposite the mouth of the Lahn River: bright, creamy white walls and towers. Wonderfully accentuated battlements with pretty green-blue roofs. An extraordinary, magnificent building: Stolzenfels Castle, the later King Frederick IV of Prussia had the castle built in the neo-Gothic style according to plans by the famous architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Beautifully designed flowerbeds. Artful fountains and statues. Well-designed architecture with beautifully decorated arches, columns and corridors. The murals of the knights' halls and the chapel are among the most important works of the Rhenish High Romanticism. Stolzenfels is indeed the crowning glory of Rhine Romanticism.

And which highlight have you lost your heart to? And there's plenty more to choose from if you want to keep looking.

Customer testimonials

What our guests say

Bingen is simply beautiful. We are there at least once a year at the motorhome site in Gaulsheim. We usually visit the wine festival in Bingen. Very nice restaurants there. Very good food everywhere we've been. Tourist info very nice. All in all top.

Doris Heinrich

Many thanks for the organization of the city tour. Also many thanks to Mr. Jungerts, who expanded our knowledge of Bingen with wit and expertise. Also the selected restaurants were great. He did a very good job. All around a successful event. For this again to you both many thanks. Many greetings from Wuppertal

Reinhard Engmann

So Bingen is worthwhile in general whether the Rhine in flames the Rhine the near or the vineyards and the good wine even carnival can be celebrated well there am Palatinate but the Rhine Hesse / Kurpfalz Rhineland area is also super greetings from the Palatinate Forest ✌✌👍🌲🌳

Joshua collector

The Rochusberg is a beautiful corner for walks with views of Rheinhessen, the Nahe Valley and the Rheingau plus the Rhine. A place of strength on a line with the Donnersberg. Hence the Rochus Chapel, which is definitely worth a visit with its stone carvings as well as the grove around it. In autumn all the colors of the vine leaves from green to yellow and ocher to red...

Christopher Kubaseck

Nice staff at the tourist information. There is a lot of free information material about Bingen and the surrounding area. Also a free toilet is available, including disabled toilet and baby changing facilities. Here is also the ticket office for events in the city.


Competent staff, had a lot of fun on the recommended tour.

Thomas Schwarzenburg

You had a lot of patience with me! Thank you very much for this detailed customer service and support! All the best to you, you helped me a lot and were always patient and friendly. Best regards and until the next booking!

Jasmin Ackermann

Great tourist information, nice staff, in a beautiful city.


One has from the castle Klopp in Bingen on the Rhine, a beautiful view over Bingen, the Rhine shipping and the many vineyards. Interesting is also the castle fountain, and if you are still fit enough, you can climb the 150 stairs up the tower, here you are compensated with a great panoramic view. Also in history, you can expand his horizons up here still something.

Paul Stöckl

The Rochusberg is very beautiful for hiking all around. Everywhere are benches to rest and picnic and enjoy the beautiful view in every direction. Partially at various vantage points are available barbecue areas that you can use after prior registration.

Silvia W.

Rochusberg is a beautiful place, for walking and recharging your batteries. There is ample parking at the Rochuskirche pilgrimage church. A beautiful circular path with references to Hildegard von Bingen lead through the vineyards. The view from the Rochuskirche into the Rhine valley is beautiful.

Manuela Seiter

The museum at the river is great built and very informative, we were there especially because of Hildegard von Bingen. Not to be missed!


The park at the Mäuseturm and the beautifully designed Kulturufer are essentially thanks to the successful State Garden Show of 2008. When the weather is nice, countless visitors flock to this place on weekends. It is simply a beautiful destination for young and old with a wonderful view over the Rhine.

Bettina Link

The Kulturufer, a former state garden show area from 2008, is still beautifully maintained and diversified 10 years later, invites you to relax and linger, gardens above, including harbor promenade, playground and catering also available, free parking.

C. Sch.

The Kulturufer is a beautiful, well-maintained facility that is definitely worth a visit. In addition to the ship berths, there is a well-balanced gastronomy. There are free (!), clean toilets, which other cities can take an example! This park is a success!