The Rhine Gorge

The beautiful region in Germany called the Rhine Gorge is actually the Upper Middle Rhine Valley that encompasses approximately 65 km stretching between the German towns Koblenz and Bingen. This historically significant and splendid in terms of nature stretch of land is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites since 2002.

Bacharach and Stahleck castle
Bacharach and Stahleck castle

Some call it the most romantic part of Germany

The gorge, formed by the passage of the Rhine river through rocks, represents also a geological interest. The place, due to the bounty of earth elements, has a unique microclimate of its own and is a harbor of animal and plant species otherwise untypical for Germany’s climate. Not surprisingly, the gorge is one of Germany’s finest wine regions, suited for both growing vineyards and producing world-class wine. The most popular wine-making regions in the valley are Mittelrhein in its north part and the southernmost scrapes Rheingau and Nahe.

The famous Loreley
The famous Loreley

You will see many castles alongside the vessel

Given that the region has been an important trade route in the past, the region has undergone and seen the settlements of many nations and the traces of many conquerors. With its climate and location, the banks of the Rhine within the gorge were beckoning for the creation of villages and owns, as well as for the construction of fortresses and castles by mighty rulers. All of this is preserved in every corner of the valley until today.

Stolzenfels castle near Koblenz
Stolzenfels castle near Koblenz

In addition to taking a scenic promenade down the Rhine river in its Rhine Gorge section, there are lifts and hiking trails, as well as cycling paths that allow exploring the regions and its surrounding hills and settlements to its fullest.

Attracting millions of tourists each year

The touristic pearl of the Rhine gorge is the cities of Koblenz. This town has a splendid history and cityscape that could offer something to any touristic taste. Ancient Roman fortresses, gothic churches, baroque buildings, beautiful old towns that have preserved the echo of the ages, and pubs and restaurants that offer traditional music and cuisine and Germany’s finest wines produced in the fertile Rhine region.
If you happen to visit this splendid piece of Germany in the autumn, you could take part in the annual festival Rhine in Flames – a flamboyant festival that includes illuminating the river with spectacular firework shows that take place at Sankt Goar in September and at Koblenz in August.
Another way to visit the beautiful Rhine Gorge is simply travelling down the river or around the region by car or a bicycle and stopping at the beautiful villages and places of interests that attract you. Be sure there are plenty of them.

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