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Unesco World heritage since: 2002
Size of heritage: 27,250 ha
- Buffer zone: 34,680 ha
The 65km-stretch of the Middle Rhine Valley, with its castles, historic towns and vineyards, graphically illustrates the long history of human involvement with a dramatic and varied natural landscape. It is intimately associated with history and legend and for centuries has exercised a powerful influence on writers, artists and composers.
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Upper Middle Rhine Valley
The Upper Middle Rhine Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the states of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) and Hesse (Hessen) in Germany. It stretches for about 65 kilometers along the Rhine River, between the cities of Bingen and Koblenz. This picturesque region is renowned for its stunning landscapes, medieval castles, and charming towns, making it a popular tourist destination.
The history of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley dates back thousands of years. The area has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and it played a significant role in the Roman Empire as a strategic location for trade and defense. During the Middle Ages, the Rhine River became a vital transportation route, and numerous castles were built along its banks to protect the trade routes and exert control over the region.
In the 19th century, the Romantic movement brought attention to the beauty of the Rhine Valley, inspiring poets, painters, and writers. The region became a popular destination for travelers seeking the picturesque landscapes and the romantic atmosphere of the castles and vineyards.
The Upper Middle Rhine Valley continues to captivate visitors with its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. The region is characterized by steep vineyards, terraced slopes, and the meandering Rhine River, creating a breathtaking panorama. The area is also home to more than 40 castles and fortresses, each with its own unique history and architectural style.
The towns and villages in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley are well-preserved, offering a glimpse into the past. The historic city of Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, is a popular starting point for exploring the region. Its charming old town, dominated by the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, is a UNESCO World Heritage site in itself.
Another notable town in the area is Bacharach, known for its half-timbered houses and medieval charm. Strolling through its narrow streets, visitors can admire the well-preserved city walls and the picturesque ruins of Stahleck Castle. Rüdesheim, famous for its wine production, is also a must-visit destination. The Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with traditional taverns and wine bars, is a lively spot where visitors can sample local wines and enjoy traditional German cuisine.
The Upper Middle Rhine Valley is not only a cultural and historical treasure but also an important ecological area. The region is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including rare and endangered species. The steep vineyards are meticulously maintained by local winemakers, producing some of Germany's finest wines, particularly Riesling.
To preserve and protect this unique landscape and cultural heritage, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2002. Efforts are made to ensure sustainable tourism practices and to safeguard the region's natural and cultural assets for future generations to enjoy.
Visiting the Upper Middle Rhine Valley is like stepping into a fairy tale. Its enchanting landscapes, medieval castles, and charming towns create an unforgettable experience that showcases the rich history and natural beauty of this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site.
Hotels and places to stay
Romantik Hotel Schloss Rheinfels
Weinhotel Landsknecht Komfort Zimmer
Pohl´s Rheinhotel Adler
Loreleyblick Cafe Restaurant
Krone Hotel Restaurant
Nassauer Hof Loreley
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Medium airport - 25 mi (40 km) Mainz-Finthen Airport
Medium airport - 25 mi (40 km) Wiesbaden Army Airfield
Medium airport - 29 mi (48 km) Frankfurt am Main International Airport
Large airport - 39 mi (63 km) Siegerland Airport
Medium airport - 41 mi (66 km) Frankfurt-Egelsbach Airport
Medium airport - 45 mi (72 km) Worms Airport
Small airport - 49 mi (80 km) Cologne Bonn Airport
Large airport - 54 mi (87 km) Düsseldorf International Airport
Large airport - 87 mi (141 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.
- Bad Salzig
- Saint Goarshausen
- Sankt Goar