Germany - The Rhineland

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Rhine at the Lorelei
Rhine River at the Lorelei, June 2000.



Limburg
Limburg, June 1992.



Bacharach
Bacharach. June 1997.



Ehrenbreitstein
Ehrenbreitstein Citadel. Koblenz, June 1997.



Marksburg
Marksburg. June 1975.



Pfalz
Pfalz. June 1992.



Moseltal
View from the Moseltalbrücke. Winningen, June 1997.



Meander
A meander along the Mosel. Pünderich, June 1997.



Rheinfels
Burg Rheinfels. St. Goar, June 1997.



Burg Eltz
Burg Eltz, June 1992.



Barge
River barge on the Mosel. June 1992.



Mosel
View of Mosel from Beilstein. June 1992.



Introduction to the Rhineland

The Rhineland is one of the popular destinations in Germany. The Rhine between Koblenz and Bingen runs through a scenic gorge, lined with dozens of castles, many in ruins. The most relaxing way to visit the gorge is to take a cruise. Some take one boat downstream to Koblenz, stop for lunch, and then take another boat back upstream. The more inquisitive drive alongside the river, stopping to look at the sites up close.

But visitors should remember that the Rhine is a very busy transportation corrider, with river barges plying the sometimes dangerous waters, and with railroad lines on both sides of the river. So, many tourists appreciate the more relaxed environment of one of the Rhine's main tributaries, the Mosel. The Mosel has many of the same elements as the Rhine, such as a meandering waterway through a scenic valley, castles, scenic towns, and of course, wine. Many consider Mosel wine superior to Rhine wine.

Many first time visitors to Germany visit the Rhine. Unfortunately, most defer a visit to the Mosel until their second visit.