Castles on the Middle Rhine on the map. 1. From Rüdesheim to Bacharach

If we speak about the castles on the Middle Rhine (Mittelrhein), we mean the section from Rüdesheim (slightly downstream from Mainz) to Bonn. From Rüdesheim to Koblenz, the banks converge, forming the Rhine Gorge. This section is also called the “Loreley Valley” (Tal der Loreley). There are many castles of varying degrees of destruction / restoration. We will go through all the castles, briefly tell what happened to them and whether there is something interesting inside.

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Swiss side of Lake Constance

In comparison with the German coast, where everything is subordinated to tourism, the Swiss side of Lake Constance seems to know nothing about tourists and does not want to know. Therefore, you need to prepare especially carefully for a vacation there.

Does it make sense to go there at all? Consider the pros and cons below.

Maps nearby
Lake Constance map of attractions
Along Rhine from Basel to Schaffhausen
Vorarlberg and Tyrol: from Bregenz to Innsbruck
Along Rhine from Bregenz to Italy

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Moselle: Castle Eltz, Cochem and Trier attractions

The Moselle is a very beautiful river. In truth, we liked her more than the Rhine, clogged with transport, muddy, with brown water.

To make the river navigable, it was dammed in the middle of the 20th century, but still there are very few barges here. On one (left) side of the river there is a railway and a road, and there is a road partly on the right. There are also castles on the banks of the Moselle, but the main attraction is the local wines. We were in Cochem and Trier, visited the Eltz castle.

Moselle

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Technik museum Speyer

Technik Museum Speyer (link), one of two in this region (second – in Sinsheim).

There are more cars and military equipment in Sinsheim. There are also planes and a couple of steam locomotives, but the rest of the set is more interesting for those who are fond of cars.

Speyer has a more varied exhibition.

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Sankt-Gallen

The Swiss coast of Lake Constance has fewer attractions and is more boring than the German one. The most worthy object to visit is just Sankt-Gallen, apart from the Stein-am-Rhein and the Rhine Falls, which are actually on the Rhine, and not on the lake. Although from the other end of the lake I would not go for him alone.

The city is located in the hills behind the lake, 15-20 minutes by train from the nearest coastal town of Rorschach. There is absolutely nothing to watch in Rorschach. Its main attractions are the ferry to Lindau and the funicular to the nearest mountain.

Sankt Gallen

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