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The Rhineland Travel Guide

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Plan Your Rhineland Vacation

The banks of the Rhine are crowned by magnificent castle after castle and by breathtaking, vine-terraced hills that provide the livelihood for many of the villages hugging the shores. In the words of French poet Victor Hugo, "The Rhine combines everything. The Rhine is swift as the Rhône, wide as the Loire, winding as the Seine... royal as the Danube and covered with fables and phantoms

like a river in Asia."

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Drachenfels This dramatic castle in Königswinter crowns a high hill overlooking the Rhine.
  2. Fastnacht Germany's Carnival season culminates with huge parades, round-the-clock music, and dancing in Düsseldorf, Köln, and Mainz the week before Ash Wednesday.
  3. Rhine in Flames These massive displays of fireworks take place the first Saturday in May in Linz-Bonn; the first Saturday in July in Bingen-Rüdesheim; the second Saturday in August in Koblenz; the second Saturday in September in Oberwesel; and the third Saturday in September in St. Goar.
  4. The romance of the Rhine From cruises to Rhine-view rooms, castles to terraced vineyards, the Rhine does not disappoint.
  5. Spectacular wine A whole culinary tradition has grown up around the distinctive light white wines of the Rhine and Mosel.

When To Go

When to Go

The peak season for cultural, food, and wine festivals is March–mid-November, followed by colorful Christmas markets in December. The season for m...

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