The Rhineland

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  • 1. Amphitheater

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The sheer size of Trier's oldest Roman structure (circa AD 100) is impressive; in its heyday it seated 20,000 spectators. You can climb down...Read More

  • 2. Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck

    Museum/Gallery

    Three miles north of Remagen, via a scenic riverside promenade, the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck incorporates a 19th-century converted railway...Read More

  • 3. Dom

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Aachen's stunning cathedral, the "Chapelle" of the town's earlier name of Aix-la-Chapelle, remains the single greatest storehouse of Carolingian...Read More

  • 4. Dom

    Altstadt | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Köln's landmark embodies one of the purest expressions of the Gothic spirit in Europe. The cathedral, meant to be a tangible expression of God...Read More

  • 5. Dom

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The oldest Christian church north of the Alps, the Dom stands on the site of the Palace of Helen. Constantine tore the palace down in AD 330...Read More

  • 6. Festung Ehrenbreitstein

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Europe's largest fortress, towering 400 feet above the left bank of the Rhine, offers a magnificent view over Koblenz and where the Mosel and...Read More

  • 7. Historisches Museum am Strom

    Museum/Gallery

    Here you can see the most intact set of Roman surgical tools ever discovered (2nd century), period rooms from the Rhine Romantic era, and displays...Read More

  • 8. Kaiserthermen

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This enormous 4th-century bathing palace once housed cold- and hot-water baths and a sports field. Although only the masonry of the Calderium...Read More

  • 9. Kloster Eberbach

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The former Cistercian monastery is idyllically set in a secluded forest clearing 3 km (2 miles) west of Kiedrich. Its Romanesque and Gothic...Read More

  • 10. Königsallee

    Neighborhood/Street

    Düsseldorf's main shopping avenue epitomizes the city's affluence, lined as it is with designer boutiques and stores. Known as the Kö, this...Read More

  • 11. Kurhaus

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Built in 1907, the neoclassical Kurhaus is the cultural center of town. It houses the casino and the Thiersch-Saal, a splendid setting for concerts...Read More

  • 12. Porta Nigra

    Building/Architectural Site

    The best-preserved Roman structure in Trier was originally a city gate, built in the 2nd century (look for holes left by the iron clamps that...Read More

  • 13. Rheinisches Landesmuseum

    Museum/Gallery

    The largest collection of Roman antiquities in Germany is housed here. The highlight is the 4th-century stone relief of a Roman ship transporting...Read More

  • 14. Römisch-Germanisches Museum

    Altstadt | Museum/Gallery

    This cultural landmark was built in the early 1970s around the famous Dionysius mosaic discovered here during the construction of an air-raid...Read More

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  • 15. Schloss Johannisberg

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The origins of this grand wine estate date from 1100, when Benedictine monks built a monastery and planted vines on the slopes below. The striking...Read More

  • 16. Schloss Vollrads

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Built in 1211, Schloss Vollrads is the oldest of Germany's major wine estates. The tower, built in 1330 and surrounded by a moat, was the...Read More

  • 17. Alter Friedhof

    Cemetery

    This ornate, leafy cemetery is the resting place of many of the country's most celebrated sons and daughters. Look for the tomb of composer...Read More

  • 18. Alter Markt

    Altstadt | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The square has an eclectic assembly of buildings, most of them postwar. However, two 16th-century houses survived the war intact—Nos. 20 and...Read More

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  • 19. Altes Rathaus

    Altstadt | Government Building

    The Rathaus is worth a look, even from the outside. (Tours of the interior, for groups only, must be booked at the tourist office.) It's the...Read More

  • 20. Altes Rathaus

    Government Building

    This 18th-century rococo town hall looks somewhat like a pink dollhouse. Its elegant steps and stair entry have seen a great many historic figures...Read More

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