The Upper Middle Rhine extends from Rüdesheim through to Koblenz.
It is also referred to as the Rhine
Gorge or the Romantic Rhine and is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the most scenic section of the Rhine and
it is famous for its castles ("burg" in German). It is
visited by major international cruise lines and by local day cruises
The Rhine Gorge is a summer tourist destination. Average temperatures peak in July and August at 80 F (26 C), while lows are about 55 F (13 C). By December
and January average highs are 40 F (5 C) and average lows are
just below freezing. Precipitation is light throughout the year, but
tends to spike in July. August is the perfect time to visit Rhine
Gorge for weather, but spring and fall may be more enjoyable with reduced
operates trips on the Rhine Gorge throughout the year. It's best to take
a train to Rüdesheim and then cruise to Koblenz, because the river flow adds
many hours to a day trip up river. For example, it is more than
6.5 hours from Koblenz to Rüdesheim , but just over 4 hours the other
way. The Bingen-Rudesheimer Boat Connection
also travels the Rhine Gorge, but only from Rüdesheim to St Goar. True castle lovers may prefer to drive this section of the
Rhine on both sides and castle hop. Many of the castles are open to public
tours and several allow overnight stays. Make sure to plan your
route, as there are no bridges across the Rhine in the Rhine Gorge.
the Goethe, steamer
Auto ferries are available for Rhine crossings at the following Rhine
kilometer markers :
A passenger only ferry is available at marker 584 between
Stolzenfels and Lahnstein and from Kaub to the island fortress of Pfalzgrafenstein.
Attractions on the Rhine Gorge:
Things to see and do:
The Rhine has kilometer markers all along it indicating the distance
north of the unnavigable Rhine Falls. The
castles were built along the gorge as fortifications and as a means of
economic control over the river passage. Most were built in the
1200s and most were damaged by Napoleon's forces in the 1800s. Here is
the list of the castles on the Rhine Gorge listed by their kilometer marker,
starting upstream and increasing as you head toward the Atlantic:
554 - The Lorelei (Loreley) is an historically treacherous river bend at the
Loreley rock near St. Goarshausen. Legend has it that Lorelei committed suicide here and her spirit
distracts sailors with a sound that leads to shipwrecks.
556 - Katz Castle at St Goarshausen was built in the
1300s and is currently privately owned.
557 - Rheinfels Castle
at St Goar was started in 1245 and is the largest castle on the
Rhine Gorge. It is open to the public.
559 - Maus Castle, on the St Goarshausen
side of the Rhine was built in 1356.
567 - Sterrenberg & Liebenstein
Castles are also referred to as the Hostel Brothers due to the
feud between the two siblings that resulted in the construction of
a wall between the castles so the brothers wouldn't see each
other. The Liebenstein Castle has been a family run hotel
570 - The town of Boppard.
580 - Marksburg
Castleat Braubach was started in the 1100s and is the most
popular tourist destination on the Rhine Gorge.
585 - Lahneck Castle
was built in 1226 and is privately owned. There is currently
no public access. Stolzenfels Castle
is across the river from Lahneck Castle. It was built in the
1200s and is distinctive for its white color and for its church
located in front of its fortress walls. This castle is open
to the public and is a popular destination due to its beauty and
its proximity to Koblenz.