The Most Beautiful Villages and Cities in the Rhineland, Germany

Rheinburg-Koblenz | © King (Felix Koenig)/WikiCommons
Evelyn Smallwood

At 1230km (764 miles) long, the Rhine River is second only to the Danube for the title of longest river in Europe. As for the most romantic, in Germany, nothing beats the Rhine, inspiration for many an epic poem or novel. There are many adorable towns and villages nestled in the twists and turns of the River as it makes its way from the Swiss Alps to the North Sea. Here are 8 of our favourites in Germany.


If timber-framed houses and beautiful churches are what you’re after, then Bacharach is the perfect place to while away an afternoon. Keep an eye out for Altes Haus, a half-timber house dating from 1368, the 12th-century Stahlek Castle and St Peter’s Church. Climb the Postenturm to get an Instagram-worthy view of the town and then top up your energy reserves with some coffee and cake at one of the many cafés.

View from the Postenturm


The third largest city in Rhineland is also an important train hub for the area. If you come from Cologne on the slow train, Koblenz is the start of the prettiest stretch of the journey. The city’s name comes from the Latin for ‘merging of rivers,’ which makes sense, because this is where the Mosel and the Rhine meet. Look out for the ancient castle Schloss Stolsenfels, Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung, a small military museum and the Romanticum, an interactive museum that explains how important the Rhine is in German literature and culture.


Reichsburg Cochem

This tiny town (pronounced with a soft ‘ch’) has been going since the Celts were exploring the Moselle a couple thousand years ago. In addition to the dozens of historical buildings nestled on a bend in the Moselle river, Cochem has the distinct advantage of being right in the middle of white wine country. The steep hills right at the river’s edge made excellent terraces, which in turn make Riesling worth the hike to procure.


10 kilometers (6 miles) south of Cochem, next to the village of Beilstein, you’ll find the ruins of Metternich Castle atop Schlossberg vineyard. The village is known as the Sleeping Beauty of the Rhine, so don’t expect anything to happen at faster than 0km speed. The castle terrace is worth having some cake at because it gives you a chance to take in the stunning Mosel loop panorama.

Berg Eltz

Technically not a village, but definitely worth a visit. Burg Eltz is probably the best-preserved Medieval castle in all of Germany and is therefore the perfect place to indulge all your knight and damsel fantasies. The castle is unusual in that it’s been in the same family for 33 generations and wasn’t destroyed in the war. Take the train from Cochem to Moselkern and walk though the forest for about an hour to get to the castle, or splurge on a taxi.

Berg Eltz


If you’re at all familiar with Romantic German literature, songs or poetry, you’ll know about Lorelei, a steep slate cliff on whose ramparts many a ship were dashed as they tried to make the near 90 degree bend in the river. Every year Piesport puts on a fireworks display for its Loreleyfest the first weekend in July. Also: wine. The 35 vineyards in the area are collectively known as Piesporter Michelsberg, the best of which is Goldtröpfchen (golden droplets).


In addition to being the terminus of the Koblenz-Mainz cute Rhine town train journey, Mainz is where the printing press was invented. As such, the city is obsessed with books. Check out how the first books were made at the Gutenberg Museum or try it out yourself at the Druckladen. Dom St Martin and the Landesmuseum Mainz round out the offerings.

Mainz Cathedral


The Gothic village of Kiedrich is in the central Rheingau region between Bingen and Mainz. As you approach the village, you’ll see the tower of Scharfenstein Castle (built in 1215) and the spires of St. Valentine’s Basilica and St. Michael’s Chapel, both from the 15th century. Public tours of the basilica are available immediately after mass. The chapel next door used to be a charnel house, a place where dug up bones from the cemetery were stored. These days, it houses a chandelier sculpted around a life-sized, two-sided Madonna.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.