EhrenbreitsteinStolzenfelsLahneckMarksburgFeindliche BrüderMausRheinfelsSchönburgGutenfelsPfalzgrafensteinStahleckReichensteinRheinsteinEhrenfelsMäuseturm

40 castles and fortresses, stretched along a mere 65 km of the River Rhine between the cities of Bingen and Coblence, constitute one of the most outstanding features of the World Heritage Site. Such a concentration of castles within such a small area is to be found nowhere else in the world! The castles stand today as silent witnesses to the turbulent past of the region. Its strategic position and lucrative toll duties meant that the Middle Rhine Valley was a disputed area for a long time. The archbishoprics of Cologne, Mainz, and Treves, as well as Count Palatines and Landgraves, as well as the lower aristocracy all had estates in the region.   More...