Things to Do in Rhineland-Palatinate

Top Rhineland-Palatinate Attractions

Things to Do in Rhineland-Palatinate

Check out must-see sights and activities:
Reichsburg Cochem, Eltz Castle, Churches & Cathedrals, Wineries & Vineyards.

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Top Attractions in Rhineland-Palatinate

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Perched atop a hill, this Gothic-style castle provides panoramic views of the Mosel River and lush valleys, featuring guided tours of its furnished interiors and historical artifacts.
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Historic castle set in a serene valley, featuring guided tours of opulent furnished interiors. Enjoy picturesque walks or optional shuttle access amidst enchanting scenery.
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Modern cable car provides scenic rides with panoramic river and city views, connecting to a historic fortress with cultural exhibits.
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Well-preserved ancient Roman city gate with a rich history. Climb up for city vistas, admire stone carvings, and explore the transformation into a church. Includes a historical phone tour.
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Interactive technical museum with a diverse collection of transportation and space exhibits, including climbable vehicles and a Jumbo Jet slide for kids.
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Historical cathedral with Roman roots and a mix of Romanesque and Gothic styles, home to sacred relics and a grand organ, highlighted by a vaulted crypt and intricate interiors.
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Historic landmark at the river confluence with a striking statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I, panoramic views, and poignant monuments to Germany's past.
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Medieval castle in the Rhine Valley offering guided tours in English, showcasing life in the 13th century with a rich collection of armor and weaponry, and stunning river views.
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  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, UK1,343 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was an included trip on our river cruise. We had a short time in Cochem itself with our guide for the morning before being taken up the steep hill to the castle. You have to visit with a guided tour, whether organised beforehand or by joining a tour when you buy your ticket.
    This is quite a small castle, but attractive both inside and out and with an interesting history of use, destruction and restoration.
    The guided tour takes you to several rooms inside the castle, all of which have original walls and ceilings from the 19th century restoration, as well as sympathetically chosen furniture, some of which was donated by the family of Louis Ravene, who was responsible for the restoration.
    The views from the balcony off the arms room are simply stunning in both directions and there are some lovely photo opportunities throughout the tour, both of details in the rooms and exterior parts.
    There is a small gift shop and toilets on site.
    Written July 14, 2024
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  • redhead_roaming
    Seattle, WA2,871 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This review is specifically about our experience taking pictures at Burg Eltz before they opened on a Saturday.

    We never went inside Burg Eltz (though we plan to one day) but simply took pictures outside, before they had even opened. Burg Eltz is routinely considered one of the most beautiful castles in Germany but I really think it's the location, nestled in the woods, that makes it so romantic looking.

    We got there around 8am on a Saturday in May even though they didn't open until 9:30am. Despite it being early, the parking attendant was there to collect payment. I'm forgetting exactly how much - I think less than 5€. We parked very close to the start of the path (and shuttle dropoff/pickup location) but there were still a couple cars already there before ours. The shuttle obviously wasn't running yet so we walked down to the castle, pushing our wagon with our kids in it as we went along.

    When we got to the bottom of the hill, there were a few people here and there. No one else was taking official pictures but just hanging out, taking casual pictures and such so we more or less didn't have to worry about people walking in/out of our pictures. We did have to contend with the shuttle vehicle (taking staff to the castle, I'm guessing) driving on the bridge/up to the castle a couple times but that was usually over within a matter of 2-3 minutes. Closer to after 9am, there were more people walking down (not many - maybe 4-10 people). A large portion of our pictures were done by then so it wasn't a big deal as they walked into our pictures.

    You could walk anywhere you wanted but you couldn't pass the arch at the end of the bridge until the castle was actually opened (which was fine with me since I wanted the castle largely represented in the pictures). When we were there, there wasn't a person or gate or anything stopping you from passing that spot - that was just what our photographer informed us from previous picture taking. I'm a rule follower so even standing in the archway taking pictures, even though I didn't see anyone to stop us, made me nervous but nothing happened.

    We were wrapping up with pictures a little after 9am and while we were hanging out, the shuttle came down again and we inquired and indeed, they let us get on the shuttle to go back to our cars instead of having to walk back up (or wait until the castle opened at 9:30am). We still had to pay (2€ per person, even for the kids, *I think*) but happily paid that considering the steep walk back up. We were the only ones on the bus but we folded up our wagon and easily placed it in the empty area. On the drive up, we encountered a few people, perhaps around 20-30, who were walking down. We paid for our photographer's ride back but originally, she told the driver she didn't have cash on her but she had some in her car and asked if it was okay if she paid once he dropped her off. He said that was okay but that might only be because it wasn't busy.

    When we left a little before 9:30am, there were more cars in the parking lot but still not a lot - maybe 30, if that.
    Written July 14, 2024
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  • tim j
    London, UK111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited on a busy tourist day (sunday) with dry weather. Was a fantastic experience (we opted for some taxi ride with Hyundai which is highly recommended. We also did some various viewing stops around the track which have plenty of parking with food/toilets etc so all in all a super well organised set up. Enjoy !
    Written July 16, 2024
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  • Getaway43557668319
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was so central and so easy to get the tickets and get on it
    The views were wonderful and it was a fine view at the top. It was equally enjoyable coming down.
    Written June 23, 2024
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  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, UK1,343 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great piece of Roman architecture, fascinating to learn that it survived being a church conversion simply because Napoleon loved the Romans so was very happy to take it back to the original! We didn’t go in but it’s still excellent to walk under and around.
    Written July 13, 2024
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  • travelingfoodbags
    Averill Park, NY73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge Technology museum, with really cheap tickets. We spent almost all day there and only left because our feet were tired from our adventures. Our train/plane/vehicle loving boys were amazed and kept getting sucked into exhibit after exhibit Very open, easy to access building, short walk to subway, and overall one of the better science/technology museums we’ve been to.
    Written July 16, 2024
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  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, UK1,343 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We only had a few minutes inside due to being in the middle of a walking tour, but were still impressed by this cathedral, parts of which date back to Roman times. Our guide told us stories about the building which were fascinating. There are some impressive statues and other artworks inside, plus remains of ancient frescoes. We sadly didn’t have time to see the cloisters. The organ pipes are fascinating if you have an interest as I do!
    Written July 13, 2024
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  • Peter R
    Dartford, UK1,283 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This area is where the Mosel and the Rhine rivers merge. On shore at this point is a huge impressive statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I honouring his 1871 unification of Germany. Unfortunately didn’t have time to visit the castle and take in the magnificent views.
    Written April 29, 2024
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  • gfsc5
    Perth, Australia1,783 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Being on a river cruise gives a different perspective to life and to a river and its surroundings.

    We sailed down the Moselle and Rhine rivers on such a cruise.

    The Moselle (Mosel) was great and made even better because the sun was shining and we were sat on the sundeck sipping a prosecco and a red wine.

    The views are gorgeous. Lots and lots of vineyards clinging to the steep slopes. No piece of land was safe! Pretty villages. Castle ruins. Lots and lots to see.

    Recommended.
    Written July 29, 2023
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  • monday04
    Duisburg, Germany34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Bridge is okay.. a little scary if you have a fear of heights.
    There were lots of people when we visited so we didn't get the chance to take pictures with just us on the bridge.. it was way crowded which makes the bridge rock a little..
    The way to the bridge was TOO hot.. it was long and hot. But the common route hike was fun. There were signs to follow for us not to get lost. It was our first hiking trip.
    Written September 19, 2023
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  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, UK1,343 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a very unusual German castle in that it has never been destroyed, meaning that there are many original features to be seen. In particular, there are original stairs at times - so there are some quite tricky surfaces in terms of unevenness, but it’s all part of the charm.
    We visited as part of our river cruise holiday, so were taken round in a group. I think all visitors are taken as a group even if you arrive independently. Our leader was called Kai; he was very interesting and had a great way of explaining things, but his (very good) English could be quite hard to understand at times as he spoke quite fast but with a strong accent.
    The tour takes just over an hour and is quite a thorough exploration of the public rooms, which have been very well recreated as in medieval times. Highlights for me were the kitchen and chapel, although the walls and ceilings of many rooms were attractive in their own right. There are quite a few staircases, often narrow, within the castle, as well as the main entranceway at the beginning/end of the tour based round the original stairs in plus of course the steep hill to get up from the car park in the first place.
    Written July 15, 2024
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  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, UK1,343 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband and I do like a good German market square and this one did not disappoint! We came here as part of a guided walking tour so had the stories behind some of the buildings explained to us.
    Written July 13, 2024
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