Rhine Castle Tour

7 days – EUR 1,122.00 pp in dbl-room1
St. Goar, Cologne, Rothenburg, Heidelberg

Enjoy unforgettable views of the Rhine from your castle chamber on a tour that includes stays in three authentic castles and stops in the historical cities of Cologne, Rothenburg and Heidelberg. This tour offers the ideal combination of history, adventure and culture.


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1st day: St. Goar

Majestic accommodations: A 12th century castle
Majestic accommodations: A 12th century castle
A castle chamber
A castle chamber
Forest refuge: Eltz Castle on the Moselle
Forest refuge: Eltz Castle on the Moselle
You arrive at the airport in Frankfurt.

Rental car pick-up
Type: VW Rabbit or similar
Pick-up location: Frankfurt, Airport

Via Mainz
Distance: 100 km Travel time: 1:30 h

You will pass Mainz, an ancient Roman city with a magnificent medieval cathedral. The most famous stretch of the Rhine with terraced vineyards, castle ruins and picture-book villages begins at Bingen, where the Rhine enters a deep valley.

Accommodation: A medieval castle overlooking the Rhine

1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
During the 12th century the Dukes of Schöneburg ruled the area from this castle on a hill above the town of Oberwesel and levied duties on Rhine commerce. The castle was burned down in 1689 and lay in ruins for over 200 years until it was bought and restored by an American named Mr. Rhinelander in the early 1900s.

Today the modern, luxury hotel is owned once again by the town of Oberwesel and has been managed by the Hüttl family since 1957. It offers 20 elegant, individually furnished rooms and two suites with four-poster beds and balconies facing the Rhine River. Guests can stroll through the surrounding forests, meadows and vineyards or just relax and enjoy the one-of-a-kind views.

 

Details: Medieval Castles
Most castles in Germany were built during the High Middle Ages from the 11th century to the early 14th century. Because there was no strong central authority to uphold the peace in central Europe, castles mainly served the purpose of protecting a particular region, although they were also used as a base for the suppression of uprisings in rebellious areas. Whereas the right to build a castle was originally granted by the emperor, this right was gradually assumed by territorial rulers. The fortresses were constructed without a blueprint based merely on a rough sketch in the sand. The citizens in the surrounding areas were compelled to help with the construction. In return they were offered protection from invaders. After the decline of the period of chivalry the castles were increasingly occupied by robber barons. The invention of the canon in the 14th century spelled the end of castle fortresses. Some were destroyed but most were simply left to decay.
Map: 1st day: St. Goar

2nd day: Cologne

A tradition in Cologne since 1863
A tradition in Cologne since 1863
Cologne: Location of the Umfulana office
Cologne: Location of the Umfulana office
Via Bonn
Distance: 150 km     Travel time: 3:00 h

You will follow the Rhine Valley to Koblenz, where the Moselle River flows into the Rhine. Shortly before reaching Cologne you will pass Bonn, the former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany and the birthplace of Beethoven. Important sites include the 11th century cathedral and Beethoven-Haus, which contains the largest Beethoven collection in the world, including the last piano owned by the composer.

Accommodation: An award-winning hotel next to Cologne Cathedral

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
The 5-star hotel has been an institution in Cologne since it was first opened in 1863. In 1910 it made headlines when it began offering ensuite bathrooms with running warm water, a rarity at the time that was considered the epitome of luxury and comfort. This tradition has been proudly maintained over the last century: exactly 100 years after it began offering warm water, the hotel in the heart of Cologne was named the Hotel of the Year by one of the country's leading hotel and restaurant guides. The exceptional service extends from the "pillow card," which enables guests to select just the right pillow for a good night's rest, to the free minibar and valet parking. Two restaurants are available: a gourmet restaurant often referred to as "Cologne's Dining Room" by the locals, and a relaxing Oriental café recently named Germany's foreign cuisine restaurant of the year. The rooms are surprisingly quiet despite the central location just steps from the train station and the Cathedral.


Details: Cologne
Founded by the Romans in 30 BC, Cologne is one of Germany's oldest cities. The city marked the northern boundary of the Roman Empire and was therefore of great strategic and military importance to the Romans. For many centuries now it has been a leading trading and transportation hub due to its location along the Rhine River. Cologne University, established in 1388, is the second oldest and the largest university in Germany. Cologne became one of the focal points of Western culture during the Middle Ages when the bones of the Three Wise Men were brought to Cologne in 1164 after being captured from Milan. Cologne Cathedral, one of the most magnificent structures north of the Alps, was built to house these relics, although construction wasn't completed until 600 years later. The landmark was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Pope Benedict XVI visited the cathedral in 2005. The city boasts 12 Romanesque churches among its numerous other historical sites. Cologne is also known as the centre of the German Mardi Gras celebrations that peak during the carnival period.
Map: 2nd day: Cologne

3rd day: Rothenburg

At the city gates: A tollhouse from the year 1264
At the city gates: A tollhouse from the year 1264
History preserved: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
History preserved: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Romantic Road
Motorways: 390 km Travel time: 4:00 h
Scenic route: 410 km    Travel time: 4:30 h

East of Cologne you will pass through a hilly, forested region known as the Bergisches Land, then proceed southwards along the western edge of a low mountain chain called the Westerwald, a region famous for its pottery. Southwest of Frankfurt the route will take you through the hilly forests of the Spessart region, one of Germany's largest natural parks, before reaching the medieval city of Würzburg. The most famous of the city's many sites is the Old Bridge dating back to 1473. From here you can take the "Romantic Road" (Romantische Straße), an old trade route that connects many of Bavaria's most picturesque villages, or continue on the main motorway.

Accommodation: A Tollhouse from the year 1264

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Originally built in 1264 as a customs house, the hotel occupies one of the best locations in Rothenburg: on main street, next to a medieval city gate and just minutes from the central square. The current hosts, Stephan and Lilo, are the fourth generation of the same family to run the facility, which has been a hotel since 1488. The first thing guests notice is the charming entryway decorated with antiques. The bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes, and no two are alike. They all have one thing in common, however: each was personally decorated by the hostess with exquisite attention to detail. Guests can sample traditional Franconian dishes and home-brewed beer in the rustic restaurant.


Details: Rothenburg
Time seems to have stood still in this quaint little city huddled in a bend of the Tauber River. The cobble-stoned streets of the old town are lined with medieval buildings still protected by the old city wall. The two main streets, Herrngasse and Schmiedgasse, form an "L" that meets at the central market square dominated by the Renaissance town hall. Visitors can climb to the top of the tower for a good view of the town or walk along the top of the city wall. A popular attraction in addition to the architecture is the torture museum featuring medieval tools of torment.
Map: 3rd day: Rothenburg

5th day: Heidelberg

Renaissance architecture: Hotel in Heidelberg
Renaissance architecture: Hotel in Heidelberg
The cradle of German romanticism: Heidelberg
The cradle of German romanticism: Heidelberg
Castle Road
Distance: 170 km Travel time: 2:30 h
Scenic Route: 200 km Travel time: 3:30 h

Near Heilbronn you will enter the wine-producing region, the most scenic stretch of the Neckar Valley. If you have time you should take the "Castle Road" (Burgenstraße) to Heidelberg, a route dotted with charming villages, vineyards and medieval castles.

Accommodation: A Renaissance hotel in downtown Heidelberg

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Heidelberg is a romantic old university town with a long pedestrian street, the Hauptstrasse, which constitutes the dynamic heart of the city. The hotel stands at the beginning of this key avenue. Its stately facade dates from 1592, the year the gold sign was imprinted that still hangs above the door. Official records show the building served as a town hall for a decade before becoming the Hotel Zum Ritter. Thanks to the hotel's impressive facade and central location, its lovely panelled dining room is popular among the throngs of tourists that flock to Heidelberg. This makes the hotel a very bustling place in the evenings. It has been extended to the rear, and in the newer wing you find ten spacious, modern bedrooms with custom-fitted furniture and floor-to-ceiling draperies. The remaining rooms vary from small single rooms to large bedrooms overlooking the busy main street. The decor is more modern than old-world.


Details: Heidelberg
Situated on the Neckar at the point where the river flows into the Rhine valley, this university town is considered one of Germany's most scenic cities. It was the cradle of German romanticism around 1800 and a source of inspiration for many important German authors of the period, such as Clemens Brentano, Joseph von Eichendorff and the Schlegel brothers. Numerous prominent thinkers have been associated with Heidelberg University (founded in 1313), including Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Jürgen Habermas. Karl Drais, who invented the bicycle in 1817, also studied here.

The city and its famous medieval castle were destroyed in 1693 and rebuilt in the baroque style of architecture in the 18th century. The majestic ruins of the partially restored Heidelberg Castle rest on a hill overlooking the city. Visitors who take the time to walk up the hill to the castle will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Heidelberg and the surrounding landscape
Map: 5th day: Heidelberg

7th day: Frankfurt

Rhine-Main Valley
Distance: 90 km Travel time: 1:00 h

This leg will take you around the edge of the Odenwald forest through the heavily populated Rhine-Main Valley.
Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Frankfurt, Airport

Departure

Rental car

Rental car company: AVIS (Germany)
Type: VW Rabbit or similar (Group B)

Equipment: Air-conditioning, radio/CD, electric windows, central locking system, manual shift

Max excess/deductible: EUR 850.00
AVIS
Services The price is per person based on two persons sharing a double room and includes accommodations (meals included as stated above) and rental car (if stated above).

USD 1,549.001
(EUR 1,122.00)1




The tour can begin on any date desired.
Best Travel Time:
April – October

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