Church in Bacharach

Rhineland-Palatinate: The Land of Root and Wine

Between the Rhine and the Moselle rivers in southwestern Germany, there is a land known as “the state of root and wine”. Dionysus – the Greek God of Wine – seems to cast a spell on this land, turning all the hills in the region into vineyards and covering towns and castles in grapevines.

The Germans call this land Rheinland Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate) and it is the country’s largest wine producer. From the hillsides along the Moselle and the Rhine rivers to the open plains of the Palatinate, about seventy percent of German wine is produced here. There are Riesling, Dornfelder, and Müller-Thurgau, to name a few.

Yet wine is not all the state has to offer. Rheinland-Pfalz is also blessed with strikingly beautiful villages such as the town of Bacharach and spectacular castles like the Reichsburg in Cochem or the Ehrenbreitstein fortress in Koblenz.

1. Bacharach

Concealed behind a 14th-century wall, tiny Bacharach is perhaps the most charming village in the region. This settlement along the Rhine is known for its photogenic old town filled with half-timbered houses, medieval towers, and the Church of St. Peter.

Constructed in the 12th century, the red and white Protestant church is one of the largest worship places in Rhineland-Palatinate. It looks simply astonishing amid the vast green landscape.

Bacharach
Vineyards in Bacharach
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2. Cochem

Nestled in one of the most romantic parts of the Moselle Valley, the old town of Cochem hasn’t changed much since the Middle Age. It is composed of colorful half-timbered houses, narrow alleyways, and cobbled streets, a picturesque market square, as well as medieval churches and gates.

The town’s focal point is the magnificent Reichsburg overlooking the Moselle River. The Gothic castle was first erected in the 12th century and then rebuilt in 1868 after its complete destruction in the 17th century. With its many delicate oriels, turrets, and battlements, Reichsburg gives us the impression of a typical fairytale castle.

Reichsburg – the icon of Cochem
Moselle River running through Cochem
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3. Koblenz

Situated at the confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine rivers, 2027-years-old Koblenz is the gateway to the terraced vineyards and castles of Rhineland-Palatinate. Main sights in the city include the German Corner where an equestrian statue of William the Great is erected and the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Lacking in appearance, the fortress impresses visitors by its size, its location (118 meters above the Rhine), and the panoramic view over the confluence.

Koblenz – Where the Rhine meets the Moselle River

Tips for visiting Rhineland-Palatinate

  • Due to its location, Koblenz makes itself the perfect base to explore Rhineland-Palatinate. Most boats and trains stop or go through this city.
  • Rheinland-Pfalz-Ticket is probably the most convenient and affordable way to travel around the region. It grants unlimited using of regional trains and buses within one day and you can even travel to Luxembourg with the Rheinland-Pfalz-Ticket + Luxemburg. Please note that a one-way ticket from Koblenz to Luxembourg City already costs 31€. The price of the day ticket starts at 25€ for one person and goes up to 49€ for five persons.
  • If the view from the Ehrenbreitstein is the sole purpose of your visit, come after 18:00 as the area is free to access. Before that time, you will have to pay an admission fee. But keep in mind that the last cable car to get down depart at 19:00, or else you have to use the elevator at the other side of the fortress.
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44 thoughts on “Rhineland-Palatinate: The Land of Root and Wine”

  1. Wow, that Reichsburg is something else! That castle is so pretty, I wonder that I haven’t seen it a million times on Instagram. Thanks for all the nice tips for places to visit in Germany 😀

    1. My pleasure! 🙂 My trip to Rheinland-Pfalz was just a coincidence but it is far more interesting than I expected.

  2. Mel & Suan – Singapore – Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!
    Mel & Suan says:

    Some time early next year, we will share our castle hunt along the Rhine!

  3. Those villages look fantastic, will definitely have to check out this area 😉 Thanks for the reportage and the tips!

  4. Bama – Jakarta, Indonesia – Based in Jakarta, always curious about the world, always fascinated by ancient temples, easily pleased by food.
    Bama says:

    Bacharach looks really beautiful! From your photos it looks like a charming, quiet town where walking around would be pure bliss. As for Cochem, the first time I heard about it was a few months ago from another blogger’s post. Twice mentioned in only a few months’ span, I guess it’s a sign that it’s worth visiting. Would love to explore this part of Germany one day. Thanks for the visual tour, Len!

    1. You welcome! 🙂 In this region, you can also find the Eltz Castle, very popular on Instagram. According to legend, this castle has never been fallen and it is still privately owned by a noble family. Unfortunately, I did not have the chance to visit it this time 🙁

  5. Wow the place is absolutely gorgeous! If I visit Luxembourg, I will consider visiting this place too. I love the half-timbered German houses.

  6. very beautifully captured and a detailed review…. It was pleasure reading about the same…..

    you have a lovely blog…..

  7. Peggy Ryan Designs – Bologna, Italy – I'm an educator, photographer, arts marketer & Italy travel expert. Instagram: @gracefully_global | Twitter: @gglobal_blog
    Gracefully Global says:

    Beautiful photos, Len, as always! 🙂

  8. Beautiful photos to compliment your wisdom of this area . Looks like something we need to add next time we go. Thank you.

  9. isaiah46ministries – Regina Davis-Sowers was ordained in August 2005, and I earned my doctorate in Sociology in 2006. I consider myself a teacher, above all else, that wants to help people examine God's word, so that they can understand how it pertains to their lives and have their faith created or sustained. Rev. Regina writes her blog, the Hope for Tomorrow posts, and the Bible Study.
    isaiah46ministries says:

    What beautiful pictures. I wish I had your skill with a camera. My husband and I are in Portugal, and I can see that Germany may be next year’s destination. Your pictures stir my soul! Thank you. Regina

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Regina! If you have any question regarding travel in Germany, feel free to ask 🙂 I’m not an expert, but I will try my best.

  10. Shots are beautiful…what is the closest German town to this area? My German geography is not up to par.

    1. I think Frankfurt is the closest big city to this area 🙂 From there you can easily take the train to Bacharach and then to Moselle Valley.

  11. Beautiful photos, Len! These little towns remind me a lot to the German speaking part of Switzerland and Alsace! This architectural style is so so pretty!

      1. One can almost expect to see Hansel and Grettel coming out from one of those pretty houses! 🙂 They look like out of a fairy tale for me, hehehe

  12. Love this place that I’ve visited many times and is home to most of my relatives. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. Bacharach is my favourite village among so many pretty ones. Thanks for taking me there!

    1. My pleasure, Caroline! I agree with you that Bacharach is the most photogenic town in the region. Every street, every corner is pretty.

  13. bánh ú nhỏ – Tôi thích được chia sẻ suy nghĩ. Âu cũng là số phận khi tôi không giỏi nói chuyện với mọi người. Những con đường qua, nào ai biết tới. Tôi cứ đi như vầng trăng phiêu bạt. Bởi "You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one" - John Lennon Rồi ta sẽ gặp nhau.
    bánh ú nhỏ says:

    kiểu kiến trúc châu Âu luôn làm mình mê mẩn đến phát hờn luôn :((. Mà ảnh bạn chụp còn có hồn hơn nữa ý.

  14. Nemorino – Frankfurt am Main, Germany – Hello, my name’s Don. I’m an American living in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where I teach, ride a bicycle and go to the opera. You can find me at https://operasandcycling.com/
    Nemorino says:

    In 1840, the French author Victor Hugo visited Bacharach and wrote an enthusiastic description of it. The same year, by coincidence, was when the German author Heinrich Heine first published his novel “The Rabbi of Bacharach.” https://operasandcycling.com/category/germany/bacharach/

  15. Alison and Don – Occupation: being/living/experiencing/travelling In our sixties, with apparently no other authentic option, my husband Don and I sold our apartment and car, sold or gave away all our stuff and set off to discover the world. And ourselves. We started in Italy in 2011 and from there have travelled to Spain, India, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, SE Asia, South America, Egypt, Japan, etc. - you can see the blog archive. We travelled full-time for nearly six years, and now travel 2-3 months per year. We are interested in how the world works, how life works, how the creation of experience works, how the mind works. As we travel and both "choose" our course, and at the same time just let it unfold, we discover the "mechanics" of life, the astounding creativity of life, and a continual need to return to trust and presence. Opening the heart, and acceptance of what is, as it is, are keystones for us both. Interests: In no particular order: travel, photography, figure skating (as a fan), acceptance, authenticity, walking/hiking, joy, creativity, being human, adventure, presence, NOW. Same for Don except replace figure skating with Formula One motor racing.
    Alison and Don says:

    Your photographs make me long to see more of Europe!
    Alison

  16. justbluedutch – Bavaria, Germany – Expat- lifestyle Blogger from the land of Lederhosen & Dirndls. A self-taught Aquarelle & Mixed Media visual artist.
    justbluedutch says:

    Gorgeous panorama of Rhineland Palatinate. I love this region so much. It´s the first trip I´ve made when I came here in Germany and it´s still close to my heart. I cannot drink other white wine except Riesling. When we visited a vineyard in Moselle, we bought boxes of wine from the Winery of our hotel, it was really a great time.
    And chasing castles along the Rhine river is something that everyone who visits Germany must do….

    1. Indeed. I found the beauty of this region is so underestimated. Magnificent landscape and castles. Yet only a fragment of foreign tourists know about this place.

      Regarding wine, I think we have the same taste 🙂 Among German white wines, Riesling is my most favourite. Refreshing taste, and profound acidity. Gewürztraminer is also tasty.

      1. justbluedutch – Bavaria, Germany – Expat- lifestyle Blogger from the land of Lederhosen & Dirndls. A self-taught Aquarelle & Mixed Media visual artist.
        justbluedutch says:

        Normally when we Asians travel ,we would like to discover as many countries as possible within a week or two or so, since it´s not cheap to do a European tour. But then, there are much more than the touristy areas, actually there are sooo much more to explore here in Germany that I hope to see…I guess I need more vacation days from work! :-))) But then, life happens when you are busy making plans.

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