Rhineland Palatinate: The Land of Root and Wine

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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, including Riesling, Dornfelder and Müller-Thurgau. 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.

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 Rheinland-Pfalz and it looks astonishing amid the green landscape.

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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 colourful half-timbered houses, narrow alleyways and cobbled streets, 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

Koblenz

Situated at the confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine rivers, 2025-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 metres above the Rhine) and by the panoramic view over the confluence.

View of the Moselle River from the German Corner
View of Koblenz from Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Practical Information

  • Due to its location, Koblenz makes itself the perfect base to explore Rhineland Palatinate. Most boats and trains stop or go through this city.
  • Rhineland Palatinate 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 by paying 6€ more for the Rheinland-Pfalz Lux (a one-way ticket from Koblenz to Luxembourg City already costs 31€). The price starts at 24€ (or 30€ for the Rheinland-Pfalz Lux) for one person and goes up to 44€ (or 54€) 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. Gracefully Global Travels – Bologna, Italy – I'm a location independent #international 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.

    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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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