The Upper Middle Rhine Valley between Bingen and Koblenz was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. The committee praised the region as a "cultural landscape of great beauty."
Just past Bingen, we step on board a boat and make our way along the Rhine River. The stretch between Bingen and Koblenz, which measures more than 60 kilometers, boasts a number of castles and castle ruins. These historical landmarks are one reason this part of the river is so famous. Rheinfels Castle is just one of the sights worth seeing on the route.
The Rhine is lined with hillside vineyards and towns - including Bacharach. The wine trade here started long ago, during the Middle Ages. Riesling grapes are even cultivated on an island in the middle of the river, Heyles’en Werth.
The Rhine hooks a sharp curve near St. Goar, past the Loreley rock - which has served as inspiration for countless folktales. Today, the Loreley is one of the most popular destinations in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The Rheinsteig Trail allows hikers to walk all the way to Koblenz - and features plenty of places to stop and enjoy the view.