Castles of the Rhineland with Andante Travels
- Exclusive access to the underground excavations at Trier cathedral
- Sample sumptuous local wines during a special tasting experience
- Visit a host of truly stunning castles that are rich in both history and heritage
The magic of the beautiful Rhineland awaits. Dramatic castles perched on hilltops that overlook winding rivers, incredible vineyards belonging to renowned wineries and famously rich history can all be found in this glorious part of Germany.
From romantic ruins to castles still magnificently preserved, we visit a variety of architecturally and historically engaging sites, and the expertise of our guide lecturer will bring them vividly back to life before our very eyes. During this trip, we will be treated to special access at the cathedral in Trier, charming towns will be ours to discover on fascinating walking tours; and regional culture will be revealed to us in exciting and immersive ways.
Upon arrival in Frankfurt, we travel to our hotel, where we have a talk from our Guide Lecturer. Frankfurt first became prominent under Charlemagne, subsequently his son, Louis the Pious, who built a palace here in 822. More recently on the city’s timeline, we find the conception of the Rothschild bank and the city was also the birthplace of Anne Frank.
This morning, we drive out to Rüdesheim am Rhein to enjoy a walking tour. After lunch, we visit the ruins of Rheinfels Castle. This was once the largest castle in the Middle Rhine region and it was besieged for a year and 14 weeks in 1255/56 by the Rhenish League after an increase in the Rhine tolls. The siege was unsuccessful.
We have a short trip to Marksburg Castle in the morning. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was never destroyed, and so gives a beautiful impression of a Bergfried. In the afternoon, we make our way to Koblenz, to visit first the Ehrenbreistein Castle and wander the halls of the Landesmuseum Koblenz. Ehrenbreitstein is the second largest fortress is Europe, it overlooks the ‘Deutsche Eck’ or ‘German Corner’ where the
Moselle and the Rhine meet.
Today we travel to Andernach. Here, we will view the Rheintor, the Round Tower and other Medieval remains. The Rheintor or Rhine Gate formed the principal entrance through the fortifications of Andernach from the River Rhine. After lunch, we will drive to the shores of the Laacher See to visit the Benedictine Maria Laach Abbey. It is one of the most stunning Romanesque monuments in Germany.
Our morning will be spent at the Medieval Eltz Castle, overlooking the Elzbach River. The afternoon is spent visiting the Imperial Cochem Castle. This is some 100m or more above the Mosel River. The core of the building has its origins as a massive Romanesque Keep.
Today we transfer to Trier. In the morning we pay a visit to the famous Porta Nigra. Trier, an exceptionally large Roman city with fine remains including an amphitheatre and a basilica hall also has an Archaeological Museum and was the birthplace of Karl Marx. In the afternoon we will visit the High Cathedral of Saint Peter, the oldest bishop’s cathedral in Germany.
In the morning we journey to Heidelberg Castle, to view the remains of one of the most important Renaissance buildings north of the Alps. After lunch, we make our way to Rheinstein Castle, situated in a strategic position on a ridge overlooking the Rhine. We travel further to our last stop, Frankfurt.
We check out of our hotel this morning and journey to the airport, where we catch our individual flights home or onward travel.
- Tour Manager & Guide Lecturer
- Meals - Most meals included
- Transport - Return flights (UK only) & all local travel
- Hand-picked hotels throughout the tour
Shining light on the Dark Ages
The Medieval era was filled with breathtaking artistic achievement spurred on by tremendous religious faith. Alongside the beauty, life could be coarse and cruel; cut short by famine, disease or the religious zeal that spurred on wars that still echo today.
This era is one of the most intriguing yet misrepresented periods of history. Did people really think the world was flat? No, that enduring myth was created by a 19th-century American journalist. Were witches put on trial and burnt at the stake? Yes, but you’d have to wait for the refined Renaissance period to bear witness to that. Travel alongside an expert guide lecturer, and separate fact from fiction in this fascinating period.