Frankfurt - city of many facets
The city skyline, the modern landmark of this business and finance metropolis, stands at the ready to welcome visitors from afar. At the city centre, one finds the historical Römer, Frankfurt Cathedral, St. Paul's Church and the Goethe-House within very close proximity to one another, yet still within sight of the modern banking district. Close by, Frankfurt's museum landscape is on show along the Main river on the unique museum embankment. If on a shopping spree though downtown Frankfurt, make sure to take some rest in one of the many streetside cafés - it is the perfect way to take in the charm of the city, particularly on a warm summer's day.
Romantic river valleys of Rhine and Moselle
The amazing Middle Rhine Valley between Bingen / Rüdesheim and Koblenz (UNESCO World Heritage site) is characterised by vineyards, quaint mediaeval towns, castles, stately homes and, of course, the legendary Loreley rock. Then there is the Moselle, with picturesque wine villages, cosy taverns, steep slate slopes and antique Roman villas and wine presses. At Deutsches Eck (German Corner) in Koblenz, the beautiful Moselle emerges from the twists and turns of its narrow valley and empties into the majestic Rhine river. With their picturesque lanes, half-timbered houses, restaurants and wine taverns, charming little Moselle towns such as Bernkastel-Kues and Cochem are perfect for a leisurely stroll.
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Romantic Cities, sparkling moments
This is the slogan of the six cities Trier, Koblenz, Mainz, Worms, Speyer and Kaiserslautern. So what is it about these places that make them so perfect for a romantic getaway for two? The most obvious appeal lies in their historical centres, where mighty cathedrals and churches tower above the restaurants, taverns and wonderful old buildings in the narrow, crooked lanes. But that's not all: because the Romantic Cities are either built around the Rhine and Moselle or close enough for a day out; visits to myth-enshrouded castles and spectacular vineyards further extend the list of sparkling moments.
Romantic packages are available, promising intimate breaks for starry-eyed new lovers, honeymooners or couples still in love. At their heart are indulgent hotels with cosy rooms, relaxing spa facilities and other sensuous treats.
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Rieslings and more in Germany's number one wine region
More than 70 per cent of German wine and sekt is produced in the six wine regions Moselle, Middle Rhine, Ahr, Nahe, Pfalz and Rheinhessen. Sales are on the increase both in Germany and abroad. The choice ranges from sparkling rieslings that thrive on the steep slate slopes of the Moselle to pinot noirs from the Ahr region, whose red wine vineyards are the most northerly in Germany, but also the most highly regarded. Many wineries sell their wine directly, hold tastings on the premises and run guided tours of their cellars and vineyards. Some even have fully-furnished holiday homes and rooms, so guests can see all the hard work that goes into the wines. These can be enjoyed along with delicious regional fare at the numerous wine festivals, where locals and visitors celebrate as one.
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Go nature: Best places to go hiking and cycling
Rheinland-Pfalz, the federal state around Hahn airport, has emerged as one of the finest walking destinations in Germany. With stunning views, a careful signposting and a minimum of asphalt, the network of premium hiking routes meets the highest quality requirements. The Rheinsteig for example, winding its way along the Rhine for 320 km, has hikers clambering uphill to castles, downhill into valleys, venturing through vineyards and discovering spectacular views.
There is also so much fun to be had on a cycling holiday – whether that means rolling along rivers overlooked by vineyards or powering up steep hills and dashing back down again. A popular choice for example is the 238 km Moselle Cycle Route, whose gentle cycle paths run alongside the river, past sunny vine-clad slopes and through character wine villages.
Where Romans and gallant knights once trod
The countryside that falls within the borders of Rheinland-Pfalz can look back on more than 2,000 years of history. Merely strolling through Trier (direct shuttle bus connection from the airport), the oldest town in Germany, brings Roman history to life with the Porta Nigra gate, the imperial thermal baths and the ancient amphitheatre. It was the Romans who first brought winegrowing to the region. Every year, there are demonstrations showing how they crushed the grapes with their feet at the Roman Wine Press Festival in Piesport, a small town on the Moselle river. The days of chivalry and knighthood are resurrected at the medieval castles. Marksburg Castle, which sits in splendour above the Rhine, and Burg Eltz are both beautifully preserved, for example.
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Historic castles and landscapes
Castle Eltz near Muenstermaifeld close to the picturesque Moselle - Valley is one of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Germany. Lying in a romantic setting surrounded by an unspoilt landscape, inviting and majestic at the same time, it is like a fairytale castle come to life. The Hambacher Schloß is a monument of german democracy: Special attention should be given to this castle, the "cradle of German democracy". It was there that in 1832, a fearless citizenry demonstrated for the right of free speech, hoisting the black, red and gold flag for the first time. The former "Kästenburg" is called the balcony of the German wine route (Deutsche Weinstraße).
The Loreley - Poetry, truth or legend?
Loreley Cliffs - Steeped in legend, the slate cliffs near St. Goarshausen rise 132 m into the air. It is the narrowest part of the Rhine. On the top there is an open-air stage for rock concerts and classical music events. The "Loreley Visitor's Centre" offers a multimedia exhibition on the myth of the Loreley and the surrounding region's history, culture, flora and fauna.
Trier - the metropolis at the Moselle
The oldest city in Germany was once the seat of powerful emperors, influential bishops and electors, all of whom left behind major art treasures. The imposing Roman monuments, the Cathedral and the "Liebfrauenkirche" have been declared a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. Trier is a must for every lover of culture, as is Koblenz, Mainz, Worms and Speyer.