Von Burg zu Burg : Michelin's recommendations
South of Koblenz, the neo-Gothic Stolzenfels Castle (1842) stands opposite the tower of Lahneck which dominates the confluence of the Lahn on the west bank. Further down, Rhens and its attractive half-timbered painted houses lead the way to Gedeonseck from where you will have a superb view of the Boppard loop. The town is home to the late Romanesque Severuskirche and the Gothic Carmelite church. St Goar is the next halting place, a village clinging to the hillside at the foot of Rheinfels Castle surveying the Loreley passage. It is well worth climbing up to the clock tower to enjoy the view. The banks of the river remain steep and densely wooded until Oberwesel, a wine-growing village where 16 towers of the original fortified ramparts are still intact. Further south, don't miss the Gothic Liebfrauenkirche and its handsome early 14C altarpiece, one of the oldest in Germany. The itinerary then takes you past Schönburg which overlooks Kaub on the opposite bank and the fortified island of Pfalz bei Kaub in the middle of the Rhine. Continue on towards Bacharach, former property of the counts of the Palatinate, and admire the half-timbered houses and Romanesque church. Next come Burg Sooneck, a fortress restored in the 19C clinging to a steep slope, Burg Reichenstein which lies at the mouth of a sleepy valley and Burg Rheinstein, the first Rhine castle to be rebuilt by the Hohenzollern after 1823. Bingen and the former stronghold built by the bishops of Mainz, Burg Klopp, round up your journey, offering a sweeping view of the Binger Loch from the terrace.
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