Experience 24 hours of live history in Rhineland-Palatinate

As a new member of Romantic Cities, the Rhineland-Palatinate Cultural Heritage Directorate General (GDKE) ideally supplements the cultural offer made by the city cooperation. The Rhineland-Palatinate GDKE is responsible for the management of the state's rich cultural heritage and for making it possible to experience the fascinating history of Rhineland-Palatinate. Walk in the footsteps of the unique history of our state. Stunning views, spectacular architecture and exciting productions are waiting for you.

Rhineland-Palatinate has a lot to offer - its Cultural Heritage Directorate General shows you just how much! Go exploring and discover monumental Roman buildings, medieval castles, historical stately homes and top-class state museums in Koblenz, Mainz and Trier. The eventful course of history has given Rhineland-Palatinate its beauty and appeal. Here are only a few of the highlights in the state's manifold cultural heritage.

Upper Middle Rhine Valley – Koblenz

It stands there undestroyed, the majestic stronghold of Ehrenbreitstein in Koblenz, which appears to have grown into the rock when viewed from the river. When visitors view the stronghold from high above, they see a spacious landscape park stretching right up to the stronghold walls. 3,000 years of stronghold history are waiting to be discovered here. Koblenz state museum, at home in the stronghold, is an attractive place to go, with its exhibition buildings showing enjoyment, archaeology and photography (entrance already included in the stronghold ticket) From the city centre you'll be taken high up over the Rhine, for example with the Koblenz cable car.
Very close by, in the suburb of Stolzenfels the highlight of Rhine romanticism is to be found - Stolzenfels Castle - built on a medieval ruin according to plans drawn up by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. made his vision of romanticism come true here.

Mainz  – "Art and Cultural History"

The state's most significant and oldest art- and historico-cultural collection is being presented in a new outfit in "Golden Ross Baracks". The objects on show in Mainz State Museum, from the early Middle Ages to the present, fascinate visitors just as much as the tangible objects and hearing and smelling stations which make the museum an experience for all our senses. The building is barrier-free throughout, making it a cultural oasis for people with impaired mobility, sight or hearing as well. An exciting state archaeology support programme takes visitors to original Roman settings.


Seasonal tips

  • Historical Pageants at Ehrenbreitstein Stronghold
  • Summer Festival at Stolzenfels Castle




  • Amphitheatre, Trier
  • Kaiser thermal baths, Trier
  • Porta Nigra, Trier
  • stronghold Ehrenbreitstein, Koblenz
  • Castle Stolzenfels, Koblenz
  • Castle Pfalzgrafenstein

Trier and its Surrounding Areas – "Centre of Ancient Roman History in Germany"

Porta Nigra, the Trier landmark, was once a part of the ancient city fortifications. The amphitheatre and Barbara thermal baths, just like the Kaiser thermal baths and the thermal baths at Trier Viehmarkt, give us an insight into how the Romans lived. The Rheinische Landesmuseum in Trier is one of Germany's most important archaeological museums. Heated floors, luxurious public baths and 66 rooms for several families – the dimensions and fittings in Villa Otrang in Fließem are impressive. Roman settlers lived on the country estate as early as in the first century after Christ. The Kastel retreat in Kastel-Staadt is also a place steeped in history. After 1833, Friedrich Wilhelm IV. of Prussia commissioned Karl Friedrich Schinkel with converting the long-abandoned ruin with a breathtaking view into the Saar Valley into a grave for the remains of the blind king Johann von Böhmen.

Experience the cultural heritage of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. For information and destinations: Fortress Ehrenbreitstein 


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