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. Walk in the footsteps of the unique history of our state. Stunning views, spectacular architecture and exciting productions are waiting for you.
It stands there undestroyed, the majestic fortress of Ehrenbreitstein in Koblenz, which appears to have grown into the rock when viewed from the river. When visitors view the fortress from high above, they see a spacious landscape park stretching right up to the fortress walls. 3,000 years of fortress history are waiting to be discovered here. Koblenz state museum, at home in the fortress, 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.
The landscape of maar and volcanos – the last volcanic eruption was more than 10.000 years ago – offers a magnificent setting for a journey into ages long gone. At Villa Otrang one can learn more about the life of Roman families, at Nürburg one can feel like a lord of a castle and enjoy the view over the volcanic Eifel, and Castle Bürresheim brings the culture of living and of the nobility from the past alive. It was also scenery in the third part of the Indiana Jones trilogy.
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.
A romantic castle ruin next to another, heavy rocks, vast forests. The Palatinate lives up to its reputation as scenery with castles. No wonder: In medieval times the region was one of the most important ones in political respect in the empire . Today one can experience at castle Trifels, Dahn castles or the castle ruin Hardenburg, how kings, earls and knights used to live and how they fighted for power and wealth.
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.
Further information and destinations: www.burgen-rlp.de.