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Rhine Valley, Germany Road Trip

Take a driving tour of lush vineyards and centuries-old castles.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

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Points of Interest

The restaurant sits on a Beaux-Arts- style pavilion jutting out from the side of the historic Hotel Anna Amalia.

Address:
12A Geleitstrasse
Potsdam
Germany

Phone:
49-3643-903-571

Owner of the hotel-restuarant Lars Zwick, makes fresh bratwurst from pork butchered in town.

Address:
27 Herrnstrasse
Mainbernheim
Germany

Phone:
49-9323-87280

The 12th-century casle, once a thick-walled tower now stands torn in half, the remnants of centuries of warfare.

Address:
Schlosshof
Heidelberg
Germany

Phone:
49-6221-538-414

At the Historische Weinwirtschaft (“Historical Wine Inn”), a stone-walled restaurant with a wood-beamed ceiling, dogs and children run around freely, popping up every so often at tables, which had been made from an old wooden bed. The place strikes captures the very essence of Heimat, the peculiarly German nostalgia for connection with home and... More

5. Hornberg Castle

Stop for coffee and cake on the 11th-century castle’s terrace, with a view of the red-roofed village below.

Address:
Neckarzimmern
Germany

Phone:
49-6261-92460

Series of 4 15th- and 16th-century patrician mansions, near the central market square, that are a well-preserved slice of history in the heart of the old town.

Address:
3-5/7 Herrngasse
Rothenburg
Germany

Phone:
49-9861-7050

The 313-year-old Hotel Elephant, was once the preferred meeting spot for intellectuals like Goethe.

Address:
19 Markt
Weimar
Germany

Phone:
(800) 325-3589

8. Restaurant Mittermeier

In the busy basement enoteca, decidedly less pricey and formal than the fine-dining room upstairs, dark walnut tables are full of hip young locals; it’s like being back in the 21st century. The owner, 42-year-old Christian Mittermeier, is a voluble, bearlike man who apprenticed as a butcher as a teenager, before managing a small hotel just outside... More

9. Schönburg Castle Hotel

The 13th-century fortress is one of the most hauntingly romantic places in Europe. Its stones have survived countless histories: throughout the Middle Ages wealthy nobles lived here, accumulating monies from river traffic tolls; during the 17th-century Palatinate Heritage War, the French Army set the castle on fire; it was abandoned for more than ... More