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There can surely be no more obvious testimony to the great importance of the Rhine Valley than the huge number of castles, fortresses and palaces to be found there. A river of such significance that no-one could pass by unhindered - a trade route too full of riches not to claim its share of the treasure. The Romantic Rhine boasts more than 50 castles and fortifications, not including its patrician dwellings and manor houses. A real Eldorado for fans of the Middle Ages who would love to slip into the role of a knight, princess or lord of a castle just for the day.
Most of the castles are open to the public and invite visitors to learn more about life inside their thick defence walls. These castles are the perfect embodiment of Rhine Romanticism, whether it be the soft, melancholic atmosphere of an ancient ruin that beckons us, or the lavish furnishings and valuable works of art in a freshly refurbished landmark. Man has erected buildings here for well over a thousand years and they are like mirrors, reflecting the different ages here on the Rhine and taking visitors from the tops of towers on the highest peaks right down to the dank dungeons of erstwhile robber barons. Let the adventure begin!