With vineyards and castles, medieval towns and buzzing cities, the Rhine region is home to some of Germany’s most spectacular and in-demand scenery. Three days is enough time to wend your way down the river (moving south to north, as the river flows) and enjoy sightseeing excursions as you go.
Lorelei Rock (Loreley Rock)
Rhein Gorge, St. Goar
Loreley Rock is located along the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO-listed section of the Rhine River that stretches 40 miles (65 kilometers) between Koblenz and Bingen. This narrow section of the river was known for treacherous rapids, which might explain the shipwrecking siren myths. To visit, join a Rhine riverboat tours—from single-day jaunts to multi-day journeys—many of which sail by Loreley Rock. The intrepid can hike the summit for river views.
Things to Know Before You Go
For those exploring on foot, stop by Loreley Visitor’s Center, which provides information about the region. It's open daily from March–October and on weekends from November–February.
Loreley Rock is near several of the Rhine’s top castles, including Katz Castle, Maus Castle, and Rheinfels Castle.
The Loreley story has been a popular German legend for centuries, and composers ranging from Shostakovich to Strauss have used it as creative inspiration.
How to Get There
Loreley Rock is located along the Rhine Gorge between Koblenz and Bingen. Given the region’s rugged topography, it is most easily accessible by boat tour. If traveling by car, the landmark can be reached via the Bundesstraße 42. Free parking is available at Loreley Visitor’s Center.
When to Get There
Both Loreley Rock and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley are best visited in the high season between April–October, when boats run daily. Some river boat tours cease operating entirely in colder months.
In addition to Loreley Rock, the nearby Loreley Statue is another regional sightseeing highlight. Installed in 1983, the bronze statue depicts the seated and somber figure of Loreley. It is located on a slight spit of land that juts into the river and can be reached on foot.
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