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The Rhine Valley

Kids on a Rhine river cruise
The Rhine Valley, with its steep hillsides covered in grapevines, has endless castles, and charming villages. The stretch between Bingen and Rolandseck has inspired countless paintings, poems and stories. Kids will have fun exploring castles galore, and biking through lovely villages, and cruising on the Rhine River.
  River cruises and scenic trains – There must be 101 variations on Rhine River tours, including those where you cruise one way and take a train back. A boat is one of the best ways to tour the castles of the Rhine. Cruises can last hours or days – kids will have a great time on the river.
      If you have time for just a day trip, one of our favorites is Mainz to Koblenz – either take the boat, or scenic train ride.
      Tip: Get an all day KD Rhine Boat Pass or a German Eurail Pass will also give you a day cruise on the Rhine: Rail Europe
  Marksburg Castle (Braubach) The Marksburg Castle was built in 1100 and additionally fortified over the centuries. Although the stronghold was threatened, it was never directly attacked. Soaring high above the Rhine River, Marksburg is a beautifully restored medieval castle.
  Run up rugged stone steps, past crenelated towers, into the inner fortress. In the castle keep, get a glimpse of a medieval kitchen, living area, knight's hall (plenty of armor and weapons) and ladies apartments. Need to stretch your legs – climb up the hill to the castle, great views from the top.
    Bacharach Bacharach is a 900 year old village, one of the most scenic towns in the Rhineland, filled with half-timbered buildings with impossibly steep rooflines. Plan on spending an afternoon walking or biking around the village.
    Rudesheim am Rhein is where you can take a cable car ride up the mountainside, with lovely views of the Rhine River. If you're energetic, there's also a nice hike to a hunter's castle as well.
kids books
Castle (Eyewitness Books)
Christopher Gravett

Essential guide to castles – history, defenses and weapons, castle as a prison, great hall, chapel, kitchen (including photos of feast dishes), with info on castles in the Rhine Valley. Detailed photographs, medieval artifacts and models of castles. (Picture book)


(More children's books on other Germany pages)
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