World Heritage #1066 – Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Last updated Nov 8, 2019 | Published on Jul 18, 2002Germany, North and Central Europe, World Heritage Sites

There are vineyards and castles on the banks and hills surrounding this mighty river, and boat traffic on the river – for centuries.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.


Official facts

Country: Germany

Date of Inscription: 2002

Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 1066:

“The 65km-stretch of the Middle Rhine Valley, with its castles, historic towns and vineyards, graphically illustrates the long history of human involvement with a dramatic and varied natural landscape. It is intimately associated with history and legend and for centuries has exercised a powerful influence on writers, artists and composers.”


My visit

We drove along the Rhine the entire distance of this 65 km stretch, stopping at various places along the way and staying the night in a castle high above the river. An experience taken right out of the legends dating hundreds of years back in time.

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