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Cultural heritage

Old historical town centres with twisting streets, fortified castles overlooking the river, places steeped in history, port towns, economic centres, the Rhine cycle route has some wonderful surprises in store.

  • Rees, historic town centre

    The oldest town in the Lower Rhine still holds some of the attractions of its powerful past in its historic town centre. The 700 year-old ramparts, with watchtowers and an underground fortress can be visited by the public.

  • Drosselgasse - a pedestrianised alley in Rudesheim.

    Drosselgasse lies at the heart of the old town of Rudesheim. 144 metres in length, this narrow, paved street is for pedestrians only and is a major draw for visitors to this small Rhineland town in the tourist season. With its traditional restaurants, the wine flows to the sound of traditional music. This is a good place to sample local wines, including Rüdesheimer Riesling, in one of the many "Weinstubbe" - local wine bars.

  • The Church of Saint Catherine of Oppenheim

    Believed to be the most beautiful Gothic church between Strasbourg and Cologne, the Church of Saint Catherine of Oppenheim is of particular interest due its its location overlooking the old imperial city.

  • Oestrich-Winkel Crane.

    The Oestrich-Winkel crane is symbolic of the small town, located around ten miles upstream of Bingen, on winegrowing land on the right bank of the Rhine. Constructed in 1744, the crane was used to load an unload shipments of wine on cargo ships right up to 1926. The main customers for the wines produced in the Bingen region were in Cologne, Bremen and even Amsterdam. All the wine was transported by boat.

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