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What to see in The Rhineland

The Rhineland Attractions

Tourism in the beautiful Rhineland region revolves around the ancient trade route that is the Rhine River and several wonderful cities along its banks. Interesting things to see and do in the Rhineland can be divided fairly evenly between the historical and the contemporary. There are many ancient sites and buildings to be explored but the area is also a hub for modern trade and all the cities are trendy and hip as well as ancient and cultured. Attractions in the Rhineland include museums, fashion shows, churches, night clubs and everything else you can imagine. Perhaps more importantly, it is a picturesque region, offering country charm, small villages and big modern cities all set in beautiful landscapes.

Cologne, one of the largest cities in Germany, is home to some astounding Gothic and Romanesque architecture and a colourful social life which takes full advantage of the sunny summer months to spill out into the city's lovely outdoor areas. Dusseldorf is an ancient city, ironically famous for its modern architecture. This elegant city was badly damaged in the war and chose to reinvent itself as a cutting-edge, fashionable centre of trade. Mainz, the capital of the Rhineland, is an interesting mixture of medieval and modern architecture and was the birthplace of Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press. Trier, Germany's oldest city, has five UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is a dream for the historical sightseer. Bonn is a vibrant university city and has a fun nightlife, fuelled by its large student population. Home to some wonderful museums and galleries, the city is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of Beethoven and many of its attractions revolve around his life and music.


Bonn is dominated by the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhem University, with a student population of about 25,000. The city has several beautiful churches, including the Kreuzbergkirche, Doppelkirche, and…

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The capital of the Rhineland, Mainz is a bustling city with a curious but exciting mixture of medieval architecture and gleaming office blocks. The city is over 2,000 years old and mixes the old and…

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Tourists are drawn to the German city of Trier for a taste of ancient Rome. Trier is 120 miles (193km) southwest of Frankfurt and was founded as a colonial capital under Roman Emperor Augustus in 16…

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