Whoever said hiking couldn’t be romantic hadn’t thought of walking the Rhine, Upper Middle Rhine. In the 40-mile stretch of the Middle Rhine Valley, the landscapes speak of historical towns and vineyard-dotting valleys, punctuated by castle ruins – these vistas have inspired painters and poets for centuries. Soft clay slate and hard sandstone vary the terrain, but the stops are what make this trek a destination in itself. Some highlights include Kaub, home to Gutenfels and Pfalzgrafenstein castles, the medieval gates of Linz, and Dragon’s Rock, which is the foundation for Drachenburg Castle in Königswinter. For wine-loving walker, the region is a must.
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