The Castles of the Rhine River

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Map of the Rhine River Castles
Map of the Rhine River Castles

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Most castles that dominate the beautiful landscape along the Rhine River date back to the Middle Ages where they were built with one simple goal in mind: to protect the lands from intruders and predatory neighbors. Today, we tend to visit the area for its beauty and for the romantic looks of these ancient Rhine River castles as well as the stories behind them. Each is unique in its own way.

In the Middle Ages though, the Rhine River Valley was of great strategic importance and a line of communication. Merchants would ship along the Rhine River to get all the way to Italy and ship their goods back and forth on the river. To own a castle on the Rhine River was of immense importance to those who were powerful and got them in great positions. The owners of these Rhine castles were able to overlook their territory and regulate the traffic flow in their area as well as leverage tolls on merchants. Due to this there is a large number of castles between Mainz (Mainz vacation rentals | Mainz travel guide) and Bonn (Bonn vacation rentals | Bonn travel guide) along the Rhine River and particularly in the narrow gorge that connects Bingen (Bingen vacation rentals | Bingen travel guide) and Koblenz (Koblenz vacation rentals | Koblenz travel guide) were the river only has a length of 35 miles. Here you can find the largest cluster of castles in a river valley in the world.



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