Retrace the history and beauty of medieval Germany.
Hohenzollern - Eberbach - Eltville - Eltz Castle - Mainz - Castles on the Rhine - Freinsheim - Villa Ludwigshöhe
The Castle of Hohenzollern situated at a height of 900 meters in the hills of the Swabian Jura is a Gothic jewel of the Hohenzollern dynasty. Walking through its ornate halls and towers, you will discover the treasures collected by Prussian kings and German emperors. A romantic symbol of German history.
The Abbey of Eberbach, (UNESCO) an outstanding Cistercian abbey built in 1136, is regarded as the most typical and best conserved abbeys in Germany. The monastery is also one of the most important monuments of medieval architecture still standing. The abbey was also used for the interior shots of the film "The Name of the Rose". Castle Eltz is also very impressive and situated in a particular location of the valley, is considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Germany.
Mainz, the capital of Rhineland Pfalz and the site of an ancient Roman garrison. Outstandingly beautiful is the great dome of the Church of St. Martin with its red sandstone architecture. Do not miss the beautiful stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall and the Gutenberg Museum with its exhibition of paintings and rare books such as the 42-Line Bible. In the early afternoon we embark on a boat trip down the River Rhine to see the castles of the Rhine as well as picturesque views of the Rhine valley.
Freinsheim, a veritable medieval jewel surrounded by an intact medieval town wall and situated in a sea of vineyards on the edge of the Palatinate Forest.
Villa Ludwigshöhe, the summer residence of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, now housing the largest collection of paintings by the impressionist artist, Max Slevogt.