We drove there, so it was perfectly fine to not take the boat system. There was also a train that rain right alongside the river. If you wanted to venture to Cologne and Koblenz, we stayed in the perfect location. If you want to only see the castles along the river, I would recommend staying south of Koblenz or even in Koblenz. We made it work though.
Our main objective was to see castles. We were able to make it to six castles all together and more from just driving around. Four the first day and two the second day. The upside to driving was we could park much closer to the castles than if we took the train or boat. If you are with people who do not like to walk up steep grades, a car is the better choice.
We also stopped by the Maria Laach Abbey. It was a beautiful Abbey and is still used today by monks. When we were there, they were begining a ceremony. We got a little nervous because we thought we were locked in for the whole ritual but they just locked one of the entrance doors. Just be aware that they are actually using the Abbey daily and be courteous to their space. There were beautiful gardens, hotel and shops. Park across the street.
- Burg Reichenstein: This Castle use to be a hunting Castle. The family also made iron plates that are often seen in ovens. Both iron plates and hundreds of antlers and animals were seen throughout the museum. The whole castle has been turned into a museum that can be walked by your own pace. This was one of my favorites to see. €5
- Rheinstein Castle: Great views from the top of the lookout tower. Can be seen own your own without a tour. Prince Frederick of Prussia (1794–1863) bought the ruins and the castle was rebuilt. €5
- Burg Sooneck: Here we only had the choice to see the castle by tour. It was in German but there was a hand out with everything in English. The castle seemed small but had very large paintings inside. We had lunch there, but it was really just a small snack. They had a menu but they weren’t serving everything on it. It was tasty but not what we expected. More of bar food than anything. €3
- Schonberg: This castle was actually turned into a hotel. There was a restaurant and mesuem as well. Great views and quiet scenery. Someday we will be back to this one.
We ended the night with dinner by our hotel. There were a long line of amazing restaurants just beside the river. Hotel Ankler was the name of where we ate and we had Jagar snitzel, steak and cordon bleu.
Rheinhotel Vier Jahreszeiten
53498 Bad Breisig
53498 Bad Breisig