Upper Middle Rhine Valley Travel Guide
The Upper Middle Rhine Valley (Oberes-Mittelrheintal in German) is the region along the River Rhine that stretches for 65-km between the city of Koblenz and the towns of Bingen and Rüdesheim am Rhein in Germany. This UNESCO World Heritage site region is renowned for its historical towns, steep vineyards, and hill-top castles. Whether you cruise, or drive along the spellbinding Rhine River, you’ll feel transported to another time.
When to visit the Upper Middle Rhine Valley
May through Mid-October is the most popular time to visit the Rhine Gorge. We visited this region by car in early March 2017. Many restaurants were closed, which made it challenging to find a place to eat. Also, many of the castles were either closed for the season or were only open on certain days. Nonetheless, it was fun to experience the towns, almost entirely to ourselves. We visited again in mid-May 2017 by train and a river cruise, and it was spellbinding. There were definitely more people, but it wasn’t busy or crowded. It was wonderful to hike through the bright green landscape and enjoy the wine-making villages, no longer in their winter slumber.