Rhineland-Palatinate – a land of culture and adventure

Discover the cultural treasures of the region


Rhineland-Palatinate is a stage for European culture and has much to offer that the General Directorate for Cultural Heritage will be happy to show you!

Discover the excellent state museums in Koblenz, Mainz and Trier and the numerous castles, palaces and ancient treasures of the region.

Start your adventure and visit ancient Roman buildings like the Porta Nigra, the amphitheatre or the Forum Baths in Trier, castles on the Middle Rhine such as Pfalzgrafenstein or Stolzenfels Castle, and the important Trifels and Hardenburg castles in the Palatinate. Not forgetting the Prussian Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz, one of the largest fortress complexes in Europe and venue for an extensive programme of cultural events! Fascinating guided tours, multimedia presentations and varied temporary exhibitions make a visit to these historic sites a real one-off experience.

Rhineland-Palatinate has an impressive four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Speyer cathedral; the Roman monuments, the cathedral and the Liebfrauenkirche in Trier; the Upper Middle Rhine Valley cultural landscape; and the Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes.

Welcome to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress centre of culture

Lots of culture. Lots of history. Lots of fun!


Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on a rocky outcrop high above the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle has an almost magical attraction. Visitors can expect a lively cultural centre with four exhibition spaces, lots of excellent food and breathtaking panoramic views over the Rhine and the Moselle.
The complex, which was built by the Prussians, was once one of the largest fortresses in Europe. The impressive complex is still surrounded by its metre-thick walls, ditches, tunnels, bridges and gates.

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Romantic Rhine

Aerial view of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Romantic Rhine

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More information about the cultural highlights in Rhineland-Palatinate

Find out more about the events, exhibitions, sights and destinations of the General Directorate for Cultural Heritage Rhineland Palatinate.

Kulturzentrum Festung Ehrenbreitstein

Koblenz 118 meters above the Rhine, the fortress offers the most fantastic view of Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Ehrenbreitstein…

Schloss Stolzenfels

Koblenz Only a few kilometers from the city center of Koblenz rises in the district of the same name, high above the left bank of the Rhine, the Stolzenfels…

Landesmuseum Koblenz

Koblenz The State Museum has permanent collections documenting important aspects of the region’s technological developments as well as its economic and social…

Mainz State Museum

Mainz 200,000 YEARS OF CULTURAL HISTORY The Landesmuseum's art and cultural history collection extends from the Stone Age to the present day. Among them are…

Roman Archaeological Museum

Trier, Stadt Trier This is one of the most important archaeological museums in Germany and one of the most important Roman ones in Europe. A "must" for Roman fans.

Pfalzgrafenstein

Kaub A popular subject for photographers the world over! The French writer Victor Hugo was once impressed by this castle in the form of a stone ship with a…

Schloss Bürresheim palace

St. Johann During the Middle Ages, Schloss Bürresheim palace was actually a castle, in other words, a knight’s residence and a fortress at the same time.

Matthiaskapelle

Kobern-Gondorf The Matthias Chapel is located high above the Moselle Valley. The fully preserved chapel with masterly early Gothic columns and capitals is part of a…

Porta Nigra (UNESCO World Heritage)

Trier, Stadt Trier This is the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A truly impressive structure!

Amphitheater (UNESCO World Heritage)

Trier, Stadt Trier 20,000 spectators fit into the amphitheater at Petrisberg in the metropolis of Trier, which emerged in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. To visit today:…

Forum Baths (Viehmarktthermen)

Trier, Stadt Trier Modern architecture by star architect Oswald M. Ungers as a "window" onto the city's history. But don't just look down – go inside!

Trifels Castle

Annweiler am Trifels Trifels Castle was an important imperial fortress during the time of the Staufer Emperors. It sits above the small town of Annweiler in the south of…

Hardenburg Castle and Fortress Ruins

Bad Dürkheim The mighty Hardenburg, built in the 13th century, is one of the largest castle ruins in the country. It was a castle, fortress and magnificent…

Burgruine Neudahn

Dahn Neudahn castle ruin/D  The image of Neudahn Castle is dominated by its looming double battery tower dating from the 16th century. The castle complex…

Castle complex Alt-Dahn - Grafendahn - Tanstein

Dahn The ruins of the three fortifications are perched on five adjacent red sandstone rocks. The castles are first mentioned in documents in the first half…