If you want a romantic getaway, there is one European country just as alluring in many ways. It would take weeks to see everything Germany has to offer, but perhaps the most beautiful portion of the country is the Rhine River.
There is something about German architecture that is rough and yet elegant; travel the Rhine River and see why. The Rhine River, which runs through Germany, has been at the center of much of Europe’s history. It once marked the border of Rome’s empire, the easternmost edge of their domain. It was the famous Julius Caesar who brought the region on the western bank under Roman control. Beyond the river the Germanic peoples remained in control of their own lands. Around the beginning of the 5th century AD, these barbarian tribes challenged the failing Roman Empire and claimed large swathes of Europe for themselves, creating the state that would one day become Germany.
What makes the Rhine River so romantic? This waterway is dotted here and there with old German castles. Castles make people think about a time when life was incredibly romantic. Visiting castles gives tourists hope that romanticism is still alive. Castles also give us a look into the past. The castles which are today such an unmistakable feature of the Rhine landscape date back to the Middle Ages. They are famous in their own right.
These castles were built in dangerous times, by feudal lords, who, so far from cherishing any romantic notions, built them with one simple aim in mind: to protect their lands from marauders and predatory neighbors. They chose mountain-tops as strategically ideal situations, and we today are still often prone to see them as objects of mystery and splendor, forgetting the warlike function for which they were built. Some of these castles are now just dramatic ruins, while others can be toured or have even been developed into hotels. There are also many charming old towns and villages along the river that offer accommodation and facilities for tourists.