Cornucopia of castles
If you could build a scale model of the Rhineland-Palatinate, it would look like a children’s playground, with castle after castle perched on hills, overlooking rivers and lakes for sailing on or swimming in, and enveloped by mountains to run wild in. When you take the train or a boat trip along the Rhine, for example it is just one sumptuous schloss after another. There are, in fact, over 500 of them, many accessible by train. Such as Cochem on the Mosel or Marksburg on the Rhine, the former particularly magical in winter when the Christmas market is on. In the case of Eltz Castle which is more remote, and not on the river, you can still get the train, but then hike along mountain paths for an hour to get there. They all offer English guided tours, as well as children’s tours and great family prices. You can even sleep in this playground, with family and youth hostels on site at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz and Stahleck Castle in Bacharach.