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Oberwesel

Oberwesel, Rhine River Valley, Germany
Oberwesel, Rhine River Valley, Germany

Seemingly untouched since the Middle Ages, Oberwesel is one of the finest examples of a medieval settlement to be seen anywhere in Europe. Spread along the west bank of the River Rhine in the spectacular, UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge, the 'town of towers and wine' is renowned for its magnificent historic structures, stunning scenery and famous Riesling wine vineyards.

Small and easily explored on foot, yet packed with an abundance of monuments and landmarks, this charming town – situated in the shadows of rolling valleys and the imposing Schönburg Castle – presents you with memorable sights at every turn. Many of the highlights can be found in the pretty Altstadt district, tucked away within the impressively preserved, three kilometre-long medieval town wall.

A path allows you to walk much of the wall and it's well worth taking a stroll to encounter the Altstadt's centuries-old timber framed and brick houses, wine cellars, monasteries and churches, including the Church of Our Lady - considered one of the Rhineland's most important gothic churches - and St Martin's Church, which stand at either end of the old town. Be on the lookout for the remains of 16 of Oberwesel's original guard towers too.