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situated on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, was originally a Roman fortification. The city itself is over 2,000 years old and is the third largest city in the Rheinland. There is an abundance of cultural monuments and historic buildings, along with peaceful lanes and narrow alleyways. The view from the fortress high above the Rhine is truly memorable.

is a pretty town with narrow streets, twisting alleyways and a historic market place. The lovingly restored half-timbered houses, medieval town gates and tiny churches are reminiscent of times gone by.

is most famous for its wine, however, there is much of interest to see and do in this historic town. There is a museum situated in Graacher Gate, which is the only one of eight city gates still standing. The 400 year old half-timbered houses, the Renaissance town hall, the fountain of St. Michael and the curious ‘Spitzh√§uschen’ (pointed house) built in 1416 all mirror the living poetry of the Middle Ages.

is the location of the oldest university in Germany. It also has a splendid castle, which on various dates in summer presents a spectacular fireworks display. There are numerous shops in the old town, centred around the Hauptstrasse which is a pedestrianised area and stretches for over a mile. The town is also well known as the setting for the 1954 film ‘The Student Prince‘.

has evidence of settlements as far back as primeval times. Excavations have yielded stone tools made by early forms of man as well as bones of hunted animals, including rhinoceros. Today, the city offers a wealth of attractions both old and new. Its principal landmark, the Round Tower, has the tallest medieval military spire in Germany at 56 metres.

is renowned for its famous Benedictine Abbey, home to the nun-composer, Hildegard. There is a wealth of historic buildings, including the Basilica of St Martin which is built on the foundations of a Roman temple.