Die Burg Sooneck is a castle in Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern…

Die Burg Sooneck is a castle in Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern Germany, located near the village of Niederheimbach between Bingen and Bacharach. It’s part of the Rhein Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site and was first mentioned in 1271. Like neighboring Reichenstein Castle, it was managed by the lords of Hohenfels. Its residential areas are furnished with items in the neo-gothic and Biedermeier styles. The interiors are enriched by paintings owned by the Hohenzollern family, the Köth-Wanscheid family foundation, and art by Johann-Caspar Schneider, among others.

Weinheim in Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany, pop….

Weinheim in Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany, pop. ~43,000, is located 15 km from Heidelberg and 10 km from Mannheim. Together with these 2 cities, it makes up the Rhein-Neckar triangle. It’s nicknamed “Zwei-Burgen-Stadt” after the 2 fortresses on the hill overlooking the town on the edge of the Odenwald, the Windeck and the Wachenburg. The town celebrated its 1250th anniversary in 2005.

Der Luisenpark in Mannheim. Mannheim is the 3rd-largest city in…

Der Luisenpark in Mannheim. Mannheim is the 3rd-largest city in Baden-Württemberg after Stuttgart and Karlsruhe with about 305,000 inhabitants. It’s located at the center of the larger, densely populated Rhein-Neckar Metropolitan Region with a population of 2.4 million. The Rhein separates Mannheim from Ludwigshafen in the neighboring state of Rheinland-Pfalz; the border with Hessen is just to the north. Mannheim is downstream along the Neckar river from the city of Heidelberg.

Düsseldorf on the Rhein river is the capital of…

Düsseldorf on the Rhein river is the capital of Nordrhein-Westfalen in Northwestern Germany. It’s one of Germany’s economic centers in the densely populated Rhein-Ruhr region. The city is famous for its nightlife, carnival, shopping, and for fashion & trade fairs like the Boot Messe (one of the world’s best trade fairs for boats & watersports) and Igedo (world leader in fashion). Every year, more than 4 million people visit the Kirmes fun fair which runs for 9 days between the 2nd and 3rd weekend of July on the banks of Rhein, featuring roller coasters, a Ferris wheel, a flying jinny, beer gardens and food stands. “Pink Monday” is the day of lesbians and gays at the fair, Friday features firework displays. Düsseldorf’s Kö shopping district is internationally recognized for its high fashion stores, and is sometimes referred to as the “Champs-Élysées of Germany”. There is a large Japanese community here.

At the moment, Düsseldorf is also hosting the Tour De France.

Mainz is the capital and largest city of Rheinland-Pfalz in…

Mainz is the capital and largest city of Rheinland-Pfalz in Southwestern Germany. It was the capital of the Electorate of Mainz during the time of the Holy Roman Empire. In antiquity, it was a Roman fort city which commanded the west bank of the Rhein and formed part of the northernmost frontier of the Empire; it was founded as a Roman military post in the 1st century BC and became the provincial capital of Germania Superior. The city is located on the Rhein at its confluence with the Main river opposite Wiesbaden in the Frankfurt Rhein-Main metro area. The city is famous for the invention of the movable-type printing press – the first books ever printed using movable type were manufactured by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz in the early 1450s.

Köln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern Germany

Köln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern Germany