1 Worms

The tales of the Nibelungenlied are the star attraction in this handsome town with a fascinating museum on the subject.

2 Mainz

Dirty your hands with printer’s ink as you get to grips with early printing technology in the town where it was invented.

3 The Romantic Rhine

The classic castle-hopping route along the Rhine Gorge.

4 Vierseenblick

Clamber up a series of chains and ladders or take a laidback 1950s chairlift to this classic Rhine viewpoint.

5 The Nürburgring

Zip around one of the world’s most infamous motor-racing circuits.

6 Bernkastel-Kues

Cosy up in a half-timbered Weinstube and try some of the Mosel’s fine wines.

7 Trier

Wander Europe’s most impressive Roman remains – complete with baths and amphitheatre.

8 Völklinger Hütte

The rusting carcass of the Saarland’s steel industry has been preserved as a fascinating monument to the region’s industrial heritage.

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