I blame fairy tales and fantasy novels, but I'm still such a sucker for a good castle, especially a fortified, defend-against-your-enemies type, such as you find every few miles along the Rhine.
There are points near St. Goar where you can see three castles from one spot. On my three hour river cruise, I counted at least 18 castles, ruins, castle-like toll stations, and chateaux. It's not called the Romantic Rhine for nothing.
|One of the many castles on the Rhine|
|Castles and vineyards: the Romantic Rhine|