Recently we went on a short visit to the upper middle Rhine valley which is just a short hop from our home and which is a scenic place to visit.
Pictured is Castle Pfalzgrafenstein. Practically speaking, this is a toll station from the middle ages. The location bears some historical significance as it is the location where the Prussian army crossed the river to fight Napoleons forces, ending in the Battle of Waterloo.
Present day Kaub is a bit run down but allows interesting insights in to its former glory during the last century. Many of the small towns along the river had a touristic past but nowadays are deserted. One might be able to score real estate there for next to nothing.
If you are visiting, keep in mind that the fall season offers great opportunities to visit some “Straussenwirtschaft”, which are small, inofficial venues in the back gardens of some wineries and farms where fresh produce of the season can be sampled. If the weather is good, this can be a lot of fun.