High above the Saar and Mosel, the castles tower like stone sentinels. You can reach them on foot via steep vineyards with ancient dry stone walls. Flora and fauna have conquered walls where noble dynasties once ruled. Once you have reached the summit, you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the river valley and the neighbouring peaks. Times were not always as peaceful as they are today, and people sought shelter underneath the fortresses. The knights who owned them served powerful kings and prince-bishops. Some were heavily involved in the European politics of the time. Even today, famous names remind us that some of the richest farms were owned by wealthy monasteries.
What was once a patchwork of wealth, power and vanity is now just beautiful.