facts and history in brief
The Rhein valley extends from Koblenz to Rüdesheim, encompassing many wine producing towns, romantic castles, terraced vineyards and deciduous forests.
Whether you travel the valley by auto, train or excursion boat, you're sure to marvel at the beautiful landscape that unfolds at every turn.
The Rheingau is defined by the narrow bed the river cut through the local mountains, changing course upstream towards the east.
The archbishops of Mayence, owners of extensive property since the Middle Ages, built numerous monasteries and castles, giving the landscape a characteristic flair of its own.
Thousands of visitors from all over Europe gather each year at the Deutsches Eck, where the Mosel flows into the Rhein, to watch this spectacle.
Afterwards, people flock to inns and pubs, to enjoy local foods and wines, and trade memories of the evening.
According to the legend, skippers were lured to their deaths by the song of the beautiful maiden Lorelei at Lorelei rock.
The painter William Turner, a 19th century traveler, forever immortalized the craggy cliffs, steep vineyards and imposing castle ruins in his sketches and water colors.
Sarolta and I visited the Rhein River and Valley a few times during our trip around Europe and germany especially during 1978.
A very beautiful place.
The number of 'fancy' castles and fortresses are colourful, beautiful and some quite unusual.
Hui Chin and I visited our relations in Singapore and Hungary during 2005.
After some correspondence with the Transrapid (Maglev) office in Lathen, we found out that we could have a test run.
In a mad dash we rushed from Budapest to Lathen.
After admiring and riding on the Transrapid, we slooooowly made our way back to Budapest, taking a few detours to check some interesting places out on the way, like, Münster, Dortmund, Wuppertal, Essen, Möchengladbach, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Koblenz and Dinkelsbühl, just to mention a few.
Hui Chin and I boarded a Rhine River Boat for a cruise from Koblenz to Bacharach, stopping off for a look around a few places like Kaub etc.
The whether was fabulous the view marvelous and very enjoyable. Many cameras on board were working overtime during this memorable experience with picturesque castles, castles ruins and attractive towns, settlement vineyards and many other attractions inviting us to press the camera buttons.
A very memorable, romantic experience, must be a real treat at dusk or night, but than again you wouldn't be able to see many of the beautiful sights so well.
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