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Upper Middle Rhine Valley

The Upper Middle Rhine Valley covers a 65 km stretch of the River Rhine in Germany. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley is located between the cities of Bingen, near Rüdesheim, and Koblenz. Bingen was once the starting point for the Via Ausonia, a Roman road that linked the city with Roman Trier. Bingen is the southern point of the UNESCO World Heritage, here the River Rhine enters the Rhine Gorge, a narrow rock walled gorge. The 'Binger Loch' was a shoal in the River Rhine, long ago it was an obstacle for the ships. For a long time horses were required to pull ships across this point. The most dangerous rocks were blasted in the 17th century. The River Rhine was the northern border of the Roman Empire. The Loreley (Lorelei) is a 123 m high rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine near St. Goarshausen. The Loreley marks the narrowest and deepest point of the River Rhine between Switzerland and the North Sea. The Loreley is also known from the 'Legend of the Loreley'. Koblenz is the most northern point of the UNESCO World Heritage. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley presents a wealth of historical and artistic associations. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley thanks its special appearance both to the natural shape of the river and to human hand. For two millennia the Rhine has been one of the most important transport routes between central and northern Europe. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley, with its 40 castles and ruined castles on prominent hilltops, historic towns and vineyards, has exercised a powerful influence on artists, composers, writers. Victor Hugo and Goethe not only visited the Rhine Valley but also wrote about it. UNESCO World Heritage Sites near the Upper Middle Rhine Valley: Abbey of Lorsch and Speyer Cathedral. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2002.

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Upper Middle Rhine Valley - Upper Middle Rhine Valley: The picturesque Pfalzgrafenstein Castle near Kaub. The former stronghold Pfalzgrafenstein Castle was...

Upper Middle Rhine Valley: The picturesque Pfalzgrafenstein Castle near Kaub. The former stronghold Pfalzgrafenstein Castle was built on the small Falkenau Island in the Rhine River. The is small Pfalzgrafenstein is one of the toll castles on the Rhine. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley is associated with history and legends, the most famous is the Legend of the Loreley. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley had a strong influence on composers, painters and writers.

  1. Upper Middle Rhine Valley - Upper Middle Rhine Valley: The picturesque Pfalzgrafenstein Castle near Kaub. The former stronghold Pfalzgrafenstein Castle was...

    Upper Middle Rhine Valley: The picturesque Pfalzgrafenstein Castle near Kaub. The former stronghold Pfalzgrafenstein Castle was built on the small Falkenau Island in the Rhine River. The is small Pfalzgrafenstein is one of the toll castles on the Rhine. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley is associated with history and legends, the most famous is the Legend of the Loreley. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley had a strong influence on composers, painters and writers.

  2. Upper Middle Rhine Valley - Upper Middle Rhine Valley: The Rhine near Bingen, the small town of Rüdesheim is located on the opposite riverbank. Bingen...

    Upper Middle Rhine Valley: The Rhine near Bingen, the small town of Rüdesheim is located on the opposite riverbank. Bingen / Rüdesheim is the southernmost point of the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Koblenz is the northernmost point. The 65 km stretch of the Rhine presents breathtaking views of small villages, castles and vineyards, the landscape thanks its great setting both to the natural shape of the Rhine and human intervention.

  3. Upper Middle Rhine Valley - Upper Middle Rhine Valley: A ferry crossing the Rhine at Lorch. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley, also known as the Rhine Gorge, is...

    Upper Middle Rhine Valley: A ferry crossing the Rhine at Lorch. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley, also known as the Rhine Gorge, is a landscape of great cultural and historical value. The Rhine Gorge is quite deep, it is famous for the beauty of nature and vilages and castles surrounded by vineyards. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley is also called the Romantic Rhine. The Rhine Gorge inspired great composers such as Wagner and writers such as Goethe.

  4. Upper Middle Rhine Valley - Upper Middle Rhine Valley: The Free State Bottleneck, Freistaat Flaschenhals, near Kaub. After WWI, Germany was divided into occupation zones. Due...

    Upper Middle Rhine Valley: The Free State Bottleneck, Freistaat Flaschenhals, near Kaub. After WWI, Germany was divided into occupation zones. Due to a wrong calculation, the French and American occupation zones did not meet entirely, leaving a narrow strip of land in the shape of a bottleneck. The area around Lorch and Kaub remained outsite the occupation zones, called the Free State Bottleneck, it existed from 1919 until 1923. The capital city was Lorch am Rhein.

  5. Upper Middle Rhine Valley - Upper Middle Rhine Valley: A cargo boat on Rhine near Lorch am Rhein, once the capital city of the former Free State Bottleneck. For two millennia...

    Upper Middle Rhine Valley: A cargo boat on Rhine near Lorch am Rhein, once the capital city of the former Free State Bottleneck. For two millennia the Upper Middle Rhine Valley has been one of the most important transport routes between central and northern Europe. The boats most frequently operating on the Rhine are the Rhine barges. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley from Bingen / Rüdesheim to Koblenz was declared an UNESCO World Heritage.

  6. Upper Middle Rhine Valley - Upper Middle Rhine Valley: A camping site on the banks of the Rhine. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley has been inhabited since the Iron Age,...

    Upper Middle Rhine Valley: A camping site on the banks of the Rhine. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley has been inhabited since the Iron Age, human interventions has shaped the landscape in many ways for over thousands of years. In Germany, the Rhine was the northernmost border of the Roman Empire. Many cities along the Rhine were founded by the Romans, they used the river as a transport route. Today, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley is a major tourist destination.

  7. Upper Middle Rhine Valley - Upper Middle Rhine Valley: Pfalzgrafenstein Castle on Falkenau Island in the Rhine near Kaub. Pfalzgrafenstein was built by Ludwig of...

    Upper Middle Rhine Valley: Pfalzgrafenstein Castle on Falkenau Island in the Rhine near Kaub. Pfalzgrafenstein was built by Ludwig of Bavaria in 1327. Pfalzgrafenstein served as a toll castle on the Rhine until 1866. At Kaub, on New Year's Eve 1813-1814, the Prussian Field Marshal von Blücher succeeded in crossing the Rhine with his army, at that time a major achievement, it was a main step to the final defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte. There is a Blücher Museum in Kaub.

  8. Upper Middle Rhine Valley - Upper Middle Rhine Valley: The Loreley is a 123 metres high rock on the east bank of the Rhine. The Loreley (also Lorelei) marks the...

    Upper Middle Rhine Valley: The Loreley is a 123 metres high rock on the east bank of the Rhine. The Loreley (also Lorelei) marks the narrowest and deepest point of the Rhine. The strong river current caused many boat accidents. The Loreley is also the name of the siren. The legend tells us: the siren who sat on the Loreley, combing her long golden hair, enchanted passing sailors by singing. When they looked up to the rock, their boat crashed on the rock and sank. 

  9. Upper Middle Rhine Valley - The Upper Middle Rhine Valley has an ideal climate for producing wines and is an important wine region in Germany. The Romans introduced the...

    The Upper Middle Rhine Valley has an ideal climate for producing wines and is an important wine region in Germany. The Romans introduced the viticulture into the Moselle Region, from there it spread into the Rhine Valley during the Middle Ages. The terraced vineyards were built on the steep slopes of the Rhine Valley. The vineyards are situated around charming medieval wine-growing villages such as Boppard, Bacharach and Kaub.

  10. Upper Middle Rhine Valley - Upper Middle Rhine Valley: The Loreley statue at Sankt Goarshausen. Die Lorelei is a poem by the German poet Heinrich...

    Upper Middle Rhine Valley: The Loreley statue at Sankt Goarshausen. Die Lorelei is a poem by the German poet Heinrich Heine, the poem about the singing siren on the Loreley rock became world famous. The popular poem was set to music for the first time in 1838. Die Lorelei poem:

    Ich weiss nicht was soll es bedeuten, Dass ich so traurig bin.

    Ein Märchen aus uralten Zeiten, Das kommt mir nicht aus dem Sinn..........

    (I wish I knew the meaning, A sadness has fallen on me. The ghost of an ancient legend.

    That will not let me be............)