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Scenic River Stretches 1: Rhine Gorge

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Home >> Scenic River Stretches 1: Rhine Gorge

One part of the river cruise experience is that you just unpack once and your hotel brings you to another quaint town every day. But there is more, the beautiful stretches of the rivers you'll pass on your way. Therefore let's have a look on the few natural sights hiding in my database.

The Rhine Gorge

The Rhine Gorge is a stretch of the Upper Rhine Valley from Bingen down to Koblenz. It starts about 25 kilometers downstream of the Main confluence (which is at Mainz) and ends a bit upstream of the "Deutsches Eck" (German Corner), where the Moselle meets the Rhine.

Over the last 2000 years, the Rhine played a very important part in Germany's history: It formed the Limes (the border) between the german tribes and the Roman Empire. In later centuries, one of the french doctrines was to keep the Rhine as a natural boarder. After several wars over Alsace, it led to the Marginot Line and a demilitarized zone on the left Rhine banks during the Weimar Republic. The Rhine Gorge mainly played an important role in german folklore and art, most noteworthy the Loreley Rock">. Heinrich Heine named one poem after this rock, blaiming a beautiful maid (instead of strong currents) for a lot of shipwrecks.

Above the river, on top of the steep hills are more than 40 castles (Katz castle on the picture), nearly all of them from the high middle ages (12th - 14th century). They tell you a story of political instabilities during the middle ages. The Rhine Gorge was added to the UNESCO WHO list in 2002 for its "unique combination of geological, historical, cultural and industrial reasons."

Want to cruise it? Check who cruises the Rhine Gorge. Or use the River Cruise Search and add it as a port of call.

Picture: Wikipedia / Creative Commons