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Vintage Pictures of German Rivers

While checking the Internet for extreme river conditions in Germany, I stumbled upon this great source of vintage pictures.

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.

Winter is over

It's just a few days until the new season starts. According to German authorities all rivers are shipable again. There might be a few ice blocks close to locks, but this is not a major problem. And though river levels are rising due to melting ice and snow, there is no threat of high water levels at the moment.

Danube frozen over

German authorities closed the Kachlet and Jochstein locks in the vicinity of Passau due to ice on February 5th 2012. The Main Danube Canal was already closed 2 days earlier, but icebreakers are used on the canal to avoid that massive ice chunks damage bridges or locks. Parts of the Main river are closed for the same reason.

...or you're just part of the landscape

Well, as long as you take any river cruise on the Rhine that goes via Düsseldorf you will be part of a very expensive landscape. In fact the most expensive landscape ever photographed.