Places in The Romantic Rhine Valley
Thanks to its scenic location on a horseshoe bend in the river – and the fact that the riverfront and historic centre are both on the same side of the train tracks – Boppard (pronounced bo-part) is one of the Romantic Rhine’s prettiest and most enjoyable getaways. A gateway to lots of great hikes (eg in the Hunsrück), it’s also a proper town, complete with a small cinema.
Rüdesheim, part of the Rheingau wine region (famous for its superior rieslings), is deluged by some three million day-tripping coach tourists a year. Depending on how you look at it, the town centre – and especially its most famous feature, an alley know as Drosselgasse – is either a ‘mass tourism nightmare from hell’ or a lot of silly, kitschy, colourful fun.
Loreley & St Goarshausen
Loreley, the most fabled spot along the Romantic Rhine, is an enormous, almost vertical slab of slate that owes its fame to a mythical maiden whose siren songs are said to have lured sailors to their death in the river’s treacherous currents. Heinrich Heine told the tale in his 1824 poem Die Lorelei.
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