December 17, 2017

The Mighty Rhine

Rivers were once the life spring of towns around the globe.  In times past, villages were established along rivers.  Rivers were the way goods were transported, supplied drinking water and even food.

Today rivers still are important for some of the same reasons but they offer us enjoyment too.

The Rhine River in Germany is a great example of an important river of yesterday and today!

The Rhine River begins in Switzerland, flows into Lake Constance on the German Swiss border.  From here we are dazzled by the Rhine falls and the beautiful Rhine valley as this waterway flows continues on its route to the North Sea.

Views along the Rhine River Germany

Views along the Rhine River Germany

As Germany’s longest and busiest river, the Rhine is important to Europe.  Goods can be seen being transported along this river every day.

But as important as it is for transporting goods, this mighty river is very important to tourists too.  Travelers can spend a few hours floating on the Rhine or a full week aboard a river cruise.

Castles and Wine along the Rhine River

Castles and Wine along the Rhine River

The most scenic portion of the river is between Koblenz and Bingen.  As the river winds its way towards its end, you will see a valley decorated by tree-laden hills, steeply terraced vineyards, medieval castles and charming villages.

The castles of the Rhine have mesmerized people for ages.  During medieval times, the feudal overlords used the castles to collect tolls along the river.

Castle Rhine River Cruise

Castle Rhine River Cruise

The legend of Lorelei still haunts this area today.  It is said, Lorelei bedeviled the fisherman luring them to the rocks and their doom.

Among the delightful villages that will pass your eyes are Rudesheim, Bacharach, St. Goar and Oberwesel.

Village along the Rhine River Germany

Village along the Rhine River Germany

If you choose to start or even end your voyage in Rudesheim, take some time to stroll the Drosselgasse.  Besides being a charming pedestrian friendly street, you will find shops, restaurants, wine taverns and live music.  Or climb up to the Niederwald monument to see the mythical figure of Germania and amazing views of the adventure you about to undertake.

Mythical Figure of Germania above Rudesheim

Mythical Figure of Germania above Rudesheim

Bacharach is a lovely village full of half-timbered buildings and is a great village to stroll through!

St. Goar has a large castle overshadowing it as well as many half-timbered buildings.  The Castle Rheinfels looms up on the hill and is a great place to seek out ghosts of history past!

Half-timbered Buildings along Rhine River

Half-timbered Buildings along Rhine River

For a chance to visit remains from both the Roman and medieval times visit Oberwesel.  This lovely village is known to have some of the best preserved remains along the Rhine.

More Castles along the Rhine River Germany

More Castles along the Rhine River Germany

Yes the Rhine is still a mighty river for a variety of reasons.  No matter how you decide to enjoy this river, it will be memorable.

Have you spent time on the Rhine?
What was your favorite part of the journey?

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