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Germany's Rhine - A Drive Along the Upper Middle Rhine Valley

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The Lorelei Rock
Lorelei Rock Germany

Lorelei

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From Bacharach, I follow the Rhine until I reach Koblenz; after a visit at Castle Stolzenfels, built in the 13th century and beautifully renovated to its original splendor, I cross over to the other side of the Rhine to spend the night in Braubach’s "Landgasthof zum Weissen Schwanen” (Inn to the white swan). Located right behind the former village tower, the hotel is set in a former mill from the 13th century; you can even see the preserved wooden mill wheel, which is displayed inside the timber-framed hotel. Check out my article for a complete review of the inn and its gourmet restaurant.

From here, it is just a short drive to to Germany's famed Lorelei, an impressive slate rock, which soars almost 400 feet above the Rhine and is the site of many famous German legends and folk tales. The Lorelei marks one of the narrowest and deepest sections of the Rhine – a treacherous spot that caused many boat accidents up to the 19th century. According to the legend, the beautiful siren Lorelei was sitting on top of the rock and lured sailors into their death.
The best way to experience the majesty of the Lorelei rock is certainly by boat (it is safe today!); many towns along the Rhine offer day trip cruises (such as Bacharach, Braubach, or Koblenz). You can also drive up to the top of the Lorelei to get some good views of the region and the river and buy some souvenirs in the Lorelei Visitor’s Center.

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