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  on topof Lorelyrock looking at St.Goarshausen
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  • St.Goar & the Loreley - Germany
  • St.Goar & the Loreley - Germany

St. Goar is one of the most famous villages in the Rhine-valley and that is mainly because of the nearby rock of the Loreley. The story about the Loreley is quite an old fairytale : a young mermaid named Lorely was caught by a fisher in St.Goar - she was raised by the family and used to sit next to the famous "Loreley-rock", combing her golden hair and singing her song. Many of the captains of the ships passing by did not concentrate enough on the rough river and lost their lives...

Heinrich Heine wrote the text to the famous Loreley-song :
Ich weiß nicht was soll es bedeuten
Daß ich so traurig bin;
Ein Märchen aus alten Zeiten,
Das kommt mir nicht aus dem Sinn.
Die Luft ist kühl und es dunkelt,
Und ruhig fließt der Rhein;
Der Gipfel des Berges funkelt
Im Abendsonnenschein.
Die schönste Jungfrau sitzet
Dort oben wunderbar;
Ihr goldnes Geschmeide blitzet,
Sie kämmt ihr goldenes Haar.
Sie kämmt es mit goldenem Kamme
Und singt ein Lied dabei;
Das hat eine wundersame,
Gewaltige Melodei.
Den Schiffer im kleinen Schiffe
Ergreift es mit wildem Weh;
Er schaut nicht die Felsenriffe,
Er schaut nur hinauf in die Höh'.
Ich glaube, die Wellen verschlingen
Am Ende Schiffer und Kahn;
Und das hat mit ihrem Singen
Die Lore-Ley getan
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be careful WHERE to stay in a hotel in this part of the Rhine-valley : In St.Goar the valley is quite narrow and I may NOT recommend to stay overnight there in a hotel - the trains are running through town all day and night ! the only exception : Burg Rheineck (my last 2 pics) is the name of the great castle high above St.Goar, It dates back to the year 1245 and it is partly a castle-ruin today, and partly it was reconstructed and is a museum today. A smaller part of the old castle was transfered into a modern 4star-hotel - see my hoteltips, absolutely NO train-noises there !
Take a look inside the castle or go at least to the great terrace in front of the museum - it is free of charge and open day and night for a great view of the river Rhine / Rhein.
Drive on top of the Loreley-rock , it is just about 5km from St.Goarshausen and there you will not hear any train-noises as well, the hotel there is also a lot cheaper than the castle-hotel. You may cross the Rhine by carferry during the day !

Directions: In St.Goar, opposite of the ships-dock you will still see the "Loreley-haus" the oldest house in St.Goar. The ledgend tells us that the Loreley spent her youth there !
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  • Updated Sep 13, 2008
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