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1. Ships on the Rhine
2. Looking upstream from Bacharach
In June 2002 the romantic Middle Rhine between Koblenz and Rüdesheim was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites and thus theoretically placed under special protection.
What this means in practice is that if the local authorities were to build something ugly that would deface the site, UNESCO could threaten to take it off the list -- as they did in 2009 with the Elbe Valley in Dresden due to the building of a four-lane bridge in the heart of the "cultural landscape" which meant that the Elbe Valley failed to keep its "outstanding universal value as inscribed."
So far this has not happened in the Middle Rhine Valley, despite the repeated efforts of the automotive lobbies to destroy the valley by intersecting it with ugly motorway bridges.
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