|UNESCO #1066 - Loreley Rock(Upper Middle Rhine Valley) - GERMANY|
Monday, December 02, 2013
Loreley Rock (Rhine Valley) - GERMANY - UNESCO #1066
Today I've received my 20th UNESCO WHS postcard from Germany (I now have more than half of the German sites!). It shows a major landmark in the valley of the great river Rhine, one of Europe most important rivers (it crosses 6 countries between the Alps and the North sea). Thank you very much Mirko, this card is beautiful and thanks to you my collection rises to 234 sites, only 747 to finish. This postcard took 7 days to arrive!
The Loreley is a rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine near St. Goarshausen, Germany, which soars some 120 metres above the waterline. It marks the narrowest part of the river between Switzerland and the North Sea, and is the most famous feature of the Rhine Gorge. A very strong current and rocks below the waterline have caused many boat accidents there.
The 65km-stretch of the Middle Rhine Valley, with its castles, historic towns and vineyards, graphically illustrates the long history of human involvement with a dramatic and varied natural landscape. It is intimately associated with history and legend and for centuries has exercised a powerful influence on writers, artists and composers.