From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.

From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.

From Bingen, Eurovélo 15 extends to the north west, towards the Lorelei Valley. UNESCO listed the Upper Middle Rhine Valley - one of the oldest and most impressive natural landscapes in Germany - as a World Heritage Site.

Between the Mouse Tower - Mäuseturm - of Bingen and the German Corner - Deutsches Eck - of Koblenz, there are no fewer than twenty-nine stronghold castles, most of which lie in ruins, which bear witness to a rich and turbulent history. Kings, princes, counts and bishops - all sought to build their castles on the of the Rhine. more

Attention: disruption between Bingen and Bachararch - no deviation

 

It was here, on a high rocky promontory, that the legend of Lorelei was born. Lorelei was a mermaid that led fishermen and boatmen to their doom by driving them mad with lust. Heinrich Heine, famous author of the "Die Lorelei" drew his inspiration from this legend, as did many other artists. At the confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine, the Deutsches Eck of Koblenz is loaded with German history, starting with the reconstructed statue of Emperor Wilhelm I on horseback. Continue going down the Rhine to arrive at Andernach, where the specially developed trail follows the course of the river. The Neo-Gothic church of Saint Apollinaire stands proudly in Remagen, and is a place of pilgrimage. Like the legendary bridge of Remagen, this is one of the emblems of the town. In the Rhineland of North Westphalia, cyclists first ride past Königswinter, sitting at the foot of Drachenfels, in the Seven Mountains range. This, the most visited mountain in Germany, is bathed in legend. In the era of the Nibelungen, the summit of this mountain was where Siegfried vanquished the dragon Fafnir. On the opposite bank, the trail crosses the old government quarter in Bonn, leading to the city centre, with its cathedral, Baroque town hall and the house where Beethoven was born. Further along the Rhine, we can already make out the spires of Cologne cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 

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  • 60 km
    listed as World Heritage
    Sites by Unesco.
  • 2200 m3
    average flow of
    the Rhine.

 

  • The Lorelei

    Located in the Upper Middle Rhine UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, the 132-metre high Lorelei is a slate rock that rises up out of the river on its eastern bank. Legend has it that the Lorelei mermaid combed her long golden hair and lured boatmen with her song into the dangerous current of the Rhine and then onto the rock where they broke up.

  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley

    The whole 65-kilometre stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley between Bingen and Koblenz is, together with numerous separate elements, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The section has historical, natural and shrouded-in-legend surprises for visitors at a multitude of places. The Middle Rhine Valley has influenced poets, painters and composers and is a magnificent example of a natural landscape that has also been shaped by man. A dominant feature of the impressive cultural landscape are the gorges cut into the Rhenisch slate hills that are lined by about 60 towns and villages and surrounded by vineyards and numerous ruins of castles that once controlled shipping on the river.

  • The Heisterbach Monastery

    Now lying in ruins, the Heisterbach Monastery was formerly part of a Cistercian Abbey built in 1189 along the chain of Seven Mountains, near Bonn. After the monastery was abandoned in 1803 following the victory of Napoleon, the church was left empty and sold off for construction materials. There now only remain the imposing remnants of the choir of the old church.

  • Beethoven's house, Bonn.

    Beethoven's house, at 20 Bonngasse street, is one of the best known monuments in Bonn. It hosts the largest selection of Beethoven archives, and became an institute for scientific research in 1927, on the hundredth anniversary of the death of the famous composer of the "Ninth Symphony", born in December 1770 in this three-storey house. These archives are a central repository of documents on the life of Beethoven, his work and his intellectual circle.

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