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Rhine River

  • Rhein, cover
  • Alpine Rhine, border Liechtenstein/Switzerland
  • Seerhein, Lake Constance
  • Rhine Falls, Schaffhausen
  • Swans, Three Countries Bridge France, Switzerland, Germany, and in Austria
  • Upper Rhine, Europabrücke at Strasbourg
  • Middle Rhine, 'Wildes Gefähr'
  • Middle Rhine, view south from Mount Ölberg, Siebengebirge
  • Lower Rhine, Cologne
  • Oude Rijn at Leiden, Netherlands
  • Hoek van Holland, Rhine delta, Netherlands

From the Alps to the Northern Sea

Our region is located on the northern border of the Middle Rhine Valley, which begins at Bingen / Rüdenheim. For many people, the narrow valley with its steeps, vineyards and numerous castles is the classical Rhine landscape par excellence, and the epitome of the "Romantic Rhine". This applies especially to the Upper Middle Rhine Valley between Bingen and Koblenz, which is since 2002 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When we hike through the hills and valleys of the Siebengebirge and look down on our small part of the Rhine, he has already come a long way from his source in the Swiss Alps through Liechtenstein, Austria, France and the German Länder Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate. Between Bingen in Rhineland-Palatinate and Bonn in North Rhine-Westfalia, the Rhine flows as the Middle Rhine through the Rhine Gorge, and passes the Siebengebirge at the northern border of the Middle Rhine Valley. Behind Bonn, where river Sieg flows into river Rhine, he flows through the North German Plain and then in a wide curve through Holland. Here, the Rhine divided into the Waal, the Lek and the IJssel. Finally, the waters of the Rhine arrive at the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta and flow into the Northern Sea.

"Father Rhine"

When we speak of "Father Rhine", it also means that we have a lot of relations in all these regions. Moreover, our ancestry is motley. During the last 2,000 years, time and again people from various countries came to our region, so we Rhinelanders are mixtures by birth. I'm proud of it. Maybe you live far away now, yet your roots reach back to the Rhine. The most heartfelt words about the Rhineland I found in Heinrich Heine's "Germany. A Winter's Tale" and in the "Reminiscences" of Carl Schurz. Since 1827, Heine's work was censured, since 1833 it was forbidden in the State of Prussia, and thereby in his native Rhineland. Heine left Germany in 1831, to spend the remainder of his life in France. He only once came back, in 1843, and he wrote "Deutschland. Ein Wintermärchen" (Germany. A Winter's Tale). Schurz, a young student in Bonn, had to flee after the failed revolution of 1848/49. In 1852, he and his wife Margarethe immigrated to the United States where Carl became a great statesman.

At home at the Rhine and in America

We have an emigrants' story for you, "At home at the Rhine and in America". It begins in the Rhineland around 1715, when our region lay in ruins after two wars, and ends right before World War One. So it is about Rhineland/German and American history, but the historical events just set the stage for the people and tells the story of a family that is at home on both sides of the Atlantic.


The following photos are from the German Wikipedia. Die folgenden Fotos stammen aus der freien Enzyklopädie Wikipedia:

Die Datei 'Cygne passerelle des 3 pays' ist lizenziert unter der Creative-Commons-Lizenz "Namensnennung - Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0 international"; der Urheber ist 0x010C. Unter derselben Lizenz lizenziert ist die Datei 'De pier van Hoek van Holland'; der Urheber ist Smiley.toerist
Die Datei 'Groß St. Martin und Dom, Köln' steht unter der Creative-Commons-Lizenz "Namensnennung 2.0 generisch" (US-amerikanisch) lizenziert. Der Urheber ist tiseb.
Das Foto der Höckerschwanfamilie aus Österreich ist lizensiert unter der Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic Lizenz. Der Urheber ist Böhringer Friedrich.

Die nachfolgend aufgeführten Fotos stehen unter der GNU-Lizenz für freie Dokumentation:
Alpenrhein von Triesenberg in Liechtenstein betrachtet, der Urheber ist Neptuul.
Konstanz, Alte Rheinbrücke, der Urheber ist Achim.
Europabrücke Kehl/Straßburg, der Urheber ist Szeder László

Das Bild der alten Rheinbrücke an der Grenze zwischen der Schweiz und Liechtenstein stammt aus der Public Domain Section, es wurde vom Presse- und Informationsamt, Vaduz, zur Verfügung gestellt. Die Bilder vom Rheinfall in Schaffhausen, vom 'Wilden Gefähr' und von Leiden stammen ebenfalls aus der Public Domain Section.