|Leaving Marksburg Castle aboard the Ingvi|
Myths and legends abound, the most famous being Lorelei, the beautiful siren of the rocks who lured sailors into the raging deep water and to their doom. She sat and sang sweet songs to them at night. This legend has produced many songs and poems, the most celebrated is "The Lorelei" by Heinrich Heine in 1823.
In 2002 in recognition of one of the world's oldest and most magnificent cultural landscapes, UNESCO declared the Upper Middle Rhine Valley a World Heritage Site.
|Yet another historic town on the French side of the river from the deck of the Ingvi|
These are only a few of the castles in this section of the Rhine. A few are still in ruins, some have been renovated, one or two are hotels or private homes.
|Narrowest part of the river, Lorelei Rock on the left|
|John surveys the vineyards that produce all that nice Rhine wine|
|How'd you like to live in this relic in the 13th century?|
|Castles and Vineyards along the Rhine|