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World Heritage #1066 – Upper Middle Rhine Valley

World Heritage #1066 – Upper Middle Rhine Valley

There are vineyards and castles on the banks and hills surrounding this mighty river, and boat traffic on the river – for centuries.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes several hundred properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

Country: Germany
Date of Inscription: 2002
Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 1066:

“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.”

My visit:

We drove along the Rhine the entire distance of this 65 km stretch, stopping at various places along the way and staying the night in a castle high above the river. An experience taken right out of the legends dating hundreds of years back in time.

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