From the Alps to the Northern Sea

Old Rhine bridge at the border between Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Old Rhine bridge at the border between Switzerland and Liechtenstein

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.

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.

Reference

The picture showing the old bridge over the Rhine at the border between Switzerland and Liechtenstein is from the German Wikipedia.
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.

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