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Loreley, Sankt Goarshausen

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The Lorelei is a 132 m high, steep slate rock on the right bank of the River Rhine in the Rhine Gorge at Sankt Goarshausen in Germany.EtymologyThe name comes from the old German words lureln, Rhine dialect for "murmuring", and the Celtic term ley "rock". The translation of the name would therefore be: "murmur rock" or "murmuring rock". The heavy currents, and a small waterfall in the area (still visible in the early 19th century) created a murmuring sound, and this combined with the special echo the rock produces to act as a sort of amplifier, giving the rock its name. The murmuring is hard to hear today owing to the urbanization of the area. Other theories attribute the name to the many accidents, by combining the German verb "lauern" (to lurk, lie in wait) with the same "ley" ending, with the translation "lurking rock".By the German language orthographic reform of 1903, in almost all German terms letter "y" was changed for letter "i", but in some German names the letter "y" was kept, such as Speyer, Spay, (Rheinberg-)Orsoy, and including Loreley, which is thus the correct spelling in German.Original folklore and the creation of the modern mythThe rock and the murmur it creates have inspired various tales. An old legend envisioned dwarfs living in caves in the rock.In 1801, German author Clemens Brentano composed his ballad Zu Bacharach am Rheine as part of a fragmentary continuation of his novel Godwi oder Das steinerne Bild der Mutter. It first told the story of an enchanting female associated with the rock. In the poem, the beautiful Lore Lay, betrayed by her sweetheart, is accused of bewitching men and causing their death. Rather than sentence her to death, the bishop consigns her to a nunnery. On the way thereto, accompanied by three knights, she comes to the Lorelei rock. She asks permission to climb it and view the Rhine once again. She does so and thinking that she sees her love in the Rhine, falls to her death; the rock still retained an echo of her name afterwards. Brentano had taken inspiration from Ovid and the Echo myth.
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  • Fun story told by the captain of our boat how in past times boat captains blamed a beautiful, naked maiden when they crashed their ships making the dangerous turn in this narrow and shallow part of th...  more »
  • Loreley itself is a narrow bend in the river. It is narrow so boats need to be careful not to hit each other. Hills on both sides come right down to the river. Very interesting place to see! 
  • But it's not mine. Our boat passes quite close to the rock. but do not have high expectations because the disappointment is imposed on me. So much for so little hay and the legend around this place is 'a little' overrated. Do not cross Europe to see it.
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  • A nice spot of Earth, but at the time, when I was using my girlfriend there was that was slightly disfigured by a small construction site. Only the restaurant could be a bit more in work ☺
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  • Absolutely spectacular views. The mountain hotel and the grounds around it were zT locked. Hear everything once embellished, it's planned and that's a good thing.
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  • Beautiful landscape. One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen
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  • You must have been here, the popular not only with romantic views of the Rhine is incomparable!
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  • That went just as closely by the bend with that big Rhine ships!
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