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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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  • The Loreley is just a tall rock at a pretty bend in the Rhine that gives you good views over the River. There is a visitor center, but unless you need to use the bathroom, I recommend you avoid it. 
  • We have explored the Valley of Loreley from the water and I have to say I've not really smart made me and me knew not what expected. From the boat, we had a great view of the Loreley. We have not made the rise, and the view from above should be helpful. Maybe at the next time. Our friends also mentioned that above probably there also concerts in the summer, are already worth a visit in any case because of the scenery.
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  • Loreley, is a 433ft slate rock on the right bank of Rhine. It has inspired various legends and ballads, like the story of enchanting beautiful lady who was betrayed by her lover. She was bewhiching me...  read more »
  • Warm welcome, friendly staff, fast service, correct meal and everything always with a smile. And icing on the cake the beautiful view on the Rhine!
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  • Enormous Hill. Exciting: Legends and myths on the subject.
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  • That went just as closely by the bend with that big Rhine ships!
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