Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Germany  /  Rhineland-Palatinate  /  Sankt Goarshausen  /  Sightseeing  /  Loreley
Loreley, Sankt Goarshausen
(3.9/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
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.
Plan your visit to Loreley and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Sankt Goarshausen tour planner.
Source
Create a full Sankt Goarshausen itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Sankt Goarshausen

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Rhineland-Palatinate by other users

13 days in Austria, Germany & Cesky Krumlov BY A USER FROM CROATIA December, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 34 days in Germany BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES June, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Kaiserslautern BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, relaxing, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 5 days in Rhineland-Palatinate BY A USER FROM INDIA January, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: January, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Mainz BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL December, romantic, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 51 days in Germany BY A USER FROM INDIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 49 days in Germany BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 16 days in Germany, Italy & Zurich BY A USER FROM NORWAY July, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Europe BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS July, kids, outdoors, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Germany & Salzburg BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Germany BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Great panorama, unfortunately only by one point. Rest is Baustelle.Versuchen it is still times when done.
    View original
  • The view of most dangerous bend in the Rhine is breathtaking. By the combination of narrowing and sharp turn, the flow and it has in the past caused many shipwrecks. The sage speaks of a nymph who lured the skippers on the shore where they ended up. Figurines of this nymph can be found on the high viewpoint and on the low part in the bend.
    View original
  • I wanted to time visit this place that I always imagined beautiful and so was ... views and unforgettable places!
    View original
Google
  • 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 ☺
    View original
  • 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.
    View original
  • Beautiful landscape. One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen
    View original
  • You must have been here, the popular not only with romantic views of the Rhine is incomparable!
    View original
  • That went just as closely by the bend with that big Rhine ships!
    View original