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Lorelei or Loreley (German myth or folklure or Just a rock in Germany?)

Updated on July 18, 2012
A sculpture of Lorelei
A sculpture of Lorelei | Source
A view of the Base of Lorelei from the tour boat that floats the Rhine River.
A view of the Base of Lorelei from the tour boat that floats the Rhine River. | Source

The myth of Lorelei is centered in the middle of the Rhine River where a rock (named Lorelei) emerges 435 feet out of the water where the river reaches it's most narrow point. The stone has been subject of many poems, songs, and stories since the 9th century. In these stories Lorelei is supposed to be a woman whose lover was unfaithful and so she threw herself to her death into the river. As the story goes she was transformed into the rock.

Before cars became so popular the echoing rock could be heard from the bottom of the rocks slope. Some people believed it to be the echo of the young woman's singing, while others believe it to have been her wrath-filled laughter. At the Base of Lorelei there are seven rocks hiding under the surface of the water that are called the seven virgins. The stones have posed a threat even in recent years to boats that travel the waters of the Rhine river.

The surrounding area on the Rhine area is gorgeous. Rheinfels Fortress stands opposite of Lorelei in St. Goar. Opposite of St. Goar is St. Goarshausen containing the Schoenberg Castle or the Castle Cat. The scenery is breath taking and any lover of legends, myths, and history in general would love all that Lorelei and the Rhine River have to offer.

Photos of the Surrounding Area

The Castle Cat
The Castle Cat | Source
The Rhine River from on top of Lorelei
The Rhine River from on top of Lorelei | Source
another view of the river from Lorelei
another view of the river from Lorelei | Source
Lorelei sculpture from a distance
Lorelei sculpture from a distance | Source
The Castle Cat from a better view.
The Castle Cat from a better view. | Source


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