From Koeln i decided to make a detour to see the Loreley.
Becauseci had been there 30 years ago and i remembered it was beautiful.
Loreley is a hill at the narrowest and shalliwest point of ghe Rhine. The story is that a woman called Loreley was waiting for her lover who, typical of men, never came back to her. So she committed suicide by jumping into the water but was transformed into a siren, and typical if women held a grudge against all men. So she sits on top of the hill, combs her hair and sings. The sailors are enchanted and lose control of their ships and crash.
The Rhine has always been a communication artery and therefore a lot of powerful families built castles to control it and collect taxes, fees or tolls.
Sankt Goar saw a castle being built by the Rheinfells in XIIIth. Enlarged, it went from.family to family and conquered by the French who, typical of the French, blew it just after napoleonic times. A guy bought the ruins, sold a lot of stones until eventually the vestiges were preserved.
Schloss means castle. They built large walls back then. This is facing land. The other side surplombs the Rhine. A castle has always a bridge. That is the high batteey. Each opening had a cannon. The house was a later addition. The car came also later. Could it be a Rills Royce ? The view on the Rhine. With perfect weather, i was lucky. I played with the panoramic function.
The side facing the Rhine. Impressive, no ? I climbed those stairs. The view on the town. That is the oldest part. Cannon would be here. Notice the tower on the left I love that roof. Remember that tower ? We are inside. The stairs are in need of repair.
There was a uninteresting museum, showing things that have no relation to the Schloss. Like these nites, that i found smartly put together. After WW1, Germany had to repay France and Belgium, and maybe UK for war damages. Clemenceau was very hard on Germany and the situation deteriorated fast in Getmany. The notes if 5, 10 marks (only) date from 1922. In 1923 these notes were of 5000, 10 000. Quite an inflation. This machine was invented by a French, called Guillotin (or Guillotine) and one beheaded their king. Putting it above what Germans often call a Pissoir (ugliest word) sgould make it a guillopine. I finally came to see the Loreley but was on the wrong side of the Rhine, so didn't go up. Every 3 to 5 kms there is a fort, castle, fortress, whatever. Some are in ruins, other are hotels... Another one here. The regiin is the SIM city. Inhabitants are the Sims i guess it will please my daughters to learn it.
I think you have got it worked out perfectly Whatagain! Working, sightseeing then working again. Your photos brought back many good memories of our trip in a motorhome 42 years ago. We criss-crossed the Rhine all the way down as we headed back to Frankfurt. I was hoping maybe you also arrived at the entrance to Schloss Johannisberger. A favourite wine of mine.