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A Rhine Walk with Julia Bradbury
Start: Rüdesheim am Rhein
Leaving Rüdesheim, the walk starts with an immediate climb up onto the wooded plateau that overlooks the first big bend in the river.
On the other side you descend to the village of Assmanshausen and beyond through the many terraces of the local vineyards.
This is the start of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a clear channel used by ships, trains and cars alike.
At the end of Day 1 you walk high along the west bank, reaching the town of Lorch, an ideal place to sit back and enjoy the warm evening sun.
Day 2, and the river valley gets deeper. The walk takes you through forest until you reach the most distinctive of all Rhine castles – the 700 year old Pfalzgrafenstein.
And from the adjacent village of Kaub, You’ll be taking a walk across the river, and hop on a ferry, downstream to the famous medieval town of Oberwesel.
This walled citadel is a worthy centre of German Romanticism and the start of the final part of the walk.
High above the deepest and most twisting section of the valley you’ll finish opposite a great cliff corner, the home of Loreley, a mythical blond maiden who has become the Rhine’s greatest romantic legend.
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