The Rhine. The Loreley near St. Goarshausen
22 Oct 2014 | From Peter of Germany
The Lorelei, Loreley in German, is a rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine near St. Goarshausen, Germany. It marks the narrowest part of the river between Switzerland and the North Sea, and is the most famous feature of the Rhine Gorge that was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in June 2002.
Lorelei is also the name of a feminine water spirit, similar to mermaids or Rhine maidens, associated with this rock in popular folklore and in works of music, art and literature.