|Germany's East||Rhine Valley|
|'Ruhrpott' (Ruhr Valley)||North and Baltic Sea|
Due to its stunning beauty, the Rhine is an immensely
popular holiday destination. Castles, cathedrals, woods and
vineyards, hiking trails and a romantic river bed all contribute
to the scenery, which inspired numerous poets and painters.
Clemens Brentano, Friedrich Hölderlin, Heinrich Heine,
August and Friedrich Schlegel all composed parts of their main
works in the vicinity of the Rhine.
Lorelei, the intriguing Rhine temptress, is probably the most famous figure of German folklore. Heinrich Heine's poem is just one of the many fictional narratives inspired by the myth of the Rhine's siren whose singing guided sailors into shipwreck and death.
The festival "Rhine in flames", a combination of music and fireworks, presents the Rhine Valley's beauty in a contemporary context.
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