Grand River Cruise with Budapest  
3. Lorellei Passage and Rüdesheim am Rhein  
Rain is threatening the next morning as we set off up the Rhine past its numerous fairy tale castles and the legendary Lorelei Rock on which a most beautiful maiden lours an unsuspecting sailor to his death as he and his little boat are swallowed by the waves
Passing the 132 m (433 ft) high Lorelei Rock - a steep slate rock on the right bank of the River Rhine. The signal warns of approaching conflicting traffic hidden by the bend in the river
The 14th century toll castle of Pfalzgrafenstein on Flakenau Island (left) and the  Mäuseturm Toll Tower (right) which served as a signal tower until 1974
Ich glaube, die Wellen verschlingen
Am Ende Schiffer und Kahn,
Und das hat mit ihrem Singen,
Die Lorelei getan*
I believe that in the end it was
The waves which swallowed up the sailor and his boat.
But through her singing it was the Lorelei who did it.
*from the last verse of Die Lorelei - a German folk song written by Friedrich Silcher in 1837 and based on a poem by Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)
Rüdesheim am Rhein is a refuelling stop - VIDEO CAPTURES Malcolm McCrow
It was a short walk over the railway crossing to the main street - Rheinstraße - VIDEO CAPTURES Malcolm McCrow
The narrow Drosselgasse is lined with taverns and restaurants and leads up the hill to the old town - VIDEO CAPTURES Malcolm McCrow
Rüdesheimer Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Shop) at the head of the Drosselgasse - VIDEO CAPTURES Malcolm McCrow
The railway parallels Rheinstraße Leaving Kostheim Lock in the early hours of the following morning
 - VIDEO CAPTURES Malcolm McCrow


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